African Library Project

The Tale of Two Libraries

08/07/2012 to 02/15/2013
Kettering OH

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 Brose Family and Friends

Our website link:

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

This idea began as a family project to share our love of reading with other young people who are desperate for books! As we shared the idea with others, it quickly grew into two libraries - one in Swaziland, and the other much closer to home. I work at Eastway Behavioral Healthcare, which serves individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues in and around Dayton, Ohio. One program Eastway is proud to operate is Webster Street Academy, a school for adolescents who benefit from specialized services in a small school setting. Webster Street Academy students often enter the program with reading levels well below their peers, and sometimes live in homes that have no books. Our desire to give in our own community seemed to fit well with our desire to establish a library in Swaziland. The Tale of Two Libraries idea was born!

We're collecting books and monetary donations to establish a library in Swaziland AND to develop the school library at Webster Street Academy. This exciting project has already gained the attention and assistance of many caring and generous friends.

Please join us in creating new opportunities by giving the gift of literacy and hope!

About our African Partners...

The Kingdom of Swaziland is a landlocked country that borders South Africa and Mozambique. Sugar is Swaziland's leading export, and Coca-­Cola runs a concentrate plant there.

Swaziland's educational system has been placed under increasing strain by HIV/AIDS, which continues to multiply the number of orphans and vulnerable children in the country. Almost 40% of Swazis have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, the highest rate in the world. Teachers deal constantly with children who live under difficult emotional and physical circumstances.

Girls are, by custom, responsible for caregiving and household responsibilites from a very young age. This, coupled with most students' inability to pay primary school fees and uniform costs leaves many children unable to attend school. Less than 40% of the population makes it to secondary (high) school.

The African Library Project (ALP) has established 890 libraries throughout sub-Saharan Africa so far. Each school provides the space, furniture and staffing for a library. ALP provides the books, while the partner provides teacher-librarian training and coordinates the book distribution.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

For the library in Swaziland, we need:
Books from preschool through grade 4 reading level
Paperback are best (less costly to ship)
Paperback easy readers
Paperback chapter books
K-8 textbooks
Encyclopedias, atlases (post 1990)
Paperback dictionaries

For the library in Dayton, Ohio, we need:
Books grade 4 reading level and up

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

You can either drop books off at my home or I am happy to pick them up from you. Email me (see below) to make arrangements.

If you'd like to donate your time, we need assistance sorting and packaging up the books.

If you'd like to organize or help coordinate a book drive with a school, neighborhood, or any other group, that would also be incredibly helpful.

Please email me to let me know how you'd like to help!

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

We need about $500 to ship our books to Swaziland, and we are collecting funds to purchase additional (specific) books needed for Webster Street Academy.

If you are able to donate money, you can send me a check. If you'd like to specify that your funds go to the Swaziland library or the Dayton library, please indicate so with your donation. Every dollar helps!

Here are some ways that you can help...

A very simple way you can join this project is by helping us make connections with others who would be interested. Please invite your Facebook friends to like and view our Facebook page, and more importantly, to view this page. Networking works!

If you are willing to send the links to those in your email address book, that is also greatly appreciated!

Contact us to find out more

Name: Lesley Brose
Phone: 937-750-6602

Progress Report

Our Goal 1500 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 1/10/13)
879 books $122 fundraising

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