African Library Project

Natalie's Book Drive for School Library in Ghana

01/18/2016 to 04/10/2016
Agoura Hills CA

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 ...

My name is Natalie Monticello and I am a junior at Agoura High School in southern California. I love to read and hike with my dogs. I am in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, a rigorous academic program at my high school. I love to learn, and I hope that this book drive will give other kids more opportunities to learn too!

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

I cannot think of anything more important than education. Education enables us to reason, write, and learn about things outside of our environment. I am fortunate because I have easy access to any book I would like to read through my school, the local library, or a bookstore. I think everyone in the world deserves an opportunity to learn and gain an education. Unfortunately, in many countries, such as Ghana, children do not have the same resources to help with their education as I do. I want to start a library in Africa because I feel this will help children in Ghana to learn more.

About our African Partners...

There are 500 students at the Rhinogold International School, a private Christian school in southern Ghana near the coast. The school has preschool, elementary and junior high school students. Community members may also use the library. The Gospel Assembly Church is the local supporter of the library. A librarian runs the facilities, along with supervision from the heads of the church and the school to keep the books safe.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Desired books are pre-school through 8th grade reading level. Teacher resource materials, such as books, lesson plans, posters and games aimed at improving teaching are also desired. My goal is to send 1000 books to the Rhinogold International School.

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

You can send your books to: Natalie Monticello, 2094 Shadow Creek Drive, Agoura Hills, CA 91301. I would also be happy to pick the books up from you, or you are welcome to bring the books to me at school.

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

The success of my library project is critically dependent on raising money for the shipping costs of the books to the US collection center in New Orleans, and then to Africa. It takes ~$250 to ship the books to New Orleans and another $250 dollars to cover a portion of the shipping of an entire container of books to Africa. Your donation can be sent to: Natalie Monticello, 2094 Shadow Creek Drive, Agoura Hills, CA 91301. Be sure to write donation for Ghana Library in the subject line. Your donation will be recognized with a thank you card that will serve as your receipt. The deadline for the all the funds is April 10.

Here are some ways that you can help...

You may donate money or books to contribute to my cause. Also, please spread the word and ask others to donate! All contributions are much appreciated.

Contact us to find out more

Name: Natalie Monticello (leader of the drive)
Phone: 818-309-7072

Name: Ellen Monticello (Mom of the leader of the drive)
Phone: 805-490-5509

Name: Tom Monticello (Dad of the leader of the drive)
Phone: 805-410-0992

Progress Report

Our Goal 1000 books $500 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: April 7)
800 books $500 fundraising

Thank you for all of your contributions!

"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." -John Dewey

"Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world." -Malala Yousafzai


I wanted to thank my Mom for helping me start this book donation drive. I also want to thank everybody in advance for donating and for supporting my cause. I am forever grateful!

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