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As the year comes to an end, please consider supporting the African Library Project one last time in 2022 as you think about organizations that do great work. Donations can make a great gift too. You can make a donation "IN HONOR OF" or "IN MEMORY OF" a loved one to give a gift that spreads the joy of reading. When you donate online, an email receipt is sent immediately to your email, which you can include in your card.

We are thankful for the support of the entire ALP community that helps in delivering on our mission. We're still building up back to our pre-pandemic numbers of donated books and new libraries created, however our impact continues to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands more young people with every new library created (see our 2021 impact here). We have two more shipments to account for in 2022, yet so far our community has shipped 198,822 donated books and created 182 new libraries within four countries in sub-Saharan Africa. We hope that you continue your support with us as we plan to exceed 4,000 total libraries and 4 million donated books in 2023!
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In 2023, the African Library Project also looks forward to hosting its first in-person Partner Summit since the pandemic (View photos from the last in-person Summit here). The Summit will take place in Kenya and be hosted by our Partners there, Rongo University and Kibabii University. This event is a huge endeavor to our organization as we cover the cost for our Partners' travel expenses to attend. This year we held two virtual Summits in replace of an in-person event, but virtual events do not come close to replacing the monumental impact that an in-person event has on bringing our Partners and volunteers together. This event offers a forum to discuss, share and collaborate on best practices and challenges, and is a crucial practice in creating, sustaining and improving ALP libraries. Your donation will support this impactful and highly anticipated event amongst our Partners.

What's New

Book Drive Organizer Spotlights

We've been highlighting Book Drive Organizers on our blog and social media accounts. Visit our blog to read testimonials from our latest Book Drive Organizer spotlights. 

Interested in being featured in as our next Book Drive Organizer Spotlight? Contact your Container Manager or email us at for more information.

Project Giving Kids' Create the Change

On Sunday, November 13 in Palo Alto, myself (Carolyn Gannon, Malawi Country Liaison), Pamela Bostlemann (Ghana Country Liaison & Container Manager), and Chris Bradshaw (ALP Founder & Uganda Country Liaison) attended Project Giving Kids’ Create the Change 2022 event at the Oshman JCC. It was great fun, well run, and productive, as well. We attended on behalf of the African Library Project along with dozens of other nonprofits ...
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Virtual Summit

On November 17, we held our 2nd Virtual Partner Summit with the ALP Kenyan Partners. All were invited to join and listen in to learn about ALP's work in Kenya directly from our partners Joel Nakitare from Rongo University and Samuel Wakahia from Kibabii University.  Click here to watch the recording, and please like comment and share.
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Volunteer Opportunity

We're in search of a Technical Specialist to work closely with ALP staff members and other volunteers. An ideal candidate will have the ability to routinely check-in and respond to any urgent needs within our platforms' systems (Salesforce, PayPal, FormAssembly, and Zapier). Experience within Salesforce, payment processors, and other technical acuity is highly recommended. Click here to learn more.

Host a Book Drive During the Holidays

Sign-up for a book drive, and encourage your friends and family to go through their books this holiday season! Get started on prepping and getting the word out about your book drive(s) prior to the holidays. The winter break is an excellent time for going through books to donate. 

Library Updates



Boxes are arriving at the warehouse in New Orleans for our 16th container to Botswana. Our expected timeline for leaving the US is sometime in December 2022.

The Book Drive mailing date for the 17th container to Botswana is October 1, 2023. Sign-ups to open in June.
The 12th container to Ghana arrived in late October and has been unloaded. Distribution to libraries will be happening over the next month.

The Book Drive mailing date for the 13th container to Ghana is February 15, 2023. Sign-up today!


Kenyan Partners, Rongo University and Kibabii University, conducted teacher-librarian training promptly after the 5th container's arrival. Following, library recipients received their books.

The Book Drive mailing date for the 6th container is September 1, 2023. Sign-ups to open in June.
The 14th container for Lesotho has left port in the US, its expected arrival is sometime in January 2023.

The Book Drive mailing date for the 15th container to Lesotho is May 1, 2023. Sign-ups to open in February.


Our 14th container arrived in Malawi last week. Malawi is currently experience intensive rain storms, and delivery of library will be held till the end of its rainy season.

The Book Drive mailing date for the 15th container to Malawi is March 15, 2023. Sign-up today!
Unfortunately, we were unable to ship a container to South Africa this year. There were a few factors that lead to the decision. 

The Book Drive mailing date for the 3rd container to South Africa is June 1, 2023. Sign-ups to open in March.



Boxes are arriving at our shipper's warehouse. Stay tuned for when we announce that the container has boarded a vessel for its voyage across the Atlantic.

The Book Drive mailing date for the 3rd container to South Africa is June 1, 2023. Sign-ups to open in March.

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Thank you for spending time catching up with African Library Project. We are so lucky to have individuals like you who take interest in the work we're doing together to nurture literacy. Please connect with us on social media and visit the ALP website for more. 
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