Lucas Shoemaker, Jon Cote, and Chiana Tonelli assemble packing boxes.
Ian Chin works to line the boxes with plastic.
Maggie Burns, Christa Bojczak and Angelea Riner begin to pack a box of books to ship to Africa.
The seventh grade students at Readington Middle School built two libraries at separate schools in Ghana, Africa. The students collected over 2,800 books and $800 in donations, which will be used to ship the books. The libraries will be started under the umbrella of the African Library Project.
Students participated in the project in various ways, ranging from bringing in their old books to sorting and packing the books. In addition, they created collection containers, designed flyers, wrote announcements, and even wrote Tweets for the school’s social media account.
The African Library Project has mobilized volunteers from across the United States to start 1,825 libraries in 11 countries over the past 10 years. A volunteer-based organization headquartered in Berkeley, CA, ALP helps Americans work with African partners to create libraries in communities with little or no access to books. “We couldn’t do it without the dedication and creativity of book drive organizers,” said Chris Bradshaw, founder of the African Library Project.
The African Library Project matches schools and organizations in the United States with African communities to create libraries. U.S. children and families donate their books and share the gift of reading with children in Africa. Books are collected in the U.S. through book drives and shipped by volunteers directly to the communities requesting them. For more information, visit www.africanlibraryproject.org.