African Library Project

Call to Action:  Read a Book, Give a Book

alp_smMany of the wonderful folks who receive this newsletter have helped the African Library Project collect books through book drives. Now, you can also help us gather up to 2,000 new books — simply by reading a book online!

We are pleased to announce our new partnership with the We Give Books (WGB) campaign, a digital initiative created by the Penguin Group and the Pearson Foundation. By reading books on the WGB website, anyone with Internet access can give books to children who otherwise may not have access to them. WGB's website captures story-time quality by letting readers "flip" through each life-like book page with a click. Children especially enjoy interacting with these books online because the pictures are beautiful, and they like knowing that they are helping other children throughout the world learn to read.

For each book read, one book will be donated from Pearson, Penguin, or DK Publishers through We Give Books to the African Library Project. Up to 2,000 books will be donated to us, if we can inspire people to read the same number of books online. A wide variety of books are available, targeting Pre-K to 10-year-old children.

The books We Give Books donates to us will have an African theme. They will be distributed to 30 of our new libraries via the June Malawi container. In Malawi, the average class size is 150 students, and most schools have very few textbooks. These libraries not only serve the 1,000-2,000 students who attend the school where the libraries are located, but also are the only source of books for thousands of surrounding villagers.

img_1789_2_smWe hope to create a lasting partnership with We Give Books, so our goal is to surpass our 2,000 target of books read on their site. Let's show them our passion for the African Library Project by finding as many people as possible to participate in this important and fun campaign. Please share this flyer with anyone who may be interested in reading an online children's book. Some ideas for sharing include neighborhood or school libraries, teachers, birthday parties, grandparents, co-workers or friends with children, Yahoo! Groups, or LISTSERVS, and, of course, those who have supported an African Library Project book drive. You can also repost our Facebook updates by visiting: http://www.facebook.com/AfricanLibraryProject.

Our We Give Books campaign is also a wonderful opportunity to reach out to many new supporters and inspire them to organize a book drive of their own. If you have any ideas of how to spread the word about this exciting campaign, please let us know.

Ready... set... START READING!  Please visit http://www.wegivebooks.org/campaigns/african-library-project.

March, 2012