In today’s heartwarming book news, a garbage collector in Colombia made news for fishing out discarded books to add to his personal library. He opens his ever-growing library to low-income kids. Talk about a man with a heart of gold.
Jose Alberto Gutierrez, of Bogota, Colombia, has helped educate young children through the written word for over 20 years. Known as “The Lord of the Books,” Gutierrez has built a personal library of over TWENTY THOUSAND books (!!!) that he shares with neighborhood kids. He named his library “The Strength of Words” to impart the importance of strengthening the mind through reading.
“This should be in all neighborhoods, on each corner of every neighborhood, in all the towns, in all departments, and all the rural areas,” Gutiérrez told The Associated Press in 2015. “Books are our salvation and that is what Colombia needs.”
These are serious personal #goals. Good on you, Gutierrez.
Featured image courtesy of GonzoToday.