Mobile Bicycle Library Loans Books to Street People
Robson Mendonça, a former street person, is 60 years old and always enjoyed reading. However, without proof of residence, he could not borrow anything from public libraries. This situation encouraged Robson, from the state of Rio Grande do Sul, to nurture an idea: as soon as his life situation changed for the better, he would create a library for street people.
This is how Robson had the idea to found the State Movement of Street People NGO and create the Mobile Bicycle Library. It's an adapted tricycle with a trunk - capable of carrying up to 150 kilos of books – designed to provide books for street people who are not able to borrow from traditional libraries.
The project results from a partnership with Green Mobility and the City of São Paulo Secretary of Green Space and the Environment and the collection comes from donations. Armed with a loudspeaker, Robson rides through the main streets and squares of the city of São Paulo attracting the attention of potential borrowers. Anyone borrowing a book has two options: pass it on to someone else or return it to the Mobile Bicycle Library.
The idea is to expand the project to other communities throughout Brazil. NGOs that work with disadvantaged communities and are interested in having a Mobile Bicycle Library can contact the Green Mobility Institute.
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