Sunday, November 16, 2014

Bilbio Turismo ride into the Highlands

Bilbio Turismo made a stop to Moss Vale Library last Friday. Photo by Dominica Sanda
A DIFFERENT group of bookworms drove into Moss Vale Library on Friday.
Armed with helmets, padding and anything from a 300kg to a 160kg motorbike, a group of 10 biker-librarians rolled into Moss Vale to promote public libraries.
The group, called Biblio  Turismo, meets once a year to publicise the work of public libraries from one stretch of NSW to the other on their two wheel “monsters”.
Started nine years ago by Alan Flores, the biker librarians visit different public libraries each year and have so far stopped at about 170 in NSW.
“We ride to raise awareness of public libraries and reading,” Mr Flores said.
“It’s an opportunity for local public libraries to get publicity.”
The group usually travels about 300 kilometres a day and stop at libraries across NSW to snack, break and network with fellow librarians and youngsters.
“We get big welcomes and sometimes we get the chance to sit and have storytime with the kids,” Mr Flores said.
“It’s unique in Australia and maybe even in the world.”
“We’ve had a lot of fun over the years.”
After visiting Kiama, Biblio Turismo spent Friday morning mingling with Moss Vale Library librarians and council staff.
The group doesn’t get paid for their yearly road trip and take the time out from work to market public libraries all across the state.
After their morning tea in Moss Vale, Biblio Turismo geared up for the ride to Goulburn.

No comments: