African Library Project

Benicia-Lesotho African Library Book Drive

08/06/2012 to 11/10/2012
Benicia CA

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 ...

This book drive was started by us three tenth grade students, Spencer Harley, Ella Garfield, and Rachel Showalter.

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

We want to give children resources so they can exercise their right to learn and expand their minds, a right many Americans take for granted.

About our African Partners...

Our library will be sent to St. Lawrence High School in Teyateyaneng, Lesotho

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We need books in a 4th to 8th grade reading level, preferably paperback.
Our partners have requested the following: Novels, Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Atlases, Thesauruses, books about Physics, Biology, Geography, English, Math, Africa, Americans, Agriculture, Farming, Business, Gardening, Health, books with universal themes (animals, love, friendship), and educational games and puzzles.

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

The official drop-off place is to be decided, but for now just contact Spencer Harley, Ella Garfield, or Rachel Showalter via facebook, or you can email Spencer at

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

We are planning on creating a club at school to help with collecting and packaging, and until September, we won't have a club account to use to collect check donations, so unfortunately we currently can only take cash.

Here are some ways that you can help...

If you would like to help our cause please contact us to make book or cash donations. We will have flyers that you can put up at your church, workplace, etc. and then give us the books you collect from there. When we collect enough books we will have designated times that we are going to pack books. We will update when that will be happening, so stay posted (it will be a few months).

Contact us to find out more

Name: Spencer Harley
Phone: (707)748-4406

Name: Mellissa Harley
Phone: (707)592-4888

Progress Report

Our Goal 1200 books $700 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 8/24/12)
92 books $40 fundraising

We haven't fully publicized our drive yet, so we don 't have too much, but it is almost 10% of one library!

We have the opportunity to collect for two libraries, so we have a goal of 200 extra books, making it a total of 1,200.

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