African Library Project

The cozyteareads African Library Project

02/20/2014 to 05/15/2014
Norwood 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 ...

H! My name is Shannon Ippolito, I'm from Norwood, Massachusetts. I have a channel on YouTube (or a "booktube" channel) called cozyteareads. As a celebration of 5,000 subscribers I really wanted to pay it forward and collaborate with my viewers to help start a library in Africa!

Our website link:

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

Reading brings so many people together and it can also form great independence in a person. I want to start a library in Africa to give children that opportunity. I want them to know what it feels like to travel to a different world and time through books. Reading is magical and everyone deserves a piece of that magic.

About our African Partners...

So far, I know we'll be helping out a secondary school library in Sierra Leone, when I know more I will post it here!

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Generally secondary school libraries in Africa are asking for books at U.S 4th to 8th grade reading level, as well as...
-Juvenile literature
-Children’s fiction and non-fiction
-Teacher's resource books for school libraries
-Encyclopedias less than 15 years old
-Accurate up-to-date atlases
-Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love)
-Books like Chicken Soup for the Soul (inspiring stories with life skills lessons)
-Books about Africa or African-Americans
-Educational kids science and literary magazines in good condition
-Brain teasers, flash cards, educational games and puzzles

When I learn of any preferences our African Partner has, I will let you know here!

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

From February 20, 2014 - May 15, 2014 you can send me any books that fit the criteria for this library!
You can e-mail me at for specifics on where to send the books! I'm not sure about the shipping costs internationally but I know in the US the post office has a less expensive "media rate" for shipping books, so be sure to ask!
If you live internationally you could always order books through Amazon and have them sent to me.
If you live locally you can contact me via phone or email and we can figure out if you'll drop the books off or if I'll pick them up!
More of my contact information is listed down below.

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

Along with the books we have to raise $500 to cover shipping fees for the books to make it to the warehouse in the US and then from there all the way to Sierra Leone!
If you would like to make a donation, please e-mail me for instructions!!

Here are some ways that you can help...

SPREAD THE WORD! Tell your family and friends, get as many people as you can involved! Whether you send a small monetary donation or a book or two it will make a world of a difference.
At some point I will have to have a "packing party" and if you live in the New England area and you're interested in doing that please let me know.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Shannon Ippolito
Phone: 7819742265

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 5/9/14)
1000!! books $350 fundraising

WHEE!! We're so so close! I'm expecting a few more packages in the mail this week and hopefully that'll bring us up to 1000 books!!

Please consider starting your own book drive!


Thank you so so much for checking out my book drive page! I hope you love this idea as much as I do and will help out! Together we're going to start a library in Africa! How amazing is that!!

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