My new hero
How awesome is this.
A man in the Philippines set up a public library out of his home because of his passion for books.
In the BBC article “The man who turned his home into a public library“, Kate McGeow reports that:
“Hernando Guanlao is a sprightly man in his early 60s, with one abiding passion – books.
They’re his pride and joy, which is just as well because, whether he likes it or not, they seem to be taking over his house.
Guanlao, known by his nickname Nanie, has set up an informal library outside his home in central Manila, to encourage his local community to share his joy of reading.
The idea is simple. Readers can take as many books as they want, for as long as they want – even permanently. As Guanlao says: “The only rule is that there are no rules.””
This story just fills me with giddiness, especially as you read on to discover how popular it is, and how much it is growing. I fell in love with Hernando even more when he said this:
“It seems to me that the books are speaking to me…” he says with a smile. “The books are telling me they want to be read…they want to be passed around.”
See?! This man gets it. The power and magic of books. They speak, they sing, they pulse. He understands and he honours it and through that honour he has brought so much joy to others. What started out as 100 seems to be upwards of 3000 now. Though he doesn’t advertise, people find him.
Read the full article. It is worth your attention. And then when you get to the end and read “A book should be used and reused. It has life, it has a message.” – try not to weep.