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Hillbrook SchoolIn April 2015, the 6th grade class at Hillbrook school held a book drive to help create two libraries in Malawi. Along with collecting the books, the 6th graders needed to raise enough money to ship the books to New Orleans where they would be put on a container ship and sent off to Africa. It was quite a sight to see the whole grade come together and work towards a common goal.

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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. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Botswana-056.JPGMy name is Amy Hanson.  I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which has a nationally recognized library system. Every week I bring my son to story time at our local branch library to read stories, sing songs, and play with friends. We can check books out to read at home, in addition to those we have in our personal library. For his second birthday, we decided to do a book drive for the African Library Project to share his love of reading with kids that do not have such easy access to books.

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."