Have camel will read...

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In an effort to provide books to isolated communities living in Kenya's North East, the National Library Service, Book Aid's Kenyan partner, uses camels.

There are high levels of poverty and illiteracy in this region and most people are unable to visit a static library. But the camel library is helping to foster the reading habit and strengthen literacy skills by giving people the chance to read and borrow books on a fortnightly basis. 

The camel mobile library service comes to the settlements - each camel bearing two boxes of books - and either a tent is erected or the library is set up under a tree, where young and old alike can read the books available.

The BBC have produced a photo journal of the camel library's work which includes some pretty compelling photos that illustrate the appeal of the service. You can't help but think that a camel library is pretty cool!

More information:

Book Aid International's Kenya Program

Kenyan National Library Service

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