African Library Project

The Sofia Araceli Library Project for Botswana

05/18/2017 to 11/11/2017
Kaysville UT

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 ...

Hi, my name is Abbi. This is a book drive to start a primary library in Botswana. The book drive will be happening in Kaysville, Utah from June to November 2017.

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

Starting a library in Africa is extremely important to me because I feel that education and literacy is a right that everyone should have an opportunity to experience. It is through education that we can make the world a better place. I chose the African Library Project because of their dedication to improving literacy rates as well as their professionalism. Last summer I had the privilege to go on a humanitarian trip to a West African country and the time I spent there had a profound impact my life. The kindness and graciousness of the people was immeasurable. I want to continue to aid those in need and I believe giving children access to books is a perfect way to help them have a brighter future.

In addition to my experiences in Africa, a close friend of mine, who helped me see the true value of education, passed away almost a year ago. I wanted to do something that reflected her beliefs and what she felt strongly about. Education is just that. She was one of the most academically engrossed people that I have ever met and she understood just how important education is for the future. This book drive is under her name, Sofia Araceli. I think this quote from Nelson Mandela perfectly embodies my reason for starting a library in Botswana. "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Primary School Library: Books at U.S. pre-school to 4th grade reading level.

Some Suggestions include:
Baby board books
Children’s picture books
Children’s fiction and non-fiction
Early readers
BIG books
Teacher's resource books for school libraries
Children’s dictionaries/picture dictionaries
Encyclopedias less than 15 years old
Children’s encyclopedias/picture encyclopedias
Children’s thesauruses
Paperback textbooks in math, English, geography, health, and science at appropriate level (kindergarten to 6th grade). Send no more than two copies of any texbook; these will be used for teacher resources.
Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love)
Children's books teaching life skills about health, hygiene, adolescence and careers
Accurate up-to-date atlases
Books about Africa or African-Americans
Educational children's science and literary magazines in good condition
Brain teasers, flash cards, educational games and puzzles

Some examples include:
Horrible Harry by Susan Kline
Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
Magic Treehouse series (4th grade and below) by Mary Pope Osborne
Because of Winn-Dixie and Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

Please do NOT donate books that cannot be sent, such as:
Books that are filled with small, dense print that might be too intimidating or boring for the age level
Books with lots of slang, which may be difficult for English learners to follow
Books for very young children that have many references to appliances and electronic gadgets
Adult paperback romance novels
Books about United States or Canadian history or government (but DO SEND books about African-Americans)
Books about North American or religious holidays (Easter, Halloween, Christmas, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, April Fools Day, Valentine’s Day, Chanukah, etc.)
Books that evangelize or promote a particular religion
Magazines except for children's educational magazines and National Geographics less than 5 years old

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

The book drive will start in June and go until November 11, 2017. Email me if you are interested or have any questions.

Here are some ways that you can help...

I would love your help by donating books or letting those who are interested know about this book drive.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Abbi

Progress Report

Our Goal 1500 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 7/30/17)
600 books $200 fundraising

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