African Library Project

Girls to Books to Kids

01/09/2012 to 04/06/2012
Santa Rosa 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 ...

We are a Girl Scout Troop collecting books and funds to send books to Africa to make a Primary Library (Pre K - 4th grade). We are doing this in order to earn our Silver Award, the highest award a Cadette Girl Scout can earn.

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

We love our own school and public libraries and we want to share the joy of reading at your fingertips. As girls we have had libraries readily available and we feel that it is our responsibility to give other kids the same experience. Until we watched a video on this website, we hadn\'t realized that books could be a luxury, something that not everyone has access to.

About our African Partners...

We have a partner in Ghana. They are Manso Amenfi Primary and & Junior High School. Our African Partner in Ghana serves about 1600 readers. Our ideal mix for these two schools 2/3 PreK-4th grade books and about 1/3 4th-8th Grade. We hope we make a difference in the lives of the students at Manso Amenfi Primary and Junior High. Kids just like us will be able to have books just like ours! WooHoo! Kids around the WORLD!

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We want books that are appropriate from Pre-K to 8th grade.
Books that are OK are
Baby Board Books
Children’s picture books
BIG books
Children’s fiction and non-fiction
Early readers
Children’s dictionaries/picture dictionaries
Encyclopedias less than 15 years old
Children’s encyclopedias/picture encyclopedias
Children’s thesauruses
Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love)
Brain teasers, flash cards, educational games and puzzles
Juvenile literature
Children’s fiction and non-fiction
Teacher\'s resource books for school libraries
Encyclopedias less than 15 years old
Accurate up-to-date atlases
Books about Africa or African-Americans
Educational kids science and literary magazines in good condition

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

We have 3 drop off stations. One at Exchange Bank in the St. Francis Center in Santa Rosa, another at Sunnyside Cottage, and another at Resurrection Parish. These are all in Santa Rosa, California

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

Our troop needs $1000 for shipping the books to Africa. Any donation, LARGE & small is greatly appreciated. If you would like to send a check, make the check payable to Girl Scouts of Northern California.

Here are some ways that you can help...

If you can\'t donate books then please donate money because it is greatly needed.

Progress Report

Our Goal 2000 books $700 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 4-11-12)
1500 ish books $345 fundraising

We have a lot of books! (Almost halfway there!!!!!) Finally got some money!!! WOO HOO!!! We are on our way to success! We also got a grant that says if we build two libraries we only need to pay 700 dollars. The other half of our Girl Scout troop is building another library and they have a separate amount of books and funds. Since the due date is coming soon we are using some of our troop money. People in the community have given us some money. Exchange Bank, other Girl Scout troops, and other members of the community have donated money. :)

Going strong on books but need more money to ship them. Ahh so sad! Still, our troop is excited that we have rounded up so many books in such a short amount of time.


Thank You to Terri Forrest who donated $20. Thank You to Exchange Bank who donated around 200 dollars to our project. Thank you to Devon Laird\'s Girl Scout troop for donating 100 dollars. The people who did not buy Girl Scout cookies but did donate to our cause are also greatly appreciated. We cannot express our gratitude enough!

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