Garbage collectors in Turkey's capital Ankara are recycling books they find in the trash. They created a mobile library full of books that people have thrown away. There are over 9,000 books on its shelves. The books are divided into over 20 categories, including politics, romance, history, literature, health and economics. The library is inside a truck that tours schools around Ankara. The garbage collectors want to make children more passionate about books, especially in the age of mobile phones and tablets. Many schools do not have a reading room or library.
The library has got a lot of attention and there is a campaign for it to grow. People in Turkey are sending their old books to the library. The library director said: "The interest is growing. Each day we have guests coming here to borrow books or have a quiet time to read." A library worker said: "We have books here for children aged from six to ten, but also books for older children, like world classics and fiction novels. We hope that it will...arouse a passion for books." Turkey has just one public library for every 70,000 people, compared to one for every 6,200 people in the European Union.