When it comes to reading, I admit to be the never ending advocate of literacy. There is no place that books shouldn’t go in our world today. Flying to San Francisco recently, I was amused at how people can read at 36,000 feet and still get to their destination. If flying and reading at the same time is intriguing, think about how books get across the Gobi desert by camel. That’s right, the books are carried to the children by animals so that the youngsters can continue to read even though they are in a remote location. That’s just how the Mongolian libraries work.
The picture of the Mongolian Children’s Mobile Library displaying books on the side of a camel in a converted saddle is one of awe and amazement. Not only is the concept of a camel taking books to kids intriguing, it goes to show that people really do care knowing that the children get an education in every corner of the world.
There are people in this world who are bound to find their way in life by using books. Add the opportunity of a camel riding librarian and the possibilities are endless. While I still might be amused at the chance to read in an airplane, the kids who get their books delivered by camels have me beat hands down. And what about the librarians who travel the desert to get the books to the kids? Well, they are absolutely heroes!