African Library Project

Bryce and Paige's Ghana Library Book Drive

11/05/2015 to 04/01/2016
Rockville MD

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 ...

Bryce and Paige...We are siblings who love to read historical fiction, mysteries, and comic style books! Bryce is 10 and plays soccer, baseball and just started playing the trombone. He wants to be an archaeologist when he grows up. Paige is 8 and also plays soccer, enjoys rock climbing and being a Girl Scout. She wants to be a dolphin trainer and inventor when she grows up.

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

We want to start a library in Ghana so we can help kids who do not have books have fun. We think reading books is really a good way to spend your time! There is so much to learn and so many types of books, so everyone can find books they enjoy reading. We've been told that reading 30 minutes everyday helps you become really smart too!

About our African Partners...

We currently do not have the name of the school in Ghana we are partnered with, but as soon as we receive this information, we will make sure to update everyone. In Ghana, the overall adult literacy rate is 71%. The rate for women is lower than that of men: 65% vs 78%. We hope that by the time the children in our primary school become adults, these number will be higher. It would be so cool to see proof in this project in years to come.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We are building a primary school library, so we are collecting gently used or new books from preschool through 4th grade level. Paperbacks are preferred because they are less expensive to ship, but some hardback will be good too.

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

We are collecting 1000 books!! You can deliver books to us at our schools. We will also be happy to pick them up from you, please contact us at BPgiveback@gmail.com.

Paige now has a book collection box outside her classroom!
(As we establish other drop off locations, we will let you know)

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

In order to ship these books, we need to fundraise about $500. It takes approximately $250 to ship our books to New Orleans and $250 for the international shipping container to Ghana.

Donations can be collected:

In hand- feel free to give it to any of us!
PayPal via marcycopp@yahoo.com
Checks and Cash can be mailed to us
Via Crowdrise (link below)

We will be thrilled for any donation including your spare change (really, no amount it too small). Every dollar donated will help us get the books into the hands of children in Ghana who will really be thankful.

https://www.crowdrise.com/brycepaigesafricanli?fb_action_ids=10208191372082683&fb_action_types=og.shares&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%5B975454339179653%5D&action_type_map=%5B%22og.shares%22%5D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D

Here are some ways that you can help...

Here are all the ways you can help us achieve this goal:
Donate books!
Donate money for shipment to Ghana!
Donate packaging tape and recyclable packaging filler
We appreciate all your help and for reading down to the very end here. We hope you will help us reach our goal. Thank you SO much!

Contact us to find out more

Name: Marcy
Email: bpgiveback@gmail.com
Phone:

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 11/29/2015)
648 books $205 fundraising

Acknowledgements

Without our family, friends and community, none of this is possible!
Thanks to Mimi and Pops for your great book donation and generous cash donation!
Thanks to the PTA at Bryce's school for your huge book donation!
Thanks to Paige's classmates for their book donations!
Thanks to Ryan and family for their huge book donation!
Thanks to Aunt Dena for your generous cash donation!
Thanks to Bonnie for her generous cash donation and book donation!
Thanks to Mimi and Papa for their generous cash donation!
Thanks to the Ritter family for their great book donation!
Thanks to Wesley and Grant for their generous book donation!
Thanks to Mimi's friend for collecting lots of books from her grandchildren!
Thanks to Petey for her generous cash donation!
Thanks to Jaimee for her generous cash donation!
Thanks to Crowdrise for their cash bonus for using their site!

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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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