African Library Project

The Malden Writers' Collaborative African Library Project

10/13/2012 to 04/13/2013
Malden MA

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 Malden Writers' Collaborative! We are a group of creative people from the local community interested in helping each other grow and develop into better writers. We are all as different as our writing styles, chosen genres, and writing projects, and we are as serious about getting down to business as we are about enjoying each other's company!

Our website link:

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

We are writers. Our work would be nothing without readers. None of us would be interested in writing if we hadn't fallen in love with words we once read. Writers will always be indebted to people who want to read and who can read. If our writing collaborative can help one person, one family, or one community become invested in reading, we have successfully passed on the ultimate gift that someone once passed onto us. We have a symbiotic relationship, readers and writers: more readers means more writers, and more writers means more readers. Our hope is reading will inspire a new generation of writers in Africa. Reading shouldn't be a luxury, and we're eager and dedicated to help increase literacy in communities that need it the most.

About our African Partners...

We are collecting books for Konya Community Library. This school has 1,000 students and is in the Asanti Region of Ghana.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

For our book drive, we are primarily requesting books at the U.S. pre-school to 6th grade reading levels, but we are looking for books for the community as well. Here is a specific list of books appropriate for donation:

- 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
- Children’s thesauruses
- Paperback textbooks in math, English, geography, health, and science at appropriate level (kindergarten to 6th grade)
- 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
- Math books from 6th grade up, including algebra, geometry, and pre-calculus, English books (focusing on grammar or comprehension), geography books, health books, science books including general science, biology, chemistry, and physics at appropriate level. Send no more than two copies of any textbook, these will be used as a teacher resource
- Books like Chicken Soup for the Soul (inspiring stories with life skills lessons)
- Educational kids science and literary magazines in good condition
- Agriculture
- Animal husbandry
- Gardening
- Health
- Business
- Current events
- Ecology
- National Geographic, less than 5 years old, especially with articles featuring Africa

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

Contact Evangeline at

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

You can transfer money quickly and safely online using PayPal:

If you'd prefer to mail funds, please contact Evangeline at

Here are some ways that you can help...

Donate books, donate money, ask friends, family, coworkers, and others to donate books or money -- word of mouth can go a long way! :)

Contact us to find out more

Name: Evangeline

Progress Report

Our Goal 1,000 books $675.00 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 5/3/2012)
1,112 books $670.00 fundraising


A BIG thank you to:

- Amanda Ketchpaw for her book donation!
- Andrew Wiedenhofer for his book donation!
- Kathy Batchelor-Murphy for her book donation!
- Peter & Susan Jarvis for their book donation!
- Peter & Susan Jarvis for their monetary donation!
- Brian Acevedo for his book donation!
- Kassandra Toppi for her book donation!
- Susan Horkan for her book donation!
- Mary Ann Wiedenhofer for her book donation!
- Ose Schwab for her book donation!
- Margueritte Shuman for her book donation!
- Margueritte Shuman for her monetary donation!
- Mary Sifferlen for her book donation!
- Tami Resch for her book donation!
- Chris Standring for his book donation!
- Chris Standring for his monetary donation!
- Mary Ann Wiedenhofer for her monetary donation!
- Erik Royds for his book donation!
- Brett DeBose for his book donation!
- Terri Resch for her monetary donation!
- Kassandra Toppi and her Malden High School Public Speaking Class for their monetary donation!
- Julie Kelleher for her book donation!
- Susan Green for her book donation!
- Terry Vickery for his book donation!
- Jessica Sullivan for her monetary donation!
- Mary Sifferlen for her monetary donation!
- Living In Fulfilling Environments (L.I.F.E.), Inc. employees for their book donation!
- Chris Hickey for his monetary donation!
- Mr. Toppi for his monetary donation!

We could not have done this without you! :)

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