African Library Project

Learning and Dreaming Through Reading 2017 - Malawi

02/24/2017 to 05/14/2017
Lasalle Ontario

The African Library Project brings gently used books to an African community that has lots of eager readers but very few books. Please help by collecting and delivering gently used books or by raising money to help pay for shipping to Africa. It only takes 1000 books and $500 to start a single library (and a little elbow grease!)

This book drive is organized by ...

My name is Phil Ouellette and I'm a retired police officer from Lasalle, Ontario, Canada. I loved my job and always believed in trying to do the right things for the right reasons. Since retiring I find myself trying to take on small projects that not only encourage me to be a better person but also allow those around me to contribute positively in some way.

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

So why a library in a country that I've never been to and may never visit. Why a library for children that I don't know. I look at my children, I have four daughters, and I see all that they have and all that they can have. I look at these children in Africa and more specifically Malawi and I don't know why they shouldn't or can't have more. I think that at least in part, we can help the children of Malawi have more through reading and I believe this for two reasons. The first reason is in my belief that literacy and education open doors and create opportunities for all. Providing the children of Malawi with the opportunity to learn and read will allow them the chance to go on and become the teachers, doctors, nurses, leaders that will make their lives and their world better. Now for my second reason for believing that reading will make their lives better. These children won't just be learning and reading text books. These children will be reading story books, fictional books that teach them how to dream, how to believe that anything is possible. I believe that when you combine education and your dreams, there or no limits to who or what you can be.

About our African Partners...

As I write this I know little of my intended recipients. I know that we'll be providing books to a rural community in Malawi. In that community, our 1.000 plus books will be used by children from pre-school to the 4th grade. These children, through reading, will learn and dream.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

The following books books/items are what we are collecting and should be suitable for pre-school to 4th grade children. The books can be gently used or new:

Baby board books
Children’s picture books
Children’s fiction and non-fiction
Early readers
BIG books
Teacher's resource books for school libraries
Children’s dictionaries/picture dictionaries
Encyclopedias less than 15 years old
Children’s encyclopedias/picture encyclopedias
Children’s thesauruses
Paperback textbooks in math, English, geography, health, and science at appropriate level (kindergarten to 6th grade). Send no more than two copies of any texbook; these will be used for teacher resources.
Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love)
Children's books teaching life skills about health, hygiene, adolescence and careers
Accurate up-to-date atlases
Books about Africa or African-Americans
Educational children's science and literary magazines in good condition
Brain teasers, flash cards, educational games and puzzles

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

This book drive will start on February 24th, 2017 and end on May 14th, 2017. If you would like to donate books, call or email me and I will arrange for pick-up of local or regional donations. If you are donating from a greater distance call or email me and I'll make arrangements to get these books from you. During this time period we will be holding several events as required. I will keep you posted on this web site and on my personal Facebook page.

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

Once the books are collected, my volunteers and I will organize them, box them up and ship them first to a repository in New Orleans and then to Malawi with other books intended for other libraries in Malawi. It is estimated that costs for shipping will run between $500-$600. If you are unable to donate books and would prefer to make a cash donation please contact me at the phone number or email address listed below for Phil Ouellette

Here are some ways that you can help...

How can you help?
Donate books; donate money; ask others to donate books or money; request a flyer for your workplace, gym, church, school, service club; donate supplies; or whatever else you want help with. Many of you have more experience on these types of projects than I do. Please share your ideas with me.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Phil Ouellette
Email: booksmalawi17@gmail.com
Phone: 519-819-9788

Name: Rhondi Keller
Email: booksmalawi17@gmail.com
Phone: 248-640-6937

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $600 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: March 24, 2017)
843 books $270 fundraising

We'll keep you posted!

Just a thought........or three

Your kids are all grown up, those children's books that sat in boxes in the attic or basement were given away a few years back. You have no books but you do have $10, $20 or whatever number of dollars that your prepared to help out with.

Have fun go to a local used book store, tell them what your doing and haggle, work out a deal. This can be fun for you, support a local business and make the vendor aware of this project and maybe make them feel better having committed a good deed.

No used book store in your community? With spring around the corner keep your eyes open for garage or yard sales in your neighbourhood.

Don't want to go out........check out ebay "bulk childrens books". You might be surprised at what your $20 can do!!

Acknowledgements

Special thanks out today to Johanne, Ed and Tammy, Deanna and Carol!!!!

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About the African Library Project

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