My Librarian is a Camel Book Trailer
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From: Beth McEvoy
NARRATOR: Close your eyes and picture your local library ... What do you see? Where is it?
[cut to a photograph of a camel with boxes of books strapped to its back]
NARRATOR: Now picture this ... You have been waiting two weeks for a camel to come to your village. That's right, a camel.
[cut to another photograph of the camel walking through the desert]
NARRATOR: A camel is bringing a collection of books to your village. This will be the only chance you get to take out a book for two more weeks.
[cut to another photograph of the camel as a little girl waits for a book to be handed to her]
NARRATOR: This is your library.
[cut to a photograph of a "typical" public library]
NARRATOR: When we think of a library, we picture a building on a street ...
[cut to a photograph of a "typical" elementary school library]
NARRATOR: Or perhaps a room in a school ... but some libraries aren't kept behind four walls. Some move from place to place in the most remarkable ways.
[cut to a photograph of an elephant, as "Elephant Library" appears on screen]
NARRATOR: By bus, by boat, by elephant, by donkey, by train ... even by wheelbarrow.
[cut to a photograph of a team of oxen pulling a wagon, as "Books brought to children by wagon" appears on screen]
NARRATOR: These unusual mobile libraries are often the only way that books can be brought to people in remote areas, such as the mountains of Thailand, the Gobi desert of Mongolia, or rural areas of Zimbabwe.
[cut to a photograph of a man handing books to children from his cart, as "Donkey Library" appears on screen]
NARRATOR: In places such as these, the arrival of the libraries is a major and much-anticipated event.
[cut to a photograph of a man carrying books on his back, as "Each bag contains 20 books which families can keep for a month" appears on screen]
NARRATOR: But the books would never reach the people without the hard work of dedicated librarians and volunteers.
[cut to a still image from the book ("Australia")]
NARRATOR: Margriet Ruurs, writer and educator, contacted librarians around the world and asked them to share stories about their libraries ...
[cut to another still image from the book ("Canada")]
NARRATOR: In many cases, volunteers and librarians took camera in hand to photograph their mobile libraries, and to report the happy faces of children receiving books.
[cut to another still image from the book ("Thailand")]
NARRATOR: The result is this inspiring photo essay, which is a celebration of books, readers, and librarians.
[cut to a still image from the cover of the book]
NARRATOR: "My Librarian Is a Camel ... How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World," by Margriet Ruurs, is as the International Reading Association calls it, "a notable book for a global society." Children's Literature says, "adults and children alike will be fascinated. A fine and interesting introduction to libraries as creative enterprises and the importance of books to children all over the globe."
[cut to another still image from the book ("Azerbaijan")]
NARRATOR: Why would librarians go to the trouble of packing books on the backs of elephants, or driving miles to deliver books by bus? Because, as one librarian in Azerbaijan says, "The mobile library is as important as air or water!"
My Librarian Is a Camel: How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World
by Margriet Ruurs
Age Range: 8 - 12 years
Grade Level: 3 - 7
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press (August 1, 2005)
Do you get books from a public library in your town or even in your school library? In many remote areas of the world, there are no library buildings. In many countries, books are delivered in unusual way: by bus, boat, elephant, donkey, train, even by wheelbarrow. Why would librarians go to the trouble of packing books on the backs of elephants or driving miles to deliver books by bus? Because, as one librarian in Azerbaijan says, "Books are as important to us as air or water!" This is the intriguing photo essay, a celebration of books, readers, and libraries.
Ruurs visits 13 countries and explores the manner in which librarians provide services to patrons using everything from boats and wheelbarrows to elephants. Many of the full-color photographs were actually taken by the librarians themselves. A boxed section also provides a map and basic facts about the featured country. While this is an attractive browsing item, the amount of text on each page and the textbook style of writing may discourage students from reading it cover to cover. However, with little information available about libraries of the world, this title offers a glimpse into the world of books, which several countries consider as important as air or water. This might be an interesting revelation to many students who consider reading a laborious task and to those who take an abundance of books very much for granted.