African Library Project

Empower Thru English Reading

02/10/2017 to 06/01/2017
Phoenix AZ

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 ...

Hello, my name is Senou Kounouho. I am 13 years old and live in Arizona. This book drive is organized by my family and me.

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

It's a way of giving back. All my life I have had access to books that inspired my imagination and took me to distant lands filled with fantastic creatures. Reading taught me valuable moral and transformed how I viewed the world.
    At the other extreme, my dad grew up in a village. No electricity; no plumbing; no internet; no library; and no books. No books to learn English with. No books to cuddle up with before going to bed. No books to help learn how to write. But my dad did have the perseverance to grow, and under the right circumstances he made his way here, to America, the “Land of Opportunity”.
    Unluckily many other capable kids are not getting the same chance to learn as my dad did. This book drive will bring them not only one step closer to the power of literacy, but also to self sufficiency and success in life.

About our African Partners...

The books collected in this drive will go to St Mary’s Karonga Girls’ Secondary (6-12) school in Karonga, Malawi. This secondary school has a library building, but no books. Our job is to furnish this library.
    St Mary’s Karonga Girls’ Secondary school has been open for about half a year (starting in November 2016).  It is located near Mwenilondo Trade centre in northern Malawi. These girls start their day at 4:00am in the morning and end at 8:30pm.
    The library will be opened to enhance the study of English, especially because the classes are taught in English.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

4th to 8th grade reading level books, along with books that focus on geography, history, life skills, social studies, biology, physics, chemistry, and agriculture would be greatly appreciated.

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

For picking up donations,
Call: (480)648-3323 or

If mailing the books is more convenient,
Mail to: P.O. Box 10254 Glendale, AZ 85318.

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

Support us financially at:

Here are some ways that you can help...

Tell a friend about the book drive. We really do appreciate the help in spreading the word for the cause. Feel free to email us for a copy of the flyer.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Empower Thru Reading
Phone: (480)648-3323

Progress Report

Our Goal 1200 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: Friday, March 3rd)
1003 books $258 fundraising

YAY! We met our goal! Thank you so much to everyone who helped us receive over 1200 books for this library.


Thank you to BASIS Peoria, and their NJHS for books and support
Thank you to the Eagle Ridge Community for books
Thank you our friends at American Express and across the world for their donations
Thank you to CCV staff for their books
Thank you to Friends of Phoenix Public Library Warehouse
And thank you my family for their time and effort

Tips for Other Book Drive Organizers

If you need more books, try to find a public library warehouse in your area.

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