About us

To contact Botswana Book Project:  botsbookproject@gmail.com

Pam Shelton, founder and director of the Botswana Book Project, holds a BA and Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Vermont.  She was Head Librarian at Shelburne Village School from 1974 to 1997 when she retired and moved to  Botswana, Africa, where she has established residency in a small northern village called Maun.

The town of Maun from the air....... the Okavanga Delta from the air

In 1998, Pam created the Botswana Book Project as a solution to ease the book famine and to enable primary schools to set up libraries.  The Project has resulted in the creation of over 300 libraries.  Pam often says she feels "like a book farmer.... seeding the country with books."  To date, she has distributed over 500,000 books throughout Botswana.

In March 2007, Pam was awarded the James Patterson PageTurner Par Excellence Award for her efforts in building libraries in Botswana.

In March 2010, MORE magazine published an article titled "Book Farmer of Botswana" about Pam's efforts.


Below: Pam with a book shipment