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***My Librarian is a Camel

How Books are Brought to Children Around the World

by Margaret Ruurs

Reviewed June 30, 2006.
Boyds Mills Press, Honesdale, Pennsylvania, 2005.  32 pages.

Available at Sembach Library (J 027.4 RUU).

My Librarian Is a Camel, as the subtitle suggests, tells about the fascinating forms mobile libraries take all over the world.  Many children are out of reach of traditional libraries, so librarians have arranged for the library to come to them.

I couldn’t have ever dreamed up all these different kinds of libraries.  A truck or bus or boat wasn’t too surprising.  But besides libraries on camels, there are some carried by elephants or mules, others by bicycle or wheelbarrow.

This book is fascinating and beautifully presented.  Each two-page spread has plenty of photos, telling a little bit about the area where a mobile library is used and how the children live there.  There are many photos of happy children with books!

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