African Library Project

Jake's Book Drive for the Kisuguna Primary School in Kenya

06/14/2019 to 08/15/2019
Metuchen NJ

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, I am James Gwozdz! I am going to be a junior at Saint Joesph High School, in Metuchen, New Jersey. I love to follow any type of sport, especially college football, and I enjoy reading books about Greek and Roman Mythology.

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

One of my teachers and Campus Ministry Advisor at my school told me about the idea of doing a book drive for kids in Africa and I loved the idea from the beginning. I know that I have been given a lot of help by other people in my life right now and I want to return the favor by helping those who do not have the same resources I do.

About our African Partners...

The books and money donated will be utilized by children from the Kisuguna Primary School in Kenya. This book drive will serve 771 students and books will be put into a library that can be open to students and members in the community. Their library will be located within the school compound and will be well ventilated, have shelves, tables, and chairs, which is a great environment for reading.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Of the 1000 books that will be collected, 2/3 of the books collected should be preschool - 4th grade books, and 1/3 of the books collected should be 4th- 8th grade books.
- Baby Board Books
- Children's picture books
- BIG books
- Early readers
- Teacher's resource books for school libraries
- Children’s dictionaries/picture dictionaries
- Encyclopedias less than 15 years old
- Children’s encyclopedias/picture encyclopedias
- Children’s thesauruses
- 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.
- Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love)
- Children's books teaching life skills about health, hygiene, adolescence and careers
- Accurate up-to-date atlases
- Books about Africa or African-Americans
- Educational children's science and literary magazines in good condition
- Brain teasers, flash cards, educational games and puzzles

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

Look through your books. Choose gently used books that you want to donate to the Kisuguna Primary School in Kenya. Any donation is wanted even if it is one book.

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

My goal is to collect $500 dollars to help ship these books to Kenya. Any donation is wanted.

Here are some ways that you can help...

Donate! Any kind of donation is accepted as long as it fits the guidelines for the book drive for the Kisuguna Primary School. Don't be afraid to contact me!

Contact us to find out more

Name: James Gwozdz
Phone: 732-331-9252

Name: Kathleen Gwozdz

Progress Report

Our Goal 1,000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: June 17, 2019)
188 books $0 fundraising

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