African Library Project

Gottfried - Penn State & Roxbury, NJ

10/01/2009 to 06/22/2014
Roxbury NJ

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 ...

I'm Michael Gottfried, from Roxbury, NJ. I'm a Penn State graduate teaching high school Earth Science and Physics. Over the last 4 years I've done 5 book drives collecting over 55,000 books and $15,000, establishing 47 libraries. We operated as a club at Penn State and are now collecting books in our school district.

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

Books lead to a better education, which in turn is the cornerstone to success in life. I've been to Africa and have seen first hand how important books are and how devastated communities can be without them. Something that we take for granted is a vital tool for individual as well as community growth. Collecting books is such an easy and effective way to make a huge impact.

About our African Partners...

So far our libraries have gone on to benefit schools and communities in Swaziland, Ghana, Malawi, Sierra Leone, and Botswana. I've had the opportunity to meet some of the recipients as well as the African Partners who made all of this possible. Such an amazing group of individuals.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We take it all. If it can't be shipped to Africa, it can be donated locally.

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

Books can be dropped off at Roxbury High School, in NJ. Checks can be made out to African Library Project and sent to 1 Bryant Dr. Succasunna, NJ 07876 ATTN: Michael Gottfried

Here are some ways that you can help...

Donate gently used children's books and money to offset shipping costs, it's that simple! Just contact me if you want to help out! Even a small donation makes a difference!

Contact us to find out more

Name: Michael Gottfried

Progress Report

Our Goal 1,000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 12/31/2013)
55,000+ books $15,000+ fundraising

Working on our 6th drive!


Thank you in advance to anyone donating, Your contributions make a difference.

Tips for Other Book Drive Organizers

Honestly, it's as easy as sending out a few e-mails, making a few phone calls, and just putting the word out there. People want to give back to the community, they just don't know how. A book drive is a perfect, easy way for the community to get involved and make a difference. And trust me, they jump on the idea.

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