African Library Project

Brett Colburn's African Library Project

01/23/2017 to 03/24/2017
Crownsville MD

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...

I curated my first library for a secondary school in Ghana when I was in 8th grade. The letters and pictures I received from the students was very gratifying! Now I'm on Library #2.

About our African Partners...

Duadaso Senior High Technical

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We need the following resources written for a 4th–8th grade reading level:

Juvenile literature
Children’s fiction and non-fiction
Teacher's resource books for school libraries
Encyclopedias less than 15 years old
Accurate up-to-date atlases
Math books from 6th grade up, including algebra, geometry, and pre-calculus, English books (focusing on grammar or comprehension), geography books, health books, science books including general science, biology, chemistry, and physics at appropriate level. Send no more than two copies of any textbook, these will be used as a teacher resource.
Life skills books about health, hygiene, adolescence, careers, etc.
Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love)
Books like Chicken Soup for the Soul (inspiring stories with life skills lessons)
Books about Africa or African-Americans
Educational kids science and literary magazines in good condition
Brain teasers, flash cards, educational games and puzzles

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

We're collecting books through March 20. Contact Brett at to arrange a pick-up or drop-off!

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

Shipping costs $500 to get books from Maryland to New Orleans and on to Ghana. We need your help in raising funds!

Here are some ways that you can help...


Contact us to find out more

Name: Brett Colburn
Phone: 410-231-4190

Progress Report

Our Goal 1,200 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: March 5,2017)
550 books $250.00 fundraising

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