African Library Project

The Driscoll Family's African Library Project

10/19/2015 to 11/19/2015
Walpole 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 ...

We are the Driscoll Family...Jim, Pam, Jackie, Jimmy, Shane and Mr. Cocoa. Our family believes that we all have an obligation to make the world a better place. We hope you'll join us in our latest endeavor…600 books for Botswana!

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

We are blessed to live in a country where there is ample access to books and free education for our children. The U.S. literacy rate is 99%. Let's compare this to Africa where only around 63% of adults are literate. Of the ten countries with the lowest recorded adult literacy rates, 9 are in Africa. Public and school libraries are rare in Africa but the hunger to learn to read and write is real.
We feel as though literacy is a human right which empowers people to live productive lives, therefore providing stability for their country.
Most of us have books either our children have outgrown or have multiples of. Something so mundane to us could literally change an African child's life. Please consider donating your gently used books :)

About our African Partners...

We are collecting books for the Sheepfarm Primary School in Botswana, Africa.

Some may wonder why we aren't helping children in our own community?
I was taught by my late father that it is "better to give than to receive", something he lived beautifully. We are actively involved with many local outreach projects including helping homeless and hungry animals and humans. America has public libraries where anyone can go search the internet or look at books. We are a country full of writers and publishers. We have free education where every child can learn. This is a new school, located in the Southern Region of Botswana.This library will be their first and only library. Not every child can attend school…the opportunities are just not the same as we have.
Without books, children have nothing to read. Without reading, children are not inspired to become writers or publishers. Education is the key to freedom...providing books and educational materials will facilitate generations of learners and literate people.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Our goal for this Primary library is to collect 600 gently used preschool-2nd grade books. We are hoping to include teacher resource materials such as books, lesson plans, posters and games aimed at improving teaching. Some ideas of what we are looking for:
Baby Board Books
Children's Picture Books
Early Readers
Paperback Chapter Books
Juvenile Literature
Life Skills Books about health, careers etc.
Books like Chicken Soup for the Soul (inspiring stories with life skills lessons)
Teacher's Resource Books (workbooks, math, grammar etc.)
Books about Africa or African-Americans
Books with Universal Themes (friendships, animals, love)
Brain Teasers, Flash Cards, Educational Card Games
Educational Magazines
National Geographics less than 5 years old

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

In the past we have set up a donation bin in the Walpole Public Library. Since then, they've changed their policy by only allowing one group to collect donations at a time. Since there is already a group signed up until after the holidays, we won't have access to the donation bin at the library. If you have donations please contact Pam for pick up or an address to drop off.

**All donations are tax-deductible! Simply request a donation form by emailing Pam at or text 508-243-1770. **

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

We will be selling items on the Walpole Ma Virtual Yard Sale in order to raise funds for shipping the books to Africa.

Monetary Donations are always welcome! No amount is too small.
Please make check payable to Pam Driscoll and send to:
Officer Jim Driscoll
Dedham Police
600 High Street
Dedham, MA 02026

Here are some ways that you can help...

*donate books
*donate money
*organize a fundraising event (something as simple as a lemonade stand)
*ask others to donate books or money (schools, libraries, friends)
*make bookmarks, bookworms, Rainbow Loom etc. to include with books
*provide supplies such as packing tape, large trash bags (to line boxes for shipping, boxes (Staples, WB Mason, Scholastic)

Contact us to find out more

Name: Pam Driscoll
Phone: 508-243-1770

Progress Report

Our Goal 600 books $500.00 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 10/21/2015)
200 books $20.00 fundraising

We did it! Four libraries have been shipped to Lesotho and Swaziland Africa! Thank you to all who supported this project. We are now working on our fifth :)

"I always knew from that moment, from the time I found myself at home in that little segregated library in the South, all the way up until I walked up the steps of the New York City library, I always felt, in any town, if I can get to a library, I'll be OK. It really helped me as a child, and that never left me."
Maya Angelou


Thank you in advance to anyone helping our cause! Every donation will help us reach our goal :)

Tips for Other Book Drive Organizers

Put a box in your local library w/contact info.
Put a note in the newspapers
Contact schools..teachers were my biggest supporters!
Find boxes at offices, schools, town hall
Put on social media (Facebook, Instagram)
Send handwritten thank you's
Include bookmarks..handmade, ones from library, crocheted worms w/google eyes etc

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