African Library Project

Almaden Junior Girl Scout Troop 61372 African Library Project

01/01/2015 to 03/05/2015
SanJose 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 ...

We are a Junior Girl Scout Troop located in the Almaden Valley of San Jose, CA. Our troop consists of ten active girls who love to make a difference, not only in their own neighborhood, but also in the world! We are so excited to be participating, for the second year, in the African Library Project.

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

We want to start a library in Africa because we believe every child and adult in this world should have the opportunity to read and learn. When we collected and mailed out 1,000 books last year we just knew we had to participate again in this amazing project. Knowing that the books we collected and hand-packed into boxes was going to make a difference in so many lives had such an impact on all our lives.

About our African Partners...

We are collecting books for Mlidzini Primary School located in the Kingdom of Swaziland. We are the only book drive matched with this school and they are thrilled that we are helping them build a library.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

The school we are collecting books for is a primary school. They are in great need of books that are at U.S. pre-school to 4th grade reading level

The school has also requested (if possible),teacher resource materials such as books, lesson plans, posters and games aimed at improving teaching

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

Please contact Mariann McGee at or Gabriela Guzman at Our troop will be happy to pick up any contributions.

If your child attends Graystone Elementary are we currently holding a contest for the classroom that donates the most books. The class that wins will receive extra recess along with an ice cream sundae party! Please have your child turn in all books to their classroom teacher.

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

In addition to collecting 1,000 books, we also need to raise $500 to pay for the shipping of the books to Africa.

We are working on putting together a fundraiser but will also gratefully accept any donations.

We have set up a GoFundMe site where you can go online and make a donation. The link is

If you prefer to make a donation by check please email Mariann McGee at or Gabriela Guzman at and we would be happy to supply the information of where the checks can be mailed.

Here are some ways that you can help...

Any help would be greatly appreciated! You can contribute by donating books, donating money for shipping costs, and also by telling others about our project and asking if they have any books to donate. We would be more than happy to pick up any contributions in the Bay Area.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Mariann Deppe McGee
Phone: 408-621-4613

Name: Gabriela Guzman

Progress Report

Our Goal 5,000 books $2,500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 3/3/2015)
5,067 books $918 fundraising

We are reaching out to members of the community by distributing fliers and using social media. We are still in need of books and are working on ways to ffund raise for the shipping costs. Any donations would be helpful!!

Wow!!!!! As of February 24th we have over 3,000 books and we are still going strong!! We now have plans to start FOUR libraries in Africa!!! This has exceeded our wildest expectations!!! We are behind on the fundraising though so any help would be appreciated.


Thanks to the following Graystone Classes for taking on the challenge of being the class that donates the most books. The winner will receive extra recess and a ice cream sundae party!!!!

Totals so far:
Mrs. Fenn - 330 books
Mrs. Pabilona - 697 books
Mrs. McCullough - 147 books
Mrs. Jeong - 490 books
Mrs. Cho - 254 books
Mrs. Bal - 337 books
Mrs. Medlin - 111 books
Mrs. Fleischer - 321 books
Mrs. Williams - 42 Books
Mrs. Knoblaugh - 29 books
Mrs. Namek - 130 Books
Mrs. Leonard - 557 Books
Mrs. Gates - 64 Books
Mrs. Subramaniam - 332 Books
Mrs. Marino - 36 Books
Mrs. Polizzotto - 193 Books
Mrs. Ta - 146 Books
Miss Chappelle - 70 books
Mrs. Pongratz - 116 books
Mrs. Huerta & Mrs. Schwender - 23 books
Mrs. Bickel - 22

Thank you to Samantha Amaral for donating 63 books!!!

Thank you to Naresh Argawal and Family for donating 388 books!!

Thank you to Jane Boyer and Family for donating 75 books!!

Thank you to Maria Gardner for donating 66 books!!

Thank you to Marsha Thomas and family for donating 22 books!!

Thank you to Michelle Scripoch and family for donating 258 books!!

Thank you to Lori Maitski for donating 118 books and hundreds of teacher files and resource materials. The teachers at Mlidzini Primary School are going to be thrilled!!!!!

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