African Library Project

Karis' book drive for Ghana

12/12/2014 to 04/06/2015
Saint Johns FL

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 ...

I am Karis Matheson and here is a little bit about me. I am nine years old and go to Cunningham Creek Elementary. I am in third grade, and Mr. Straw is my teacher. I love to read A LOT!

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

It is sad that some people never get to read books in their life. I couldn't imagine not having any books. I want to help others to be able to get books to read from a library.

About our African Partners...

The books I collect will go to start a library in Subompong, Tepo, Ghana, where 500 students will be able to read the books. This community is very poor and they are excited about their new library. This library is their "dream-come-true." We all have books in our homes that we don't read anymore. Please think about donating them to this project and help make their dreams come true.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Preschool through 4th grade reading level. Paperback books are wonderful - they don't cost as much to ship, but I will gladly accept hardback books too. Multicultural books are perfect.

If you would like to purchase some books for the book drive, here is a list of books perfect for an African library. You can order the books and have them sent directly to me.

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

if you have books to donate, you can drop them off at my home, 149 Celtic Wedding Drive, Saint Johns, FL 32259, or we can come and get them.

If you would like to participate in my book drive, but don't have any books to donate, you can still send books. Here is a link to a list of books perfect for the library in Ghana. You can order the books and have them sent directly to me.

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

You can help me send the books to Africa by donating money for shipping. You can send checks to my mom, Lesley Matheson, at 149 Celtic Wedding Drive, Saint Johns, FL 32259.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Lesley Matheson
Phone: 904-4604738

Progress Report

Our Goal 1,000 books $500.00 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 2/3/15)
318 books $20.00 fundraising


Thank you Bartholomew Family for getting us started!

Thank you to the Deisch Family, the Langeland Family, the Jordan Family, the Szekeres Family and the Swoap Family for contributing to my book drive.

Thank you Girl Scout Troop 119 for letting me come tell you about my project. I cannot wait to see what you do!

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