African Library Project

Families of Character

04/11/2012 to 05/26/2012
Broomfield CO

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 group of six families that are participating in a Families of Character course. We all belong to the same church, Nativity of Our Lord, and we have 15 kids between us ranging in age from 6 weeks to 10 years old.

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

In our Families of Character classes, the virtue of generosity came up. We really wanted to do something that our kids could relate to and participate in. Every kid can relate to books and reading and it\'s a tangible thing they can collect to \"help\".

About our African Partners...

Our partner school is St Michaels Private Primary School in Blantyre, Malawi. We are collecting 1,000 preschool - 8th grade books and teacher resource materials for this school with a heavy emphasis on the primary level books (preschool - 4th grade books).

Please contribute these kinds of books...

• Baby board books
• Children’s picture books
• Children’s fiction and non-fiction
• Early readers
• BIG books
• Children’s dictionaries/picture dictionaries/regular dictionaries
• Encyclopedias less than 15 years old/Children’s encyclopedias/picture encyclopedias
• Children’s thesauruses/ regular thesauruses
• Accurate up-to-date atlases
• Children’s health books
• Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love)
• Juvenile literature
• Books about Africa or African-Americans
• Educational children\'s science and literary magazines in good condition
• Brain teasers, flash cards, educational games and puzzles
• Teacher\'s resource books for school libraries
• Paperback textbooks in math, English, geography, health, and science at appropriate level (kindergarten to 6th grade)
• Math books from 6th grade up, including algebra, geometry, and pre-calculus, English books (focusing on grammar or comprehension), geography books, health books, science books including general science, biology, chemistry, and physics at appropriate level. Send no more than two copies of any textbook, these will be used as a teacher resource

Books that are filled with small print, no pictures, etc. (too intimidating or boring)
Books with lots of slang, which may be difficult for English learners to follow
Books for very young children that have many references to appliances and electronic gadgets.
Adult paperback romance novels
Books about United States history or government (but DO SEND books about African-Americans)
Books about American or religious holidays (Easter, Halloween, Christmas, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, April Fools Day, Valentine’s Day, Chanukah, etc.)
Books that evangelize or promote a particular religion
Magazines except for children\'s educational magazines and National Geographics less than 5 years old

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

Boxes will be available for book donations in the gathering area outside of the church entrance at Nativity of Our Lord in Broomfield from Saturday, April 28th through Sunday, May 6th.

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

If you would prefer to help us out with shipping costs, you can contact any of us directly and we can work out your tax deductible contribution.

OR, you can attend our bake sale to be held after the 9:30 am Mass at Nativity of Our Lord in Broomfield on Sunday, April 29th in the cafeteria.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Monica
Phone: 3039134619

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising

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