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Jose Alberto Gutierrez, a garbage man who lives in Bogota, Colombia, has been collecting books that were thrown away for 20 years. He lives in the low-income neighborhood of La Nueva Gloria barrio in southern #Bogota. Gutierrez started his collection when he realized local children have to drop out of school and start working early because they can’t afford books. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣

Today, the entire ground floor of his house is filled with 25000 books and counting. It has turned into a community library called La Fuerza de las Palabras (Spanish for “The Strength of Words”), run by his family.

The library has become a fixture of the community; Gutierrez has been profiled in the media and invited to book fairs. An old, donated ambulance has been converted into a bookmobile. There are plans for a brick-and-mortar location for the library in the future.⁣⁣

Source: ICDO