African Library Project

Katie's African Library Project

07/20/2015 to 12/10/2015
West Chester PA

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 Katie Gergel, and this coming school year I am going to be a Senior at Henderson High School in West Chester. For my Senior Project, I wanted to combine community service with something that I love. One of my favorite things to do is read, and it would be amazing to give less fortunate children the ability to grow up surrounded by books and illustrations like I was lucky enough to be able to do!

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

I believe that everyone, no matter where you grow up or what circumstances you live in, should be able to experience a childhood filled with the joy, mystery, magic, laughter, and discovery that comes along with reading. A lot of my earliest memories involve what I read when I was younger. I would gather up a stack of books (my favorites included Miss Rumphius, Strega Nona, The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes, etc.) and carry them to my mom or my aunt and spend mornings and evenings listening to the stories. These memories are so special to me, and I can't imagine having a childhood with no books. If my African Library can bring to other children even a fraction of the joy reading brings to me, it will be the most fulfilling feeling in the world. Not to mention, this library could increase literacy among the kids in Africa who will receive the books, and perhaps they will be helped significantly in the long run.

About our African Partners...

My library will be created at a primary school in Botswana, with children at preschool to 4th grade reading levels.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

In order to create the library, at least 1,000 books at U.S. pre-school to 4th grade reading level will need to be collected. Educational games and puzzles are also bonuses!

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

If you are willing to contribute any books, you can drop them off at or ship them to my house - the address is 1245 North Ashbrooke Dr., West Chester, PA, 19380. If you are unable to come to me, I can come to you! Send me an e-mail at, and I will be glad to drive over to your house (within a reasonable distance) and pick the books up.

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

In order to donate to my project, you can visit my gofundme page at the link above. You can also send donations directly to my address. Thank you for your generosity!!

Here are some ways that you can help...

There are many ways you can help with my African Library Project. You can donate books and/or money - both of which I would extremely appreciate! You can also get the word out; tell friends and family to see if they have anything they would wish to donate! The more people who know about it, the better, and the easier it will be to reach my goal!

Contact us to find out more

Name: Katie Gergel
Phone: 4842749943

Name: Laura Gergel
Phone: 4848855762

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 7/20/15)
114 books $53 fundraising

I am already a little over 10% of the way to the book goal, thank you to a few generous donations! With your help, I can reach my goal of 1000 books and $500 in no time.

Just a book to you could mean the world to someone else.


Thank you so so much to everyone who has generously donated to my bookdrive. Your kindness will go a long way, and your contributions will make a world of difference to the children in Botswana who get to enjoy the books!

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