African Library Project

African Library Project

The African Library Project coordinates book drives in the United States and partners with African schools and villages to start small libraries.

African Library Project Blog

The African Library Project coordinates book drives in the United States and partners with African schools and villages to start small libraries.

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In May of 2016, I retired after 30 of teaching mostly kindergarten and first grade. Primary teachers tend to be book lovers and I am no exception! Over the years I had created an extremely extensive library of high quality children’s books to use in my classroom.

In 2012 my long-time fascination with the African continent led to a month-long camping trip with other teachers to four countries in sub-Saharan Africa.  While we were there, we visited some very rural schools. Noticing the total lack of any supplemental library materials, I filed away a plan that somehow, someday, I would find a way to get my classroom library to Africa. So at my retirement party, I requested only donations to “help me get my children’s books to Africa,” even though I had absolutely no idea how I would do that.

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photo of EdemMy name is Bright Edem Kofi Adeti.  I teach French and Information and Communication Technology in a deprived junior high school in the Volta Region of Ghana.

Listening to the students speak English leaves much to  be desired. One would ask, “What good can come out of these students if they can’t construct a simple sentence?” Yet. in the mist of all the uncertainties, discomfort and stress, there was one priceless thing, the lives of these innocent little children who deserved education too.

rye diplay closeupConducting a book drive for the African Library Project was a perfect fit for Midland Elementary School for many reasons. We were looking for an internationally-focused, education-related project to do that didn’t require a large cash contribution and had opportunities for hands-on engagement by our students.  In addition, the ALP project provided a perfect opportunity to help the children in our town learn more about Africa.

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book coverIt is our great privilege to write this letter to you, thanking you for receiving such wonderful and interesting novels you donated to us as Ebenezer High School.

They reached us at the right time when we needed them the most. Students read them with pleasure such that they find no need to go to the libraries around town, since the school is located on the outskirts of town. We have students who are more than 1000 in number, which allows them to read one book after another because of the number of novels we received from you.