A Colombian trash collector is now known around Bogota, Colombia, as “The Lord of the Books” after spending years rescuing literary works that had been discarded as trash.
It all started two decades ago when Jose Alberto Gutierrez was on duty emptying bins and noticed a copy of the novel “Anna Karenina” was among the trash. He kept that book and continued collecting all the discarded books he found along his route, according to Ervse.
As his inventory grew, Gutierrez dedicated an entire floor of his home to a free library that people could borrow from. With word spreading of his efforts, he began receiving donations and getting invited to international book fairs throughout the country.
Although he never finished grade school himself, his collection has benefited local children who go to him for books they need for assignments.
Apart from the donations he receives, Gutierrez reportedly pays out of his own pocket for his library's expenses.
What a transition: from trash collector to book collector. The residents of Bogota have a true hometown hero in this man.
We guess it’s true what they say: “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.”
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