African Library Project

Sandy's African Book Drive - Changing Lives Page by Page

06//18/2018 to 09/05/2018
Port Angeles WA

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 ...

I am Sandy, a retired registered nurse having fun as a volunteer for non profit organizations, tutoring children internationally via SKYPE (In addition to Kenya, I also have students in Nepal & China. I have done lessons with Syrian children in Turkey, in Afghanistan, as well as other one to one students near my home needing English tutoring). A huge focus for tutoring these students is the support and encouragement a tutor can provide. They have consistent contact with someone whom they can tell cares about them and will be there each lesson to help them improve their English, listen to them, and help them with homework. It is not hard to show love and caring across the computer screen and internet connections; it is not hard to see an impact each week. I have friends and family who have been hearing about my precious students for a few years who are willing to help me make this project successful. Every donation will be greatly appreciated, every book, every dollar, every smile and word of encouragement is treasured.

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

My students in western Kenya are 8-year-old second graders. I get so much pleasure from our weekly classes. I was "nudged" significantly a few weeks ago, by my 8 year old student when she was reading a library book I was holding in front of the camera. "I want that book" she emphatically said - the longest sentence I had heard her say. I have sent them a box of books to start a library; they have no books. The African Library Project is not in their area but there are many other schools and community places that are in the same situation - no libraries, no books and very few resources to make that change.
With the help of a local daycare center closure and their generous owner, Jane Childers, I have started the book drive collection with a significant dent in the goal of 1,000 books for Africa! I believe increasing literacy will enable children to improve their learning, to become leaders in their community and eventually increase their options for employment. The areas where the African Library Project is starting libraries are in great need of resources. We can provide help with gently used books - how easy is that???

About our African Partners...

The receiving school is St John's Primary School in Swaziland, located in the southern region of Africa. The school has 610 students, many are orphans.. I know that there will be teachers and administrators rejoicing when they are able to place the books on their new library shelves, School children will be dancing and singing, and administrators will have happy faces when they actually have books to use in teaching their students. Children will be able to use books from their very own school library and read to younger children.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

• Books for PRESCHOOL/PRIMARY SCHOOL up to 4th grade:
o Baby board books
o Children’s picture books
o Children’s fiction and non-fiction
o Early readers
o BIG books
o Teacher's resource books for school libraries
o Children’s dictionaries/picture dictionaries
o Children’s encyclopedias/picture encyclopedias
o Children’s thesauruses
o Paperback textbooks in math, English, geography, health, and science at appropriate level (kindergarten to 6th grade). Send no more than two copies of any textbook; these will be used for teacher resources.
o Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love)
o Children's books teaching life skills about health, hygiene, adolescence and careers
o Accurate up-to-date atlases
o Books about Africa or African-Americans
o Educational children's science and literary magazines in good condition
o Brain teasers, flash cards, educational games and puzzles

Books that cannot be sent to the African Library Project.
• Books about the 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

The books may be paperback or bound; New books are welcome but it is expected that gently used books will be the more common donation.

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

I hope you will go through your book shelves and don't forget to check your children and grandchildren's books that seem to be unused since they got that electronic reader/tablet. There are book drive boxes at The First United Methodist Church, 7th & Laurel, Port Angeles. We are starting this drive in June 2018 and will end in October 2018.

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

The $250 for the container fee has been collected and sent to the African Library Project. Other donations will be used for shipping the books to New Orleans to be put in the container. The shipping cost for the books is estimated to be $350-$400 using media rate. If there is an over collection, I will ship books to the African school where I teach. My paypal account can be used for donations, at or send to Sandra Granger, 835 Church Ave., Port Angeles, WA 98362. Please do not send directly to African Library Project since the container fee is already completed.

Here are some ways that you can help...

In addition to donations of books and/or money for shipping, your help in spreading the word about the African Book Drive will give a fantastic boost to getting the information spread in our area. If you know where a book drive box can be placed, please contact me. If you would like me to pick up books you have, please call or email me.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Sandra Granger
Phone: 3604612203

Email: r

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $600 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 9/24/2018)
1070 books $660 fundraising

Sandy's Book Drive is complete and shipped. Fourteen boxes with 1,070 books were shipped to New Orleans on Sept 24, 2018. In addition, another 260 books were shipped for the Coats Drive in Tampa, Florida. (MY dau in law working on this drive). The project has been so satisfying and I am very thankful to all the donor participants as well as those who have given encouragement. I will continue to collect books and ship them to ALP for "extra books" when a drive is short. Thanks to this wonderful organization for their mission and their assistance in this endeavor.

Update on Sandy's African Book Drive Project - Changing Lives Page by Page
Donation appreciation to Jane Childers, Laurie Gasnick, Sadie Crowe, Joey & Ole Olson, Tom Humleke Family, Peter Humleker Family, Judy Walrath, Tom &
fen, Julie Prefhe, Glenn & Bev Dawson, Stacey Saunders, Bert & Judy Fletcher, and the First United Methodist Church book bin donations! I purchase discards at the North Olympic Library in Port Angeles and recently purchased
117 books from Goodwill. There were many nice books for the drive. Thanks for your help, keep the books and $ donations coming. The $250 container fee has been met and sent to the African Library Project organization. We will get the boxes filled and shipped with your help!!

Thank you to everyone who was involved in this project with me. Those of us who take a book for granted can only imagine what it is like to not have books to read and enjoy. Special thanks to Jefferson Elementary School 2nd and 3rd graders who provided many letters/notes to send to the students in the school that will receive the books. So special!


Jane Childers, BoBaggins Day Care Center, Port Angeles. Thank you for your generous donation of books from your center. It was such a boost to get started with this book drive. Bless you!

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