African Library Project

Project READ (Ready to Empower African Dreams)

07/02/2015 to 11/15/2015
San Ramon 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 ...

We are five high school students(Shamruthi Ananth, Sahiba Singh, Sabrina Zahid, Saloni Patel, Leah Mathew) with the intention to impact a part of our world in a positive way. Our goal is to provide more opportunities to African children to further their education.

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

A good education is the foundation of a successful life. We believe everyone deserves an equal chance to learn and be successful. We want to give children in less fortunate parts of the world the same opportunities that we are given in America, and we believe building libraries in Africa is the first step in doing that.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We are hoping to collect preschool to 4th grade books in the following category:
Paperback children’s picture books, Baby board books, Paperback easy readers, Paperback juvenile literature, K-4 textbooks (English, math, science, geography), Encyclopedias & atlases, Paperback dictionaries, Chapter books.

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

We are distributing flyers and donation bags around San Ramon, CA neighborhood. We are placing donation boxes in local stores and restaurants. We are starting our drive on July 12th and ending on November 15th.

Here is the schedule:
Gale Ranch neighborhood (Stone leaf and S.Wedgewood) - July 18th around 12 pm
Daugherty Library on Bollinger - July 25th from 10 am - 1 pm
Donation boxes available in the following stores from July 12th - August9th:
Patel Grocery - 500 Bollinger Canyon Way, San Ramon, CA 94582
Cold Stone Creamery - 600 Market Pl, San Ramon, CA 94583
Cafe Tandoor - 420 Market Pl, San Ramon, CA 94583
Sikandar Cash and Carry - 2556 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon, CA 94583

You are always welcome to drop off your books and donation at the following address:
400 Sprucemoor Lane, San Ramon CA 94582

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

Our goal is to raise $500 to cover the cost of shipping and handling. If you want to contribute money please email us at, we will send you details.

Here are some ways that you can help...

You can help us by donating money, books, or spreading the word.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Shamruthi Ananth
Phone: 4085999170

Name: Sabrina Zahid

Name: Leah Mathew

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 11/25/2015)
1015 books $500 fundraising


We would like to thank all our sponsors, volunteers, donors, and contributors from the bottom of our heart for sharing.

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