African Library Project

Ghana Be Cool
Bay Area Book Drive

10/01/2018 to 11/30/2018
Menlo Park 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 ...

Hello, my name is Laura Colin. I am a 65 year old woman in the process of retiring after a 40+ year career in the biotech industry. I am also a mother of a son who played basketball in high school. One night during dinner with other basketball mom's, Catherine and Lori, I mentioned I was thinking about starting a library in Africa. When I told them about the African Library Project and they realized I wasn't completely crazy, they encouraged me to go for it and supported the idea by saying they'd check their bookcases and would make donations as well as get their friends to donate too. Despite the enthusiasm, we were not going to reach 1000 books, thus this drive was born.

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

We here in the Bay Area are very fortunate. Nearly all of us have access to food, clothing, shelter, education and health care. This is not the case in Africa. Education is a #1 contributor to ending the cycle of poverty. With a little effort on our part, we can help those who are motivated to get an education and empower them to improve their lives and their communities by providing resources to increase literacy.

..."After all, what's a life, anyway? We're born, we live a little while, we die. A spider's life can't help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle." E.B. White, Charlotte's Web

By helping others, we all are lifted.

About our African Partners...

This book drive is in support of a community library in Ghana. Ghana is a country located along the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean in West Africa, north of the equator. Its geography/ecology ranges from coastal savannahs to tropical rain forests. Ghana is a democracy of approximately 28 million people. Kofi Annan, the former Secretary General of the United Nations, is from Ghana.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Community library: preschool to 8th grade reading level.

We are mostly looking for paperback books, although we will also accept hardcovers. Here are some genres of books that we are looking for:
- Children’s picture books
- Children’s fiction and non-fiction
- Early readers
- BIG books
- Teacher's resource books for school libraries
- Dictionaries
- Thesauruses
- Encyclopedias less than 15 years old
- Paperback textbooks in math, English, geography, health, and science
- Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love)
- Accurate up-to-date atlases
- Books about Africa or African-Americans
- Educational children's science and literary magazines in good condition
- Juvenile literature
- Life skills books about health, hygiene, adolescence, careers, etc.
- Books like Chicken Soup for the Soul (inspiring stories with life skills lessons)
- Agriculture
- Animal husbandry
- Gardening
- Health
- Business
- Current events
- Ecology
- National Geographic, less than 5 years old, especially with articles featuring Africa.

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

From Oct 1 to Nov 30, please donate your books:

by emailing me at to pick them up

or by dropping them off at Biostride, Inc., 1201 Douglas Ave, Redwood City, CA Mon-Fri between 9am-4pm

Contact us to find out more

Name: Laura Colin
Phone: 650 362 3377

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 1/8/2019)
1000+ books $500 fundraising


Thank you to Catherine and Lori for the encouragement and the book donations.
Thank you to Biostride for the use of its facilities for book collection and storage.
Thank you to Biostride employee Alvin Rozal for his huge 1st donation.
Thank you to Narendra P. for his book donation and his funds donation which will cover 100% of the shipping costs.

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