African Library Project

Books for Botswana

10/19/2010 to 01/31/2011
Paradise CA

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 Breanna Crabtree, and in order to graduate from my high school, it is required that I do fifteen hours of service in an area that I am interested in. Please feel free to contact me or my mentor, Amy Behlke, if you are interested in donating books or funds. Thank you for supporting Books for Botswana!

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

My whole objective in doing the African Library Project, is to improve children's education, particularly reading skills. I have been given the wonderful opportunity to receive an education, and I want the same for those in other countries, such as Africa. This project is not only a great way to learn and to grow; but a wonderful way to build others up in their desire to read.

About our African Partners...

My partner in Botswana is Gakhibane Primary School. This school serves about 142 readers and 8 teachers.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

* 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)
* Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love)
* Children’s health books
* 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

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

I have contacted a local club in my town for a donation. I have yet to hear back from them. We are in great need of money donations. Please contact me if you are able to make a small contribution A.S.A.P. Write checks out to: African Library Project.

Here are some ways that you can help...

Books are finally collected! However we are short of funds. Please email if you would like to contribute towards the book drive. Thank you

Contact us to find out more

Name: Breanna Crabtree

Name: Amy Behlke
Phone: 530-872-6465 ext4047

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500.00 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 1/29/11)
about 1,000 books $350.00 fundraising

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE EMAIL ME AT: if you are able to make any donations in way of books or money. Thank you!


Local elementary schools have been doing an AMAZING job in donating children's books. A huge thank you for all they have done. Paradise Elementary school, Ponderosa Elementary school, Paradise High school. Also a great response from close friends who have contributed many books. Mattern family, McKay family, Sypherd family. I haven't got around to counting the books yet, but I'm estimating there is about three hundred books.

Tips for Other Book Drive Organizers

Plan early and get your project out to the public as soon as you can. There are many people who are interested in helping in great ways!

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