African Library Project

Reading Rainbow for Children in Africa - Again!

02/15/2016 to 06/01/2016
Short Hills NJ

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'm a nine year old and I go to fourth grade at Glenwood Elementary School in Short Hills, NJ. I love to read books! This is my third year for the bookdrive. I am very excited to participate in the bookdrive every year.

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

It is very sad that not everyone gets to read books in world. I want to help by donating books to all children so that they can read books. Books are funny and have hilarious stories too sometimes. We have so many books available in public and school libraries and we've a choice here which book to read as per our interest. We can read books on which famous movies are made or sometimes books from the TV shows. The choices we get in US to read books are abundant. Almost every town has a public library on top of the school library. However its not the same in other parts of the world. The resources are very limited. The funds the school have to provide all children variety of books are also very limited. My commitment to provide them 1000 books every year will help to spread the education in the world where children are very poor and does not enjoy the same privileges like we do.

About our African Partners...

We will be sending books to Malawi's early childhood community library - Jack and Jill preschool

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Following are some examples of books you can donate:
The most appropriate and needed items are:
o Children's paperback books
o Chapter books (up to middle school)
o Early Reader books
o Baby board books
o Children’s picture books
o Children’s fiction and non-fiction
o Early readers
o BIG books
o Teacher's resource books for school libraries
o Children’s dictionaries/picture dictionaries
o Encyclopedias less than 15 years old
o Children’s encyclopedias/picture encyclopedias
o Children’s thesauruses
o Paperback textbooks in math, English, geography, health, and science at appropriate level (kindergarten to 6th grade)
o Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love)
o Children’s health books
o Accurate up-to-date atlases
o Books about Africa or African-Americans
o Educational children's science and literary magazines in good condition

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

You can bring books to my house or call or email my Mom at

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

I'm so excited that we will be sending books for children in Malawi! Please use code M8-06 to donate to help for shipping cost of the books!

Contact us to find out more

Name: Swati Shah

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: )
1000 books $500 fundraising

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