African Library Project

Ngoya Library - the FIRST Library at Ngoya Primary School in Malawi

04/01/2019 to 06/15/2019
Westport 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 ...

An ordinary American high school student who loves to read and spends hours at my local library since I was a kid. I am gathering books from friends, families, neighbors, my parent’s co-workers and local organizations to help grow literacy in this community.

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

We often take for granted what we have and utilize everyday-- like our education. We have the means to go to school, to learn and prosper, and, for most of us, to continue our education after high school. That changed after a trip to underdeveloped country, I personally saw those who do not have the same opportunities to access educational resources as most of us in the United States. I am passionate about doing work to provide opportunities and strengthen African communities. Libraries in communities help reduce illiteracy, shrink poverty, not to mention provide simple joys.

About our African Partners...

Ngoya Primary School is located in Malawi. The students there are very excited to learn but are unable to experience learning and reading at its fullest because of the lack of books. This library will be the first school library for Ngoya PS and will provide over 200 hundred kids with the opportunity to read as well as the convenience to freely borrow books from the library.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Gently used books at U.S. Pre-school to 4th grade reading level:
o Baby board books
o Children’s picture books
o Children’s fiction and non-fiction
o Early readers
o BIG books
o Teacher's resource books for school libraries
o Children’s dictionaries/picture dictionaries
o Encyclopedias less than 15 years old
o Children’s encyclopedias/picture encyclopedias
o Children’s thesauruses
o Paperback textbooks in math, English, geography, health, and science at appropriate level (kindergarten to 6th grade). Send no more than two copies of any textbook; these will be used for teacher resources.
o Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love)
o Children's books teaching life skills about health, hygiene, adolescence and careers
o Accurate up-to-date atlases
o Books about Africa or African-Americans
o Educational children's science and literary magazines in good condition
o Brain teasers, flash cards, educational games and puzzles

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

I am collecting books from April 1 through June 15, 2019. A container has been placed in front of entry door at Westport Weston Family YMCA. Pick-up of larger amount of books and donations for the shipping cost can be arranged by contacting me at the email address below.

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

Shipping 1,000 books to Malawi will cost approximately $500. We will thankfully accept any contributions to apply to shipping expenses. Ways to donate:
o For cash/checks, please email me.
o For online donation, please go to Africa Library Project official website (the link shows below). Please use book drive code M11-70 for this shipping expense:

Here are some ways that you can help...

It would be great if you could share this link with other people so to help this book drive be completed on the due date so the books will be shipped on time to Malawi.

Contact us to find out more

Name: David Zhou

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 6/9/2019)
1211 books $518.00 fundraising

I am so excited to let you know that the Africa Library Project book drive is completed successfully on time. We've shipped 14 boxes of 1000 books to Ngoya Primary School. Thank you all for your time and help.


o A big thanks to Friends of the Ridgefield Library. They donated the largest amount of books to my Africa Library Project. Thank you John for collecting, sorting and packing the books with us.
o I greatly appreciate the hundreds of books donated by the New Canaan Library. A special thanks to Steve for supporting my project.
o Thanks to the Westport Weston Family YMCA for supporting my project and allowing me to set up a bin for the book collections.
o Finally thank you all who helped on this project. Without your help, my book drive would not have been possible.

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