World’s largest floating book ‘sanctuary’ spreads knowledge and hope

VALLETTA (XINHUA) – About 300 people from 60 countries are traveling the world aboard the largest floating book fair ever to spread the joy of reading and bring hope and help to the needy.

This is the mission of Logos Hope, a 132 meter long ship which was commissioned in February 2009. It entered the port of Valletta in Malta on July 12, where it is moored until the end of the month for bookworms of different ages. to enjoy a world of books.

The crew members, from the captains and chefs to the people responsible for stacking the thousands of books on board, are all volunteers.

The offering features over 5,000 book titles, mostly in English, covering a wide range of topics including science, sports, hobbies, cooking, arts, languages ​​and religion. University textbooks in languages, mathematics, geography and history are also available on board.

Although officially registered in Valletta, the vessel spends little time there, instead moving from port to port so the crew can share knowledge and help local communities, the community relations manager told Xinhua. media, Sebastian Moncayo, during a tour of the ship.

After Malta, the boat will sail to Albania and Montenegro in the fall, then can continue its tour further afield to Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan in the winter.

When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in 2020, crew were not allowed to disembark for 122 days, Moncayo said.

The pandemic has also reduced the boat’s income, mostly from the sale of books they buy for a fraction of the market price from donors. An entrance fee of 1 EUR (1.02 USD) is applicable for visitors between the ages of 13 and 64.

The Hope Logos. PHOTO: XINHUA

Lucas E. Kelly