Every weekend for the past decade, Luis Soriano has strapped pouches painted with the word "Biblioburro" to two donkeys and loaded them with books for villagers near his home in Colombia. Soriano, a 36 year old schoolteacher, got the idea after watching the effect reading had on his pupils. Now 300 people regularly borrow books, and Soriano's collection has grown from 70 to over 4,800 titles. He is often greeted by groups of children waiting for him to read to them, but his route can be dangerous: Two years ago, bandits tied him to a tree. Finding that he had no money, one of the bandits stole the book Brida, the story of an Irish girl and her search for knowledge, by Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho. [IHT]
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