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Need: Establishing a Community Library - Request for books, videos, magazines...

For a long time i have had it in my heart to start a Library in my area, a 'cosmopolitan' kind of town with people from all tribes and culture, but with really nothing common, uniting us or bringing us together. The time has now come and i need your help. The objectives of this project first of all, is to create a reading culture within the community, secondly to build some form of togetherness within the community, thirdly, to provide a quiet atmosphere for students to study and a wide range of materials that they can learn from, and finally create a knowledge hub for those seeking information dealing with diverse issues from health and wellbeing, farming, building and construction, family life, Spiritual growth, different countries and culture, career information and a wide range of other information. It will also include a computer lab and learning tools including videos and other media resources. This project also seeks to empower mothers and children by providing a place for them to bond as they read together and engage in fun activities within the Children's Corner that will be provided for.

The purpose of this post is to call out for your help in donating books, magazines and any literature material and other form of support that you could offer for this initiative. If you can link me up with websites or friends that could be of help, i would really appreciate.

I am at the initial stages of this project and hope to kick off towards the end of this year.

You can reach me on


Sista-kenya's picture

Donations e-books

Greetings Sister Terry I sent you a private message

kellyannaustin's picture

Beyond Access

Dear Terry,

Your project is so exciting and I'm writing to make sure you know about our World Pulse partner, Beyond Access. Beyond Access is a global movement of people and organizations committed to the idea that modern public libraries help drive economic and social development. Beyond Access encourages dialogue, assembles a community, and facilitates partnerships. They also create and curate resources, and provide services and opportunities for libraries and community organizations, development practitioners, and to donors and all levels of government. You can find out more about them at this url:

In order to be eligible for the opportunity to connect with others who support community development through libraries, you must submit to all three phases of World Pulse’s 2014 Women Weave the Web Campaign. You can find out more information about the campaign here, It would be fabulous to have your voice join others as we think through issues around digital access in all its complexity. And the role libraries play in this question would be a good place to start!

As you may know, there is also a prize that will be awarded to an outstanding grassroots woman and visionary voice using digital tools to effect change and advance her community work. The prize will include the 2014 Lynn Syms Prize title, a $20,000 monetary prize to be paid out over two years to support her community based work, a feature profile on, and an all-expense paid trip to speak her message in New York City. You can find more on the website,

The deadline to submit is March 31st!

Wishing you peace,


Terry's picture

Thank you.

Dear Kelly,

Thank you for this valuable information, i appreciate also your taking time to respond to my post. I will look through the links you sent and probably begin connecting, trusting God that i will get time to be active too and be able to participate fully.

Best regards,

Terry Shiundu

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Wonderful! I'm so glad

Wonderful! I'm so glad you're interested. :)


siza0601's picture

Fundani Nathi (Learn With Us)

Dear Terry

My name is Siza, am from South Africa. I love your project, im also doing the same thing here in South Africa, but my focus is mainly in setting up libraries in schools, i feel that its better if a child can access the library at school as some kids stay far from communites centres. we have partnered with schools in Chigaco US, they run books drives for the organisation. we also our bit this side. I'm wishing that you do not give up, it is very hard to find funding and sponsores.

Hope one day we can work together in building a better africa through reading


Terry's picture

Thank you Siza

Thank you for the encouragement. I've been wondering whether i should go ahead with it, but i'm encouraged and feel that its something we really need in my community. The more i think about it, the more i feel its important and i will therefore not give up.I've learned not to despise the small beginnings, in the end, it will bear much fruit.

I wish you the very best with your project too. And as you well said, i hope one day we can work together to change the belief, 'If you want to hide something from an African, hide it in a book'


Terry Shiundu

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