African Library Project

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A Tale of Two Libraries

Although Ghana has one of the highest school enrollment rates in West Africa, with 84.3% of school-aged children attending school, there are still about half a million children who are not in school, and for children who are in school, lack of resources (including books) is an impediment to learning. In 2011, the African Library Project developed a partnership with the Michael Lapsley Foundation (MLF) to found libraries in rural Ghana. Ernest Ankomah, Executive Director of MLF, recently reported on the changes that two libraries have brought to their communities. Their stories show why ALP is seeking Book Drive Organizers to create more Ghanaian libraries.


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ALP’s Mission and Volunteers Energizes New Staff

Thanks to a three-year grant from the Enlight Foundation, ALP now has increased resources to engage youth from ages 5-25 in organizing book drives and spreading the word to other youth. Two new staff members, funded by the grant, are working full-time to develop and implement our new program: Demetra Mack, Program Manager, and Robyn Speed, Business and Community Development Manager.


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Turn Books into Libraries...Your Donations Make it Happen

Volunteer book drive organizers take the first step to create a library in Africa by collecting 1000 gently used children’s books and about $500 to ship the books. ALP relies on your donations to turn those books into libraries. 


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Eight Nation Library Summit Inspires!

In the world of global development, sustainability rules. In November, 40 delegates from seven African nations and the USA gathered in Kanya, Botswana. Their mission: ensure sustainability by sharing the best ideas emerging in ALP’s library network and celebrate our 2,293 libraries.


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400+ VIPs, children, teacher-librarians and our international team applauded the passion and hard work of 2017 award winners at the Summit. Patrick Jafali, of DAPP Malawi and Sharon Allen, a New Mexico book drive organizer, were named winners of the 2017 Compassion in Action Award. Botswana’s Southern District Schools and the Kanye Education Centre received the 2017 Library Excellence Award.




Want a behind-the-scenes peek at ALP’s work across the globe and close to home?


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The African Library Project has an audacious vision: a future where all African children have access to books.


deborah and manualGetting Better and Better -- ALP Announces the 3rd Edition of Its Manual

A complement to the training provided by our partners, How to Set Up and Run a Small Library in Africa, guides school librarians in the hard work of setting up a library.

Deborah Lustig, editor of all three editions, describes the new edition as the distillation of the wisdom and experience of many. It includes the best practices from hundreds of ALP libraries, our African partners and individuals who have lent their expertise in rural African libraries. She says, “I think the manual gets better every time!”


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In late May, a team from the US and Kenya celebrated a landmark event in ALP history—the first arrival of books and the creation of 32 libraries in the country.


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While the teen years can be tough ones for families to navigate, Shamruthi (Shammy) Subramanian and her family have found closeness and purpose in doing book drives for ALP.