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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!”


Kenyan_children_thumbFirst ALP Shipment to Kenya Gets a Warm Reception

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.

shammys_family_thumb_1Creating Libraries Is a Family Affair

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.

thumb ZwideClassroomSwazi Primary School Eagerly Awaits Library

When Constance Groenich, Principal of Zwide Primary School in Swaziland, told Dudley Butts that her school needed a library, he quickly agreed to help.

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Midland School Discovers Many Ways to Pay It Forward

Midland Elementary School in Rye, New York, began its book drive with the goal of collecting 2000 books to create two libraries, one in Ghana and one in Lesotho. 

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ALP’s New Partner in Malawi Means More Success Stories

In 2004, Khalidwe Jera entered Mtengowambalame Primary School in Malawi.  At that time, he could not read, write or speak English.

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Creativity, Cooperation, And Changing Lives… At Work!

When the employees of Janbala launched a book drive last fall, their motivation was to help create a library in Botswana, but in the process, they strengthened cross-departmental collaboration.


Book Drives Build Leaders

Divya Prakash, a fourteen-year old Book Drive Organizer, feels that ALP has transformed her life.

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2016 Compassion in Action Awards

In 2016 we honored three organizations with a Compassion in Action award.  The award winners, ranging in age from 10 to 88, had two things in common