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Se7en + 1 Are Really Building A Library Book By Book…

February 28th, 2013 · 5 Comments

On the 14 of February was International Book Giving Day and we launched a challenge to our readers to raise a library book by book for a small township school. Last week we posted an update for you as well as a list of Book Giving Projects from all over the world… And I thought you might like a progress report… But before we head into what’s happening I thought I would show you the why… So many folks have asked us why in the world we would do this…and the simple answer is…


For the Love of Reading – The Joy of a Good Book

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My kids have so very much. Books galore. They have easy access to a library, where we take out heaps of books each week, we have a granny that gives my kids books at every opportunity, their school consists of piles and piles of books… My children are literally surrounded by books. Not only that, they have experienced the joy of books… you don’t have to be able to read to love books… books can transport you, whoever you are to anywhere… But we live in a part of the world where this isn’t actually the norm. There are people we know that don’t have any books. Children are raised in homes without books. They go to school without books. They are nowhere near a library. and they grow up without books. And I know I have readers that just can not imagine this, because let’s face it, it is beyond belief that in this day and age every child doesn’t own at least one book…


A Library Begins…

There is a township, outside Stanford…

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In the township there is a pre-school…

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And our readers have been busy… Books have been ordered, packaged and sorted, boxed and sent…

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Thank-you to The Reader’s Warehouse for a whole box of books!!!

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And here is the library…

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Growing…

Children looking at books that have arrived

Book by book…

Children and books arriving


If You Would Like to Help?

Step 1: Select a Book or Books…

  1. You can search through your books for gently used books that your children have outgrown or no longer love.
  2. You can buy a book or two with your children and package them up.
  3. You can shop on-line at Amazon or locally at Kalahari and ship directly.
  4. If you would like to buy a Xhosa (local language) book, then here is a link to help you.

Step 2: Contact us. You will need to contact us for the shipping address to send the books you have chosen.

Step 3: Let us Know All About the Books You Chose: We would love to post a picture of the books you have sent, if you have a photograph that’s fabulous but if you don’t then just send us the titles and we will find photographs for you!!!

Thank-you so much to all our readers, who have jumped in to help so far!!! We are so excited about this project you just can’t believe it!!!

We are hoping to visit the school in the next week or two and we will bring you an update and more photographs then…

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Zoe // Mar 1, 2013 at 9:03 am

    HOW exciting!

  • 2 Irene // Mar 1, 2013 at 11:35 am

    the isiXhosa books look absolutely cute. I will still want to buy some. will chat to you later

  • 3 se7en // Mar 2, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Oh Zoe… Isn’t it brilliant!!! I am so excited about getting out there and meeting them!!! Hope you have a fun weekend!!!

  • 4 se7en // Mar 2, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Brilliant Irene, We can chat over the weekend!!! Have a great day!!!

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