African Library Project

MELL's African Book Drive

05/01/2012 to 08/01/2012
Clive IA

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 ...

The Durick family in Iowa. We are a family of six who has always loved libraries and is excited to bring one to those who don't have one to enjoy!

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

We are in the middle of taking a class at our church called Red Card. It's brought so much awareness to us about the needs of children around the world. After seeing an article in a magazine about the African Library Project, we immediately knew this was something we needed to do! We love reading together and to think kids around the world don't have any's a small way to bring a lot of joy to others.

About our African Partners...

We are collecting books for a library in Lesotho, which is a small rural kingdom near South Africa. The people in this village speak English.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Please donate new or gently used books for kids preschool through 4th grade (no books about religion or American holidays please)!

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

You may donate your books until May 23 at Des Moines Christian School. There will be bins located in the cafeteria with the name "African Library Project." You may also donate your books at the Clive Library until August 1. If you would like us to pick up your books, please email our family at Thank you so much!

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

We are also in need of $500 in donations for shipping expenses. If you are interested in making a donation, please contact us at

Here are some ways that you can help...

1) Donate new or gently used books for preschool - 4th grade, or
2) Donate money to cover the $500 in shipping expenses.
3) Ask others to help!

Thank you so much for your support of this great project!

Contact us to find out more

Name: The Durick Family
Phone: (515) 226-1351

Progress Report

Our Goal 1,000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 06/13/12)
1021 books $51 fundraising

WOW - we've reached 613!! The last day of school brought in 146 books - really, really good, wonderful books! Thanks everyone!!

A sweet little blue-eyed Lydia proudly carried us her 10 precious books she picked out from her shelf to donate. One little girl's compassion makes a difference all the way around the world!


Thank you to everyone for their generous donations!!

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