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Norwalk, CT | Added on June 18, 2014 At 02:50 PM

A few empty shelves in Brien McMahon High School's library will mean building a library for a school in Nigeria.

"We have so much in the United States and we take it for granted," said Catherine Andronik, a librarian at Brien McMahon High School.

Over 1,900 books were boxed, stacked and loaded into a truck to benefit Project Educate Africa, an organization helping increase literacy and build libraries in Nigeria.

Reverend Michael Ezeatu is the founder and president of Project Educate Africa. "So much is wasted. So much that should be useful to a lot of people even in this country, go to the landfills. It just doesn't make sense. It bucks my upbringing experience where, we had to cover the backs of books to make sure they didn't get dirty. We cherished them so much because our parents had to buy them."

And Andronik is happy to be able to donate to the books that were going to be purged. 

"There are place where they don't have libraries in their schools. They don't have a library in every town. It's a big deal to have any books," she said.

Reverend Ezeatu was born in Nigeria. "Back home, everything, your parents had to pay for everything. Or you worked to go to school. So it is a privilege to be able to go to school."

Books from Norwalk High School's library will also be donated to the project. For more information about Project Educate Africa, visit

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