Good Samaritan Creates Free Library Out Of 20,000 Books Found In The Trash

This man has saved 20,000 books over the past couple of decades and has made them available to his community members for free.

Credit: Al Jazeera

Education is what will set people free, and it’s because of this truth that news of a trash man creating a free library for his community members is so heartening.

Twenty years ago, garbage man Jose Alberto Gutierrez of Bogota, Colombia noticed that sometimes, perfectly good books end up in the trash. The first book he found was a copy of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. Dismayed but intrigued, he rescued the book from the garbage and what ensued, he now refers to as the “snowball effect.” After saving Anna Karenina, he began seizing other discarded literature he found in people’s trash.

Since that fateful day two decades ago, Gutierrez has collected over 20,000 books. With too many to read himself, he founded a free library, which he aptly named “Strength of Words.” The library is located in his own home, which he opens up to community children on the weekends.

Gutierrez has done a great deed for his local area, as South Bogota is quite poor. In result, not many people can afford literature. Thanks to the trash man’s progressive thinking, however, community members now have a host of resources at their disposal.

Because Gutierrez’s house is overflowing with books, he has started shipping them to other regions that lack educational resources or informative entertainment. he has also sent books to FARC rebels who are preparing to assimilate into civilian life, reports the BBC.

Watch the video below to learn more:

From the Garbage to the Bookshelf

A garbage collector in Colombia has his own library for children. All the books come from the trash.

Posted by AJ+ on Monday, February 27, 2017

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