African Library Project

Bombers Books for Qachas Nek, Lesotho

06/01/2019 to 09/01/2019
Vancouver WA

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 ...

We are the Bomber family and friends, former Peace Corps Volunteers and friends collecting books for Patlong High School's new library in Qachas Nek, Lesotho, Africa. We believe in books not bombs for supporting other countries.

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

As Returned Peace Corps volunteers, we know the value of books to students in the country of Lesotho. Students are looking for engaging books that satisfy their curiosity and quest for knowledge. Books can change lives through literacy, education, and entertainment.

About our African Partners...

Patlong High School is a rural school of about 600 students in the beautiful mountainous kingdom of Lesotho, Africa. They are finishing their first library. They're currently working on the roof and shelves. The first metal roof flew off in the heavy winds (which is why all the roofs have heavy rocks holding them down).

Please contribute these kinds of books...

700 of our books are for 4th to 8th grade reading level.

Books that kids enjoy (Susan Cooper, Rick Riordan, J.K. Rowling, Phillip Pullman, EB While, Suzanne Collins, Loius Sacher, Kate DiCamillo, Avi, Gary Paulson, Spinelli, Tolkien, Madeleine L' Engle, Lloyd Alexander...
300 of our books are for preschool to 4th grade reading level.
- Board books for babies
- Picture books
- Chapter books - Beverly Cleary, Mary Pope Osborn
- Shel Silverstein, Eric Carle, Dr. Suess, Margaret Wise Brown, Jan Brett...

For more ideas see this website:

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

Look through your books. Choose the gently used books you want to recycle to a new library in Qachas Nek, Lesotho.
Deliver books to 5802 Highland Drive, Vancouver.

Here are some ways that you can help...

Donate books!
Donate money to deliver books!
Help us distribute flyers.
Tell your neighbors and friends about the book drive.
Collect books from your friends.
Help us sort and pack books for shipping.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Margaret Bomber
Phone: 3604499758

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 6/20/2019)
652 books $ fundraising


Thanks to Jacob, William, Gabe and Marcia for donating books to honor Andrew's birthday!
Vintage Books, Vancouver, gave me a generous load of over 200 books! Really a great place for new and used books. Thanks so much for your help, and for telling others about our drive!
Thanks Ellen Shamrell for your donation of wonderful books!
Thanks to St. Josephs School for 205 books including beautiful Geography books and a set of Narnia books!

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