African Library Project

Michael's African Library Project

04/26/2013 to 06/29/2013
Cuyahoga Falls OH

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 friend Michael retired from UPS and joined the Peace Corps. He is now teaching English in Sierra Leone. Besides teaching his classes, he is getting chairs and shelves built for his school's library, getting a water well built in his town that will serve the whole community, and is working hard every day on many projects for the people in his small rural town. Michael asked his friends at home to do a book drive through the African Library Project so children in the Bo District of Sierra Leone will have library books available to them. Most children in rural areas have never owned a book; just imagine how a well-stocked library could change their lives! ...How could we say no? :)

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

Sierra Leone suffered through an 11 year war and people in the rural areas live without electricity or running water. Many of the children walk for miles to get to school. Their economic futures are bleak, particularly since Africa has the highest percentage of illiteracy in the world. Books are the key to increasing literacy, and literacy is a route out of poverty. In view of their need, we feel compelled to help and hope that you will too!

About our African Partners...

Schoolchildren in the Bo District, Sierra Leone in West Africa

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Gently Used Books -- U.S. 4th grade to 8th grade reading level.

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

We have collected all the books we need. THANK YOU!!!! We are still raising funds to ship the books...
Please email Mary or Jody and we will arrange pick-up or let you know where the nearest book drop-off is to you. Donations ARE tax deductible--we will give you a receipt.

Beginning Monday, May 6th, you can drop off books at Cuyahoga Falls High School, Main Office!

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

Any amount you donate toward the shipment of books will be wonderful! Donations ARE tax deductible! We are having a Comedy Night Fundraiser on Thursday, June 13th at the Funny Stop Comedy Club, 1757 State Rd., Cuyahoga Falls. Tickets are $10. Email to reserve your tickets.

Here are some ways that you can help...

We now have more than enough books collected, THANK YOU!!!! We are still raising funds for shipping.
If you have a drop-off site to offer, could organize a fundraiser, and/or even just spread the word to your friends/relatives/teachers/organizations about this book drive, we, Michael, and the children in Sierra Leone would be so appreciative!

Contact us to find out more

Name: Mary Nichols-Rhodes
Phone: 330-957-6167

Name: Jody Smith

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $702.97 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 6/8/13)
1206 books $260.00 fundraising


4/27/13 Thanks to Michael's friends who brought donations of books and money for his African Library Project to SPAN Ohio's Annual Conference in Columbus and to the John T. Looney Peace and Justice Award Banquet in Norton yesterday. Thanks to you we're off to a great start!

Thank you to the Green Public Library, Tallmadge Public Library, and Cuyahoga Falls Public Library for their donations!

Thanks to Rose!

Thank you to the teachers and staff at Cuyahoga Falls High School and the librarian at Roberts Middle School who collected and donated hundreds of books for this project. Your kindness and generosity are overwhelming and we thank you very much!

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