African Library Project

Jessica's South African Book Drive

06/01/2014 to 08/15/2014
Dickinson ND

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 ...

Joy Fisher whose daughter, Jessica, is in the Peace Corps in South Africa. One of Jessica's projects is to set up a library for her school and village. If you would like to see a video of the children at this school singing for their morning exercises please go to the link below.

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

Being teachers and librarians, we have a real passion for reading and a belief that the way to empower people in our world is through literacy and education. Unfortunately . . . "just 35% of the children in primary schools in South Africa can read and over 80% of the schools don't have libraries". We'd like to help change this!

About our African Partners...

We are collecting books for the Rabali Primary School in Venda, South Africa.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Jessica has requested that 2/3 of the books sent to her school be at the primary level (preschool to 4th grade). These will be the books that we will have the most difficulty procuring. Another consideration (but not a requirement) is books that are relevant to the community. The African Library Project has excellent suggestions in the booklists on their website--see the link below for a list at Amazon. Educational games and puzzles are also encouraged.

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

Books can be sent to Joy's home address or she can be contacted to pick up books that are donated locally. We are looking into having a booth in town during Thursday nights' Alive @ 5 manned by Hagen Jr. High students. Please email Joy for further instructions or questions.

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

We need to raise at least $500 for shipping. If we have any additional funds, they will be used to purchase library supplies for the Rabali Primary School.

Here are some ways that you can help...

Please help us by donating good quality books and/or donating money to help get the books to Africa. Thanks so much!

Contact us to find out more

Name: Joy Fisher
Phone: (701) 225-2563

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $600 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 7-26-14)
1200 books $940 fundraising

Please consider giving the following types of books: 1) books about Africa or set in Africa, 2) world social studies books (Up-to-date atlases and almanacs, books on different countries, etc.), 3) graphic novels and graphic nonfiction--also cartoon type of books like Garfield, etc., and 4) recreation and sports books,
Our biggest need continues to be monetary help with the shipping; but we still welcome book donations.
We will be pulling the collection boxes (for books and monetary donations) at Dickinson Public Schools central office and at DSU's Stoxen library. If you still need to drop off something, visit with Eileen (at Stoxen Library) or Twila (at DPS central office). Or you can email or call me.
We also have 3 individuals in Michigan who are doing a mini book drives for us.
Thanks so much for all the support!


Thanks so much for everyone's help with reaching the goals of our book drive! I am looking for ways to send over more books and educational items than I currently have room for according to the African Library Project guidelines. So please keep me informed if you have some special items that the Rabali School can use and we will see if we can get it over to them.;-D

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