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pile of booksSummer is looming in the Northern Hemisphere, and those who love to read are happily planning which books to take to the beach or wherever they will vacation.  But no matter what hemisphere you live in, you may want a pile of good books nearby, ready for when you have the time to read. 

I knew that the members of the African Library Project Board not only want to provide books for African children to read, they also like to read books about Africa, so I asked them to give me their favorites.  I learned about a number of novels and young adult fiction that sound quite intriguing.  I hope you will check out the list and find some books that you would like to add to to the pile of books by your bed.  Happy Reading!

This year eight ALP book drive organizers received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for their work helping to start libraries in Africa. The awardees range in age from 10-17 and live all across the U.S. from California to New Hampshire. They share a dedication to literacy and community service!

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ALP congratulates our first recipients of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. These young people completed at least 50 volunteer hours in the last year. Each one received a medal, a certificate, and a letter from President Obama. 

You may have read our newsletter article or previous blog post about Ketelelo Moapare, who grew up in rural Botswana and was an avid reader in the library the African Library Project helped start in his community of New Xade. He became an academic superstar in Botswana, despite great odds. His remarkable journey is the subject of a new documentary, Looking for Life, "an intimate coming-of-age portrait of two young San men charting a course between tradition and modernity in the wake of relocation from their ancestral homeland in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve of Botswana."