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Masked Man fights Illiteracy
On Saturday afternoon, June 14, 2014, a scary, masked man comes to Miami, Florida. Everyone is welcome, free of charge, to see him at the Perez Art Museum, 1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132. Stories welcome!
In 2010, advocates for literacy in rural Honduras appeared as a masked character on horseback to get children's attention, where illiteracy was estimated to plague up to 80 percent of the population. Dubbed BioblioBandido, the masked man rode into the village, scaring children, and leaving his demand pinned to the schoolhouse door.
He said he was hungry for stories, and he had to be fed the most delicious ones created by the children. No one had ever seen this masked man before, and many hid from him as he rode through town. One woman even called the police.
In the weeks following the BiblioBandido's first visit, teachers and volunteers worked with the children to write stories and to make paper and books. A master list was created where children signed their names so the BiblioBandido would know on his return which children did as he demanded.
Terror of the unknown turned into a boon for learning. Each month, the BiblioBandido returned to collect the written stories. After a while, a woman on horseback came into town instead, announcing that she was there on behalf of the BiblioBandido, who reportedly remained hungry and behind in Biblio Land.
The BibloiBandido became a cult star. His emissaries have been known to appear in other cities around the world, helping him to end ignorance and illiteracy. In June 2014, Miami will meet him, sponsored by the aptly named Target stores.