Dell Volunteers - Summer 2015

Volunteeers from Dell Corporate Development - the 'Dream Team' - stand in front of boxes ready to ship after preparing books on Aug. 28. We are always grateful for the volunteers who make our work in Uganda possible. Thanks, Dell friends.

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Headmasters meet and tour schools

Facebook post from Trudy (July 14):
The kids at Wambwa performed an incredible skit that kept our 36 Hms laughing. They also sang, and said a poem. Great time today at the schools before the meeting.

36 in attendance at the HM meeting. Absolutely wonderful time of teaching / learning / sharing / singing. Closed with Wilberforce sharing words about leadership from God's word. Great day. Thank you for your prayers. Looking forward to tomorrow

Volunteer team completes three libraries
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Facebook post from Trudy (June 26):
Our incredible team boarded the airplane an hour ago to return to the States. They restocked 11 libraries

(which is more difficult than doing new ones), and created 3 new libraries. They spent time with many
young people, sang and visited in classes, took boda rides through the bush, and made many new friends.
I will miss them!

The team with Gertrude the Director (left); her daughter, Susan (right) and Moses, our librarian.
This completes the three new libraries: Kitante Primary, St. Jinan High School - Bombo, and Zion Primary.
Next the team will restock 11 libraries with about 500 books each.

Facebook post from Trudy (June 21):
The new Zion Primary library ... located 3 hours from Mbale in the bush! Cheers!
This school only has 250 students compared to Kitante Primary, which has 3,700 students.
Nice to do small and large.

The team poses proudly in the finished Kitante Primary school library. Pictured, left to right,
Camille, Janeal Schmidt, Carolyn Harms, Shelly Branham, Barbara Ludden, Allison Ortega,
a teacher Mathius, Paula Ward, and Trudy Marshall.

Facebook post from Trudy (June 16):
The volunteer team arrived Sunday. Took them to Endere Outdoor Theatre in the evening. There were dancers from each part of Uganda, and a comedian, as well. Wonderful evening!

Then the work began. They worked hard Monday putting two libraries together. Wonderful Team!

The team put in 8,000 books today to create a library at Kitante Primary School. Volunteer Shelly Branham said it best, "It was a long but wonderful day to start a library!" 

The sorting process for the Kitante Primary library.

Executive Director Trudy Marshall returned to Uganda on January 25 after spending 6 months at the Libraries of Love headquarters in Texas. She has been busy organizing her next 6 months, meeting with librarians and making it to the start of the semester for schools in Mbale. She'll split time between Kampala and Mbale visiting schools, meeting with and training librarians, plus taking care of all the support issues. If you want to keep up with her posts, please Like our Facebook page.You can see highlights of her posts on the Facebook link on this website.
(She returned to Texas on July 24 to start the process all over again.)

Nursing school donates collected books




Pictured is the first group of books donated by St.Thomas School of Nursing.

They chose Libaries of Love as their 2015 service project and will be collecting books through October.

Thanks for your support.

Thanks to publishers for 2015 book donations

Donating books for 2015

Bellwether Books,

Mackin Educational Resources,

Davidson Titles,

Rainbow Book Company,

Moody Publishers,

Bearport Publishing,

Bruce Hale,

The Penworthy Company,

Crabtree Publishers

Bound to Stay Bound Books

Each year we are thankful for the many publishers from across the country who provide us with books. Click "Read more ..." below to see photos of some of the books received  from publishers this year..

"Walk to Read" provides books and funding

Laurel Mountain students walk to honor Ugandan students and collect donations.

Laurel Mountain Elementary and Forest Creek Elementary held their "walk to read" events in January. Other schools plan walks later in the year.

Seventh grade language arts students at Cedar Valley Middle School began promotional writing for their school-wide Walk to Read fundraiser. Read about their venture into marketing for the May event in this article that ran in the local newspaper: "Cedar Valley students enter advertising world."

The walks honor students in Uganda who walk long distances to school and read upon arrival. The walk idea was conceived three years ago by Jan Richards, principal at Laurel Mountain Elementary, where Executive Director Trudy Marshall served as librarian for 10 years. LME helped facilitate the first Ugandan library in 2005 and has continued their support through kind words, books, and funding each year.

For two weeks preceding the walk LME students collected donations from family and friends, brought them to school on walk day, and then celebrated with  "walk to read" programs.

Students volunteering to make a difference

Video Tributes

What wonderful work by two Laurel Mountain Elementary students. Each did a short video about Libraries of Love and their school's involvement with us since the beginning. Thanks to Mihit and Henry. You can watch their videos on YouTube:

Young philanthropists

The Pflugerville High School Interact Club shared their experiences with Libraries of Love at Pflugerville Rotary. They do many good projects in the community.

Thanks to both for their longstanding support.

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A banner day

Matthew, a student at Laurel Mountain Elementary, served as spokesman for a banner display at the school for Executive Director Trudy Marshall before her departure. Last year, he went door to door collecting books.

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Celebrating 10 years of service in Uganda

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June 23, 2014 - Libraries of Love Executive Director Trudy Marshall has just a little less than a month remaining on her 6-month stay in Uganda this year. In this update emailed to supporters she has lots to share, including the grand 10-year celebration of Libraries of Love’s work in Uganda, the creation of 5 new libraries by volunteers from Texas and Kansas, and meetings of our librarians from 7 cities. She also shares the amazing story of Lodiwo and Namary.  Email if you would like to be added to the newsletter email list.

Click to watch celebration video.

Thankful for past support and looking to the future


800 students served

4,500 students helped

4,000 new students


3,000 students reached

5,000 students touched

5,000 more have books


4,600 students enriched

5,000 students get books

4,600 students served


7,100 students benefit

24 libraries restocked; 2 new

An all volunteer organization, Libraries of Love has created libraries in 37 schools and reached an estimated 70,000 students since 2005. We appreciate the many in our community who support our cause.