African Library Project

Evan Herrick Schechner Memorial Book Drive for African Library Project

1/28/19 onward
Guilford CT

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 ...

My name is Christina Herrick. My daughter, Phoebe Schechner, and I are organizing this book drive in honor of my son Evan, who passed away in September of 2018, at the age of 18.

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

My son Evan had an incredible love for reading and writing. Books were a large part of his life and he collected quite a lot. In September of 2018, I lost my baby boy at the age of 18, something that no mother should have to experience. Faced with the prospect of what to do with his things, and in particular his books, a dear friend suggested that I donate them through this program to start a library in Africa. It was the perfect solution to a painful task. Evan would have absolutely loved the idea, as do I and his sister. His cherished books will continue to be enjoyed and hopefully help to instill a love of reading in many more young people!

About our African Partners...

We will be collecting books to start school and community libraries in Africa!

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We are collecting preschool - 8th grade reading level books! Anything from baby board books, paperbacks, fiction, non-fiction to textbooks are welcome. Please click on link to see specifics of books types needed - we are starting both school and community libraries.

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

1) Books can be dropped at our house - I will leave a bin near the garage to place them in if we are not home. Or email me and I will come get them!

2) If you don't live nearby, please consider buying used or new books on Amazon and shipping them to me. (email me for my address) The African Library Project has two wishlists on Amazon ,for either primary or secondary books:

3) Monetary contributions are also welcome that I can use to cover shipping costs or purchase book types that I haven't received through donation! Here is a link to a gofundme page that I have set up.

Here are some ways that you can help...

Please spread the word about this project! If you have friends with children, it might be the perfect time to go through their bookshelves and donate any unwanted books.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Christina Herrick
Phone: 2034649155

Name: Phoebe Schechner
Phone: 2033617804

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