African Library Project

Books for Swaziland: Help us give children in Swaziland the gift of imagination and by donating books to start a primary school library in rural Africa!

01/31/2018 to 10/01/2018
Fremont 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 five mothers raising 7 beautiful girls in the heart of California’s bay area. As reading and books have become a central part of our girls lives, we want to share the gift books give to all of us - imagination, dreams, confidence and literacy to other children in Africa who are deprived of this. We recognize the great advantage children reap when they are surrounded by early literacy efforts, opportunities, and resources. We are thrilled to facilitate this book donation which will allow a library to be built in a school in rural Swaziland and excited for your help!

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We’re working to build a Library for primary school children and are collecting gently used or new books that fall in these categories:
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

And these are the books that we cannot accept:
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...

We will be collecting new or used books (in good condition) through October 1, 2018. If you are in the Bay Area, you can reach out to us at : and we can coordinate delivery with you. Also, if you are not local but would like donate, contact us and you can mail the books to us or order books online via our Amazon wish list:

Also, feel free to send any personalized notes for the children or library, we’ll be mailing those with the books.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Shahzia

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