African Library Project

Lindbergh Libraries for African Literacy

08/20/2012 to 03/29/2013
St. Louis MO

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 Lindbergh School District is a public school district, located in a suburb just south of St. Louis, Missouri. The book drive is organized by the librarians in each of the district's schools.

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

The librarians of the Lindbergh District are committed to promoting literacy throughout our district and around the world.

"When you see such a need, it was an easy decision to get involved." -- Amy Sears, Librarian/Organizer - Sperreng Middle School

About our African Partners...

The country that will be receiving our books is Swaziland. Swaziland, which is on the southern tip of Africa, faces many hardships in addition to needing books. Seventy percent of Swazis live on less than a $1 a day, and they have the highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the world. The librarians of Lindbergh are hoping that by supporting literacy through the African Library Project, it will improve the conditions and lives of these people.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We are building both a primary and a secondary library, so we need books level K-8. We need to collect 2000 books by mid March 2013.

We need any of the following:
• Baby board books
• Children’s picture books
• Children’s fiction and non-fiction
• Early readers
• BIG books
• Teacher's resource books for school libraries
• Children’s dictionaries/picture dictionaries
• Encyclopedias less than 15 years old
• Children’s encyclopedias/picture encyclopedias
• Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love)
• Children’s health books
• Accurate up-to-date atlases
• Books about Africa or African-Americans
• Educational children's science and literary magazines in good condition
• Brain teasers, flash cards, educational games and puzzles
• Juvenile literature
• Dictionaries
• Thesauruses
• Text books
• Books like Chicken Soup for the Soul (inspiring stories with life skills lessons)

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

You can drop off any book donation or contribution toward shipping to any of the Lindbergh School District Libraries. The locations include:

Concord Elementary Library
Crestwood Elementary Library
Kennerly Elementary Library
Long Elementary Library
Sappington Elementary Library
Sperreng Middle School Library
Truman MIddle School Library
Lindbergh High School Library
District Library Processing Center (Turman)

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

We need to raise $1000 to ship our library to Swaziland. We are planning individual events at each of our schools. Information on these events will be posted on the school's website. If you want to make a donation, please send the funds to any library location. Checks should be made out to Lindbergh Schools.

Here are some ways that you can help...

What you can do now:
• Spread the word
• Find unused books at your home and donate them
• Ask friends, family, church members, etc. if they have books to donate
• Support fundraisers when they are advertised

Contact us to find out more

Name: Amy Sears -- Main Contact
Phone: 314-729-2400 ext. 2540

Name: Vicky Stanford -- Alternate Contact
Phone: 314-729-2400 ext. 7540

Progress Report

Our Goal 2000 books $1000 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 04/04/2013)
5600 books $1922 fundraising

We surpassed our goal!!! We collected enough books to build not 2, but 5 libraries in Swaziland! Thanks to all who donated!

Thank you to all who donated books to the project over the past several weeks. We could not have reached our goal without generous donations from several individuals and groups. I am happy to say that through all of your efforts, we were able to build 5 libraries in the African country of Swaziland. The books are on a container ship on their way to Africa!


Thank you to all who donate time, books, funds, and your heart to this project. Your efforts will have an impact for years to come.

Tips for Other Book Drive Organizers

If any other organization in the St. Louis area is interested in starting a book drive for Africa, I would like to help. Please contact me, Amy Sears, at

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