12 Uganda Libraries Restocked – Summer 2018

2018-books-arrivePictured are some of the hundreds of boxes of books that arrived in May in the 2018 shipment of 13,000 books to restock 12 libraries in Uganda and organize 1 new library.

Boxes were ready for schools to collect! Before leaving Texas, a school name is placed on each box, and it is marked as Easy, Fiction, or Non-Fiction. Each book shipped has a Dewey spine label, plus pocket and card for borrowing. Cheers for faithful volunteers in Texas and our many supporters.

Happy Students ReadThese kids were happy to receive 500 new books for their library. It’s part of the continuing commitment Libraries of Love has with all of the schools that receive libraries.

Buganda Road PrimaryLoved finding these kids with their class borrowing books at Buganda Road Primary. Another class was waiting to come in.

Bat Valley PrimaryLibrary time at Bat Valley Primary. I enjoyed time with second and seventh grade classes.

SkypingWe had a great time Skyping between Namirembe Primary in Uganda and Forest Creek Elementary in Texas. The kids loved it. Each group had prepared questions to ask. Smile and more smiles!

Librarians Meet(June 2, 2018) – Much singing, dancing, laughter, new friendships and learning took place the last two days as our 40 Libraries of Love librarians met in Mbale. A special treat was having our Kenyan librarians join with our Ugandan librarians. We are a family. Great meeting!

Cathy Kreutter(June 10, 2018) – Great time today at the launching of Cathy Kreutter’s two new books, ‘Amina’s Choice’ and ‘The Rock and Roll Rolex.’ (A rolex is like our breakfast taco. ) Two of Cathy’s books, ‘Nitendo’s Wish’ and ‘I Know a Mzee (old man) Who Swallowed a Fly’ are on our Libraries of Love Amazon Wish List. Cathy has lived in Uganda 30 years. Her books have many words in the children’s native language, as well as pictures with Ugandan settings. Great books!

Namatala RestockGreat team work resulting in a beautiful library. Namatala Laurel Library was our second library, established in 2006. Libraries of Love restocks each library at least every three years.

Principals Meet(July 7, 2018) – We had an awesome Libraries of Love HM / principals’ meeting. Principals learned how to use the libraries to their fullest potential. Two groups that won our high school reading competition presented. One presented Romeo and Juliet. The other group shared a travel brochure they created about Kenya. Two were dressed as Maasai. Some of our librarians presented good / bad librarians skit. Great day. Very worthwhile!

 

Oklahoma Scout collects 550 books for Eagle project

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Rigel shows some of the books his team collected before sorting and boxing them.

Rigel Wafford, 15, of Boy Scout Troop 89 in Edmond, Oklahoma, completed his Eagle Scout Service Project by organizing the collection of 550 books for Libraries of Love. The books included elementary, middle school, and high school reading levels. Rigel led a team of 10 Scouts who provided 300 plastic bags to neighborhood families so they could donate books easily. The Scouts then collected the donated books. They also visited garage sales to find books.

They met at a neighborhood park to sort and box the books for delivery to Libraries of Love. Rigel learned about Libraries of Love from a family friend who is a volunteer board member. He decided collecting books to donate would be an excellent service project. He submitted his proposal for the service project, and it was approved by his local BSA council.

Successful completion of the service project will be used in the final review of Rigel’s qualifications for the Eagle Scout rank.

According to the Eagle Service Project Workbook:

“… One of the rank requirements is to plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, school, or community. Through this requirement, Scouts practice what they have learned and gain valuable project management and leadership experience.”

Asked what he learned during the project, Rigel answered, “Leadership is all about cooperation and communication – and not horsing around a lot.”

Thanks, Rigel, for your leadership and community service.

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DELL VOLUNTEERS – 2018

On November 9, a group of 12 volunteers from Dell Configurations Services prepared books for borrowing. They completed 20 boxes for us. We were so grateful to see that big stack of finished boxes! Volunteers were Richard Cooper, Robert Sosa, Raymond Daron, Randy Maynard, Jovan Nikolesko, Sabra Louton, Joel Tacorda, Christina Rattanavong, Amie Rodriquez, Brittany Kennedy, Tara Detweiler, and Harmonic Sullivan (not pictured).

On October 26, a dedicated group of volunteers from Dell’s Americas GPP team prepared books for checking out. The 12 volunteers from left to right are Diana, Grant, Pooja, Tahmira, Wendy, Thang, Sean, Shyrla, Amanda,  and Patricia. Not pictured were Kay and Maggie.  They completed  20 boxes for us!

On October 12, this Dell group organized by Christopher Dykes prepared 9 boxes of books. We were happy to welcome the 3 new volunteers he brought with him. Pictured left to right are Roberto Saeki, Christopher Dykes, Pei-Ling Hua, and Michael Nguyen. Thanks for your support.

dell_2018_09_28On September 28, we welcomed a new group of Dell volunteers from Networking SPMs/Commodities. They completed 14 boxes. We appreciate their service and hope they will return again. Pictured are Tim, Christina, Gerardo, Rindy, Tyson, James, and Brian.

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On September 14, the Global Production Planning (GPP) group of 6 completed 14 boxes. From left to right are Arun, Janeth, Amanda, Shyrla, Jamie and Alex. Thanks for your support. We appreciate your volunteerism.

03EBAE73-5B51-4AA6-B69F-CAA09451711AMay 18, we had a great group of 12 Dell volunteers from Global Production Planning complete all 23 boxes that we had ready to process. We were delighted to welcome some new volunteers as well as many faithful workers, all led by Shyrla Zapata.

April 27, a group of 9 wonderful volunteers from Dell GCSO led by Bridget Montemayor completed the first 19 boxes for our 2019 shipment. Thanks for all your hard work!

On February 2, Dell volunteers from America’s GPP group led by Shyrla Zapata completed the final 27 boxes for our 2018 shipment. They love to volunteer for us, and we are always so grateful for their help. Shipment to Uganda is tentatively scheduled for the week February 19.

dell_2018_01_19Thanks to the 4 volunteers from the Dell IMO group led by Jo Scribner who worked with us on January 19. We are grateful for their help in completing 15 boxes. As always, we are so appreciative of our faithful Dell volunteers.

Maasai land, Ngong Hills, Kenya – Summer 2017

In 2017, seven libraries were supplied for schools in Maasai land, Ngong Hills, Kenya. Each school is remote, at least 1 1/2 hours from a main road. The schools are not located in towns. They are located in what is referred to in Africa as the “bush.” Through the books, the world will open to these students. In the non-fiction they will see people from around the world of different cultures. Many of the non-fiction books correlates with the students’ curriculum, but with beautiful pictures and interesting text.

   

    

The primary schools received easy picture books, novels, and non-fiction books. Secondary schools received novels, non-fiction, and reference books. The number of books needed was formulated by tripling the student population at each school. We provided 4 primary libraries and 3 secondary. The schools receiving books:

  • Najile Boys Secondary
    • 400 students – 1,207 books
  • Ewauso Girls Secondary
    • 300 students – 897 books
  • Olasiti Secondary
    • 420 students – 1,155 books
  • Ewuaso Primary
    • 1008 students – 2,702 books
  • Najile Primary
    • 400 students – 1,797 books
  • Seneto Primary
    • 810 students – 2,397 books
  • Kipeto Primary
    • 400 students – 1,711 books

Executive Director Trudy Marshall met with all the librarians and principals for training while she was in Kenya. Education officials came to meet with Trudy to offer their thanks for the work of Libraries of Love. In 2018, Libraries of Love is hoping to bring the Kenyan librarians to the two-day training session that is held annually for Ugandan librarians.

 

Class in the library showing off their new books.

Thanks to a special Amazon purchase program created for Libraries of Love by volunteers Jim and Ellen Matthews, each school received 52 African themed books.

There aren’t words to describe the expressions on students’ faces when they first see their library and are given books to read. They totally forget we are there. Love watching their excitement.

Amazing day with the team in the Masa Mara in Kenya. We arrived just in time to see part of the great migration of wildebeest swimming the Mara River from Tanzania into Kenya looking for grass.

 

 

Walk to Read Fundraisers

2017 LME Walk to Read

Libraries of Love is very thankful for Laurel Mountain Elementary in Round Rock for their continued support. LME partnered with Libraries of Love to provide our first library, and their support has continued. In 2018, they collected 853 books, plus funding. Our Director, Trudy Marshall, was librarian at LME for 10 years. We appreciate Jan Richards, principal, for her trust in our work.

The students annually take part in a program called, “Walk to Read.” Students bring books to donate to the libraries in Uganda / Kenya. As a school, the students and staff walk around the track and then sit down and read together, before donating. The Libraries of Love team is grateful for the donation of books and funding that has happened each year since our beginning. We appreciate, Mike Burkett, a travel volunteer last year, for sharing with the students.

Forest Creek walk to read for Libraries of Love

Many thanks to Forest Creek Elementary for a donation of 1,266 books and funding. Led by the 4th grade, students at Forest Creek have been learning about children’s lives in Uganda and Kenya. The students made wonderful video clips to show on the morning broadcast. On January 20, they all brought books to donate, walked around the track signifying the long walks to school in Africa, then sat and read together. Thanks to teacher Pam Bartholomew for organizing.

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Thank you, Grisham Middle School International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme students for displaying the IB Learner Profile Trait of CARING! Your book drive resulted in more than 600 books donated to Libraries of Love.

Read more about the donation on the school website.

Dell Volunteers – 2017

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Many thanks to Dell CS team for their hard work on November 17. They completed the 18 boxes we had for them. Pictured are, front row: Kristi Cooper, Betty Harris, Harmonie Sullivan, and Sabra Luton. Back row are Bill Kelly, Raymond Duran, Randy Maynard, and Richard Cooper.

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Thanks to the six volunteers from Dell IMO who prepared 20 boxes of books on November 3. Pictured, left to right, are Jo Scribner, Chris Kleiman, Victoria Reichman, Kristen Dolbeare, Mike Palmer, and Scott Hayter.

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Thanks to the volunteers from Dell GDO Marketing who completed 11 boxes on October 20. Many thanks to Carl, Rebecca, Sofia, Felicia, Andre, and Scott for all their help.

dell_2017_10_06Thanks to Dell volunteers from the Americas GPP group who prepared books on October 6. Led Shyrla Zapata, thet returned for another very productive afternoon,  completing all 21 boxes we had ready for processing. We are so thankful for the continued support from this group.

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Thanks to Dell volunteers who prepared books on September 22. They are, from left to right, Kristen O’Neal, Lana Acola, and Rocco Pape.

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We had another hard working group of volunteers from Dell this afternoon (September 8). Led by Shyrla Zapata, they completed 27 boxes. Pictured left to right are Wendy, Natasha, Patricia, Kathy, Amanda, Natalie, Zack , Shyrla (seated) and Analicia (not pictured). Thanks to all for a very productive afternoon!

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Thanks to the volunteers from Dell Global Eval who prepared books on June 16. They were a hard working group who finished all 23 boxes that we had. Our thanks to Harleen, Meenu, Rhett, Ginger, Diana C, Katie, Stephanie, Brynna, Rohit, Hannah, Carmen, Tripti, and Diana G.

A large group of 12 Dell volunteers prepared books on April 21. They completed 19 boxes, all that we had ready to process. Many thanks to Rebecca Sanchez for organizing the group from Cloud Client Services + Solutions with Steve Lalla SVP+GM

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On Friday, April 7, we had our first Dell group processing books for the 2018 shipment.  The volunteers were from Dell’s EUC Configuration  Services, and they completed 14 boxes. Pictured, left to right, are Anna Swanson, Raymond Duran, Olanda Sharp-Buckley, Bill Kelly, Amy Jackson, and Randy Maynard.

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The Global Evaluation Programs Team volunteered on February 16. They finished all 15 boxes that we had which satisfied our goal for 2017! Shipping will occur in March. Pictured left to right are Ginger Garner, Stephanie Regas, Brynna Vogel, Diana Garcia, Katie Bennett, Jackie Vallejo, Rhett O’Hara, and Diana Clukey.

dell_2017_01_27.jpgAmerica’s GPP group from Dell (10 volunteers) finished 15 boxes on January 27, getting us so close to this year’s goal for 7 libraries in Kenya. Many thanks to this group led by Shyrla Zapata. They are faithful Libraries of Love volunteers.

Global Dell Outlet volunteers at Libraries of LoveA group led by Felicia White from Global Dell Outlet processed 15 boxes on January 20. We are getting close to making our goal for 2017’s libraries in Kenya.