30,000 books for 33 inhabitants
Some 35km from the Spanish city of Burgos is Quintanalara, a village with 33 registered inhabitants, of which just ten live there in winter. Its mayor, Rubén Heras Gil, has set an ambitious goal: to make this tiny village into a cultural leader. A year ago, he started a campaign to collect books, which has culminated in Entrelibros, a library with 30,000 copies. Open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, they trust “in citizens’ good faith,” explains the mayor. His way of revitalizing the village involved what they call ‘bookcrossing’: the visitor leaves a book and, in exchange, takes a different one. Making the world into a library could be the next challenge for Quintanalara.
Text: Patricia Gardeu