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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Books for Africa Donation

Bring a book to donate at your Sommerfest concert and help us send 22,000 books to Africa!

The goal is to collect enough books to fill a shipping container ( 22,000 books) to send in advance of the Orchestra's tour to South Africa in August 2018. Below are tips for how to donate.

Books for Africa

Book Donation Guidelines:

  • Books that are less than 15 years old in age and in new or good used condition.
  • Desired topics include academic textbooks, baby board books, youth and adult reading books, general library books, and dictionaries.
  • Please do not donate books about holidays, religion, encyclopedia sets, self-help books.
  • Labels will be available when you drop off your book so you may write a note to the student in Africa who will receive your book!

Books For Africa is the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent, shipping over 40 million books to 53 different countries since 1988.

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