African Library Project

Joshua Myers' Eagle Project

02/01/2013 to 04/12/2013
Hattiesburg MS

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 ...

I am a member of Boy Scout Troop 90, and have chosen to organize a book drive for the African Library Project as my Eagle Project.

I've been involved in Scouting since I was in first grade, and am now a Life Scout, working toward Eagle. Our troop is sponsored by Heritage United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

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

I love reading and can't imagine not having access to books. I can always find a book to read, whether at home or school, or I can go to the bookstore and buy one. This is something that I have taken for granted all my life, because it seemed normal to me.

When I heard about the African Library Project, and how so many people have little or no access to books, and that for them, THIS was "normal," I really felt that this was something that I should do. I want to change their "normal."

I want to give those kids access to books and stories, giving them the chance to learn and explore that I have had.

About our African Partners...

My books will be going to the Obo Presby Primary and JHS Library, which is a school of about 500 students in the Obo region of Ghana.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

* Board Books
* Easy Readers
* Paperback picture books
* Paperback chapter books
* Paperback books up to 6th grade level
* K-8 textbooks for English, Math, Geography, or Science
* Encyclopedias and Atlases less than 15 years old
* Paperback dictionaries
* Kid's Science or Literature magazines
* Brain teasers, educational games, and puzzles

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

Books may be dropped off at collection boxes at Heritage United Methodist Church ( at the corner of Baracuda Drive and Highway 98, Hattiesburg, MS )
or at the Oak Grove High School Library ( Old Hwy 11).

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

I need to raise $300 to ship the books to Ghana. Donations are appreciated. I won't need any funds to get the books to the New Orleans warehouse because I will take them myself - Hattiesburg is only 90 miles from New Orleans!

Here are some ways that you can help...

Please check your bookshelves! Clean out the clutter of all those books you no longer need, or have outgrown. Ask your friends and neighbors to donate, too!

Contact us to find out more

Name: Joshua Myers

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $300 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 4/6/13)
1311 books $300 fundraising


*Thanks to Cub Scouts in Pack 90 - you donated over 150 books!
*Oak Grove High School students donated 50 books.
*Members of Heritage United Methodist Church donated over 500 books!
*Special thanks to Oak Grove Lower Elementary for their donation of Reading, Science, and Math textbooks, as well as other books.
*Teachers at Oak Grove Upper Elementary also donated several bags full of books - thank you!
*Thanks to my neighbors - you really came through at the end to push us well over the top of our goal.
*Also thanks to other members of our community who contributed books to our drive, including Wesley Medical Center employees who donated over 150 books.
*Thanks to members of Troop 90, who not only contributed books to the drive, but helped with sorting and packing the books for shipping to Ghana.
*Lastly, a big thank you to my family members who not only donated books (thanks, Jonathan - 75 books from his room!), but also their monetary donations to help cover the shipping costs.

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