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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!

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.

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JessyI am Jessy Mphunda, Assistant Librarian for the University of Malawi-Chancellor College.  I have worked with the African Library Project as a Malawi Partner since 2012, first when I worked for the Malawi Institute of Education, now as I work with Chancellor College.

From the beginning, ALP has been committed to promoting literacy, i.e. reading, writing and critical thinking, through the establishment of small libraries in rural communities in Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, Botswana, Sierra Leone, Swaziland and Lesotho.