African Library Project

Molly and Nathan's Second Grade Summer Project

07/10/2012 to 10/31/2012
Northville MI

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 ...

Molly Maloney and Nathan Kulp are about to be Third Graders at Winchester Elementary School.

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

In May, we had a garage sale and Molly wanted to know what we were going to do with all the books we did not sell. We searched on line and found the African Library Project. She asked her friend and neighbor Nathan if he wanted to help and he jumped right in. Both kids are very interested in helping the world and they loved to read. When they found out that there are kids who want to read but do not have books they knew that this project was for them. They have started collecting books from friends, neighbors and their parents co-workers. To date we have already collected more than 1000 books and instead of building one library we will be able to build another library. We need donations to ship the books as well as more books for teachers and reference books.

About our African Partners...

We are very excited to start two libraries in Lesotho. Ketane Primary School and Thoetang Primary Schools.
Thoetang Primary School is located in the rural Rankakala school zone in Lesotho and does not have any electricity. Many of the students in the school are orphans. There are 7 teachers and 146 students in the school.
Ketane Primary School is located in rural Ketane Lesotho. Ketane school serves grades 1-7. It is a 6 hour ride to the closest town and they have 280 students and 4 teachers in the school. They have some of the highest scores in Standard Grade 7 testing. Due to the shortage of teachers grade levels are often combined in the 4 room school.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

The libraries have both requested a variety of books with an emphasis on African Stories, stories about African Americans in all walks of life. They also need books to assist teachers in math, English and Science as well as health and life skills because there is a lack of resources pertaining to them. Dictionaries, thesaurusres, atlases, and encyclopedias dated within the last 15 years are very helpful.

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

If you have books to contribute please email Shannon or Sharon and we will arrange to pick up your books.

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

We need to raise over $500 for each library. It costs $300 for the international shipping for each library and approximately $200 or more to ship the books to New Orleans where they will be loaded on container ships to go to Africa. Molly and Nathan are collecting bottles to raise money and are accepting donations of money or cans and bottles.

Here are some ways that you can help...

We need boxes to ship the books, we need money to ship the books, we need more resource books, we need more books.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Shannon Maloney Please email if you would like to help or make a donation.
Phone: 248-207-6503

Name: Sharon Kulp Please email if you would like more information or to help

Progress Report

Our Goal 2000 books $1000 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 7/10/2012)
1000 books $125 fundraising

We are working very hard to start sorting our books and getting them ready to ship at the end of October. We are storing them in the basement and it is getting full!

Help Molly and Nathan help others in their grade Read!


We are very thankful to the Northville District Library and Joe Thomas in particular. The library donated 1000 books after their used books sale to the our project.

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