African Library Project

Contagious Smile Bookdrive for Africa

11/04/2013 to 05/11/2014
San Jose 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 ...

Contagious Smile Bookdrive for Africa is a local bookdrive out of San Jose, CA. Our primary goal is to gather new and used books for children in Africa. When you donate a book to Contagious Smile Bookdrive, you are spreading smiles to the children in Africa. Books are a privilege for people all over the world. It's time to help raise awareness for Education in friendly Africa.

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

We want to start a library in Africa because knowledge is a powerful tool. We need to raise the world literacy rate both nationally, but more importantly worldwide. Sending books to Africa is a great way to spread knowledge, but even better than that, starting a library could bring an entire community together. Spreading joy, laughter, and more importantly, knowledge through literacy throughout Africa is the primary goal for the book drive. Illiteracy is one of the biggest problems in the countries of Africa. Taking a book which has been outgrown and donating it to a great cause will not only help children across the world, but contribute to your self satisfaction.

About our African Partners...

Malawi Primary Community is the recipient, however we will find more information in February.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We are looking for books at the U.S pre-school to 8th grade reading level. Other books that relate to these reading levels including picture books, puzzle books, etc., are greatly appreciated as well.

-Books with universal themes
-Inspiring story books
-Life skill lesson books
-Books about Africa and African-Americans
-Children's Science or Literary Magazines
-Brain teasers and Flash cards
-Children's fiction & non-fiction

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

Our goal is to collect a minimum of 1,000 books before May 11th, 2014.

If you have books to donate, contact Garret Lewis at: or (408) 497-4901


A donation bin will be placed in the Almaden Community Center's main lobby from November 4th to December 4th, 2013.

Monday, November 4th, 2013 the book drive will kick off! The last day to donate books is Sunday, May 11th, 2014!

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

Our goal for raising funds is set at a minimum of $500 for shipping costs.

If you would like to donate towards the shipping expenses, please contact Garret Lewis at: or (408) 497-4901

Here are some ways that you can help...

Donate your new or used books within the pre-K to 8th grade reading levels. Spread the word to family and friends by word-of-mouth and our Facebook page listed above.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Garret Lewis
Phone: 408 497 4901

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising

Book drive begins on November 4th, 2013!


Thank you to all the donors and supporters!

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