African Library Project

Kathryn and Samantha's Book Drive for Swaziland

01/04/2015 to 03/07/2015
Birmingham AL

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 Kathryn Whelan and I am in the second grade at Advent Episcopal School. I love to play with my sister Samantha (she's 5), dance, draw, and most of all - read. I am lucky because my house is full of books for Sam and me to enjoy. The whole Whelan family is helping with this book drive but I am in charge :).

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

We love learning and love to read. We think the world would be a happier place if everyone had access to books and could read to learn and for fun.

About our African Partners...

Our African Library partner in Swaziland is Othandweni Primary School. We are the only book drive matched with this school and we are thrilled to be helping them. Swaziland is a land-locked country bordering South Africa and Mozambique. Most people are farmers or herders. Othandweni is located in a remote area of the country and is not easy to access. The country has been hit hard by HIV and there are many orphans and vulnerable children. Our school serves approximately 350 children.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We are making a Primary School Library: Please donate books at the U.S. pre-school to 4th grade reading level. Your gently used children's books are most welcome. Encyclopedias and teacher resource books are needed in addition to picture and story books. Educational games and puzzles are also welcome. Paperback books are the best because they are less expensive to ship but we will gladly accept anything.

If you don't have any pre-loved books to share and want to send books, here is a great Amazon wishlist of special books children in Africa can relate to:

And here is Africa Access's list of the Children's Africana Book Awards:

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

We will pick up book donations of any size in the Birmingham area and will keep you updated of book drop-off sites as we add them. If you are out of town and would like to ship books to us they may be shipped to the following address:

2281 White Way
Birmingham, AL 35226

All donations are tax deductible!

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

We plan on having a lemonade stand and bake sale to raise funds to help cover shipping costs. Monetary donations are also welcome and are tax deductible.

Here are some ways that you can help...

The Kathryn and Samantha Book Drive for Swaziland would love to receive your books and donations to offset our costs to ship our library. We also welcome your assistance in collecting books and shipping supplies, organizing a book drop off site or joining us for our book packing party in early March!

Contact us to find out more

Name: Kathryn (mom's cell)
Phone: 205-504-9788

Name: Kim Whelan
Phone: 205-504-9788

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 2/15/15)
1200 books $450 fundraising


Thanks to all of our family and friends for supporting us and helping us help other kids. Thanks to mom's friend from high school- Kristen Carlton- who helped us kick off with a monetary donation and a box full of books. Thanks to Sharon Likos, Debbie Crask, Kathy Gaines, and Harper Basquil for donations. And a big thanks to the 5th graders at Advent Episcopal School for taking this on as their community project!

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