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Colombian garbage collector rescues books for children
The discarded reading material slowly piled up, and now the ground floor of his small house is a makeshift community library stacked from floor to ceiling with some 20,000 books, ranging from chemistry textbooks to children's classics.
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In this Aug. 19, 2015 photo, Jose Alberto Gutierrez sits among piles of books at his home in Bogota, Colombia. A second-grade education has not stopped garbage collector Jose Gutierrez from bringing the gift of reading to thousands of Colombian children. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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In this Aug. 19, 2015, photo, Jose Alberto Gutierrez, left, talks to children visiting his library at his home in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday. The reading material slowly piles up, and now the ground floor of his small house is a makeshift community library stacked from floor to ceiling with some 20,000 books, ranging from chemistry textbooks to children√Ęs classics. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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In this Aug. 19, 2015 photo, Cristian Orjuela, 5, looks for a book at Jose Alberto Gutierrez's home in Bogota, Colombia. Garbage collector Gutierrez started rescuing books from the trash almost 20 years ago, when he was driving a garbage truck at night through the capitals wealthier neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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In this Aug. 19, 2015 photo, Jose Alberto Gutierrez drives a garbage truck in Bogota, Colombia. Gutierrez is an avid read of works by authors such as Leo Tolstoy, Victor Hugo and Mario Vargas Llosa. His favorite books include One Hundred Years of Solitude and The General in his Labyrinth by Colombias Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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In this Aug. 19, 2015 photo, garbage truck driver Jose Alberto Gutierrez searches for books in the trash, in Bogota, Colombia. While Gutierrez still sifts through the rubbish for additions to his library, his fame as Colombias Lord of the Books has also brought him thousands of donated tomes that hes sent to other libraries around the country because he doesnt have room for them all. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Colombian garbage collector rescues books for children

The discarded reading material slowly piled up, and now the ground floor of his small house is a makeshift community library stacked from floor to ceiling with some 20,000 books, ranging from chemistry textbooks to children's classics.

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