But he hasn’t been to a place where books are rare. He can buy books whenever he wants on his iPad. And even if you’re like him, I hope you’ll consider the power of libraries, too.
Like a supermarket, a community’s library tells you a lot about a place. One of the most amazing experiences I’ve had was visiting a READ Global library in Ura, Bhutan–the first library built outside the nation’s capital city, 11 hours from it, in fact. Kids in this beautiful farming village drank up the library from the moment the doors of the creaky converted farmhouse opened. One boy told me proudly that he had a small stack of books of his own. They all couldn’t wait to show me their favorite books.
Somehow my infectiousness for the place trickled over to a little girl named Claire, who subsequently helped raise enough money to build another library there.
Here’s the story about her wonderful feat, from adventurer and explorer Richard Bangs on the Huffington Post.
You don’t need to raise enough money to build an entire library. And the library you support doesn’t have to be half a world away. But I share this in the hopes you’ll be inspired, like Claire was, to share the power of books and reading.