African Library Project

Adenta Community Primary School - Ghana

01/30/2014 to 04/01/2014
Palo Alto CA

The African Library Project brings gently used books to an African community that has lots of eager readers but very few books. Please help by collecting and delivering gently used books or by raising money to help pay for shipping to Africa. It only takes 1000 books and $500 to start a single library (and a little elbow grease!)

This book drive is organized by ...

We are a mother-son team with a goal of spreading compassion throughout the world. We participate in and contribute to a variety of causes. Those involving literacy and children are our special favorites.

Our website link:

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

This will be our 6th "African Library". The first one was done out of a desire to increase world literacy. That's a good purpose but its not why we've continued to create libraries.

After the first one, we received letters and watched videos of the children receiving their books. One little boy had to have his book removed from him while he slept. Another little girl decided she wanted to be a doctor when she grew up because she learned from a book that it was possible. The parents' eyes shone with joy as they saw the possibility that their children would grow up and have better and more secure lives than they realized in these modest libraries.

The joy of the children is our passion. Being able to make this much of a difference is something of a holy mission and a beautiful gift. We hope you'll be a part of it.

About our African Partners...

Our books will go to a primary school in Ghana, Africa. In 1957, Ghana became the first nation to declare independence from colonization in sub-saharan Africa. The word Ghana means "Warrior King". We'll fight to ensure the children have resources, hope and promise in their futures. I like the Ghana motto of: "Freedom and Justice"; I think we can all help for this to continue to be their future by spreading literacy throughout the country.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Books from US pre-school to 4th grade reading level
Educational games and puzzles
Dictionaries and encyclopedias

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

We are starting right away! We're excited to pick up your contributions. Please contact Kathleen Long and Rawlins Echeverria at 650-291-2938 to arrange for a pickup. Otherwise, you may drop them off at Kathleen's office:
3200 Ash Street
Palo Alto, CA 94306

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

Donate on my Fundly page here:

OR I will accept cash, personal checks or donations to my account!

Here are some ways that you can help...

Donate books, games and puzzles
Donate money to help us ship the books
Donate gift cards from bookstores that you may have lying around!

Contact us to find out more

Name: Kathleen Long
Phone: 6502912938

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $1000 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 3/9/14)
290 books $150 fundraising

Starting to accumulate shipping materials... have nearly 1/3 of the books I need. Let's keep it going!

Consider sending a new book - Here is my Amazon Wish List:


Thank you so much for your contributions to the success of this project. You're having impact on a global scale in the lives of children and their communities.

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