African Library Project

Turiel/Hinds African Library Book Drive

11/01/2015 to 03/31/2016
Durango CO

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 an extended family consisting of grandparents, grandchildren and their parents. We live in Durango, CO and Berkeley, CA. We are working together as one family and with so many other generous people in Durango. In December we plan to extend our book collection efforts to Berkeley.

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

We are inspired to do this project because we love reading and want to provide an opportunity for children to become more literate who would otherwise lack such a chance.. Ultimately, we think that education is a key to a more peaceful world. Educated boys and girls are more likely to integrate into their native society and feel connected rather than isolated from the local economy.

About our African Partners...

The books we collect will go to Ghana, one of the English speaking countries in Africa. The library will house pre K through fourth grade books.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

We are seeking lightly used books that are at a pre K through fourth grade level

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

If you have books and live in Durango, CO area you can email Rachel Turiel at If you are in Berkeley, CA area please email Isaac Turiel at

Contact us to find out more

Name: Isaac Turiel

Name: Rachel Turiel

Progress Report

Our Goal 1,000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: Nov 17,2015)
450 books $100 fundraising

We are making great progress in such a short time due to the kindness of so many in the Durango, Colorado community.


We want to thank book donors from shared school at Miller middle school, Needham elementary and Park School elementary school in Durango, Colorado. Additionally, the "Friends of the Durango public library" and many individuals.

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