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Celebrate Books This Week With “Biblioburro: The Donkey Library”

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The week of books is upon us.

Every April since 1958 the American Library Association (ALA) has celebrated the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers. Over 50 years later, we’ll celebrate National Library Week (April 14-20) and National Bookmobile Day (April 17) with seven of our library partners as they screen Biblioburro: The Donkey Library (POV 2011), the story of a Colombian grade-school teacher who spends his weekends bringing books to the children of Magdalena with the help of his two donkeys.

This year’s theme is, appropriately, “Communities matter @ your library,” reminding us all that libraries can be vital community hubs that bring people together around unique programming and activities, whether through digital resources or a POV screening and discussion.

Alamosa, CO
Sunday, April 14, 2013, 6:00PM
Join Adams State College Office of Disability/Diversity for a screening of Biblioburro: The Donkey Library. For more information, call (719) 587-8226.

St. Louis, MO
Sunday, April 14, 2013, 7:00PM
Our community will celebrate National Library Week by screening Biblioburro in front of our very own Little Library. Our community will get a chance to experience and discuss the efforts of Luis Soriano and his love for books and literacy.

Meriden, CT
Monday, April 15, 2013, 6:30PM
Celebrate National Library Week at the Meriden Public Library with a free screening of Biblioburro: The Donkey Library. For more information, call (203) 630-6349.

Telluride, CO
Monday, April 15, 2013, 6:00PM
National Library Week begins April 15th! Join the Wilkinson Public Library in celebration with a free screening of Biblioburro: The Donkey Library. For more information, call (970) 728-4519.

Birmingham, AL
Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 4:00PM
Join the Birmingham Public Library’s Springville Road Branch for a free after school screening of Biblioburro: The Donkey Library. For more information, call (205) 226-3742.

Round Lake, NY
Wedneday, April 17, 2013, 6:30PM
Would you risk your safety to put books in the hands of people who need? Come to the Round Lake Public Library to view and discuss Biblioburro: The Donkey Library, a PBS POV documentary about a man who battled snakes, drug cartels and others to bring the written word to the rural poor of Columbia. For more information, call (518) 899-2285.

Mt. Kisco, NY
Saturday, April 20, 2013, 2:00PM
Join the Mt. Kisco Public Library for a screening of Biblioburro: The Donkey Library, followed by a half-hour Q&A period facilitated by the children’s librarian. For more information, call (914) 666-8041.

POV Staff
POV Staff
POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 300 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.