African Library Project

Williamsburg, Brooklyn: African Library Project Book Drive

05/01/2012 to 11/01/2012
Brooklyn NY

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 ...

T.S. - I am raising my family in Williamsburg where I grew up. The Williamsburg community is filled with families from all over the world who are giving back to their neighbors here and abroad. We believe literacy is a key tool to lift the lives of those in need.

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

Our children learn by example. By teaching them to share we reach out to those in need. We also learn about the world beyond Brooklyn.

About our African Partners...

We have been paired with a school in Lesotho!!! In their own words: Mapakising Primary School is a church school associated with the Lesotho Evangelical Church and one of the seven schools located in the Rankakala school zone. It is about a two hour hike away from Thoteng Primary School (a school that also is applying for the ALP). There are seven standards (1st grade to 7th grade) and because of classroom shortages, all grades share a classroom except standard 7 (7th grade). Unlike neighboring areas, electricity is not available in the Rankakala area (encompassing about five villages), therefore children are not able to practice various English skills out of school by listening to the radio or watching TV, further widening the gap between children from urban areas. Many of the students are orphans (single or double), living on their own or with relatives. More especially because Mapakising is far from the camp town, in another words extremely rural, children are not encouraged to engage in after school activities but rather responsible for herding animals. Thus, having a library can promote after school study sessions while discovering the joy of reading before heading off to chores. Since teachers live near or on the school campus during the week, library management will run smoothly by having set hours for the library. Both students and teachers will benefit greatly from the African Library Project because books will be a source of knowledge, empowerment and entertainment.

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...

Books are currently being collected in the lobby at 85 North 3rd Street for the NEXT DRIVE. Stop by and drop off or you can also contact Tatiana Serafin, to discuss how you can donate so we can mail the 1000 BOOKS COLLECTED FOR THIS 2012 DRIVE!

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

We are also raising funds to mail the books to the containers that will be sent to Africa. We need to raise $500, and have $360 to date. Please contact Tatiana Serafin, for more information on cash donations.


Here are some ways that you can help...

*Donate gently used children's books. Children grow and tastes change - and our apartments are small. Time for a spring cleaning but instead of tossing your gently used books, donate them for a great cause.
*Tell your friends and neighbors about our book drive and ask for donations of gently used books.
*No books in your cubby? How about going to a second hand bookstore and picking up a few to donate to our book drive?
*We are also in need of funds to mail books. Consider helping subsidize this.
*Spread the word. Share the link! (Maybe you'll start your own book drive!)

Contact us to find out more

Name: Tatiana Serafin

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 08/29/12)
1000 books $360 fundraising


Thank you to all the Williamsburg Northside parents who have donated over 450 books! Thank you to Ann Graham (Bronxville), Lisa Elikan (Texas), Alex Deslongchamps (Canada), Bill Quick (currently stationed in Iraq), Zygmunt Serafin (NYC), Mill Building residents (NYC), Laurie Buck (NYC, nearly 100 books!), the Fontaine Family (CT, over 150 books!), Jon and Paula Mate (NJ), Voloshyn Family (MD), Colleagues at C&C Trading (NYC), Ella at MiniMe (NYC) and her generous customers, Brownie at Shanti Shack and her generous customers as well as all the unnamed others for their FABULOUS contributions!

Tips for Other Book Drive Organizers

Partner with a local bookstore! Our local second hand bookstore - Book Thug Nation ( has promised to donate over 100 books. Also partner with local stores and have them ask their customers to donate - we got great feedback from MiniMe ( and Shanti Shack ( here in Brooklyn.

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