African Library Project

Emma Wagner's African Library Project

08/24/2015 to 12/10/2015
Burlington NJ

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 Emma, and I am a junior in high school. Since birth, I have been addicted to reading -- or being read -- anything I could get my hands on (newspaper clippings, billboard ads, the nutrition label on the side of the cereal box). Books were always a good friend to me, whether I was seeking adventure away from the real world or researching information for a school project.

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

I grew up surrounded by books, and can't imagine my life without them. What most of us take for granted are often privileges in poorer countries: clean water, a steady food supply, and books. In America, I am extremely fortunate, especially as a young woman, to have an education; many African women cannot read or write and have never attended school due to poverty, disease, and greater responsibilities with family and in the household. By taking an interesting opportunity and turning it into an action plan, I can support thousands of African children and their futures with the help of those around me.

About our African Partners...

The books collected will be donated to a primary school in Lesotho, Africa, supporting preschool to fourth grade reading levels. Lesotho is a small country (roughly the size of the U.S. state, Maryland) and surrounded completely by South Africa. Reading is not a common pastime due to the lack of books available to citizens and students. Most Basotho own no books (there are no bookstores), and often, the only reading material found in Lesotho schools are few textbooks. Children walk three miles and sometimes two hours, collectively, to get to school each day, where they are taught with little resources and must share a library with the whole community.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Books with reading levels from preschool to fourth grade will be gladly accepted. Here are some examples of the types of books we are looking for:
-board books
-picture books
-early readers
-non-fiction books for kids
-children's thesauruses/dictionaries/encyclopedias
-paper textbooks for teacher use
-educational children's magazines
Brain teasers, flash cards, educational games, and puzzles are also welcomed.

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

Drop-off locations to come!

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

Fundraising plans to be determined. I have a donation link above. No amount is too small!

Here are some ways that you can help...

Any donations will be greatly appreciated!

Contact us to find out more

Name: Emma Wagner
Phone: 6098501268

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising


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