This is information for US Peace Corps
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."
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:
If you do not get an email reply
from BookAid@aol.com within a day of
emailing your request, resend the email at your earliest next opportunity.
When I receive your email, I will send you an acknowledgement and tell you that
I will email you when the books are shipped.
You should then be on the lookout for a delivery.
Most of our shipments go via the Brokers Worldwide, the US Postal System or Meest. The packages sent via Meest are personally delivered after a confirmation telephone call to you. Your box will be stamped that there is no value and contains used books, so you should not incur customs fees. The packages sent via USPS Media Mail to the US Zip-coded Pacific Islands (FSM) probably show up via canoe.
As a guide in remembering what kinds of books are normally available in US libraries and schools, a category list can be consulted. Don't send a long list that would require 150 pounds of books to fill. Set your priorities. If you absolutely need a class set of a book, tell us the genre you want; we seldom can supply an exact title. We can't send an print encyclopedia anymore, unless you are in the Federated States of Micronesia. Instead, we can offer you encyclopedias on CD ROM.
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 ones that are out of copyright, including most of the classics of literature. There are also books available in languages other than English. Please let me know if that site proves to be useful to you. http://www.gutenberg.org/
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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If you use regular
mail, send your letter
Peace Corps Desk
Darien Book Aid Plan, Inc.
1926 Post Road
Darien, CT 06820 USA