African Library Project

PHS Panthers African Library Project

10/02/2017 to 11/17/2017
Petal MS

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 ...

At Petal High School, we're all about paying it forward. When a tornado destroyed much of our city and one of our schools last year, we were touched by individuals across the nation who reached out to help us get back on our feet. Now we want to help others, in our nation and the world. Petal High School is a small school in the small town of Petal, Mississippi, but our hearts are big. We can't wait to share our love of learning and of reading with students in Kenya!

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

Being raised in a literacy-rich environment is something most American teens take for granted. We've always had it, so we haven't always thought about what it would be like to go without access to our favorite books or magazines, or to do research without the Internet at our fingertips. But having gone through Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and a major tornado in 2016, we've learned that going without is hard, really hard. We're lucky. Our schools are rebuilt, restocked, and made ready for us to learn. But we know that's not the case in other places, other countries. Starting a library in Kenya is a way that we can share the amazing resources we've been given and make a difference for someone else, someone we may never meet, but someone who will remember us, just as we remember those who helped us in our times of need.

About our African Partners...

Our partner in Kenya is the Isbania Boys High School. This is a boarding school for boys with 650 students enrolled. It is located on the outskirts of the town of Isbania. Isbania, also Isibania, is a town in Migori County of Kenya, at the International border with Tanzania. The town is the southern end of the Isebania–Kisii–Ahero Road.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We are collecting for a Secondary School Library. Books should be at a U. S. 4th to 8th grade reading levels.
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

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

We are now collecting books for our project. Donations may be brought to the Petal High School. Bring them to the Petal High School office and tell them that the books are donations for the African Library Project. We are asking for all donations be brought to the school by November 17, 2017.

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

We will be fundraising at PHS with our students, but we would like to invite others to help us make this a successful project by donating funds to ship the books and to buy new books that will supplement our donations. Our goal is to collect 1000 books, but it would be great if we could buy books and exceed that goal. You may donate several ways: (1) By bringing your donation to the school office and designating it for the African Library Project, Sue Sorensen; (2) By sending your check or money order to the school, Attention: African Library Project; (3) By donating online at (be sure to include the following in the comment section: This donation is for the PHS Panthers African Library Project, Sue Sorensen, K2-48

Here are some ways that you can help...

You can help us with this book drive in several ways: First by donating books (gently used or new; 4th - 8th grade reading level); Second by donating money (we need $250 for shipping and would like to be able to buy some new books to supplement our donations); And finally spread the word about our project and share our webpage address (word of mouth, Facebook, Twitter, etc.). Thank you for your help and support.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Sue Sorensen daytime work phone
Phone: 601 545-1901

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $300 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: November 16)
1200 books $200 fundraising

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