Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

Columbian Garbageman Creates Community Library From Discarded Books.

It’s been over 20 years since Gutiérrez found the Tolstoy book while he was picking up the trash.

Now, he prides himself on his extensive collection, which includes everything from classics to romance novels, books for children, and textbooks. And thanks to his selfless desire to help those in his community, Gutiérrez has earned himself a title worth bragging about.

It’s been over 20 years since Gutiérrez found the Tolstoy book while he was picking up the trash.

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Known as the “Lord of the Books,” Gutiérrez has extended his collection far beyond the walls of the community library in his home.

Thanks to his undeniably selfless efforts, 50,000 books have been distributed throughout his city, and to other community libraries including schools in rural areas that aren’t able to afford their own books for the schoolchildren.

Known as the “Lord of the Books,” Gutiérrez has extended his collection far beyond the walls of the community library in his home.

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Literacy rates are directly related to a person’s success, which means educated people are more likely to find work than someone who isn’t able to read.

Gutiérrez has done everything in his power to help the children in his own community learn how to read. Gutiérrez understands that helping them gain the ability to read will only help them move up in their place in the world.

Literacy rates are directly related to a person’s success, which means educated people are more likely to find work than someone who isn’t able to read.

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Gutiérrez has explained that there’s nothing more important to him than making sure that the people in his country are able to read.

“The most valuable inheritance we can leave our children is education. The day I fill Colombia with books, I’ll feel like Odysseus when he rescued Penelope and saved Ithaca from the war,” said Gutiérrez in an interview with the Christian Science Monitor.

Gutiérrez has explained that there’s nothing more important to him than making sure that the people in his country are able to read.

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Even though Gutiérrez was laid off from the garbage company in February of 2018, he says that his work isn’t finished quite yet.

During the interview with the Christian Science Monitor, Gutiérrez explained that he’s now putting his energy into funding the construction of a library for the community outside of his home. He wants to ensure that his work will continue long after he has passes on from this world.

Even though Gutiérrez was laid off from the garbage company in February of 2018, he says that his work isn’t finished quite yet.

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