African Library Project

Coffee Bean Book Drive - deadline Dec. 1st

05/01/2013 to 12/01/2013
Menlo Park 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 ...

My name is Cricket Gorey, I am an eighth grader at Hillview Middle School. I am also a Cadette Girl Scout in Troop 33170. This is my 4th book drive for the African Library Project. As a result, I've helped establish 4 school libraries in Lesotho, Botswana and Malawi.

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

I love to read - and I enjoy passing on my love of books and reading! This book drive will help me earn my Girl Scout Silver Award

About our African Partners...

This book drive will establish a library at Ha Ralikariki High School in Lesotho!

Please contribute these kinds of books...

I am helping establish a secondary/community library and looking for these kinds of gently-used books:

1. Juvenile literature
2. Children's fiction and non-fiction
3. Teacher's resource books for school libraries
4. Dictionaries
5. Encyclopedias (less than 15 years old)
6. Accurate up-to-date atlases
7. Thesaurus
8. Math books from 6th grade up (including algebra, geometry and pre-calculus)
9. Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love)
10. Books with life skills lessons (ex: Chicken Soup for the Soul)
11. Books about Africa or African-Americans
12. Books on science, history, world books, geography, biology and art
13. Children's picture books
14. BIG Books
15. Science, history, geography, English grammar and literature and art books
16. Early Readers
17. Children's dictionaries/ picture dictionaries

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

You can send me an email and I will come pick up your books:

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

I have collected the requisite 1,000+ books and need to raise an additional funds, currently $50 for international shipping.  Can you help?  Your contribution to the African Library Project will be tax-deductible.  No donation is too small. If you would like to donate $5 or $10 to help me raise money for shipping costs that would be awesome! You can send a check (with my name in the memo field—very important) to:
Treasurer, African Library Project
2613 Octavia Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
OR you can use Paypal—just click on the “Donate Now” button on ALP’s homepage, enter your donation information and, when you get to the “Please review your donation” web page, please click on the “We value your comments” link and enter my name. Thank you!

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: November 11, 2013)
907 books $50 fundraising


Thanks to Starbucks for being the main donor of boxes to pack books in!
Also, thank you to my family's various friends for supporting me through my fourth library! A special thanks to Joan Peters for an astounding (and extremely helpful!!) 540 books as well as Carolyn Gannon for 143 books and $50 in funds! Thank you so much!

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