African Library Project

Books of Love

04/01/12 to 12/10/12
Huntington WV

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 ...

Sarahbeth Bailey and Mandy Tee here!! So glad you are visiting our Books of Love page! So you want to know who we are and why we are hosting a book drive for Africa? Well here you go....

We are both mothers of two and we wish to teach our kids actively about helping others. We look for ways to incorporate cultural diversity and educate our small children about the whole around us. African Library Project was a perfect fit for our desires!

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

We chose to be a part of the ALP simply because we are blessed. Our children are very fortunate to be born into lives where books are many. Here in our homes our kids have books in shelves in their rooms, stacks of books on the living room table, books at school, books at family members...etc. As mothers, we want to teach our kids to be loving members of society. We want our children to understand that everywhere in the world isn't like Huntington, WV or America for that matter and they have the opportunity to spread blessings.

About our African Partners...

Books of Love will be delivered to Lesotho, Africa towards the end of this year. Lesotho is in South Africa. Our library will serve children from pre k- 4th grade.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

•For a primary school library: Books at U.S. pre-school to 4th grade reading level

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

We started our project the beginning of April 2012 and it will be finished on December, 10th 2012. If you would like to donate books please call or email us. We will make arrangements once you contact one of us.

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

We have done one bake sale and raised what funds we have recorded here. We plan on having more bake sales, book drive for a pizza party in the local school, an art day camp for children (admission will be money donations or books) and a car wash.

If you would like to mail a check to aid us in shipping our library please send it to:
Attn: Sarah or Mandy/ African Library Project
2111 James River Road
Huntington, WV 25704

Contact us to find out more

Name: Mandy

Name: Sarah
Phone: 3046386557

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500.00 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 04/23/12)
244 books $114.00 fundraising


First, thank you for everyone that is giving this project air to breath and those of you that are simply believing in us! Thank you Jaylen Turner & Mandi Wilcox & family for being our first donaters! Thanks Erin & Nathan S., Mandy T, Sarahbeth B. & Joyce L. For making our first bake sale a success!!

Thanks to Nikki D. for her donation of 8 books, Amy L. for her donation of 71 books and Kim & Isaac F. for their donation of 44 books. You all have made an amazing difference in our projects progress and we are very grateful!!!

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