African Library Project

La Honda Community

02/05/2011 to 04/15/2011
La Honda 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 ...

The La Honda community, in conjunction with La Honda Elementary School.

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

La Honda is a book-loving community. We have numerous published authors and writers in our community. We love reading, we love books, and we cannot imagine a world without them.

The photos at right are from our first African Library Project with the Khohlo-Ntso Primary School in Lesotho back in 2008.

About our African Partners...

Our partner in Ghana is the Adrobaa Methodist Primary School. Adrobaa is a community in Tano North District. This school serves about 787 students. Most of the people are farmers.

Some students in this community trek on foot for miles from their villages to school everyday.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Since our partner is a primary school, which includes a pre-school, we need the following types of books:

- Baby board books
- Children’s picture books
- Children’s fiction and non-fiction paperbacks
- Early readers
- BIG books
- Teacher's resource books for school libraries
- Children’s dictionaries/picture dictionaries & thesauruses
- Encyclopedias less than 15 years old
- Children’s encyclopedias/picture encyclopedias
- Paperback elementary school textbooks in math, English, geography, health, and science
- 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

But what if your children are grown, and you don't have these types of books lying around the house?

Consider trading in some of your own books that you no longer read at a local used bookstore for children's books. We recommend Inkspell in Half Moon Bay.

Shop thrift stores or "Friends of the Library" bookshelves for children's books at incredibly cheap prices (like 10 cents).

Browse garage sales for used books in good condition.

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

There will be a drop-off container at the La Honda Country Market. Please be sure to thank Glen and Sue for their amazing support!

You can also drop books at La Honda Elementary School. If you drop books at the school, please indicate that they are for the African Library Project.

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

In addition to collecting 1,000 books, we need to raise between $500-$600 to cover the shipping costs. Your financial support is greatly appreciated.

You can find donation jars at the La Honda Country Market and the La Honda Post Office.

We will have a hoppin' Guest Bartender evening on March 4 with the amazing Bundy Brown providing entertainment at Sullivan's. All bar tips will go towards shipping costs.

If you would like to donate by check, you can make your check payable to "La Honda Elementary School" write "African Library Project" on the Memo line. Mail or deliver the check to the school, or drop it in one of the donation jars. We will collect those funds daily.

Here are some ways that you can help...

We believe our biggest challenge will be to raise enough money to ship the books. Please donate in any way that you can.

If we are fortunate enough to raise more money than needed to ship the books to Ghana, the remaining funds will be donated to our own La Honda Elementary School Library.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Kathryn

Name: Wendy

Progress Report

Our Goal 1,000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 4/2/11)
681 books $551 fundraising

Students at La Honda Elementary School read over 1,000 pages to raise $238. Great reading!!

We passed the hat at Literature Night and raised $75! Thank you La Honda Literati!!

Our amazing yoga instructor has been donating weekly!

La Honda Yogis are awesome! $40 at Thursday Yoga.

Guest bartending at Sullivan's raised $138, Thank you Jane!!

And our students are reading for books with their Read-a-Thon.

Thank you everyone!!!

We are still in need of PAPERBACK books! 319 books to go!


Thank you for being a wonderful and caring community and for bringing the joy of reading to children who are so much less fortunate.

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