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6. Jakarta motorbike-powered library van
Nuradi Indra Wijaya co-founded Mata Aksara, a mobile library in Jakarta, following the success of their one-room library at their store. Now, he drives the motorbike weekly to six villages and asks what sort of books they want and comes back to deliver them. You can see how small communities are changing thanks to their efforts. The Jakarta Post explains:
“When the Mata Aksara mobile library first visited Nglebeng several years ago the community asked for books on plant breeding and organic farming. According to Adi, the village has since stopped using artificial fertilizers in favor of organics and now harvests three times a year instead of two. Growers have also developed a variety called salak madu (honey snake fruit) that sells at a premium.”
7. Mongolian Children’s Mobile Library
The Mongolian Children’s Mobile Library carries books to nomadic herding communities and remote areas of the Gobi desert with the help of a camel. Most libraries in the country were converted to banks decades ago, decreasing access to books in remote areas. The library has traveled 50,000 miles through every province of the country over the last 20 years.
8. Floating Library in Cedar Lake, Minnesota
The Floating Library is a custom-made wooden structure, 8-feet square, stocked with around 80 handmade titles. No bestsellers here. The books hang out on all sides of the boat, protected by water resistant covers and managed by a rotating number of staff members. The library can be accessed by other vessels like canoes, paddle boats and kayaks.
9. Bus Library in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward
Laurence Copel runs a small library out of her house on Saturdays and also rides a tricycle bookmobile to help her mission of keeping books in children’s hands around the 9th ward in New Orleans. Now, she’s added a yellow van, a larger bookmobile, with the hopes of raising the money to drive around and give children in the area access to even more books.