African Library Project

Escriptus, National English Honor Society of West Orange

09/28/2015 to 03/09/2016
West Orange 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 ...

We are Escriptus, West Orange High School's chapter of the National English Honor Society! This year, as our service project, we will work to raise at least 1,000 books for the African Library Project.

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You can email us at for more information.

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

We want to start a library to help aspiring students who do not have easy access to reading and learning materials. We are in Escriptus because we have a mutual love of reading and writing, and we want to help spread that love of reading to others.

About our African Partners...

We are collecting books for a secondary school library in Swaziland called Mambane High School. We want to collect over 1,000 gently-used books at a 4th-8th grade reading level for our partner. They would also love teacher resource materials.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We are collecting gently-used books from a 4th grade to 8th grade reading level.

• Children’s fiction and non-fiction
• Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love)
• Books like Chicken Soup for the Soul (inspiring stories with life skills lessons)
• Books about Africa or African-Americans
• Educational kid's science and literary magazines in good condition
• Life skills books about health, hygiene, adolescence, careers, etc.
• Brain teasers, flash cards, educational games and puzzles
• Teacher's resource books for school libraries
• Dictionaries, encyclopedias less than 15 years old, accurate up-to-date atlases, & thesauruses
• Math books from 6th grade up (including algebra, geometry, and pre-calculus)
• English books (focusing on grammar or comprehension)
• Geography books
• Health books
• Science books (including general science, biology, chemistry, and physics at appropriate level)
*****We need NO MORE THAN TWO copies of any textbook, they will be used as a teacher resource*****

• Books filled with small, dense print that might be too intimidating or boring for the age level
• Books with lots of slang, which may be difficult for English learners to follow
• Books for very young children that have many references to appliances and electronic gadgets.
• Adult paperback romance novels
• Books about United States or Canadian history or government (but DO SEND books about African-Americans)
• Books about North American or religious holidays
• Books that evangelize or promote a particular religion
• Magazines except for children's educational magazines and National Geographics less than 5 years old

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

You can bring books to Mrs. Wachtel's room (Room 1125) or Mrs. Harvat's room.

We are currently working on setting up more collection locations.

Contact Ann Krishnan, Mrs. Harvat, or Mrs. Wachtel for more information.

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

We will be raising money through bake sales and donations. You can contact Ann Krishnan, Mrs. Harvat, or Mrs. Wachtel to donate.

Here are some ways that you can help...

You can donate books or money, and get the word out to others! Thank you!

Contact us to find out more

Name: Anupama (Ann) Krishnan; Student; President of Escriptus

Name: Mindy Harvat; Faculty; Advisor of Escriptus

Name: Molly Wachtel; Faculty; Advisor of Escriptus

Progress Report

Our Goal 1,000 books $500 fundraising

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