Our mission: literacy and education
BiblioWorks is founded on the simple principle that literacy and education are critical components for the creation and vitality of sustainable communities and cultures. We believe that where knowledge, literacy, and learning exist, people have the resources they need to solve social issues, maintain and strengthen their cultural identities, as well as to grow their community economically.
Biblio Charitable Works, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to provide communities in need with tools and resources to develop sustainable literacy and education programs through funding and book and material donations for schools, libraries, and cultural institutions.
Organization summary and history
BiblioWorks is a non-profit organization spreading the joys of reading in rural Bolivia! Since 2005 we have built and equipped eight libraries in rural and impoverished areas of the beautiful central Bolivian countryside. BiblioWorks was started in 2005 by Megan Sherar and her brother Brendan Sherar of Asheville, NC. Megan, a Peace Corps volunteer at the time in a small village of 200 families, about two and half hours from the city of Sucre, was asked over and over by her community to build a library. Enter brother, Brendan, CEO of the Asheville-based company Biblio.com who ventured down to check out Megan’s life in Bolivia and ended up falling in love with the country, building a library in Megan’s Peace Corps site and effectively starting BiblioWorks. After that first library in tiny Morado K’asa, Megan received proposals from several nearby communities for new libraries. The next library to be equipped and supported was in Presto, a town close to Morado K’asa, and the rest is history with Biblio.com becoming the sole financer of seven library projects in four years.
Not only have we opened and equipped seven libraries in Morado K’asa, Presto, Patacon, Yamparaéz, Tarabuco, Villa Serrano and Sopachuy, but we are working on making them all self-sustaining. With our team here in Bolivia we have trained hundreds of librarians, teachers, students and other community members in the proper use of a public library. Our organization is dedicated to improving literacy and opening educational doors so that children and young people will have new opportunities to pursue studies and vocations that will allow them to serve their communities in order to develop strategies to eliminate poverty. In rural Bolivia the concept of public libraries is relatively new, and most children and young people do not have the vital access to books and information they need to achieve success.