Digging for Words: José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built

Digging for Words: José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built

By: Angela Burke Kunkel
Published by: Schwartz & Wade
Publication Date: 2020
List: The Best Children's Books About Libraries and Librarians, Junior Library Guild

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Description

In the city of Bogotá, in the barrio of La Nueva Gloria, there live two Josés.

One, a garbage collector, prepares his truck for its route through wealthy neighborhoods. Señor José drives all night, scanning the sidewalks as he works, searching for hidden treasure...

The other, a young boy, dreams of Saturday, when he can visit Señor José's library, filled with towering stacks of books rescued from the trash.

This stunning celebration of community and libraries was inspired by the life of José Alberto Gutiérrez, who has helped to bring the magic of books to the children of Colombia.

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