African Library Project

Wellesley College Book Drive

03/03/2014 to 05/10/2014
Wellesley MA

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 ...

A group of students at Wellesley College are together aiming to inspire members of our school and our larger communities to effect global change through literature and education. This passion is one we hope to share with all would be willing to donate books, time, and/or funds to our book drive!

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

It's easy enough to wish for change; but the African Library Project proves it's just as easy to actually catalyze it. A library is more than a collection of books; what it represents is a window into other worlds and ways of life for whoever is fortunate enough to have access. Stories feed the imagination, and being empowered to imagine a better world is the first step towards being able to create one.

About our African Partners...

We are working with a community in Sierra Leone to collect books fit for the 4th to 8th grade reading levels; roughly ages 9-14.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

The Wellesley College Book Drive is looking for gently used fiction and non-fiction books appropriate for children ages 9-14. Examples include Nancy Drew mysteries or the Harry Potter series, canon classics like Robinson Crusoe or Peter Pan, and more informational texts published by National Geographic Kids or like materials.

We're collecting
Children’s fiction and non-fiction
Teacher's resource books for school libraries
Encyclopedias less than 15 years old
Accurate up-to-date atlases
Math books from 6th grade-12th, including algebra, geometry, and pre-calculus, English books (focusing on grammar or comprehension), geography books, health books, science books including general science, biology, chemistry, and physics at high school level. We only need one or two copies of any textbook, these will be used as a teacher resource.
Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love)
Books like Chicken Soup for the Soul (inspiring stories with life skills lessons)
Books about Africa or African-Americans
Educational kids science and literary magazines in good condition
Brain teasers, flash cards, educational games and puzzles

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

Book collection ends on May 10th, with books being shipped by May 15th.
Contact for questions and/or concerns. Book drop-off locations will be announced shortly.

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

The Book Drive requires $600 to ship these boxes of 1,000 books overseas. Please, send donated funds to Unit 2313 at 21 Wellesley College Rd.Wellesley, MA. 02481. In order to participate in fundraising events, or to hold one at your local community group, religious organization, etc. email: and the group at Wellesley will be happy to contact you and arrange means of raising the target sum. Thank you in advance for your support!

Here are some ways that you can help...

Have some well loved, well preserved books from childhood that need cleaning out? Know a library about to restock and in need of a place to donate older books? Is your son or daughter, brother, sister, or cousin a student in elementary or middle school--they could host a book drive and the Wellesley College Book Drive could pick up the books collected! Have your church or community group agree to be a book drop-off center! Send any available funds to Unit 2313 at 21 Wellesley College Rd. and be sure to ask all your friends, families, co-workers and associates to collect all the books that they can!

Contact us to find out more

Name: Thai Matthews
Phone: 678.458.1051

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