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The aim of the book drive is to furnish the DRCK library with 1500 volumes of new additions and initiate a media library comprised of CD ROMs and DVDs. As a part of the “Educational and Outreach” program of DAANA, 25% of the books collected will be donated to a rural school in Sri Lanka.

TX Chapter organized the first ever event in 2009 and successfully sent many books to Dharmaraja library as well as to the University of Peradeniya library. In 2010, ON Chapter staged it for the second round. 2011 Book drive was run by DC Chapter members. This year, we are glad to see the TX Chapter members gearing up to take this tradition another step forward.

How can you help and participate:
You can simply send the books, magazines, and media that you don’t need any longer. Also you can organize local events to support the book drive. It will be a nice project for the local chapters of DAANA to participate as a community.

Please take this message to your friends and colleagues outside DAANA. We saw that they supported our previous book drives very enthusiastically. If you wish to contribute to cover the shipping cost, please contact DAANA Board of Directors or one of the TX Chapter members.

Nature of material:
Material should be suitable for young adults (age 10 -18) and elementary level students (age 5-9). Use your judgment to choose the items as they are aimed for school children. Used items must be in a good condition.
  • Printed Matter: New and used books (classical and contemporary novels, biographies, historical notes), study-guides (SAT/TOEFL/IELTS), posters and other display items, dictionaries, magazines, and journals (subject related, co-curricular, extra-curricular, leisure reading, etc.).
  • Media: CD-ROMs and DVDs containing educational and industrial related subjects, non-proprietary software, DVDs of award winning movies and documentaries, Audio-books, Music (classical, traditional, regional, folk, etc.).

Collection process:
Drop off or send shipments to the following address :

Sanka Tennakoon
C/O Houston Buddhist Vihara,
8727, Radio Road,
Houston, TX 77075


USPS is the suggested method of shipping your collection to TX since they offer a special rate for Books and Printed matter within US. Please feel free to use any other convenient method. 

Where to look for:
  • This is a nice opportunity for us to clean up our bookshelves and closets
  • Local libraries in US and Canada are known to discard old but still valuable material. They are available for a nominal price if not free. 
  • Schools and universities are also good sources, especially teachers and professors who tend to keep stacks of books in their possession. 
  • There are hundreds of bargain bookshops full of good books at very low prices throughout the continent.
Every book you donate will be put to good use – we promise!

Book Drive 2011

As part of 2011 DAANA Book drive, DC Chapter shipped more than 600 books and 9 Apple iBooks to DRCK. Since its inauguration in 2009, DAANA has been able to ship many books and other educational materials to our alma mater.

Book Drive 2010

DAANA Book Drive 2010 was ceremoniously launched at Kavinda Mailewa's residence in Toronto, Canada on June 13th, 2010 and donations were collected untill September the 26th, 2010. Books were sent to Dharmaraja in early 2011  and will be used to setup a library for the schools middle section.

Here's the announcement from 2010.

Book Drive 2009

TX Chapter organized the inaugural DAANA Book Drive in 2009. Donations collected included 275 books and other materials to the Dharmaraja College Library and 75 books and other materials to the Faculty of Science Library at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Books were shipped on the 31st March, 2010.

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