African Library Project

Victoria Lemon's Sierra Leone Book Drive

04/30/2018 to 08/16/2018
Warrenville IL

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, I'm Victoria Lemon and literacy has always been an important part of my life. As a child, I didn't learn to read until I went to public school in third grade. Gaining that invaluable skill and, as a child, a bridge into a place where the imagination could run wild, I grew to appreciate and value reading. Knowing how much my life changed for the better when I learned to read caused me to realize the power of literacy and the power of giving someone a book, which is why I want to help children in Sierra Leone experience the wonderful journey of the written word.

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About our African Partners...

We are thrilled to be partnering with Boyo Memorial Junior Secondary School and we are the only book drive partnered with this school so we are prepared to give it all we've got!

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Books for preschool-8th grade reading level - paperbacks preferred because they are cheaper to ship but hardcovers are greatly appreciated as well.
Baby board books
Paperback easy readers
Paperback children’s picture books
Paperback juvenile literature/chapter books
K-8 textbooks (English, math, geography, science)
Atlases & encyclopedias (less than 15 yrs. old)
Paperback dictionaries
Puzzles and educational games

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

Book Donations collected through May 25th at WWS High School and WEGO High School.
June 8-July 8 - donations collected at Health Doctors LTD located at 28379 Davis Pkwy, Warrenville and at Estuary Center for Living and Healing Arts located at 24W788 75th St, Naperville
Donations collected through August 1st at 2s768 Timber Dr, Warrenville.

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

We are using gofundme to launch our fundraiser, please donate at Any and all donations are greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Here are some ways that you can help...

Tell your friends, family, and neighbors about the book drive and spread the word as far as you can--the more books the better. You can also contact us to find out ways to get involved at a book packing or fundraising event or email me for some flyers to hand out around town. Any and all help is greatly appreciated, it takes a village to pull off a project like this, and only with your help will it be possible.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Victoria Lemon
Phone: 3125028392

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: August 30th)
1050 books $500 fundraising

We have shipped the books to Sierra Leone!


Through this work I was constantly surprised by the generosity of our incredible community. A big thank you to everyone who donated and thank you to Ms. Mary Howard for organizing a collection of books from the English Department at West Chicago High School.

Tips for Other Book Drive Organizers

Don't be afraid to ask local businesses too, people might be more generous than you think.
Set earlier deadlines so when stuff happens, you are still on time.

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