African Library Project

Mavukufta Community Primary School African Library Project by LeAnn Baldy

02/01/2014 to 03/01/2014
Little Rock AR

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 ...

LeAnn Baldy. I was fortunate to work with wonderful teachers and administrators at Moody Elementary in the White Hall School District and then open and operate a school-aged daycare in White Hall for seven years. I am just a person that loves children and loves to read. What a blessing to be able to share the overwhelming abundance that we have in the United States with these children in Africa. I think one of the clearest memories that I have is, while on a mission trip to Peru, seeing a whole classroom of children sharing a broken box of crayons...and they were thankful to have them. My hope is that one day no child will ever want for books or supplies.

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

I have profound faith in and love for children. I believe they are so smart and are only confined by the restraints placed upon them. I also have a wonderful respect for reading...for children reading. Reading is a way for anyone, no matter where they are, to travel to any location. A way to dream and imagine...a way to be anything they want to be. What a gift to be able to share with these children in Africa. I hope this is just the first of many libraries that I have the privilege to be a part of.

About our African Partners...

The recipients of the donated books will be Mavukuftu Community Primary School in Hlathikulu, Swaziland, Africa.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Requested books are for children in preschool through fourth grade. Please donate gently used...
-Baby board books
-Children’s picture books
-Children’s fiction and non-fiction
-Early readers
-BIG books
-Teacher's resource books for school libraries
-Children’s dictionaries/picture dictionaries
-Encyclopedias less than 15 years old
-Children’s encyclopedias/picture encyclopedias
-Children’s thesauruses
-Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love)
-Children’s health books
-Accurate up-to-date atlases
-Books about Africa or African-Americans
-Educational children's science and literary magazines in good condition
-Brain teasers, flash cards, educational games and puzzles

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

Since my husband and I are home inspectors, we have the pleasure of working with a lot of really wonderful realtors. The following realtors/real estate office have agreed to be drop-off locations:

Karen Crowson - Crye-Leike Realtors, 1900 Military Rd., Benton
Beckie Gay - Century 21 Prestige, 1813 TP White Dr., Jacksonville
Donna Ibbotson - Crye-Leike Realtors, 123 Audobon Dr., Maumelle
Hunter Ray - Keller Williams Realty, 12814 Cantrell Rd., Little Rock
Angela Sain - Crye-Leike Realtors, 3400 JFK Blvd., N. Little Rock

Additional Drop-off Location and Contact:

Tiffany Surginer Clark - Ms. B's School Days, 202 Michelle St., White Hall

I am so excited about this project! I truly believe that we will go over our goal and probably have enough books to set up an additional library.

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

My hope is that people donating books would also donate 50 cents per book to help with the cost of shipping. Shipping will cost around $300.00 to get the books to the warehouse in New Orleans. An additional $300.00 must be give to the African Library Project to cover shipping from New Orleans to Africa. If you would like to donate towards shipping please feel free to send any amount to: LeAnn Baldy, 7100 Westwind Dr., N. Little Rock, AR 72113. Thank you.

Here are some ways that you can help...

Please share this information with any family and friends that you feel would like to be a part of this wonderful project.

Contact us to find out more

Name: LeAnn Baldy
Phone: 501-626-1566

Progress Report

Our Goal 1200 books $600.00 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 2/4/14)
250 books $20.00 fundraising

One hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, or how much money I had in the bank. But the world will be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child. - Author Unknown


Thank you in advance for your help.

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