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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Common Places - L


Communal Places for Literary Enthusiasts

L  When Antonio La Cava, a retired school teacher in Basilcata, Italy, realized a need for children to access books, he transformed his three-wheeler into what he calls the Bibliomotocarro (possibly Italy’s smallest library) to deliver books to children in remote communities.

“Without a book, so often a child is alone” ~ Antonio La Cava

  Fun Fact: Benjamin Franklin started his own Lending Library in 1731 (Philadelphia) called the Library Company (he served as a librarian), but it required a subscription fee of 40 shillings. Later, in 1790, one of the oldest libraries in the country opened in Franklin, Massachusetts where residents could borrow books donated by – you guessed it - Benjamin Franklin.



  1. Hi Diedre - these are all such interesting posts ... love the little Bibliomotocarro - fabulous name too. Franklin was an extraordinary man - so I'm not surprised to see this. Thanks ... another great post - cheers Hilary

    1. Hi Hilary!

      Thanks for coming along with me!
      As a kid, I'm sure I would chased the Bibliomotocarro much as I did the Ice Cream truck ;-)

  2. That was really nice of him to make that mobile library.

    1. Hi Alex!

      Wasn't it? I bet he was a wonderful teacher as well.

  3. That is so awesome. We live in time and place where we can take something as magical as a book and place as wonderful as a library for granted.
    Especially when there are so many that can't.

    Tim Brannan, The Other Side: 2021: The A to Z of Monsters

    1. Hi Timothy!

      Sadly true. We are fortunate to still have people willing to share a passion for reading.


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