Vintage automobiles from 1960 and older cruise the roads with engines that have been massaged over the years to keep them running. The weathered buildings and worn stairways were built to last, but show years of exposure to the elements and multitudes of foot traffic. I stepped into the past on this trip and I am now envisioning Cuba’s future in light of the recent US and Cuban talks. Access to much needed materials will truly change Cuba. As librarians and educators we can impact this transition. At present Cuban libraries have very limited resources, yet Cuba has one of the highest literacy rates in the world. How do they manage it?
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Steiner, Stan. (2016). "Beyond the Region: Cuban Libraries, a Humbling Experience". PNLA Quarterly, 80(2), 14-20.