Burlingame Students Collect Books for a Library in Africa

Members of the Burlingame Leos Club, the teen group affiliated with the Burlingame Lions Club, are collecting children's books to establish a community library in Malawi, Africa. They are asking donors who want to contribute gently used books at the preschool through eighth grade reading level to drop them off in the office of any school in the Burlingame School District, Burlingame High School or XTRIM Bollywood Fitness in Foster City. Books must be received by June 1.

The campaign is part of the African Library Project (ALP), a nonprofit organization that matches schools and organizations throughout the U.S. with African communities to establish libraries. ALP was started in 2005 by a Portola Valley resident after she visited Lesotho on a family vacation and realized that establishing small libraries in Africa would help end the cycle of poverty and illiteracy. 

“I love to read and I go to the library all the time,” said 14-year-old Neha Bandrapalli, a Leo who is helping to organize the book drive. “To see kids in Malawi who are deprived of something as basic as reading is utterly heart wrenching. It is a privilege and an honor to assist the youth of Malawi by helping contribute books that will enable them to achieve their educational goals, ambitions and lifelong dreams.”

Lightly used books for the preschool through eighth grade level may be dropped off during school hours until June 1 at these locations in Burlingame:

  • Burlingame Intermediate School, 1715 Quesada Way
  • Franklin Elementary School, 2385 Trousdale Drive
  • Hoover Elementary School, 2220 Summit Drive
  • Lincoln Elementary School, 1801 Devereux Drive
  • McKinley Elementary School, 701 Paloma Ave.
  • Roosevelt Elementary School, 1151 Vancouver Ave.
  • Washington Elementary School, 801 Howard Ave.
  • Burlingame High School, 1 Mangini Way, Burlingame

For more information about the Burlingame Leos Club book drive, email BurlingameALP@gmail.com.

About the Burlingame Leos Club

The Burlingame Leos Club is a youth volunteer group affiliated with the Burlingame Lions Club. Members perform hands-on community work and service projects to improve communities and protect the environment.

About the African Library Project

The African Library Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Berkeley, Calif., that helps Americans work with African partners to create libraries in communities with little or no access to books. The organization has established 2,293 libraries with nearly 2.3 million books in 12 English-speaking countries in Africa. Books are collected in the U.S. through book drives and shipped by volunteers directly to the communities requesting them. www.africanlibraryproject.org.

Contact: Isabelle Mussard, isabelle@africanlibraryproject.org, (650) 437-5111

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