African Library Project

Carson Primary Community Library for Ghana

06/17/2018 to 04/15/2019
Monrovia MD

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 a family who loves to read, and would like to share a love of reading all over the world. We are hoping to raise 1000 books and $500 for shipping costs. With your help we can accomplish this goal and create a successful library in Africa.

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

Many places in Ghana do not have access to a working library. We would like to expand a love of reading around the globe. The community being served by the library will develop increased literacy and empower the citizens of the community.

About our African Partners...

We are starting a library in Ghana. Our library will be a primary community library, which will include 2/3 primary books (preschool-4th grade) and 1/3 secondary books (4th grade-8th grade). It will also include books that serve the community, such as books about farming and agriculture, and teacher resources. This library will really help a community.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Our library is a primary community library, which includes 2/3 primary books (preschool-4th grade), 1/3 secondary books (4th-8th grade), books that help with the community, like books about farming and careers, and teacher resources, such as encyclopedias less than 15 years old. Only send books in good condition. Here are some links for book ideas on Amazon:,

Here are some preschool ideas:
Baby Board Books
Children's Picture Books
BIG Books

Here are some ideas for primary books:
Children's Fiction and Nonfiction
Early Readers
Children's Dictionaries/Picture Dictionaries
Children's Encyclopedias/Picture Encyclopedias
Children's Thesauruses
Books with Universal Themes (Friendship, Animals, Love, etc.)
Children's books teaching life skills about health, hygiene, adolescence and careers
Books about Africa and African-Americans
Educational Children's Magazines about literacy and science
Brain Teasers, Flashcards, Educational Games and Puzzles

Here are some ideas for a secondary library:
Juvenile Literature
Children's Books
Encyclopedias less than 15 years old
Life Skills books
Books like "Chicken Soup for the Soul" (inspiring stories with life skills lessons)
Kid's educational magazines in good condition
Brain Teasers, Flashcards, etc.

Here are some ideas for community books:
Agriculture Books
Animal Husbandry Books
Gardening Books
Health Books
Business Books
Books on Current Events
Ecology Books
National Geographic magazines less than 5 years old, especially with articles featuring Africa
Books about Africa and African-Americans

Here are some ideas for teacher resources:
Teacher's resources for school libraries
Encyclopedias less than fifteen years old
Paperback Textbooks in math, English, geography, science, health, etc.
Accurate and up-to-date atlases
Math books for 6th grade and up, including algebra, geometry, and precalculus
English books focusing on grammar and comprehension
Geography books
Health books
Science books including general science, biology, chemistry and physics
Do not send more than two copies of each textbook, as they will be used as teacher resources.

Here are some ideas for 4th grade books:
"Horrible Harry" by Susan Kline
"Junie B. Jones" series by Barbara Park
"Magic Tree House" series by Mary Pope Osborne
"Because of Winn Dixie" and "Tale of Despereaux" by Kate DiCamillo
"Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White

Here are some ideas for 6th grade books:
"True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle" by Avi
"The Hunger Games" series by Suzanne Collins
"Hatchet" by Gary Paulson
"Harry Potter" series by J. K. Rowling

Here are some ideas for 7th and 8th grade books:
"The Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" series by J. R. R. Tolkein
Various books by Jerry Spinelli
"The Maze Runner" series by James Dashner
"Maximum Ride" by James Patterson

Here are some books that you SHOULD NOT SEND:
Books with small dense print that may be intimidating or boring
Books with lots of slang that may be difficult for English learners
Books for very young children with references to electronics
Adult paperback romance novels
Books about United States or Canadian history and government (DO SEND books about African-Americans)
Books about North American and religious holidays (Christmas, Halloween, Hanukkah, etc.)
Books that promote a religion
Magazines except for children's educational magazines and National Geographic magazines less than 5 years old

Please send educational games and puzzles.

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

To contribute books or make a donation to our library project, please contact We would be happy to pick up your books if you live locally.

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

If you would like to donate towards our shipping cost, please contact for more information. If you live locally, buy lemonade from our Rainbow Lemonade Stand, as some of the proceeds will go towards our shipping cost. We will be set up on the corner at various times throughout the summer. :)

Here are some ways that you can help...

Here are some ways that you can help:
Donate boxes for shipping (12"10"18 boxes)
Donate books
Donate money towards shipping costs
Spread the word!

Contact us to find out more

Name: Dena Carson
Phone: 301-363-5911

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 11/18/2018)
800 books $0 fundraising

Our African Library partner in Ghana has been assigned! The name of the school is 66 Artillery Primary. We are the only book drive matched with this school and they are thrilled that you are helping them!


Thank you so much to all of our sponsors.
Rainbow Lemonade Stand is donating 5% of their profits to our library.
American Heritage Girl Troop MD3126 for helping to pack and collect books for our project.
We thank all of the people who donated books and money to our library. We could not do this project without you.

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