African Library Project

Jake Albertson

03/18/2016 to 05/20/2016
West Chicago IL

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 Jake Albertson. I live in West Chicago, Illinois and am 9 years old. I am in 3rd Grade and go to Algonquin Lakes Elementary School. I found out about literacy issues around the world from my friend Gigi in California. Her school had a book drive and I was wondering what I could do to help other kids so I decided to have a book drive too! For the next two months, my goal is to collect 1,000 donated books and $500 and with the partnership of ALP, I will send them to Malawi, Africa so Gala Primary School can build a library for their students.

Our website link:

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

I would like to help children to read and love books. A lot of children in Africa don't know how to read and creating a library for them can help them learn how to read.

About our African Partners...

I have been paired with Gala Primary School in the country of Malawi, Africa. The books donated will be enjoyed by nearly 600 students!
(Primary school is the equivalent to U.S. Elementary and Middle Schools)

There are 15 million people in Malawi and only 75% of adults can read and write. By introducing the importance of reading and writing at a young age, we can increase those numbers!

African reading levels are lower than US levels. With poor access to reading materials and learning to read in a second language, literacy tops out, even for teachers, at about the 8th grade U.S. level in the rural areas (where our school is).

Most secondary education in Africa requires fluency in English or French. The ALP starts libraries in countries that require children to read and write in English in order to complete their secondary school education. That is why we are sending books in English!

I have collected so many books that African Library Project has paired me with an additional school in Malawi that needs a library: Cobby Barracks has Preschool - 6th Grade.

Please contribute these kinds of books...

Both Gala Primary School and Cobby Barracks are Primary Schools, so I am looking for Preschool- 8th Grade reading level.

-Baby board books
-Children’s picture books
-Children’s fiction and non-fiction
-Early readers & BIG books
-Teacher's resource books
-Children’s dictionaries/picture dictionaries and thesauruses
-Children’s encyclopedias/picture encyclopedias
-Paperback textbooks in ath, English, geography, health, and science
-Books with universal themes (friendships, animals, love)
-Children's books teaching life skills about health, hygiene, adolescence, careers
-Books about Africa or African-Americans
-Brain teasers, flash cards, educational games and puzzles

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

"Book Bins" Drop-off Locations:

My porch: 2484 Adelia Lane, West Chicago, IL 60185
My aunt's porch: 30W049 Whitney Rd, West Chicago, IL 60185
Algonquin Lakes Elementary School (in lobby)
Book Lady's Book Attic (base of stairs), 138 S. Oak Avenue, Bartlett, IL
>Book drop hours: Mon-Wed:11am-6pm, Sat: 11am- 4pm

**If you do not have time to drop them off to me, please call or text 630-220-7236 with a time and an address to arrange for me to pick them up right from you! Thank you!

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

For each library, shipping to Africa is going to be estimated to cost about $500.

--$250 domestic shipping to New Orleans where they will be loaded on June 1st, 2016 into a shipping container and sent on a boat to Africa
--$250 international shipping covers the cost of the shipping container as well as customs fees and additional charges once they get to Africa in order to actually get them to Malawi!
(These costs are estimated and are ultimately based on weight)

Please click here to donate to the cost of our International Shipping!!
***Select: "Book Drive Shipping Donation" and Enter Book Drive Code: M8-49 and type my name in to ensure your donations apply to my efforts! If you don't put the code in, it won't get allocated to me***
**Your donation through the website is tax-deductible**

I still need funds for shipping now that I have collected so many books! My new goal is to get a total of $1,000!!

Anything you can donate will help!! Thank you : )

Here are some ways that you can help...

Please help spread the word! I have never done anything like this before but I would really like to reach my goal in time. I know I live in a great community and would appreciate you forwarding my website and information of my cause to anyone you know that can help or donate books!

Contact us to find out more

Name: Jake Albertson Organizer

Name: Christine Zoerlein
Phone: 630-220-7236

Name: Robert Albertson
Phone: 630-373-6063

Progress Report

Our Goal 2000 books $1000 fundraising
Results so far
(updated: 5/20/2016)
3172 books $925 fundraising

3/14: Thank you Maureen from PT Solutions for the donation of 200 books!
3/24: Thank you to Virginia who made her book donation from Texas!
3/25: Thank you to Sandy Rud for her donation of over 600 books!
3/26: Thank you Calabrese Family for your book donation!
3/26: Thank you Mom for donating 25 books!
3/26: Thank you Poelsterl Family for the book donation!
4/2: Thank you Grandma's hair stylist for donating 130 books!
4/9: Thank you Pam Jaramillo for a kickoff donation to the book bin at her store!
4/16: Thank you Pipers for your donation of over 150 books!
4/17: Thank you St. Charles Public Library for your donation of over 300 books!
4/18: Thank you ALES family for donating the 300+ books to my school book bin!
4/24: Thank you Hinger Family for donating over 80 books!
5/6: Thank you Franke family for the 100+ book donation!
*Thank you everyone who donated anonymously to the book bin on my porch!

Thank you for the Shipping Donations!:
Peter Picciano
Aunt Jan MacKown
Aunt Renee Braz
Grandma and Grandpa Albertson
Crystal Picciano
Aunt Marcelle Buttitta
Ashley Barrett
Aunt Bonnie Huson
Dave & Connie Piper
Dana Lovitt
Debbie Conner
Luis Delgado
Amit Patel
Dana & Drew Dunham
Aunt Jenny Sullivan
Marta Altier
Marisa Palacio
Patti & Steve Zoerlein
Missy Lee
Emily Streng

I have now reached my goal to start not only one, but TWO LIBRARIES!!!
**It's not too late to DONATE to help me reach my shipping goal to get these books to Malawi, Africa!!!**


Thank you to my Principal for letting me put a book dropoff in my school and for advertising for me in the school's weekly newsletter!

Thank you to Pam Jaramillo for offering to put a book bin at her book store *Book Lady's Book Attic* in Bartlett!

I would like to thank my Dad and Stepmom for inspiring me to succeed in this and helping me make my book drive happen!

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