Used Books to Benefit Kenya Krew

By Sean Lynch

Hello, or jambo, as they say in Swahili!  The Hilbert Kenya Krew has started a book drive fundraiser for their upcoming service trip and they could use your help.  The Kenya Krew will be collecting textbooks on campus and donating them through Better World Books, an organization seeking to recycle old books and raise funds to promote global literacy.  The organization has also partnered with Books for Africa, a NPO that has shipped over thirty million books to forty-nine different countries in Africa since the late Eighties.  Every book donated can both help to make an impact on global literacy and also help the Kenya Krew raise money for their trip in May.

Materials accepted by Better World Books include:

  • College textbooks and study guides (clean and legible condition) with copyright dates from the past 10 years
  • Workbooks (with no missing pages)
  • Basically any book used in a college classroom (highlighting or writing in books is fine so long as the text isn’t obscured)
  • Accompanying CDs
  • Hardcover fiction/nonfiction
  • Paperbacks (must be in like-new condition with copyright 1980 or newer)
  • Former library books
  • Travel books (with copyright dates from the past 5 years)

However, Better World Books also asks that contributors DO NOT send course packets, custom publications, or books in the following condition:

  • Dirty
  • Moldy
  • Water damaged
  • Damaged binding or pages
  • Missing covers or pages
  • Cut out library treatments

This can be a great way to clear out cluttered bookshelves and get rid of any older or unused books that may be scattered around, and every donation is incredibly helpful.  Donation boxes can be found in Academic Services and the Faculty Services office.  Dr. Amy Smith can also be contacted to pick up the books as an alternative.

This will be the third time Hilbert students will be traveling to Kenya on a service trip.  The students will spend a week working at a school for the developmentally disabled, helping construct a new classroom and building chicken coops, to provide the school with a way to generate income.  A second week will be spent working at an orphanage, where students will help the staff with cooking, cleaning, and other daily tasks.  Thank you very much or, as they say in Swahili, asante sana.