David Kipen with the BicycleLibrary prototype – image courtesy of La Opinion
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In four years, Schmibros Books has released 14,000 copies in Boyle Heights and has plans to develop a fleet bicycle-libraries
Latinos do read in Boyle Heights.
René Ruvalcaba was about to be dad for the third time, but instead of being in the delivery room with his wife, ran to get a book.
“I never liked to be present, instead I come here to look for literature. Better read than being in the hospital, “says Ruvalcaba.
Libros Schmibros opened in Boyle Heights Mariachi Plaza, a short walk from White Memorial Medical Center.
“It’s great. We have to make sure these libraries do not close because the Internet does not leave open a book, “he says.
In 2010, David Kipen, book critic and former director of reading initiatives of National Endowment for the Arts opened a bookstore in the least expected place: Mariachi Plaza in the neighborhood of Boyle Heights.
“I was in the position that people send me books without even asking for them,” he recalls.
Added to that, the Franklin library would close on Mondays. “Then I thought about what I can do to make a difference in a neighborhood that does not have much access to books.”
So while Franklin closed its doors, Libros Schmibros opened its doors in July 2010. Continue reading