Mobile library gets rural kids reading

As a teacher in a primary school in rural Italy, Antonio La Cava (pictured above) was worried about his young pupils’ growing lack of interest in reading books. His response was to transform a three-wheeled van into a mobile library.

Now 73, Antonio has spent nearly 20 years driving his Bibliomotocarro, taking books to children in the remote villages and communities of Basilicata, a region in Italy’s far south.  “I was worried about growing old in a country of non-readers,” he says. “Without a book, so often a child is alone.” Read more…