African Library Project

Lakeside for Lesotho

09/07/2014 to 12/7/14
Folsom CA

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!)

This book drive is organized by ...

Jared Sheridan and Lakeside Church.

When was the last time you had trouble getting a hold of a book? Since when did a book have more value to you than a day.s wage? Books are by far one of the most undervalued and overlooked items in our daily lives.
Many of our kids have more books at their disposal in their room than entire villages in Africa have access to. We all grew up with personal, school and public libraries with entire rooms dedicated to single subjects. Imagine a day without a book...

Our website link:
http://lesothobookdrive.webs.com/

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

Proverbs 4:13 "Keep hold of instruction; do not let go; guard her, for she is your life."

Many schools throughout Africa teach in English even though nearly all of their students also speak indigenous languages. This is due primarily to the fact that nearly all Political and Economic transactions are conducted in English. However, VERY few schools have access to physical books in English leaving many teachers to teach from memory. Students have to learn the language armed only with a pencil and paper to write what their teachers show them.

About our African Partners...

Mosi Primary School, in Lesotho, a small country in southern Africa.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Mosi Primary School needs books ranging from Preschool to 8th grade level. Preferably 2/3 of the 1,000 total books need to be Preschool to 4th grade and the other 1/3 4th through 8th grade.

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
Paperback textbooks in math, English, geography, health, and science at appropriate level (kindergarten to 8th grade). No more than two copies of any texbook; these will be used for teacher resources.
Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love)
Children's books teaching life skills about health, hygiene, adolescence and careers
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...

For now, bring them to Lakeside on Sundays starting Sept. 7th. Please call me to let me know to expect them. We are working on getting a more permanent location at Lakeside to stage the books.

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

We also need to raise about $500 for shipping. Approximately $250 goes toward shipping the books to the ALP warehouse in New Orleans and the other $250 goes to ALP to help assist in the overseas shipping to Africa.

Here are some ways that you can help...

The quickest and easiest way is to contribute books or cash. The next thing is spreading the word, this doesn't have to be just Lakeside. We have fliers that can be printed up and spread throughout Folsom and the Sacramento area. For those with kids get them involved, kids love to help other kids if possible. Organize a book drive at their schools and bring them in. Any way you can help is greatly appreciated.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Jared Sheridan. Please reference Lakeside for Lesotho in any email subject heading, I am horrible at answering my phone so please leave me a voicemail, I will get back to you.
Email: Jared_Sheridan@hotmail.com
Phone: (916)837-5056

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising

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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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