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23 July 2008 @ 03:30 pm
Organizations accepting donated books  
In my last post to this community I asked about where to donate books for libraries and schools in Uganda, and I received some great suggestions in a comment from someone whom I believe actually lives in Uganda.

This would be a great project for a school or community group, maybe for recent college or high school graduates who have lots of books which they've already read. (I know I have a whole stack of novels, as I was a literature major!) I'll link to these groups through the webzine I help facilitate, Synchronized Chaos (chaos_zine) and would be glad to help head up a book drive.

Books Open the World, http://www.booksopentheworld.org/contact.php is an international literacy/education nonprofit providing books for Ugandan libraries and elementary schools, for children and adults. Their U.S. headquarters are in New Hampshire but they have accepted gently used book donations from all over, including from my alma mater, UC Davis. They also request small donations - $10 can make a difference.

Books for Kids in Slums, http://kabiza.com/booksforkidsinslums.htm supplies books to Ugandan primary (K-7) schools and says that literally thousands of children might enjoy each book sent over. They have a Ugandan address to send the books and say that flat rate international shipping from a US post office should be only about $11.

Libraries of Love, http://www.librariesoflove.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogsection&id=7&Itemid=40 headquartered in Texas, accepts elementary school children's book donations at a school in Austin and also from people around the world. May be possible to ship donated books domestically to Texas rather than all the way to Uganda, I can look into it if people are interested.
Sarah bearflmeluvr on July 25th, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
very cool, thank you for all those web sites!
ladycatherinaladycatherina on July 26th, 2008 07:10 am (UTC)
You're welcome - and I would love to see some kind of group adopt a book drive as their project!
ladycatherinaladycatherina on July 26th, 2008 07:11 am (UTC)
It affected me when they said that literally thousands of children would take turns reading the same book, and that some children never had the chance to read anything except what was assigned to them in school.