In Valparaiso, a city on the coast of Chile, a small library is working to introduce local children to a new universe of books. The library is called Libro Alegre, which means ’Happy Book’ or ‘Cheerful Book.’ It is a happy place, stuffed with dolls, legos, and one of those toy kitchens with plastic food. First and foremost, though, it’s a library that’s stuffed with stories.
Imogen Mark, a volunteer at Libro Alegre, said “It truly, genuinely, is a unique collection of books.” Mark is British but has lived in Chile for years. She explained that people donate books, mostly from Scandinavian countries. The books then get translated into Spanish. Finally those translations are printed out and pasted into the books, right over the original Danish or Swedish or English text.
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