Camel Book Drive

Donate To Kenya’s Mobile Library

Community Donors

For helping spread the word about the camel book drive, thanks go to:

Thank you so much, too, to these generous book-loving donors who gave books or money:

  • Newton-Lee Elementary School, Ashburn, VA & Friends of Kenya
  • Kyle Breitbarth, Frankfort, IL
  • GFWC Taunton and Raynham Juniors, Massachusetts
  • Heidi, Jane, Jack & Kate Gleason, Clarendon Hills, IL
  • Johnson Elementary in Southlake, Texas
  • Ruth Heide’s class at Woodbury School, Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • Tess Wagman, New York City, NY
  • Information Management Center/Library/Baxter Healthcare, Round Lake, IL
  • Georgia Wessling, Shelbina, MO
  • Mr. Sean McLaughlin’s 4th graders, Cherry Avenue Elementary School, West Sayville NY
  • Total School, Wilmington, DE
  • Ms. Vicki Good’s 2nd grade class, Colene Hoose Elementary School, Normal, IL
  • Valley Catholic School, Beaverton, OR
  • Melissa Wood-Yoshida and Monte Verde Elementary School in San Bruno, CA
  • Melissa A. Majewski and Aisha Nalwaada, Illinois
  • Taina Evans, for her birthday, from Danielle Kiener, Geneva, Switzerland
  • In memory of Raymond J. Smith
  • Ann Roberts, Central Elementary School, Indiana
  • Susanne Johnson, Champaign, IL
  • Jennifer L. Fife, Westminster, CO
  • Lynne Rooney, Bolingbrook, IL
  • Leonard 6th Grade Center, Fort Worth, TX
  • 4th Grade Class, St. Joseph’s Church, Millstone, NJ
  • Princess Anne High School library and Global Outreach Club, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Johnny Washington’s first graders, Edgewood Elementary School, Homewood, AL
  • Teacher Karen Schuler and the Rollingwood Academy, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Tricia Jemison, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
  • Bailey Shultz, Chandler, AZ
  • Beth McGee, Staunton, VA
  • In honor of Marion Bilyk Krymski, St. Clair Shores, MI, for her 51st birthday from her daughter Elizabeth Rose Krymski
  • In honor of Christopher Faber, 6, of Denver, CO, from his grandmother Joan
  • Cassandra & Jerome Gladney
  • In honor of Mary Petrino, 80, from her daughter, Marianne G Petrino-Schaad
  • Sharron Ricketts, Shingle Springs, CA
  • Holley Navarre Middle School, Navarre, FL
  • Marianne G Petrino-Schaad, Arlington, VA
  • Sherry & Hank Pangborn, Silverdale, WA
  • Kelsey & Kiersten Smith, ages 12 and 10, of Lithia, FL, who collected over 2,000 books and are raising money to mail them
  • Cessna Elementary School, Wichita, KS, Rebecca Pickering’s third graders
  • Rachel Hantman, Needham, MA
  • Travis Ranch Elementary School, Yorba Linda, CA
  • Jefferson, Texas, Rotary Club
  • Mary Anne Schneider, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Shirley Lieberman, Massapequa, NY
  • Arzina Thobhani, Crawley, England
  • Phillip Pearson
  • Samir Shah
  • Sanjoy Biswas
  • The employees at Stoner House, Crawley, including Dave Leech and Chris Wood
  • The employees at the BBC coordinated by Hemini Mehta
  • The Community Outreach Club and Barbara Kersey at Court Street Academy, Portsmouth, VA
  • Susan Abbenante, Owings Mills, MD
  • In honor of the wedding of Alexandra Rollo and Erkut Topcu, San Francisco,CA., from Meta Mertens and Phil Bass
  • In honor of Mrs. Beverly Dew Allen of Atlanta, GA, from her son-in-law Peter Keenan of Jackson, WY
  • DiDi Grimm, Chicago, IL
  • Lee Gallery and her sister Betsy, who donated from Hesperian’s Gratis Book Program
  • In honor of Katie Sullivan from her friend Martha Redeker
  • Pamela Bostelmann, Richmond, CA
  • In honor of Patrick Travers, from Mary Beth White
  • In honor of Benjamin Wiles, Berkeley, CA, from his wife Veronica Herrera
  • Peter Glanville, Carondelet Catholic School, Minneapolis, MN
  • In honor of Glenn McLaurin from his mother, Vivian
  • In honor of Cheryl Mannix and her kindergarten class at Homestead-Wakefield Elementary School, Maryland
  • T.Rob Wyatt, Charlotte, NC
  • In honor of Wayne Shannon from Dad and Jeanette
  • In honor of Joan & Peter Faber, from Terry Faber, Denver, CO
  • Pamela A. Valleni, Torrance, CA
  • In honor of Jane Thompson, Toronto, Canada, from Suzanne O’Donoghue of Toronto
  • Christy Estabrook, Glen Allen, VA
  • Jess Jarvis, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Carol O’Donnell, the St. Athanasius School, Evanston, IL
  • Laura Baecher, Flushing, NY
  • Nancy Caplan, Columbia, MD
  • Barbara Coley, Bakersfield, CA
  • Madison Linnae Sioss-Witts, Gilbert, AZ
  • Jean Riggs, Corvallis, OR
  • Nancy Wall, Tucson, AZ
  • Julie Gannon Legacy Fund, Tucson, AZ
  • Casey Roberts’ class at Huntsville High School, Huntsville, Ontario
  • Vickie Gray and Darin Briskman, Portland, OR
  • Barry & Kris Briskman, St. Michael’s, MD
  • Maria Ramos, Martinez, CA
  • Sarah Binion, Austin, TX
  • Laura Ruiz-Falcon, Austin, TX
  • Michele Wells, Boulder, CO
  • Cecile Cherry, Birmingham, AL
  • Bob Cornell, Cumming, GA
  • The Ridgefield High School LIT Club, Ridgefield, CT
  • Karen Webre, Ruston, LA
  • Victoria Vandenberg, Oshkosh Public Library, Wisconsin
  • John Florio, Acme Creative Enterprises, Inc.
  • Kathleen Dixon at Islandtime Books and More
  • The Paideia School Library,  Atlanta, GA.
  • Laura Paxton of Oberlin, OH
  • Violeta Garcia-Mendoza
  • Kathy Andersen
  • Susan Bumps
  • Judie Herr
  • Sarah Rocklin
  • Stacey Loscalzo
  • Wendy Westerduin
  • Hilde Sjoelset of Kolbotn, Norway
  • David Berkowitz
  • Fidel Pedregal Pimentel
  • Elisabeth Gruner
  • Linda Rigel
  • Linda Young

Thanks to the following publishers:Unbridled Books for contributing a large box of the wonderful books it publishes by authors including Elise Blackwell, William J. Cobb, M. Allen Cunningham, Lamar Herrin, Layne Maheu, Deborah Noyes, Frederick Reuss, Carolyn Turgeon, Nancy Zafris and Lloyd Zimpel.Publisher and writer Nick Cato for his contribution of children’s books.And to the following bloggers who wrote about the Camel Bookmobile:

And these among the non-English bloggers:


  1. My site is dedicated to restoring the libraries and literature in New Orleans. But we are in common in this world. I will be donating money to help in shipping the books for the Camel Bookmobile (Linda Young – pen Lyn LeJeune)

    You will be listed as a Beatitude on the site The Beatitudes at , dedicated to the serialized novel, The Beatitudes, Book I in The New Orleans Trilogy.

    Out of New Orleans before the catastrophe that was made by a hurricane and, as Dante wrote, “of false gods who lied,” comes The Beatitudes, part one in the New Orleans Trilogy. The Beatitudes portrays New Orleans as Dante’s purgatory, a place were the sins of men are exposed for all to see, where redemption is close at hand but most often lost.

    Hopefully, you will also list this site on yours and every time someone clicks on it they will think about donating to supporting literature in New Orleans. A good fund is The New Orleans Public Library at and click on Friends of the NOPL Restoration Funds. When The Beatitudes is published, substantial profits will be donated.

    Comment by Lyn LeJeune(Linda Young) | March 1, 2007 | Reply

  2. Masha, I blogged about your new book and the camel library on my Amazon Connect author blog. Bravo! What a wonderful project. I can’t wait to read your book.

    Laurie Nadel

    Comment by Laurie Nadel | March 5, 2007 | Reply

  3. […] Community Support […]

    Pingback by Authors for African Literacy « Camel Book Drive | March 11, 2007 | Reply

  4. Hi Camel Book Drive Folks,

    I mailed off an M-Bag with some twenty carefully selected books from my personal library to the Camel Book (CBD) in Garissa, Kenya this morning. I discovered a story on the CBD on a couple of weeks ago. I was intrigued, partly because I have recently read several books about Americans visiting Egypt and the Middle East in the 19th century, and their many encounters with camels.

    Also enclosed in the M-Bag were copies of my own works, North American Bird Folknames and Names (Bottlebrush Press, 1996) and Ancient Herbs and Modern Herbs: A Comprehensive Reference Guide to Medicinal Herbs, Human Ailments and Possible Herbal Remedies (Bottlebrush Press, 2001).

    Yours truly,

    James K. Sayre

    Comment by james k. sayre | March 30, 2007 | Reply

  5. We luckily got our boxes of books sent right before the mail price incress. Every day I think about the voyage our books are taking. This is a great way to share our much loved books.

    Comment by Grass Valley Book Group | May 19, 2007 | Reply

  6. What a great cause. I am donating in honor of family members as Christmas presents. Fabulous.

    Comment by amy w | December 6, 2007 | Reply

  7. we deserve your help how to get school fundraisers,charties,donors,teacher volunteers for our school which we run in east africa,ethiopia

    Comment by mistru | January 9, 2008 | Reply

  8. In november I sent a box of books to you via the local post office. I do not see my name on the donor list and am anxious to know if the books were received.

    My name is shirley lieberman and I live in Massapequa, New York. My gift was in response to a story I read i the Oprah magazine

    Comment by shirley lieberman | January 21, 2008 | Reply

  9. the books i sent were from my husbands library. i know he will be pleased to see them in the hands of your very special students.enjoy and learn as he did.

    Comment by shirley lieberman | January 27, 2008 | Reply

  10. can someone give me the adress of the person who is married with alexandra rollo and who is named ERKUT TOPCU ?? because my name is also Erkut Topcu and i find it very funny to live at the sime time in berlin and in san fransico hehe

    Comment by Erkut Topcu (Berlin, Germany) | February 7, 2008 | Reply

  11. Saw the article about your great program in Family Circle magazine. Thought you’d be interested in learning about Sema Academy, a school we support in southwestern Kenya. Also thought you’d be interested in reading the article my husband had published in Newsday this weekend. Here is the url:,0,7753920.story

    Lyn and Arthur Dobrin

    Comment by Lyn Dobrin | February 12, 2008 | Reply

  12. I currently work at a before and after school program. A requirement of the program is for students to become involved in a charity or community service. The Camel Library was a great project for the students to become involved in because they were able to give books that they once loved to a child that would hopefully get as much enjoyment out of them. After a few weeks we were able to collect a huge postal box filled with books. Not only did the project help those in need but it also helped my students learn the powerful lesson of helping others.

    Comment by Melissa Brown | April 29, 2008 | Reply

  13. I am a 6th grade teacher in Shaker Hts., Ohio. My classes collected and sent 90 pounds of books, in 8 flat rate boxes. It was a great project and I sure hope the books made it there. Is there any way of knowing if they arrived? Ruth Heide and Judy Wells, Woodbury Elementary School.

    Comment by Ruth Heide | June 30, 2008 | Reply

  14. I have previously posted a comment and was wondering if the books were recieved. I hope they made it!

    Comment by Melissa Brown | November 25, 2008 | Reply

  15. Our club, GFWC Taunton and Raynham Juniors, donated a box of 20 books to the camel bookmobile and are continuing to collect books for the Nomadic Schools. We were wondering how you get listed on your donor list. Nancy

    Comment by Nancy Clark | January 7, 2009 | Reply

  16. Bonjour, je suis italienne et ne parle pas anglais, mais je le lire.
    Je connaitre la bibliotéque sur camel dans le Kenia à travers l’éxtraordinaire livre de madame Masha Hamilton.
    Je voudrais savoir si “the real camel librarian” , Mr Farah,
    pourrait etre intérésser à recevoir pour la “To Kenia’s Mobile Library” livres pour énfants et garçons en italien.
    Congratulations et à biéntot.
    Olivia Petitta

    Comment by OLIVIA PETITTA | April 3, 2009 | Reply

  17. Faith Nursery and primary school is a rural selfhelp school established and ran by basically teachers. we really have meagre resources to provide quality education to our rural children. so we are seeking for the support of any individual, organisation to get for us school fundraisers, charity donors, and teacher volunteers for our school in Uganda, east africa, so that we can develop it to any level.
    our email is:, tel. 256774182449

    Comment by ODONGO ROBERT | October 25, 2009 | Reply

  18. I love your blog so much

    Comment by Dissertation | April 24, 2010 | Reply

  19. Isn’t charity and kindness such a wonderful thing? I always love seeing when people give back to their communities, so thank you for sharing this.

    Comment by Jun-Jun | January 14, 2011 | Reply

  20. Masha, Is the Camel Library still a going concern? I have received back, in the last 4-5 months, 2 boxes of books that never made it to you. Do I need to quit sending them? Georgia Wessling

    Comment by Georgia Wessling | June 18, 2011 | Reply

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