African Library Project

Intown Kids 4 Ghana

02/01/2011 to 03/31/2011
Atlanta GA

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 ...

Our group lives in a wonderful community (Inman Park) in Atlanta, GA, where we participated in a previous book drive for ALP. We are excited about doing this book drive because an Inman Park resident, Zack Mancuso now lives in Tali, Ghana as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He applied to start a library in his village and now we are going to make it happen!

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

Having a library in Tali, Ghana will make a major difference in the lives of the kids who live there. Zack Mancuso, who lives in Tali as a Peace Corps volunteer has stated that Tali is a beautiful village in the northern part of Ghana, but it is very small and lacks resources. We are helping to start this library to increase literacy for the kids in the village, have them experience the joy of reading and to let the kids in our community show their support for our own Peace Corp volunteer working over there and trying to make a difference.

About our African Partners...

Tali JHS Library is our African Partner for our book drive. The library will be a community library for pre-shool age through 8th grade. Zack has been living there for the past 8 months and got the ball rolling with the foundation sponsoring the project: The Michael Lapsley Foundation. He is thrilled that the library is going to become a reality and he is starting to work on plans for the space. He stated how incredibly excited the kids in his village are about their new library and that they can't wait! The photos on this site are kids in Tali!

Please contribute these kinds of books...

U.S. pre-school through 8th grade reading level.

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

We will be having barrels at several drop off locations throughout the area: Inman Park Methodist Church; Mary Lin Elementary; Inman Middle School; and The Children's School. Also at 201 Hurt Street. Kennesaw Mountain High School.

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

We will be raising funds for the shipment of the books to Ghana. We will be doing bake sales and other activities. If you would like to donate money to help with shipping costs, please send your checks to:

Ms. Laura Salazar
201 Hurt Street N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307

Here are some ways that you can help...

Please donate money to offset shipping costs if you live out of town; if you live in town near a collection location, please come by to donate books, money or both!

Contact us to find out more

Name: Laura Salazar
Email: lfsalaz@emory.edu
Phone: 404-259-5177

Name: Lisa Burnette
Email: lisaburnette@bellsouth.net
Phone:

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 3/3/2011)
550 books $330 fundraising

Check out our FundRazr link to send funds for this project directly through PayPal: http://bit.ly/eU5A5g

No matter how small the donation, it will be so appreciated! every little bit will help make this library a reality!

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Delia Lang, Scott Gorski David Fell for their cash donations so far! We really appreciate your support!

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About the African Library Project

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