African Library Project

Siya's Books For Africa

08/15/2015 to 12/05/2015
Edison 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 there! My name is Siya. I'm an eighth grader from New Jersey. I love to read, and when I heard about the opportunity to start a library for the kids in Africa, I was more than happy to get

I'm excited to be collecting books for this wonderful cause. I hope to encourage a life-long love of learning and reading for the children in Africa who don't have enough access to literature.

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

I believe that reading benefits people, especially youngsters. No matter where you live or who you are, everyone should be able to enjoy a good book, or learn something new! Reading allows people to explore new topics, imagine the impossible, and inspire great ideas.

Growing up, I always read a lot, and I still do. I'd like to help kids in Africa experience the same joy of discovery, learning, and entertainment through reading the books in their very own library.

As Dr. Seuss once said, "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go!"

About our African Partners...

My library will be located at a primary school in Botswana, Africa. I will be collecting books of preschool to fourth grade reading levels.

Botswana has one of the highest literacy rates in Africa, and we would like to further educate it's kids by encouraging them to read. Learn more at:

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Before the library can be created, I will need to collect at least 1,000 books of the appropriate reading level- preschool through fourth grade. Other educational materials, such as board games, puzzles, and workbooks of any sort will also be accepted as a bonus!

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

1. Donate old/used books.
2. Donate money.
3. Buy and donate new books.

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

If you would like to donate money to ship the books to our library in Africa, email

Thank you for your generosity towards this wonderful cause!

Here are some ways that you can help...

Donate Old Books:
If you would like to donate books, contact me

Donate New Books:
Let's say you don't have any books at home, but you would still like to donate. No worries! You can buy new children's books from Amazon or any other site and ship them to us. For further information and the shipping address please email:

Contact us to find out more

Name: Siya

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 11/4/15)
1000 books $150 fundraising

As you can see, we have just started collecting books. However, with your help, we should be making good progress very soon! Thank you for helping me achieve my goal!

"A book is a gift you can open again and again." - Garrison Keillor


Thank you so so much to everyone who took the time to read this and learn more about the
project and my goals. If you decide to donate, thanks to you too! Your generosity will go a long way to help the children of Botswana discover a world of reading.

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