African Library Project

Jay/Kathleen/Christine's South African Book Drive

04/29/2014 to 08/27/2014
Cupertino 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 new members of the African Library Project board, who believe in sharing resources in the world to promote literacy and early childhood education.

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

The need is so great. Just 35% of the children in primary schools in South Africa can read and over 80% of the schools don't have libraries. We believe that exposing children to the wonder of books can change those statistics.

About our African Partners...

Our books will go to a school in a rural village in South Africa. The particular village will be identified in June, and we will update this webpage.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

K-8 story and picture books
Paperback easy readers
English, Math, Geography and science books
Dictionaries and atlases
Educational games and puzzles

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

We're starting right away! We can pick up your books throughout the San Francisco peninsula or East Bay. Contact any of the following to arrange for a pick up:
Christine 562-743-3323 (Portola Valley)
Kathleen 650-291-2938 (Palo Alto)
Jay 408-621-2161 (Cupertino)

Or you can drop them off at:
120 La Mesa Drive, Portola Valley, 3200 Ash Street, Palo Alto
10125 Congress Place, Cupertino

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

You can donate at our Fundly page here:

or we will be happy to receive your check or cash donation

Here are some ways that you can help...

Donate your gently used books, games and puzzles
Donate money to help with our shipment costs
Donate gift cards from book stores

Contact us to find out more

Name: Jay Shah
Phone: 408-621-2161

Name: Kathleen Long
Phone: 650-291-2938

Name: Christine Helwick
Phone: 562-743-3323

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $600 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 5/11/2014)
238 books $35 fundraising

Consider purchasing and sending us a new book of African stories from this Amazon Wish List:


Thank you for whatever you can contribute, including your good wishes, to make our library a success.

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