African Library Project

Library of Love: Nashville Book Drive for Africa

05/01/2012 to 03/01/2013
Nashville TN

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 homeschooling families in Nashville, Tennessee. United by a love of learning, books, and kids, we are thrilled to show our commitment to all three by working together to donate 1,000+ books to a library for primary-aged children in Botswana, Africa.

African Library Project has already established 727 libraries serving children of all ages in English-speaking countries in Africa, and we are excited to contribute to their amazing organization.

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

"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all."
— Jacqueline Kennedy

Reading opens the world to children. Inside a book, they can find the space to dream and the knowledge to make those dreams come true.

Illiteracy in Africa is an obstacle, not only to quality education, but also to good health and emergence from poverty. By sharing books through the African Library Project, we have the opportunity to impact and encourage these amazing children, to show them in a loving, concrete way that we believe in their potential and their future.

About our African Partners...

We will be sending our books to Botswana, Africa -- more details about our partner are coming this fall, so stay tuned!

Please contribute these kinds of books...

All the ALP libraries built in Botswana serve primary-aged children, so we will be collecting new and gently used books in preschool-4th grade reading levels.

We hope to collect 1000+ books in a variety of types and titles, from baby board books about counting and shapes, to richly illustrated storybooks for kindergartners, to beginning chapter books/series for older primary students.

We also hope to collect non-fiction books on a multitude of subjects, ranging from science, to history, to art. Recently published, early-level encyclopedias or dictionaries are also welcome.

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

Beginning in Fall 2012, we will have book drive collection bins at several different Nashville-area homeschool enrichment and tutorial programs, as well as local homeschool support groups.

We will also be hosting information sessions where you and your family or organization can watch a DVD to show you firsthand where the books are going and the amazing impact they have on the lives of ALP's partners.

As you plan and prepare for your next school year, please consider setting aside a few gently used, primary-aged books to donate to our African Library Project. It will make such a difference!

If your family or group is interested in contributing books or would be willing to host a book drive event, please contact Spring Barnickle at

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

Once we have gathered the 1,000 books necessary to establish a library, we need to send them to our partner school in Botswana, Africa. Our fundraising goal is $600, and all of the money raised will go directly toward shipping costs. Any funds remaining after shipping is paid will be used to buy more books for the library.

Our first fundraising event is the Library of Love Summer Reading Drive. Children will collect pledges from family and friends for a dollar amount to be donated for each book they read this summer from June 1 - July 21. This is a fantastic opportunity to encourage your children to keep reading through their school break, or to finish up their summer reading list. There is nothing like a challenge and the satisfaction of knowing they are helping other children to inspire kids to read!

If your family would like to participate, please contact Spring Barnickle at for a printable pledge form and reading tracker. Thank you!

Here are some ways that you can help...

There are three important ways you can help as we begin our book drive:

1) Help get out the word about our Library of Love book drive for the African Library Project! Email the link to this site to family and friends, and post it on your blog or Facebook page. Tell your church youth group, local Scout or American Heritage Girl troops, and sports teams about our efforts. The more people we have helping, the better our library will be!

2) Join in our current fundraising effort, the Summer Reading Drive. Gather pledges from family and friends for donations for each book your children read this summer, and help us reach our fundraising goal of $600 for shipping.

3) We will need hands-on help collecting books from book drive collection sites, as well as some space in a clean, dry garage or basement in which to store the books until we begin sorting for shipping in early 2013. If you are willing to help with these areas, please contact Spring Barnickle at

Thank you for your help!

Contact us to find out more

Name: Spring Barnickle, Library Drive Organizer
Phone: 615-310-9103

Progress Report

Our Goal 1,000 books $600 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 09/01/2012)
245 books $600 fundraising

"I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library."
— Jorge Luis Borges

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