African Library Project

Zoe's Sierra Leone Library Project

06/13/15 to 09/1/15
San Jose/Cupertino 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 ...

Hi! My name is Zoe Minshall and I am a Senior attending Lynbrook high school in the Bay Area. I am working to collect 1000 books (preschool-4th grade reading level) and $500 dollars by September 1st to send to Sierra Leone, a library in Africa. These libraries lend books to under-privileged children grades K-6 to teach them how to read. With your help, I can meet this goal on time and succeed!

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

Coming from a privileged neighborhood in the Bay Area, I learned how to read at an early age. The literacy rate in first world countries is much higher than in the rest of the world and often people take that for granted. Growing up here, we are given the opportunity to learn and rise up in the world with hard work. By doing this library project I hope to help children in Africa have a few more opportunities to rise out of poverty and lead better lives.

About our African Partners...

The books donated are going to a school in Sierra Leone. It is a west African country where 70% of the population live in poverty. The country's government does not have the resources to provide basic schooling to all children and two thirds of the population are illiterate. Recently the Ebola outbreak has worsened living conditions by taking a tole on the country's population and economy.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

I am collecting books of preschool-4th grade reading levels.

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

You can drop books off outside of 6295 Shadygrove ct. Cupertino or you can email me at to set up a time for me to come and pick them up from you.

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

Please contact for information on fundraising, check donations, etc.

Here are some ways that you can help...

-Share this page with your friends. Exposure, exposure exposure! That is the key to getting this project to be successful.
-Donate books or money during designated events, or email one of us.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Zoe Minshall
Phone: (408)-489-1829

Name: Wahila Wilkie
Phone: (408)-893-5506

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising

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