The Ice Cream Man is coming!

Inspiration

Well, you would have thought so had you seen Martin coming your way. But in actual fact, this guy is much more than just an ice cream vendor; he loans out books from his wagon, helping spread his love for reading to people through his journey.

Per the source:

La Carreta Literaria ¡Leamos! de Cartagena (Cartagena’s Literary Wagon, Let’s read!).

Martín Murillo Gómez has been traveling with his wagon through Cartagena, Colombia. His is the only wagon that transports books.

He lends the books to readers and he also reads to the people who gather around him in parks, plazas, schools and universities.

Sometimes you’ll find him reading from a book with blank pages, stories that he has created for years to invite children to the world of literature.

His journey has led him to meet personalities such as Gabriel García Márquez, who found a copy of One Hundred Years of Solitude and sign it for him.

Thanks to Murillo’s effort and the support of others, the wagon that started with 120 books (some of which he bought with the money he made by selling water on the streets and some which were donated by people who believed in his project) now has 3,500 books.

With the support of sponsors, Murillo has been able to continue with his passion for reading and his commitment to spread the love for literature.

What a great idea! What a great man!

MMA

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