African Library Project

Domenick & Frank's 12th Birthday Malawi Library Project

01/13/2011 to 05/24/2011

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 ...

Domenick & Frank Ciminiello
We're just a couple of guys trying to make a difference. A couple of guys who have the good sense to know that we can't do it without you!

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

We have always loved books. When we were little our parents gave us all kinds of books, board books, talking books, touching books, even bath tub books. We started every day reading and we still do. Books are a big part of our lives. When we learned that there are children in the world who not only do not own books, but do not even have access to books to borrow or read, we knew we had to do something. Books are educational and entertaining. Books can open up the world for you. This library will serve children today and for years to come.

About our African Partners...

Our partners in Malawi have been hard at work too! The students and community collected sand, moulded bricks, and built the library. Now to make the Nanthomba School Community Library in Kwenje Village, T/A Kalembo, Balaka, Malawi a reality We Need Books.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We need books~~all kinds of books from Pre-K through grade 8. Textbooks and teacher resources will be especially helpful. Our partners in Malawi have expressly asked for science books.

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

Books can be dropped off any time at our home. You may also PM our mom and we'll make a plan to come and pick the books up.

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

We started our fund raising efforts at our 12th birthday celebration. We asked our guests to contribute toward the shipping costs rather then bring us gifts. We've covered all of the costs of getting them to Africa, but we're still working on covering the expense of getting them to the ship in New Orleans.

Here are some ways that you can help...

We need books!! If you're local, please drop your gently used books off at our home. If not, and you'd still like to help, email our mom and she'll let you know how to contribute toward shipping.

We are trying to arrange places for folks to drop off books. If you have a place, we'd love your help!

Contact us to find out more

Name: Mary Lee

Progress Report

Our Goal 1200 books $ fundraising
Results so far
(updated: May 31st)
1286 books $ fundraising

We are starting out with ten percent of the books needed for the project. These books came from our personal library. We're packing them up to get ready for more!

We're almost there!! We've extended the collection another couple of weeks. We're hoping to add a bunch of math books.

Final days! ! Please email for book pick up.

The books are on their way. They will be delivered to the warehouse today!!!

Making a difference~~ one cause at a time!

You CAN make a difference!


Special thanks to our parents for their encouragement and for sponsoring our kick-off movie theatre event!

Thanks to the Mahwah Bar and Grill for donating the popcorn for our theatre guests!

Wow!! We've tripled the books, but we have a long way to go. Thanks to Justin L., Mrs. P., Chris, Sam, Mrs. R., Peggy, Matthew, Kevin, James, and Gianna, the Ladies at the Englewood Library, and Mrs. B WOW!

We're almost there!! Thank you for your support!!

Tips for Other Book Drive Organizers

We started setting aside books many many months before starting our project.

It's also a good idea to already have a plan for your duplicates. There is one book that we have twelve copies of!

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