African Library Project

Books for a Better Future

06/01/2014 to 08/31/2014
Bellmore 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 ...

Our names are Nicolette, 19, and Julianna Codispoti, 15, and we are sisters residing in Bellmore, New York. Since we were little girls, we have always had a passion for helping people, which is one of the reasons Nicolette is pursuing medicine and Julianna is pursuing nursing. When stumbling upon several books that have been sitting on our bookshelf for years, we knew there was something we could do with them, and that is when we turned to the African Library Project. We hope to help children of all ages in Africa grow their minds, which can lead to a better and brighter future!

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

Books help develop basic language skills and expand vocabularies. Books develop critical thinking skills. Books develop and feed imaginations, expanding worlds. Books help us to understand ourselves, to discover who we are. Books create questions; books answer questions. 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. By creating a library in Africa, we will be able to inspire and help so many individuals expand their future.

About our African Partners...

We will be holding a book drive to help start a Community Primary School library in South Africa this summer! We will give more specifics about where our library will be located in the middle of June.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

For this Community Primary School library, we will be collecting about 2/3 preschool-4th grade books and 1/3 4th-8th grade books!

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

If interested in donating books, please contact: or

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 us at either or for an address. Thank you so much!

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.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Nicolette
Phone: 516-456-3049

Name: Julianna
Phone: 516-761-1747

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising

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