Biblioburro Revisited

It's gratifying to know that folks actually read Connections entries. Just yesterday, Margaret Ely of the Public Broadcasting Service sent me a personal e-mail. She wrote: I wanted to thank you for sharing the trailer for the POV film, “Biblioburro: The Donkey Library.” The entire documentary is now available for embedding, for a limited time. Please feel free to share this video with your readers, too.

Everyone can use a little inspirational non-fiction.

(There is a 30 second commercial lead in before the documentary starts. You may have to click on "Watch the Full episode." The link is being a little cranky.)

Watch the full episode. See more POV.


I watched the documentary as it was broadcast Tuesday evening. I was moved by Soriano's dedication in bringing books and basic literacy to parts of Colombia without public services. Although terrible things have happened to him and to the children over the years, each Saturday he sets off with Beto and Alpha to bring hope that their lives will get better through basic education, reading, and good citizenship.

Libraries and literacy efforts are joined at the hip.

Promoting literacy has always been a key theme in librarianship. It's also a key component in our own Library's Strategic Plan. Goal 3 is " Advance all forms of literacy for all ages." As the special collections librarian/archivist/department manager, I help teach researchers how to combine print, audio, and online sources to meet their goals. As a mother, I read countless books to my growing children (in some cases until they reached age 13). As a lifelong learner myself, I support all efforts for fostering the love of reading, technological competence, and evaluation of information sources.

I have two take-aways from the documentary: 1) Libraries do change lives; 2) Sometimes, the only way to get something done is to deal with the Equus asinae.

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.