African Library Project

Meredith Watson and Chesterbrook Academy's African Library Project

02/24/2014 to 03/31/2014
West Chester PA

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 ...

Meredith Watson....I am a 3rd grader at Chesterbrook Academy in West Chester, Pennsylvania. We want to initiate our African Library Project to celebrate National Reading Month and bring the books we love so much to other children.

Our website link:

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

Some people have never held a book…..and we hope to change that. Our school has been exceptionally fortunate to provide access to literacy resources to our students that so many others don't have.

About our African Partners...

Our partner in Ghana is Nkwabeng Savior Primary School. This school serves about 206 students. They are very much like us....Pre-K to 4th grade!! This is very exciting knowing that we can share the books we have been enjoying at our own school with the students in Ghana. We can share some of our favorites which makes it all the more personal and special.

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...

There are many places that you can drop off your gently used books.
These include:

-Chesterbrook Academy, 1190 McDermott Drive, West Chester, PA 19380
*in the lobby or in front of any classroom

-ePharmasolutions, 1 IMS Drive, Suite 200, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
*in the lobby or in the kitchen areas

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

Shipping the books will cost around $300.00 to get the books to a central warehouse in New Orleans. An additional $300.00 must be provided 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:

Meredith Watson, African Library Project, 1190 McDermott Drive, West Chester, PA 19380

Any donation will be greatly appreciated!!

Penny wars at Chesterbrook Academy will be ongoing to increase donations.

Thank you for your support.

Here are some ways that you can help...

One book or one quarter at a time helps! Please pass this webpage onto friends and family to help drive our project! We thank you for anything and everything you can do......

Contact us to find out more

Name: Meredith Watson
Phone: 610-209-6471

Name: Chesterbrook Academy
Phone: 610-719-0240

Progress Report

Our Goal 1200 books $600 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: March 18, 2014)
1300 books $730 fundraising

We are kicking off our book drive this week at school and in our community. We are very excited to be doing this and can't wait to see how quickly we can surpass our goals.....Thanks for helping us make it so.

One book at a time.......


Thank you so much to Chesterbrook Academy and Joe Rodia for supporting and driving our efforts.

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