Los Altos UMC’s Bold Service and Social Justice Committee is sponsoring a book drive in partnership with the African Library Project. The African Library Project changes lives by starting libraries in rural Africa that serve to improve literacy, education, and self-empowerment. Our book collection efforts will support a new library in Malawi, where most people make their living through subsistence farming and education is considered a luxury. Most people do not read regularly because there is little available to read. Books are rare, and little is published in the local languages. Students are eager for English reading materials, as they must pass highly competitive exams conducted in English in order to enter secondary school.
Book drive collection boxes will be available outside the Sanctuary and Creekside May 8–22. Our goal is to collect 1,000 books – gently used ones are fine! Here are some of the types of books needed:
- Baby board books
- Paperback children’s picture books
- Paperback easy readers
- Paperback juvenile literature/Chapter books
- K–8 textbooks (English, math, geography, and science)
- Encyclopedias & atlases (post-1990)
- Paperback dictionaries
You can also participate by contributing to the cost of shipping the books, estimated to be $500. Checks can be made payable to LAUMC with “African Library Project” in the memo line.
For more information, contact Janice Maggiora (650-857-0454).