African Library Project

Coy's African Library Project

09/01/2010 to 06/01/2013
Citrus Heights 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.

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

Like many of you, I have seen the faces of people in need and wondered how I could really help. Children's faces touch me at my deepest levels. When a friend in the Peace Corps asked if I would help create libraries for schools in Africa, I eagerly accepted. So far, together with the Peace Corps volunteers and the people of Lesotho, we have created four libraries, including Ambition School (top two photographs) and St. Rose High School (lower photographs). Lesotho is a small country completely surrounded by South Africa. Having a direct, positive impact on the education of children eager to learn has been one of my most rewarding experiences. Through the African Library Project, we can help make the world a better place.

About our African Partners...

Rehauhetsoe High School, Butha-Buthe, Lesotho has 472 students enrolled, 90% from poor families and 30% orphaned. Most students have no outside reading material. Learning to read and write English greatly enhances the students future job prospects. The local community will also have access to the library. During this drive we shipped 1,171 books to create a library for Rehauhetsoe High School and another 1,089 books to create a library for Sekuda Primary School.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Books at U.S. 4th through 8th grade.
Adult books (novels, mysteries, romance, etc.) that can be exchanged for age and subject appropriate books.

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

This book drive begins on September 1, 2010 and is still continuing. Books can be dropped off at 7012 Rancho Mirage Court, Citrus Heights (Please call ahead [916] 725-5110) or the Almost Perfect Bookstore, 1901 Douglas Blvd., Roseville, specify for Coy's African Library Project.

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

We must raise funds for shipping. It costs approximately $50 to ship 40 pounds of books to Africa. I will accept checks made out to me or cash for shipping. You may also mail checks directly to: Treasurer, African Library Project, 3530 Partition Road, Woodside CA 94062. Your donations are tax deductible: tax ID # 65-1261685.

Here are some ways that you can help...

You can help either by donating books or money for shipping. ALL donations go directly to purchasing or shipping books. Everyone involved is an unpaid volunteer.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Coy
Phone: 916-725-5110

Progress Report

Our Goal 2,000 books $1,500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 20 Nov 2010)
3,119 books $1,150 fundraising

Thanks to all who helped surpass our book goal by more than 1,000 books. Through your generosity, we were able to create two new school libraries in Lesotho and, in February, we will help create another in Swaziland.


Special thanks to Kelley Ulmer and her staff at Almost Perfect Books for their gracious time and help in making Coy's African Library Project a success. Also, Terry Docherty and Terry McMillan each collected more than 1,000 books for the book drive. Thank you all very much!!

Tips for Other Book Drive Organizers

Find a used book store that will accept age or subject inappropriate books in exchange for books better suited for school-age children.

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