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Review for African Library Project, Berkeley, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My school district has started 18 libraries in the last 5 years by partnering with the African Library Project. It has become a passion for many of us to get books in the hands of school children. We began by just getting 1000 books, but the longer we collect, the more specific we have become. For instance, now we always make sure there are at least 10-12 books about African children. We like to include a box that has educational games and flashcards. Then there is a book of over 500 children's poems that has newer poems and some old classics, like, "Grandpa dropped his glasses in a pot of dye" and "Once there was an elephant who tried to use the telephant" that we like to include. Of course, no children's library is complete without Dr. Seuss. When we get feedback from a library that we start in Africa that the teacher stays late at the school because the people of the town want to come and check out books from the school, our hearts almost burst. What a wonderful way to share from our plenty!

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ALPer (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Your school district has set an amazing example of what is possible when a small community in the US puts its energy towards helping small communities in rural Africa. Missouri's Lindberg School District has decided to follow in your footsteps and I hope they are half as successful and just as heartfull as your school district, Nicki.