This is for US 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, you must write a letter (either by standard mail or by email), telling me about your work, your students (if you are a teacher) and how you will use the books.   If you are using email, put your letter in the body of an email, not as an attachment to Peggy Minnis at BookAid@aol.com.  After your introductory paragraphs, include the answers to the following questions:

  1. your COS date,
  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). 
    We are currently sending up to 30 pounds of books in a box (until May 1, 2014).  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.

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 me at:
Peggy Minnis
Peace Corps Desk
Darien Book Aid Plan, Inc.
1926 Post Road
Darien, CT 06820 USA

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.  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.

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.