African Library Project

Tuvya's Bar Mitzvah ALP Book Drive

07/12/2013 to 09/08/2013
San Carlos CA

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 ...

Hi! I'm Tuvya, and I'm going into 7th Grade. I enjoy baseball and running, and do Model United Nations and the National Geographic Bee. I've been interested in geography for a long time, and Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the most fascinating regions in the world to me. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most troubled.

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

Here in America, we have a lot of opportunity. We are told we can be whatever we want to be when we grow up. This is only true because of our education system.

I want to help give that same opportunity to people around the world. Africa is a continent of over 1 billion people, and it has huge potential in every sense of the word. Yet, though they try, few countries are reaching that potential. One significant obstacle that they face is the lack of public education. In some countries (i.e. Niger), less than half of children even go to primary school! Not a single Sub-Saharan African country had a college enrollment rate over 30% as of 2005.

Botswana, where my book drive is providing for, has been among the most successful countries in this respect in Africa. 85% of eligible students attend primary school, and 50% attend secondary. It has an 81% literacy rate, 18% higher than the African average. It has a strong democracy. But it also has challenges. Less than 10% of inhabitants go to college, making its unemployment rate higher than its college enrollment rate.

Botswanan schools are working to educate their children by building libraries. Let's work with one school to build an excellent collection!

About our African Partners...

I have selected to support a primary school library in Botswana. As soon as I have more information, I will post it here.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Please donate new or gently used books from pre-school to fourth grade reading level. For more specific information for the kind of books the library needs, please go to:

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

There are currently bins at these places:
San Carlos: The Reading Bug, Camp Galileo at Arundel (week of 8/5 only).

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

I need to raise funds if I'm going to get the books you donate to Botswana. I need $300 to get it to the warehouse in New Orleans, and the ALP needs $300 to ship it to Botswana.
*I can accept checks made out to me or cash for shipping.
*You can also donate via PayPal by sending funds for either leg of the shipping to
*To make a tax-deductible donation towards shipping for the Botswana leg, you may also mail checks directly to: Treasurer, African Library Project, 3530 Partition Road, Woodside CA 94062. Please note "For Tuvya's library" in the memo section of your check. Your donations sent directly to ALP are tax deductible: tax ID # 65-1261685.

Here are some ways that you can help...

Donating books or money is the best way to help. Telling friends, especially if their children/sibling/they are just growing out of books at the right reading level, is also very helpful.

Also, if you have time, start your own book drive! The more book drives there are, the more kids learn to read in Botswana!

Contact us to find out more

Name: Tuvya
Phone: (650)-394-5325

Progress Report

Our Goal 1,000 books $600 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 8/22/13)
1003 books $100.41 fundraising

I'm just getting started. Look for me in front of the Reading Bug Thursday evenings during the farmers' market if you want to talk to me.

Together, we can move Africa's literacy rate from 63% to 93% or higher.


I'd like to thank the Reading Bug for letting me set up bins, helping me through the process, and even talking to the city government for me!

Tips for Other Book Drive Organizers

For anyone in San Mateo County: San Carlos is a great place to get books, and a horrible place to get money.

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