African Library Project

Lucy's Mitzvah Project

05/20/2019 to 02/01/2020
Weston MA

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! My name is Lucy, and I live in Weston MA. I am 12 years old, and am currently in 7th Grade at Weston Middle School. My Bat Mitzvah is in a little over a year, and until a couple months ago, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do for my Mitzvah Project. Then, my mom stumbled over this site which has already proven to be something I really feel passionate about.

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

I am a total bookworm. I'll reread my favorites over and over again, sometimes until my parents get annoyed and tell be to stop. In first grade, there was one book I loved so much, I would check it out week after week. By the end of the year, I had practically memorized it. Books have always held a special place in my life and in my heart, and I believe that every kid should be presented with that opportunity.

About our African Partners...

I do not yet know what school these books are going to, but I know that they are going to Botswana. Since I am getting the once-in-a-lifetime chance to travel there, I thought that it would make this whole project more personal. I am collecting books, primarily paperback, for a JHS (Junior High School), from a 2nd to 6th Grade level.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

I am looking for new or gently used (primarily paperback) books from a 2nd to 6th Grade level in these categories:

- Juvenile Literature
- Children's Fiction and Nonfiction
- Encyclopedias Less Than 15 Years Old
- Accurate Up-to-Date Atlases
- Thesauruses
- Life Skills Books
- Books About Africans

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

If you have any donations, books or money, just contact my mom or I with the email addresses below. Depending on where you are, we can arrange pick up, drop off, and donation locations.

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

To send all of these books to Botswana, I need to collect shipping money as well as books themselves. Cash, checks, and Venmo are a just-as-appreciated alternative to books if you don't have many at that reading level. Again, just email my mom or I if you are interested in donating.

Here are some ways that you can help...

Everyone has a stash of books that they don't read anymore. Even just looking through those, whether they're the right level and category or not, is extremely easy and appreciated. Anything you can donate is still a step towards the goal. Think about it-if everyone you know gave 1 book or 5 dollars, we could collect 1,500 books and $750 in no time. Talk to your friends, and see if they have any books lying around that they don't read anymore. One library is also still a step in providing all of Africa with school libraries.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Lucy

Name: Wendy (Mom)

Progress Report

Our Goal 1,200 books $750 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 11/19/19)
752 books $440 fundraising

When in doubt go to the library - J. K. Rowling
The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library - Albert Einstein
You want weapons? We are in a library! The best weapons in the world! - Doctor Who
When you absolutely positively have to know, ask a librarian. - American Library Association


Mom - Thank you for helping me every step of the way (so far, at least). Without you, I would still have no idea what to do for my Mitzvah project.
Thanks to - Dan and Lauren, Talia and Rex, Carol Kirson, Arline Inden, Iris Stutman, the Zarefs, the Krejdovskys, Carley and Shahin, Eva, Grandma Adele and Pa, and Grandma Phyllis and Papa for all of your generous donations! A huge thank you to Weston Public School Librarian Ms. Kwon and the Field and Country School Libraries for your incredible donation of books and to the Weston Middle School Community Service Club for your assistance with a book drive.

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