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Scenes From African Library Project Send Off Event

on September 8, 2019 - 8:11am

A crowd gathers Wednesday near Sullivan Field to send local volunteer Sharon Allan off to New Orleans in a van loaded with books for Africa as part of the African Library Project. The project is dedicated to changing lives book by book by starting libraries in rural Africa. This grassroots approach mobilizes U.S. volunteers, young and old, to organize book drives and ship books to start or improve a library in Africa. Photo by John McHale/

Builders Club members in the van with the boxes of books and Sharon Allen, a prime mover and volunteer in the African Library Project. Key Club members, Barranca Mesa K-Kids and Builders Club members helped load 193 boxes of books in the van headed to Africa. In all there are 23,238 books to be shipped, some by boat and some by mail. This is the second year that students have collected and shipped books to Kenya and Lesotho, Africa. Most of the schools receiving these books have 500-1,000 each; these books will touch the lives of well over 10,000 African students. The Kiwanis Club and the Los Alamos Public Schools sponsor the project. Photo by John McHale/

Los Alamos High School Key Club members help finish loading books in the van. Photo by John McHale/

The Barranca Mesa K-Kids pose for a photo on top of the boxes of books slated for libraries in Africa. Photo by John McHale/

The van is loaded with books and ready for local volunteer Sharon Allan to drive to New Orleans and ultimately to Africa. Photo by John McHale/