HILLBROOK'S Brilliant, Bold & Bountiful Book Drive!
The African Library Project brings gently used books to an African community that has lots of eager readers but very few books. Please help by collecting and delivering gently used books or by raising money to help pay for shipping to Africa. It only takes 1000 books and $500 to start a single library (and a little elbow grease!)
Tips for Other Book Drive Organizers
1) Motivate people to bring books. Get people listening and interested in the project. Educate with guest speakers, research projects and images of schools and communities in your African country; build connections.
2) Publicize at least three different ways, on three different occasions to encourage follow-through. We made an all school announcement by microphone at assembly, placed posters around campus, visited each classroom and wrote an article for our weekly online newsletter to parents.
3) Consider organizing a reward system so that students get something in return for their efforts. This will hep motivate them to bring extra! Finding a space to stack and store books for a few weeks will help streamline the collection process. It\'s going to get messy, but students need to see the results of their efforts growing each day as books are contributed and a library takes shape.
4) Fund your project so you can pay for shipping costs. You can do this by making a bake sale, having a donation box, selling extra books (if you can spare them) or "buying" a homework night off or the reward of a class celebration party.
5) Collect sturdy boxes, strong packing tape, shipping labels and get to work. The kids come in handy here! At our school we really nailed it on boxing those books tightly, so they didn\'t get ripped or damaged as the boxes were moved around. Plan on one tightly packed mini-van or SUV or pick-up truck to be loaded for the post office. A dolly or hand truck will help move your load of 500-1,000 pounds of books. One person in line at the post office, another at the vehicle and two to work the hand truck help the system work smoothly.
6) Organize a meeting in which the group can reflect on the process of the project as well as the results. Assess what went well (favorite moments and memories captured in photos are helpful) in addition to identifying areas for improvement. Write down and save tips and solutions to problems before you forget them a year later. Contrast the role of an individual that of the "village" or grade or team.
About the African Library Project
Learn more about the African Library Project at http://www.africanlibraryproject.org.
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