African Library Project

Two Girl Scout Troops want a library for Sierra Leone and Malawi

03/07/2013 to 06/07/2013
Madison WI

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 ...

Our troops have girls from age five to nine. We go to schools on the east side of Madison. Our girls have made blankets for the Children's Hospital and made cards for those in need. A book drive is the perfect fit to help our girls realize that it's better to give than receive and that they can make a difference in the world.

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

Our girls range from learning to read to fluently reading. They are so surprised that others in the world have no books or libraries in their schools. It makes them sad and they want to share what they have.

About our African Partners...

The books will go to a primary school in Bo, Sierra Leone. The books will also by used by adults in the surrounding villages. Sierra Leone iis on the western side of Africa. Roughly two thirds of the adult population is illiterate. A Civil War that ended in 2001 caused over 1300 schools to be destroyed. They have re-built many but still need help to re-build and they need books!

We are also doing a book drive for Malawi. This country is in southern Africa and is one of the poorest countries. Their HIV rates are high and their live expectancy has dropped.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We are done collecting preK-8th grade gently used books. We also needed math, science and gardening books for the ten villages nearby that will also use the library. No college books, these are a bit higher level than we need.

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

We no longer need books, thanks to all who have helped!

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

Please bring a check to the Emerson office made out to Girl Scouts.

Here are some ways that you can help...

Please email on how you can donate shipping money.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Sheila Lenius

Progress Report

Our Goal 2000 books $1000 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 6/13/2013)
2565 books $1000.00 fundraising

We found a mom whose daughter is living in Sierra Leone who was our guest speaker at a Girl Scout meeting. Thanks Pat!

Thanks to Smith's Service Center (241-1232) for their generous donation of $100.

Thanks to an anonymous donor for $100.


Thank you to the Madison Public Library for 98 books from their book sale!
Thanks to Jack and Henry's family for 43 books!
Thanks to Lydia and Liam for 68 books!
Thanks to Smila for 26 books!
Thanks to Linnea for 45 books!
Thanks to Victoria and Molly for 85 books!
Thanks to the north side Frugal Muse for 60 books!
Thanks to Haylee for 110 books!
Thanks to Logan and Brooklyn for over 70 books!
Thanks to Regan and Eva for books!
Thanks to Mrs. Fujikawa for 170 books!
Thanks to Lily and Theo for 37 books!
Thanks to Half Price Books east side for 115 books!
Thanks to Emerson Elementary students and staff, keep it going!

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