DARIEN BOOK AID PLAN Inc.
1926 Post Road
Darien, Connecticut 06820
USA

203-655-2777

website and supporter link


For Peace Corps Volunteers Only

Darien Book Aid can send you a package of books to assist you in your work.  There is no cost to you.  The packages are marked "Used Books, No Value."  In general, our shipper is Asendia, not the US Postal Service.  The exceptions are listed below.

To request a shipment
The email address for Peggy Minnis is BookAid@aol.com
Put "Request for books" in the subject line. 
Write a letter describing your work, your students (if you are a teacher) and how you will use the books.  Our volunteers appreciate a well-written request. 
After your letter,answer the following questions:

  1. What your COS date is
  2. the ages of your reading audiences.
  3. the US grade equivalent of your reading audience (e.g., reading at grade levels 1-7),
  4. the types of books that would be most useful (e.g., kiddie lit, preschool, environmental, high school math as examples of how specific you should be). 
    If you absolutely  need a class set of a book, tell us the genre you want since we can seldom supply an exact title. We can't send an print encyclopedia except to the Federated States of Micronesia.  Instead, we can sometimes offer you an encyclopedia on CD ROM.
  5. your mailing address.  (If you are in Moldova, see additional instructions below.)
  6. Your phone number, if you have one.  This is only critical in Moldova.

Moldova:  The packages sent via Meest are personally delivered after a confirmation telephone call to you.  They also require a street address, not a post office box.
Federated States of Micronesia:  The boxes of books are sent through the US Postal Service, media mail rate.

If you use regular mail, send your letter to:
    Peggy Minnis
    Peace Corps Desk
    Darien Book Aid Plan, Inc.
    1926 Post Road
    Darien, CT 06820 USA

This is also where you can send thank-you letters.

Other sources of reading materials:

If you have a reliable Internet connection, you may wish to consult Project Gutenberg, a source of free downloadable books.  You can either read the book online or download it to your computer in a variety of formats, including .txt.  Most of the books are out of copyright, including most classics of literature.  There are also books available in languages other than English.   http://www.gutenberg.org/ 

The Peace Corps distributes a publication called "Sources of Donated Books for Schools and Libraries."  It gets updated every few years, but you might find another book donor there.  We are one of the few absolutely free, no-strings donors.

If you require a large shipment of books and have a Rotary Club in your region and some financial support, Books for International Goodwill (B.I.G.) in Annapolis, MD sends containers of 20,000 books via ocean freight.  Steve Frantzich of the USNA in Annapolis is your contact there.

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