If you donated your used “Cat and the Hat” book to the Rancho Santa Fe Book Cellar recently it might now be on the shelf of a library in a primary school in Lesotho, Africa. While most of the gently used books that are generously donated to the Book Cellar are sold, some of the children’s books are set aside and donated to the African Library Project, a nonprofit organization that has started libraries at schools and communities in the African countries of Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, Botswana, Kenya, Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
African schools and communities apply for a library through a local partner organization and are required to supply the space, bookshelves and staffing for the library. Each approved library project is based with a U.S.-based school, organization, or individual that agrees to collect 1,000 books and raise $500 per library. A student at the Roger Rowe School has now completed six libraries through the African Library Project. Two of the libraries are in Malawi and four of the libraries are in Lesotho. The Book Cellar has provided several boxes of books for each one of these libraries. Many thanks to Mary Liu and Katrina Stainton at the Book Cellar for their help in obtaining these books for the African libraries. More information about the African Library Project can be found at www.africanlibraryproject.org. Please keep donating your children’s books to the Book Cellar. They might end up on a bookshelf at a school in Africa.
The Rancho Santa Fe Book Cellar, located at 17040 Avenida de Acacias, is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Book Cellar accepts clean books in good condition (no encyclopedias, please) and the proceeds help maintain the Rancho Santa Fe Library building that is owned by the Guild.
--Submitted by a RSF Book Cellar volunteer