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Italian retired teacher who invented a mobile library
to serve small villages on the hills

BUILDING LIBRARIES


In kiswahili Kabiliana means confronting one another, and what is the best place where to confront with others than through books? I grew up reading voraciously and as a lonely child in the house I used my imagination to act all what I've been reading at the end of each book. It was fun, sometimes I was a mosquettier, some other a pirate inspired by Jules Verne and Italian author Emilio Salgari, some other times I was Austen's Elizabeth Bennet or Cosette protagonist of the Miserable by Victor Hugo. The walls of my room were the perfect scenographies for my own stories and I could spend hours forgetting the world outside, my real life and live other lives, other realities which looked to me more real than real life.

I 'd like to quote Indian-American author Mitali Perkins who talks about books as windows and mirrors. Definetly bringing books to children who don't have is gifting them of many windows and mirrors, a sight on different worlds and the possibility to identify with experiences and situations no matter distances, places, borders, languages, cultures.