African Library Project

Ohlone Emkhuzweni Book Drive

01/26/2017 to 03/15/2017
Palo Alto CA

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.

This book drive is organized by ...

We are at Ohlone Elementary School,, in Palo Alto, California. At Ohlone all the classes are mixed grades. We do a lot of hands-on learning. We value kindness, mindfulness, teamwork, student self-time-management, and making learning fun. Ohlone also has a farm with animals that the students study and help care for.

We are three rooms that are buddy classes. One room is Room 26, made up of 4th and 5th graders, another room is Room 12, which has 2nd and 3rd graders. Room 3 is Kindergarten and 1st grade. We regularly get together. Sometimes we read together, and sometimes we do projects with each other. Last year we put on a flash mob for the whole school.

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We want to start a library in Africa because...

We think that having many books in a school is important because reading is so important to learning. Reading lots of different books helps students learn about different things, helps increase vocabulary, and helps stimulate imagination. Reading helps students learn about the world and sparks their curiosity. We think reading is essential for life.

About our African Partners...

We are sending books to Emkuzweni Primary School in Swaziland, Africa. At Emkuzweni Primary School, they have 200 books and 601 students. Three kids have to share one book. We are very fortunate to have a very large number of books. We want to donate 1,000 to 1,200 books to start a library.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We are collecting new or gently used books only. The books should be for pre-school through 4th grade. We also need to raise $500 to ship the boxes to Swaziland. It will cost $.50 per book.

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

Please bring your book donations to Ohlone School, 950 Amarillo Ave, Palo Alto, CA, 94303 and place them in marked boxes outside of Room 3, 12, or 26. Please do not ship books to the school.
If you would prefer to make a donation of money, you can mail checks to the school in care of Terri Feinberg.

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

We need to raise $.50 per book in order to ship them to Swaziland. We are collecting money in each classroom. If you would like to help, you can mail checks to the school in care of Terri Feinberg.

Here are some ways that you can help...

If you would like to help us, you can bring new or gently used books or cardboard boxes for shipping to the school, and/or mail checks care of Terri Feinberg to Ohlone School, 950 Amarillo Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94303. For book donation ideas, please see our Amazon wish list here:

Contact us to find out more

Name: Terri Feinberg Room 26
Phone: 650-856-1726

Name: Julie Bagniefski Room 12
Phone: 650-856-1726

Name: Roni Kraft Room 3
Phone: 650-856-1726

Progress Report

Our Goal 1,000 books $1000 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 2/10/17)
1168 books $578.25 fundraising

We have met our goals but any extra books we collect will be donated to another library so if you were planning on participating with us, please still do.

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