2020 – Restock 15 & create 3 New

On March 2, books began their two-month trip to Uganda. This year, Libraries of Love will provide three new libraries and restock 15. A total of 222,704 hardback new or like new books have been shipped since 2005 for our 48 school libraries – all with Dewey spine labels and pockets and cards for borrowing.

We are so thankful for all the supporters who donated books and funding, and special thanks to volunteers who gave their time to make this happen again this year. God bless you one and all. Special thanks to board member Jim Matthews for overseeing the shipping.

Books arrive and are stored away

On May 5, our shipment arrived safely – all 320 boxes! It took the coordination of several wonderful people, as we are still on lockdown with no cars or other public transport allowed to move. Those who unloaded had to walk to the school. Our LOL coordinator rented a bike and rode endless miles to arrive. Special thanks to Herbert Segujja, our coordinator and John Kisitu, our amazing customs agent! The boxes were unloaded and placed in the library until they can be distributed to all the schools.

Usually there is a team from the USA to do this, but they have had to cancel. The restockings are difficult because every book must come off the shelves and be mixed in with new ones. This year, I will need to have some of our Ugandan librarians join me to put the libraries together. It will happen.

Thanks to all our supporters, books are ready to distribute

LOL-May 28 2020May 28 – Thanks to the incredible volunteers in Texas that prepared thousands of books. Next, the boxes were filled with each receiving school’s name placed on the outside of the box, along with the type of books in the box – Easy (E), Fiction (F) or Non-fiction (NF). The boxes in Kampala have now been distributed. Monday morning we will pack a truck and deliver boxes to libraries in Mukono, Jinja, and Mbale. A HUGE thanks to all the publishing companies, groups, and individuals that donated books!

Almost 13,000 books distributed to schools

LOL-June 1 2020June 1 – All 320 boxes containing approximately 13,000 books have now been distributed to 18 schools. Each book is a new or like new hardback book, complete with a Dewey spine label for organization, and a pocket and card for borrowing. We are so grateful for those who donate these incredible books. It’s time to start to putting beautiful, organized libraries together!

Blessing the children of Kasubi Primary with new books

LOL-June 3 2020June 3 – Kasubi Primary has been restocked with 533 new books! All the books on the shelves had to come off and be organized with the new books. I’m thankful for this wonderful group that spent the day working to bless the children of Kasubi! Only 12 libraries to go.

Buganda Road Primary gets hundreds of new books

LOL-June 5 2020June 5 – Today we took over 5,000 books off the shelves and then mixed in hundreds of new books to create a beautiful, organized library for Buganda Road Primary. So much work, but what a blessing for the students! The Ugandan government doesnt provide such libraries, so we are thankful for all those who help make this a happening!

Making a difference – my heros!

LOL-June 9 2020June 9 – Today is Hero’s Day in Uganda. I would like to give a shout to all of those that have stepped in to take the place of our team that couldn’t come this year. As I have organized libraries, we have been joined by assistant principals, teachers ( two on top left), our librarians, the Ononge family, and Herbert Segujja, who works with Libraries of Love. Making a difference – my hero’s!

Wambwa Primary gets 1,107 new books

LOL-June 15 2020LOL-June 15 2020-2June 15 – Library #6, Wambwa Primary, was restocked today with 1,107 books. We provided this library in 2009. At that time my son-in-law Paul Ortega was in charge of building bookshelves with men on our team. Once he started his own ministry in Uganda, I began using metal bookshelves that are easy to transport. Great job Monica (librarian), Sam and Juma (college students which I refer to as double trouble) and Tony my boda driver!

Special books provided for the little ones

LOL-June 18 2020June 18 – Libraries of Love only puts hardback books in their libraries. This year, we did send some paperback and board books to give away. I had to smile as I was walking to town and spotted this little one with her book!

Musoto Christian Primary gets a new library

June 23 – This is just one side of the room in the new library provided by Libraries of Love today at Musoto Christian Primary, located in my village. 3062 books were organized and are ready for use when schools reopen. Only two out of thirteen libraries are left to organize. By Friday it’s a wrap except for training new librarians.

We added 1,081 new books to this library today!

June 25 – Great displays in Light Academy Primary library. The librarian had students fill in the ‘person’ outline, to share about themselves. She also read the students non-fiction books in the library. From those books, students filled in venn diagrams comparing fruits and vegetables, and also the sun and moon. Librarian / teacher – perfect!

2020 restocking completed despite difficulties

LOL-June 29 2020June 29 – This amazing group worked for endless hours today sorting approximately 9,000 books and placing them on shelves by subject matter for non-fiction and author for fiction. We enjoyed having missionary Liz Ingram join us! 2020 libraries are a wrap! Only librarian training remains!!