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Lexington based International Book Project continuing work to reach refugees

Stu Johnson

The Lexington-based International Book Project is all about getting books to people all over the world. The need remains high for one age group year in and year out.

International Book Project Director Lisa Fryman said most all of the emphasis during 2023 has been on sending books to elementary school-aged children. She said six containers have gone to kids in countries like Ghana, Jamaica, and Kosovo. And Fryman said donations of children’s books will remain a priority request.

 “Oh my gosh we always have a need for children’s books. It’s great at the end of the school year. A lot of teachers clean out their classrooms or they get new classroom sets and they bring them to us,” said Fryman.

Fryman noted IBP has just completed its last shipment of electronic readers for literature in the Ukrainian language. She added the almost two-year effort included books going to Ukrainian refugees in Poland.

 “We’ve just shipped our last shipment of Kindles, e-readers to the Universal Reading Foundation, which they have been able to load each Kindle with books in the Ukrainian language. So, the books we shipped earlier in the container were all books in English,” said Fryman.

 Fryman said books are not sent directly into war zones such as the conflict in the Middle East.

Here's more with Lisa Fryman of International Book Project:


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Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 35 years. His primary beat is Lexington/Fayette government.
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