Book collection for African Library Project takes place through March

The Schreyer Honors College Literary Committee and the Student Society for Indigenous Knowledge are organizing a book drive with Penn State’s African Library Project through the end of March 2013. The mission of the project is to improve literacy, education, and self-empowerment by establishing sustainable libraries in rural Africa.

It takes just 1,000 books and $500 to create a life-changing library in Africa. To contribue to the book drive,  bring your gently used, K-8 reading level children's books from home to campus after winter break.

A collection bin is located in the lobby of Atherton Hall by the Dean's office and another in the Atherton Hall lobby. Public access to Atherton Hall is from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. All books must be dropped off by Sunday, March 31.

The book drive accepts children’s picture books, children’s fiction and nonfiction, early readers, dictionaries, thesauruses, encyclopedias less than 15 years old, accurate up-to-date atlases, paperback textbooks in English, math, geography, health, and science at appropriate levels, books about Africa or African-Americans, and educational children's science and literary magazines in good condition.

Do not donate books that are filled with small, dense print, books with a lot of slang, books for very young children that have many references to electronics, adult romance novels, books about United States history or government (but do send books about African-Americans), books about American or religious holidays, and books that promote a particular religion.

For additional information about the book drive, contact Maeve Klutch at

Last Updated January 10, 2014