African Library Project

Country Day School's African Library Project

11/02/2015 to 12/04/2015
Largo FL

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 ...

Country Day School, located in Pinellas County, Florida.
We are a nationally and internationally recognized school with a comprehensive curriculum for students age one through 8th grade. The academic program embraces best practices from Montessori and preparatory approaches to education.

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

We want to give the gift of literacy to our fellow human beings in Africa. Every person deserves a comprehensive education and we hope to help make a small contribution towards making our world a better place by brightening the lives of children in Africa.

About our African Partners...

Our African Library partner in Botswana is John Phooko Primary School. It is a preschool through eighth grade school. This school is located in the Central North region of Botswana and has 587 students and 20 teachers.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We are looking for 1,000 gently used books:
2/3 of the books should be at preschool-4th grade books and 1/3 at 4th-8th grade level.
Paperback books are preferred as they are lighter to ship. No books about violence,religion, or holidays. Any books that uplift and encourage are most helpful!

More Specifically:

- Baby board books
- Children’s picture books
- Children’s fiction and non-fiction
- Early readers
- BIG books
- Teacher's resource books for school libraries
- Children’s dictionaries/picture dictionaries
- Encyclopedias less than 15 years old
- Children’s encyclopedias/picture encyclopedias
- Children’s thesauruses
- Paperback textbooks in math, English, geography, health, and science at appropriate level (kindergarten to 6th grade). Send no more than two copies of any texbook; these will be used for teacher resources.
- Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love)
- Children's books teaching life skills about health, hygiene, adolescence and careers
- Accurate up-to-date atlases
- Books about Africa or African-Americans
- Educational children's science and literary magazines in good condition
- Brain teasers, flash cards, educational games and puzzles

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

Please drop books off to Country Day School in Largo, FL. There will be boxes in each classroom and also in the front office. All book contributions within the guidelines stated above are very welcome! If each family donated 4 books, we would have more than enough books!

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

We hope that parents and individuals within our school community will feel called to help get these books to our African partners in Botswana. There will be a donation jar next to each book donation box to contribute cash. If each family donated just $2, we will be able to ship the books!

If you would like to write a check, please make it payable to the African Library Project and write the book drive code B10-35 in the memo field.

To make a donation online, go to, click on About Us, and then Donations.
Select Book Drive Shipping Donation and be sure to put the book drive code B10-35 in it's field and Country Day School in the Comment field.
This will direct you to PayPal where you can make a secure donation and you will be emailed a receipt.

Here are some ways that you can help...

Please get the word out and tell your friends and your family about our project.

Encourage your children to be a part of this beautiful program and let them feel the joy of giving to others in need. Please go through your bookshelves together and see what you can contribute.

Please look at the bottom of your bag and find one or two dollars to contribute. It will make a huge difference in the lives of African children.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Sarah Beatty

Progress Report

Our Goal 1,000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 11/30/2015)
2,536 books $350 fundraising

Please spread the word to anyone who is interested in helping for this worthwhile cause! Thank you for your donations!!!!

What an overwhelming outpouring of books you all have sent to help African children! We have more than doubled our goal, but now we have to ship these books over! With a little more giving, we will make our goal and we will brighten the lives of so many children at the John Phooko Primary School in Botswana and maybe even another school!


Thank you to all of the teachers, administrators, parent volunteers, families, and children who have given to make our Book Drive a success! Together we will make a difference in the lives of children in need.

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