African Library Project

Feed the Minds of Malawi

03/17/2012 to 05/20/2012
Toms River 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 ...

We\'re a group of junior high from The Presbyterian Church of Toms River\'s youth group, CAST (Caring And Sharing Together). This year we\'ve being doing a study called T3 which stands for Time, Treasure, and Talents. Part of the lesson is the T3 Challenge. We\'ve been challenged to use our Time, Treasure, and Talents to go beyond ourselves and touch the lives others as a means to live out the love that God has shown us.

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

Through the T3 lessons, we have discovered the things in our lives that we consider our treasures, how we spend the majority of our time and the talents that God has given us. We\'ve realized that we have been blessed with so much time, treasures, and talents that we wanted to take the T3 challenge and use the gifts we have been given to reach out and touch other people\'s lives. Our brothers and sisters in Africa, especially in Malawi, have been on our hearts since our friends and church members came back from visits telling us about their needs and well as their love and joy in God despite their struggles. Through the African Library Project, we strive to share our resources of books we no longer need with the people of Malawi so that they have easier access to books to read and learn.

About our African Partners...

Our African Partners are the Namachete Primary School. They are school library that will not only serve the school but also the teachers and community. They expect to serve 1647 people through the library from grades 1 through 8.

The entire community is excited about a library as a means to help increase vocabulary as well as reading skills in general. They have a library room ready but inadequate books. The books provided will help to people to become more fluent in English, written as well as verbally.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We're looks for New or Gently Used preschool - 8th grade books and teacher resource materials

We're striving for approximate 2/3 of the books to be preschool - 4th grade books and 1/3 of the books for 4th - 8th grade books

Not sure what to get? Here are some suggestions:
Baby Board Books
Children’s picture books
Children’s fiction and non-fiction
Early readers
Teacher\'s resource books for school libraries
Children’s dictionaries/picture dictionaries
Encyclopedias less than 15 years old
Children’s encyclopedias/picture encyclopedias
Children’s thesauruses
Paperback textbooks in math, English, geography, health, and science at appropriate level (kindergarten to 8th grade)
Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love)
Children’s health books
Accurate up-to-date atlases
Books about Africa or African-Americans
Juvenile literature
Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love)
Books like Chicken Soup for the Soul (inspiring stories with life skills lessons)

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

Have books to donate? Just drop them in the clear plastic containers with African decorations that are located around the church. Collection boxes will be available through May 20, 2012.

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

In order to ship the books we collect we need money too. If you would like to contribute to our efforts monetarily, money envelopes can be located near the collection boxes. We greatly appreciate any amount you can spare.

Keep a look out for our bake sale to raise more funds, coming soon!

Here are some ways that you can help...

Want to help out? Spread the word! The more people that hear about the project, the more people in Africa we can help out. Ask your friends at school for books, ask your co-workers for their no longer needed kids books, ask your neighbor, ask your extended family, ask anyone that will listen!

Contact us to find out more

Name: Katie Brendler my email is my name without spaces please contact me for more info

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 6/1/12)
1929 books $ fundraising

We've collected over 1900 books! That's almost enough for two libraries! Thanks so much everyone for all your donations! Our extra books will be going to Chipoola FPS. 30 boxes have been shipped out and are on their way to becoming a new libraries!


We'd like to thank everyone at PCTR that has been so supportive about our project even before we got started. Thank you so much for all the love, support, money, time, and books!

We'd also like to send special thanks to Westminster Nursery School for their donations of hundreds of children's books.

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