Strath Haven International Club's African Library Project
The African Library Project brings gently used books to an African community that has lots of eager readers but very few books. Please help by collecting and delivering gently used books or by raising money to help pay for shipping to Africa. It only takes 1000 books and $500 to start a single library (and a little elbow grease!)
Tips for Other Book Drive Organizers
If you want to start a book drive, we recommend you pre-plan all of your fundraisers and make sure you have a place to store your books. 1,000 books take up a lot of space and can be very expensive to ship.
Additionally, sorting immediately after receiving your books makes it so much easier to pack them. If you can't sort immediately, then make sure you have a large group help you when you decide to pack. Our group broke up sorting into two days that were a month apart. The second day was our packing party. We had a medium sized group (8-10 people) sort all of the additional books we collected and it was a fast process because there were so many hands. After separating the books that didn't fulfill the requirements, we sorted by age group. Finally, we packaged the books, being careful to follow the packing directions. It was a long process, but we made it fun with snacks and lots of people.
Another piece of advice, is for clubs like us. Try to get all of your club members involved and keep them updated. It makes everyone feel like they are actively participating. Updating your school also makes the book drive become a community project, instead of just a club one. A lot of our donations came from community members who heard about our book drive in the local paper. Getting everyone involved can really help.
These are just a few tips that helped us reach our goal. We hope it helps you!
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About the African Library Project
Learn more about the African Library Project at http://www.africanlibraryproject.org.
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