African Library Project

Berkeley Books for Botswana!

11/27/2018 to 01/31/2019
Berkeley 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 ...

Hi there. My name is Vera and I am a 5th grader in Berkeley, California. I heard about the African Library Project from our friend Karen, who invited me and my parents to their annual fundraiser. It was an amazing event, and it inspired me to do this.

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

I love books, and I want to share my love of reading with others.

About our African Partners...

The books are going to the Ditladi Primary School in Ditladi, in Northeast Botswana. They speak Setswana there, but the English language library will help kids learn English which is the language of instruction in Secondary School.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Helping is easy! Please donate any gently used books from Kindergarten level to 4th/5th grade. Baby board books, early readers, paperbacks, fiction, nonfiction, textbooks, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and any books you loved and enjoyed, but no longer read.

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

UPDATE 12/17/18: We have now collected almost 1,500 books! Thank you all for your support and generosity. We will be organizing a book sorting and mailing party some time in January (date TBD), well in time to meet our main ship date. Meanwhile, I am shifting my focus to fundraising, and your help would be greatly appreciated with that too:

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

I am collecting funds for shipping the books by taking on extra jobs such as car washes, cat sitting, etc. Also, at Thankgiving and other holiday gatherings with friends and family, I have been collecting fines from guests when they bring up politics. If you want to help and don't have books to give but would like to help by giving money to ship the books, please visit my GoFundMe site for the book drive: .

Here are some ways that you can help...

1,000 books turns out to be a lot of books! We will be needing ~20 sturdy medium-sized boxes soon (Goodeggs boxes are perfect size). More info coming soon on our book sorting and packing activities in January.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Vera = Book drive organizer

Name: Johanna = Primary contact

Progress Report

Our Goal 1,200 books $600 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 12/17/2018)
1,497 books $167 fundraising

Everybody has been so generous already! We are aiming for 1,200 books, mainly so we can sort out duplicates and get a great set of 1,000 ready -- don't worry, we will find a good home for the remaining books too. We want to exceed our initial fundraising goal as well, as we collected many hardcover books that are more expensive to ship.


Thank you everybody in Berkeley/Oakland/Albany/Kensington/El Cerrito and beyond who have made such amazingly generous contributions to our book drive to date already. Thank you Joan next door for your heartfelt letter of support and encouragement. Thank you to everybody at The Berkeley School for supporting the project and giving giving giving so many books already. Zachary, that was two wheelbarrows full! Thank you Hugo and Nathaniel for donating part of the money you earned with your bake sale to this project - you were the first funders! Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Matt McC. for adding great teacher's reading choices to our set. Thank you Steve and Stella for so generously offering space in your warehouse to store, sort and pack the books - yay, !

Tips for Other Book Drive Organizers

I knocked on doors in my neighborhood and told our neighbors what I was trying to do, leaving a flyer if they weren't home. I gave a presentation to my classroom, and gave flyers to all the school teachers too. My Mom helped spread the word by emailing all the parents she's met since I started there in preschool. She also sent notices to, Berkeley Parents Network, and a neighborhood mailing list.

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