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

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.




Dell Volunteers

dell-3-3-23March 3, 2023 – Many thanks to the TSB Finance group at Dell who completed 15 boxes for us today. What a great group of workers! Left to right are Payne, Faith, Kristy, Chi, Landon and Will.

2-17-23-dell-volunteersFebruary 17, 2023 – Two Dell groups volunteered today, completing 15 boxes. Volunteers were from two different groups at Dell: AGPP and GCP. Left to right are Val, Shyrla, Amanda, Sam and Janeth.

dell-9-23-22September 23, 2022 – This new Dell group from Telecom Finance did a great job processing books for us, completing 15 boxes. Thank you once again to Dell and to Faith for organizing the event. Pictured, left to right, are Kristy Bias, Chi Ngo, Payne Ou, Faith Dreibrodt, and Landon Vanadore.

dell-8-12-22August 12, 2022 – We were grateful for the Dell volunteer group from EUC 2T Delivery for their hard work today. They completed 13 boxes for us. Thanks to Randy for organizing this session. Pictured, left to right, are Christina R., Shawn D., Danny G., Randy M., Deb H. and Sabra L. 

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July 29, 2022 – The Dell volunteer group on Friday finished all 13 of the boxes we had to work on. It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces from pre-pandemic times. Thank you Dell volunteers for once again helping us out. Pictured back row, left to right, are Maggie, Val, Amanda, Alisa and Patricia. Seated are Shyrla and Wendy.

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July 22, 2022 – So wonderful to have this group from Dell preparing books today. They typed labels to put on the pockets and cards that go inside the books, so students can borrow. They finished 17 boxes with approximately 50 books in a box! Way to go Dell volunteers! Pictured, left to righ, are Michael Shroyer, Payton Shroyer, Melissa Jandreski, India Appeleton, Cris Villaneuva, Olivia Villaneuva, Jennifer Lee, and Robbie Curtis.

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July 15, 2022 – We are back in business! We had 4 volunteers today – 3 from Dell and a high school student who was the son of one of the workers. We appreciate volunteers Uri, Adam, Reda and Jacquelyn.

May 13 DellDell volunteers on May 13, 2022
Because of the pandemic, today we had our first Dell group in 28 months.  We are so happy to have their help again. Led by Felicia White they completed 12 boxes for us. Volunteering were Felicia, Patrick, Jim, Mario, Kyle, and Scott.

On Jan. 10, 2020, this group of Dell volunteers finished the last 14 boxes for the 2020 shipment. Thanks to all the Dell groups who have so faithfully helped us this year and each year. Their work is invaluable to us. Pictured, left to right, are Alex, Julia, Pei-Ling, Missy, Sasi, Chris, Sherry, and Naveen.

dell_2019_12_13On Dec. 13, we hosted our final group of Dell volunteers for 2019. Thanks to the volunteers from SDS Finance who completed 15 boxes of books. We really appreciate their help at this busy time of year. Pictured, left to right, are Blake, Nadia, Jo, Dillon, and Uri.

On Nov. 15, we welcomed a new group from Dell P &O Talent Program Mgmt. They completed 13 boxes for us. We are happy to have them join our growing list of Dell volunteers. Pictured left to right are Camila Beltran, Leah Spence, Andress Stanley, Michelle Gonzalez, Pam Osborne, and Lauren Turner

On Nov. 1, these 6 Dell volunteers finished 17 boxes for the 2020 shipment. This is a faithful group of volunteers who work in different business units at Dell. They are so dedicated to Libraries of Love, and we can aways depend on them. Left to right are Cindy, Byron, Shyrla, Amanda, Thang, and Wendy.

A big thanks to Dell RR CCO team for their work on October 18th. They completed 14 boxes. Volunteers, from left, are Rocco Pape, Kristen O’Neal, Ruth Veliz, and Lana Acola. We appreciate their continued support!

dell_2019_10_04On October 4, Team Diaz from Dell returned for another very productive afternoon completing 17 boxes for us. We are grateful for their enthusiastic help! Pictured left to right are Scott, Tony, Julie, Monica, Caitlin, Lisa, Christina, Janna, Darald, and Earl.

dell_2019_09_27On September 27, Dell volunteers from ESI Services completed 13 boxes for our 2020 shipment. We appreciate the group for their hard work. Pictured are, from left, Cyun Gan, Sarah Olow, Stephen Cockrell, Edna Moscheo, Sandra Robinson, and Benoy James.

On August 23, three volunteers from Dell Services End User Computing came to help us prepare books for the 2020 shipment. Thanks to Cathy Bradley, Laura McGovern, and Betty Harris for their wonderful help.

On July 12, this group of volunteers prepared spine labels for books. We appreciate their help. The group was led by Chad Rode. Pictured, left to right, are Shawn Salisbury, Emma Anderson, Yin He, Cale Hawkins, Rhonda Fariss and Chad Rode.

On June 14, this hardworking DFS group from Dell completed 18 boxes. Left to right are Nadia, Kaitlin,Scott, Vickie and Alyssa. We appreciate our Dell volunteers so much. Thank you!

On June 7, The Dell/ EMC AGPP group once again volunteered, completing all 20 boxes we had ready. Thanks to Sean, Jamie, Kelly, Thang, Valerie, Shyrla, Amanda, Cindy, Wendy, and Patricia for being such dependable volunteers. We couldn’t do it without you.

On May 17, these 9 volunteers from Dell Technologies Services Finance, led by Jo Scribner, completed 19 boxes. Thanks to this great group for their hard work. Pictured from left to right are Reda Herbzi, Charles Yeager, Jim Pizzitola, Anthony Barrett, Uri Neiman, Jo Scribner, Campbell Ross, Joey Lazarus, and Aditya Bhattacharya.

On May 3, these  4 volunteers from Dell’s GOFX group completed 12 more boxes for our 2020 shipment. We appreciate your hard work. Pictured are Vijay Raj Yarijarla, Naz Shai, Shawna Blake, and Dave Considine.

On April 26, this Dell GSP group completed 20 boxes, putting us well on our way for the 2020 shipment. Pictured are front: Lance Saunders; middle: BinBin Meng, Julia Hamilton, Bridget Montemayor, Kris D’Amico, Maribel Cisneros, and Michelle Johnson; back: Tom Maher and Travis Flunder. Many thanks to this group of Dell volunteers.

On March 29, Dell’s Team Diaz volunteered. They processed 21 boxes to get us started for the 2020 shipment. Pictured are Monica, Scott, George, Chelsea, Christina, Yvonne, Lisa, Julie, Gracie, Danny, and Janna. We are so appreciative of their hard work and enthusiasm.

On January 25, our faithful volunteers from Dell GPP completed 19 boxes, helping us get very close to finishing the shipment for 2019. Pictured, standing in front of all those completed boxes, are Shyrla, Isela, Wendy, Natasha, Jamie and Patricia. We appreciate their dedication so much.

On January 11, these Dell volunteers completed 13 boxes. Thanks to Edna Moscheo for organizing this great group of volunteers. Pictured left to right are Cyun Gan, Edna Moscheo, Sarah Olow, Sandra Robinson and Cliff Jamison.

Pictured are CCO group volunteers Rocco, Kristen, Lana and Luisa.

Pictured are GPP group volunteers Shyrla, Thang, Diana and Amanda.

On December 14, two groups of Dell volunteers worked together to complete 23 boxes, a tremendous help which we appreciate. Thanks to Dell CCO and GPP groups for their hard work.

On December 7, six workers from Dell’s IT Global Ops completed 14 boxes. Organized by Vijay Raj, he brought 5 new volunteers. We appreciated their help so much! Left to right are Arman, Manish, Vijay Raj, Dave, Naz, and Shawna.

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.

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

2019 LME Walk to Read

Laurel Mountain Elementary, holds ‘Walk to Read’ each year, representing kids who walk to school, then are given time to read our books. The students spend two weeks learning about Uganda and Kenya. Then they bring books to donate to Libraries of Love. This school community has been a huge blessing as they have supported our libraries for all 14 years. Our Director, Trudy Marshall, was librarian at LME for 10 years. We appreciate Jan Richards, principal, for her trust in our work. This year they donated 1,700 books, plus funding. Amazing!

Here are some photos of this year’s preparation, walk and book donations.

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2018 LME Walk to Read

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.

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.



Grisham_booksGrisham students donate books

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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

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.

Dell Volunteers - Global Evaluation Programs Team
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.

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Click the image above to download our updated tri-fold brochure. In PDF format, it’s a great pass-around to use to share the Libraries of Love story, complete with details of our mission and contact information.

Thanks to Olivia’s World Literacy


Books here. Books there. Books everywhere! Cheers! Thanks to Teresa and Joni who brought books all the way from Andrews, Texas. Theresa has a nonprofit, Olivia’s World Literacy, that donates books to groups in honor of her granddaughter, Olivia, who died.

What a great way to pay tribute! Many thanks Teresa and Joni.

Mbale/Kampala, Uganda – Summer 2016


What a great team!  It is hard to imagine the work involved. This team definitely did their part – working quickly and tirelessly. They laughed and joked even when conditions were hot and dirty at times . They are pictured with our favorite safari driver, Naser.

Libraries Updated: 13
One new library created

Thirteen existing Libraries of Love libraries were restocked this summer with thousands of books, and one new high school library was created. Many thanks to the incredible 2016 team for their hard work and for taking time to share their love with the students. The “mzungu” parade through the villages to visit sponsored students’ homes will never be forgotten. The huge smiles said it all.

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