African Library Project

Steamboat Springs Homeschool Group Book Drive for Lesotho, Africa

09/28/2010 to 11/09/2010
Steamboat Springs CO

We are working with the African Library Project to provide books to eager readers in Africa who have very few books. Please help us by collecting and delivering gently used books or by raising money to help pay for shipping to Africa. It takes only 1000 books and $500 (plus a little elbow grease!) to start a single library and make a huge difference in children’s lives.

This book drive is organized by ...

We are homeschoolers from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado! We all love to learn and want to share our passion for books with the kids in Lesotho! When Rusty DeLucia, our amazing, compassionate, and energetic drama teacher, joined the Peace Corps and told us about her kids in Lesotho who have no books to read, we were inspired into action.

We want to start a library in Africa because...

Our world is brimming with books!. Our community here in Steamboat Springs is blessed with a state of the art, brand new library that we visit almost daily! It is the hub of our small town and a favorite spot for all of our children.
When Steamboat local Rusty DeLucia joined the Peace Corps in Lesotho and told us about kids there who have never even held a single book, we knew this was a project we could throw our hearts into!

About our African Partners...

Our books will create the library for the Renekeng Government Primary School. There are approximately 155 students there in grades 1-7. The secondary school as well as community members will also be able to use the library. The teachers have already expressed their immense gratitude and excitement for their new library!

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We need books for a primary school library, U.S. pre-school to 4th grade reading level. Paperbacks are preferable as these are easier to ship. We also need student dictionaries and post 1990 atlases. Because the library will be available to older students and community members as well, books up to an 8th grade reading level would also be appreciated. Don't forget educational games and puzzles, with all of the pieces, as well as flash cards your kids no longer use.

Here's how you can contribute your books...

Our book drive is well under way! Keep them coming! We will be collecting books until November 9. Collection bins are located in the Story Time Room in the back of the Children's Department at the library and in the lobby at Excel Gymnastics. If you need pick up for your books, please call Laurin Cooke at 879-8809 and she will gladly arrange this for you.

We need to raise funds for shipping the books...

We are raising funds to ship all of these wonderful books to Lesotho! First they will go to a US warehouse, and then they will travel on a container ship all the way to Africa. We will have a bake sale on Tuesday October 26, 2010, from 10am-12pm, in front of City Market and Wal-Mart. We have some wonderful bakers in our group, and know that you will find a yummy treat at the sale!

We will gratefully accept monetary donations as well if you can't attend the bake sale.

Here are some ways that you can help...

*Please let all of your friends and family know about our book drive! We know everyone has a few books on their shelves that could inspire a child in Lesotho to read!

*Please come shop at our bake sale on Tuesday, October 26, from 10-12, in front of City Market and Wal-Mart. We will be selling lots of yummy fall and Halloween treats to raise money to pay for the shipping of our books!

Contact us to find out more

Name: Laurin Cooke
Phone: 970-879-8809

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500.00 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 12/08/2010)
1437 books $625.00 fundraising

The books have been shipped! Thank you, everyone, for your generous help and support!

Our bake sale was a success! Thank you to all of our families who braved Steamboat's first snowstorm of the season to contribute to the sale! Thanks to the community for your generous support!


We send our heartfelt thanks to:

* Bud Werner Memorial Library Children's Librarian Sarah Kostin for helping us with our bulletin board and collection display in the Story Time Room and for sending out PR notices to the radio and the newspaper!

*Coach Mike and Coach Steve at Excel Gymnastics for letting us set up our display and collection box in the lobby!

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