Kalamazoo Public Library Partners with Bookbug and Kazoo Books to Collect Books for the African Library Project

Jun 19, 2018 02:46:17 PM


Kalamazoo, MI –

Kalamazoo Public Library has partnered with Bookbug and Kazoo Books to collect new or gently used preschool – 4th grade reading level books. The books will be sent to eager children in a primary school in Swaziland, Africa, as part of the African Library Project.

The African Library Project changes lives book by book by starting libraries in rural Africa. Their grassroots approach mobilizes U.S. volunteers, young and old, to organize book drives and ship books to start or improve a library in Africa. Their method makes a concrete and personal difference for children and communities on both continents.

Those interested in donating may drop off books at any Kalamazoo Public Library location, Bookbug, or Kazoo Books now until September 1. In addition, Bookbug is offering a 20% discount to customers who wish to purchase a book to donate to the African Library Project.

For more information, contact Amanda Lentz at 269-553-7985.

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So delighted to see Kalamazoo mobilizing to help start a library in Africa. I attended Kalamazoo College during the summer of '73 to study African Studies as part of the Great Lakes College Association study abroad program. After Kalamazoo, I studied at Fourah Bay College in Sierra Leone, then traveled solo throughout western and central Africa, including Timbuktu (from Kalamazoo to Timbuktu:). This planted the seed within me that bloomed 30 years later when I founded the African Library Project which has now started over 2,000 libraries in 12 countries. I have a very fond place in my heart for Kalamazoo.
This is a GREAT idea and I can't wait to find some books to add to the shipment. Thank you BookBug and Kazoo library for making this happen.