African Library Project

Books for a Better Future

05/26/2014 to 08/25/2014
Antioch CA

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 ...

My name is Isis, and I'm a nurse in Antioch, California. Helping people has always been my passion. I live by the motto, "Be the change you want to see in the world," by Mahatma Gandhi. If I could be a light in other people's lives, this might inspire them to do the same for others. I used to live in a small island in the Philippines called Marinduque. Our high school's library was filled with donated books from America, and I experienced how powerful such a gift was for both me and my classmates. I am inspired to do the same for the children in South Africa, and hope you can join me in my journey. You can follow my facebook account for updates. Let's do this!

Our website link:

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

Books are amazing windows to other worlds, opening readers' minds and helping them learn, see and understand diversity, inspire creativity and grow compassion and empathy for others. It is my dream that, with your help, we can empower the youth of our future by giving them the gift of books.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Preschool - 8th grade books

Baby board books
Children’s picture books
Children’s fiction and non-fiction
Early readers
BIG books
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
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...

Please email me at for the address where to send books. I am contacting local schools for help to establish base sites for collecting books, and will update you ASAP once that's started.

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

We need to raise $500 to cover for shipping costs, any help would be greatly appreciated. You can click on the PayPal button below for donations. You will be leaving the ALP site and making a personal donation to me via Paypal. If you want to send a check or cash, please email me at for an address. Thank you!

Here are some ways that you can help...

If you could donate a few gently used books, money to help for the shipping costs, and spread the news about my book drive, this would help greatly! You can share this website link and word of mouth also helps a lot.

Progress Report

Our Goal 1,000 books $500 fundraising

June 19, 2014 -- Big thank you to Los Medanos College library for supporting the African Library Project (shout out to Tracy and Amber!) This upcoming Monday morning 6/30 I'll be setting up a children's book collection bin at LMC Library. Drop off your books if you're local and spread the news. More updates and collection sites to come.
May 26, 2014 -- Just started. I know we can make this drive a huge success!

Spread the news by sharing my page on your Facebook or Twitter account. That would really help launch my book drive!

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About the African Library Project

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