African Library Project

Baldwinsville African Library Project

08/16/2019 to 10/01/2019
Baldwinsville NY

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’m Chloe Deshaies. I’m eleven years old and I'm in seventh grade. I love reading, and I believe that everybody should have access to books. Helping to create a library in Africa will help spread my love of reading!

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

I have always loved reading. I can just open a book when I’m sad, and my sorrow will melt away. Books can make you laugh, think, and cry. They can transport you to another world. Without books, I’d be a different person. They are such a vital part of my daily life, that it is heartbreaking to me that many people in Africa don’t have access to books. I want to fix that! About half of Sub-Saharan Africans live on less than $1.25 a day. Part of the reason for that is the lack of books in Africa. Without books, it is harder for teachers to teach and students to learn. When it is harder for students to learn, they become less motivated, and potentially drop out of school. Without an education, it is much harder to get a well paying job. I want to help Africans get access to books, but I can’t do it myself! I am collecting 1000 books and $550 to start a library in Africa. Any contribution would be greatly appreciated by both me, and the Africans that will have access to this library.

About our African Partners...

UPDATE: We have exceeded our goal of 1,000 books and have reached 2,000 books! In addition to the original Uganda Community library (K-8), we will be making 2 mini libraries for Sierra Leone. Both small libraries will contain 500 books. One small library will contain books Kindergarten through 4th grade reading level, and the other will be 4th through 8th grade reading level.

We are partnered with the Vurra Archdeaconry Training Centre Odroo in Uganda, Africa. We are the only book drive matched with this school, and we can't wait to help them! This library will help 450 students have access to books. We are making a community library, which means we need to collect books with a preschool to 8th grade reading level by October 1st. We appreciate any help to make a library in Uganda!

Here's some information about Uganda:

Uganda is one of the world’s poorest countries. Though their economy is based on agriculture, which provides jobs for many Ugandans, about 20% of the population live below the poverty line, and more than half of Ugandans live on $1 or less a day! One of the biggest causes of this problem is illiteracy (not being able to read or write). Approximately 22% of Ugandans are illiterate, which means that one in four Ugandans can’t read or write. This is a major problem, because lack of books causes illiteracy, and illiteracy causes poverty. Also, half of Ugandans are younger than 15! The future of Uganda lies in these children, and we can help them by providing access to books.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We are making a community library, so we are collecting books from pre-school to 8th grade reading level. Here are some examples of books you can donate.

-Baby board books
-Children’s picture books
-Children’s fiction and non-fiction
-Early readers
-Teacher's resource books for school libraries
-Dictionaries and thesauruses published after 2004
-Paperback textbooks for kindergartners to 8th graders.
-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
-Teacher Resource Material
-Juvenile literature
-Life skills books about health, hygiene, adolescence, careers, etc.
-Books like Chicken Soup for the Soul (inspiring stories with life skills lessons)
-Animal care
-Current events
-National Geographic, less than 5 years old, especially with articles featuring Africa

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

Book donation boxes will be available until October 20th in various locations.

We accept books from preschool to 8th grade reading level, see list above for more detail.

If you would like to coordinate pick-up or private drop-off, then please email me at or call or text me at (315) 430-8828.

We have placed a drop off bin at Impact Martial Arts Team Andrello in Baldwinsville, NY. They are open from 3-9 pm on every day but Sunday.
Here is the address:
118 Oswego St, Baldwinsville, NY 13027

We also have drop off bins at the Baldwinsville Public Library, Elden Elementary School and Ray Middle School.

If you would like to purchase new or used books, please purchase one of the books on the Amazon wish list we created. Please select "Chloe's Gift Registry" address before purchasing. Here is the link:

We greatly appreciate any contribution!

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

We are extending the money donation deadline to October 20th. Donations of any amount are welcome and will help us send multiple libraries to Africa.

You can donate money through PayPal friends and family to


you can send money through Venmo to @ JenDeshaies (remove space between @ & JenDeshaies).

You can also write checks payable to Jennifer Deshaies, or give us cash directly.

We have a GoFundMe page set up. Here is the link:

You may also email me at or call or text me at (315) 430-8828.

We appreciate all donations!

Here are some ways that you can help...

How can you help? You can:

-Donate books for preschool to 8th graders
-Donate money
-Spread the word to friends and family
-Put up flyers (Please contact me for the flyers)

Thank you to any one who helps! Together we can make a big difference in the world.

If you have any questions or would like flyers to put up or email to friends, please email me at or call or text me at (315) 430-8828.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Chloe Deshaies
Phone: (315) 430-8828

Name: Jen Deshaies (mom)
Phone: (315) 263-7558

Progress Report

Our Goal 2,000 books $1200 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 10/25/19)
2,000 books $1150 fundraising

So far we have 2,000 books and $1150. Any donation is greatly appreciated!

We are now doing one library of 1,000 books and two small libraries of 500 books. We already have 2,000 books but are still accepting book donations since the more reading material they have the better. However, we are in need of money donations to send all of these books to Africa. If you would like to donate we would appreciate if you did so before October 20th.

We have collected 2,000 books- double the amount we expected to collect! Because we collected so many books, we can send multiple libraries to Africa if we can collect the needed shipping money. At this point, monetary donations are our biggest need. If you would like to donate please do so by October 20th.


Thank you to anyone who helps! Many Africans will benefit from this library. Also, thank you to my mom for helping me so much!

Share this Book Drive Page

About the African Library Project

Learn more about the African Library Project at
You can 'like' us at - get updates, inspiration and more!