African Library Project

Ruby's Swaziland Library Project

12/23/2015 to 03/01/2016
Kaysville UT

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 ...

I am Ruby Dopp, I'm about to turn 17 and I live just north of Salt Lake City. I love to travel, I play and teach guitar and violin, and I dance. (ballet and modern) A few of my amazing friends are helping me with this. They all go to Davis High and some are on Davis Dance Company with me. We are all so blessed to have a beautiful community with so many opportunities and hope to be able to make a small difference in Swaziland with the books we contribute.

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

Recently a friend of mine shared some heartbreaking facts about the great need for books that so many places have. She also mentioned that people can host book drives to send to these counties, so I went home and searched for a way to help. I was really excited to find African Library Project and immediately started a book drive! I have told my friends about it and they are thrilled to be doing this with me. This matters to me because I want to make a difference in someone's life. I truly believe that providing books in a big step into helping kids reach their incredible potential. Franson Christian Primary School is in need of books. I have the capability of gathering those needed books and sending them there. So, through African Library Project, that's what I'm going to do.

About our African Partners...

Franson Christian Primary School will be receiving the books we collect. This school is located in rural Swaziland with students that love to read but don't have the money or resources to get books. Swaziland has lively local culture, beautiful natural landscapes, and incredible wildlife. However, it also has the highest rate of HIV and extreme poverty.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Request from African Partner- Novels, specifically Pacesetters books
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 bring your books to 769 E. Oxford dr. Kaysville, Utah between December 23rd and February 29th. I will also be collecting books at school, visiting local libraries, and spreading the word through Facebook and Instagram.

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

I have a Go Fund Me account to raise money, but I will also be hosting kids art camps and dance camps, and having a benefit recital with my guitar and violin students to fund raise. Both of these things will be shared through Facebook and Instagram.

Here are some ways that you can help...

Please donate to the funds needed to ship these books across the ocean! Thank you in advance.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Ruby Dopp
Phone: 8014255194

Name: Circe Dopp
Phone: 8017268685

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: Jan. 25)
1027 books $500 fundraising


Thank you so much for your contributions through both book donations and money donations. You are making a difference! It makes me so happy.

Tips for Other Book Drive Organizers

When packing books, it's really hard to count as you are putting the books in, taking them out, and reorganizing them. I found that the best way to do it was to count out a certain number of books and put them on a table, then write down the amount. That way, you can adjust the books to fit them the best you can and at the end if there are books left on the table, subtract those from the number. Hope that makes sense and helps!

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