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Ethiopian librarian is CNN “Top 10 hero of 2008”

Posted by worldlylibrarian on November 5, 2008

Yohannes Gebregeorgis, an Ethiopian librarian, has been chosen as one of the “Top 10 heroes of 2008” by CNN.

Growing up in poverty, he fled to the United States as a political refugee in 1981. After becoming a librarian, he eventually returned to Ethiopia in 2002, and proceeded to open a children’s library in his home with books donated by the San Francisco Children’s Library.

He also founded Ethiopia Reads which, among other things, works to provide books for school libraries, and also publishes traditional stories from regions and ethnic groups across Ethiopia.

You can vote for Yohannes Gebregeorgis to be the CNN hero of 2008 at the first link above.



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