6.16.2015

Real-Life Heroes

Everybody visiting this blog is digitalized. We read anywhere, any time. We let our imagination soar. We discover new ideas. Our minds are opened, and all because we have access to the written word.

There are millions of people in the world who are less fortunate, many of them children. I’d like to highlight a few unique people/libraries striving to make a difference. The people involved are true heroes, as far as I’m concerned.

Maria Keller



A fourteen-year-old who founded the nonprofit Read Indeed, Maria has distributed over one million books to kids in need. Her current goal is two million books by the time she turns eighteen. Read about her organization here:

Library by donkey


Library by camel


Garden library



You can read about these – as well as other – imaginative libraries here: http://litreactor.com/columns/the-10-most-unusual-libraries-in-the-world

I don’t know enough about these organizations to make any recommendations. Rather, I present them as a starting point for your own thought process to take flight. I truly believe that reading is one of the cornerstones for understanding one another, for accepting our differences across cultures, and for making the world a better place to live in. How about you?
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20 comments:

  1. I think we have cheapened the word hero. Athletes don't qualify in my grumpy pedantic book. Maria Keller does. Thank you.

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    1. EC - I agree. Having physical prowess and a fat paycheck doesn't make one a hero, although I give kudos to those athletes who step off the playing field and give back to the community, using their fame to advance the betterment of society. Maria Keller astounds me!

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  2. Hi River - what a lovely link across to the different libraries ... I've got an article on the donkey one here ... and had been to a town in Scotland where in the early 1700s a Reverend had a travelling library that he sent round the locality ... I hope to write about him one day. Fascinating and wonderful we are still reading. Maria Keller reminds me to a degree of her name sake, Helen Keller, .. I'm sure she'll be delivering those books and achieving her distribution quantities ...

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary - It is such a wonderful thing to still read in this modern age! The traveling libraries fascinate me. Donkeys, camels,... whatever works, right? :)

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  3. Oh I want a donkey library here in my area! I love donkeys. <3
    What an uplifting post. Thanks, River.

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    1. Julie - Thanks! Yes, donkeys are great, except when they don't want to budge. ;)

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  4. How awesome is that! I love seeing little libraries everywhere and especially seeing compassionate kids so enthusiastic about reading. It does my heart good. :)

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    1. Christine - I'm awestruck when kids take such initiative! Makes me believe the world will keep spinning.

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  5. Reading does open one's mind to different cultures and experiences. I love all of these heroes' dedication.

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    1. Mary - They truly do wonders, don't they?

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  6. Cool reading endeavors. Nice to see books are still appreciated.

    I love being a participant in the Realms Faire.

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    1. Dolorah - I hope books are around forever. Huzzah for the Realms Faire!

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  7. Maria Keller sounds like a brilliant young lady!!!

    I've seen the Realms Faire, but never participated, Maybe it's time I did.

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    1. Cathrina - Isn't she an amazing teenager? Jump into the Realms Faire and join the crazy fun!

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  8. I'm stoked to read about these libraries taking books to remote, poor parts of the world. That story of Maria was lovely! :-)

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    1. Denise - Yes, isn't it wonderful? Maria is a real inspiration!

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  9. What a fab idea, I had no idea anything like this existed. Thanks for sharing :)
    Popping by on the A to Z Road Trip
    Debbie
    www.myrandommusings.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Debbie! A lot of it was new to me as well. Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. How wonderful to see kids spreading the word, literally. I cannot imagine a life of not reading although my husband isn't much of a reader and I have known people who didn't pick up a book at all.

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    1. Jo - I know people who don't read either. It's hard to fathom. Kids getting involved in book donations is a heartwarming sight to behold!

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