Floating Books

Having recently written about campaigns to raise literacy levels and the growth of libraries located at underground stations across Brazil (Embark on Literature), today its books on boats. The Biblioteca Barca dos Livros (literally the Boat of Books Library) is located in the tranquil lakeside surroundings of Lagoa de Conceicao in Florianopolis, Santa Caterina. Established in 2003, the charity, Lovers of Reading, and working since 2004 in Lagoa, the floating library and land-based HQ is the groups initial project, offering a range of services from book readings and study groups to the loan of books to the communities that nestle around the margins of the lake. We’re off to visit the library on Wednesday and talk to its organisers and users. More to come…

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