BOGOTA, Colombia - (KRT) - Amid the slum apartments and mean streets on the ragged outskirts of Bogota, there's an unlikely oasis.
It's El Tintal Library, built from the remains of a trash-compacting station.
"I love it here," said grade-schooler Paula Ximena, 9, who visits almost every day. "It's safe and fun."
In just a few years, Bogota has become a public library mecca. It claims more library-goers per capita than New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. And its biggest library, just off Bogota's main square, draws a whopping 4.5 million people per year.