Who We Are
Barb Mackraz, Founder & Director
Palo Alto, California
"I first visited Morocco in 2013, anxious to explore its gorgeous architecture and geometric arts. One thing led to another, and before I knew it, I had fallen in love with the country, its deeply historical blend of cultures, and the warm hospitality of the people I met. That was just the beginning, and now this project has blossomed into a full-time passion. It's an honor to work with such dedicated English teachers in Morocco, to help them inspire learning and a culture of reading among their students. It is also my hope that we'll build a strong community between the US and Morocco, a lasting bridge of friendship."
Barb spent a long career in research and design for tech companies in Silicon Valley, before starting this initiative in January 2014. She has always loved arts, literature, languages, and learning about other cultures, and she is passionate about literacy and sharing the bounty of good fortune more equally. (mission)
Time for a 2022 Update!
Hello friends. I wrote the bio above in early 2014, when I first started Morocco Library Project (MLP). Since then, MLP has grown beyond my wildest dreams and has blossomed into a truly wonderful cross-cultural partnership with teachers, partners, and friends all over Morocco. In 2017, I founded a 501c3 in the U.S. called Oliveseed ("planting a seed of peace"), and we now manage MLP as part of Oliveseed. As ever, MLP is an all-volunteer initiative. We have an advisory board of Moroccan teachers who help with logistics and strategy, and Larbi Arbaoui manages the MLP Writing Competition each year. I am very grateful to these teams who are giving their time and expertise to make sure MLP continues to thrive.
~ Barb Mackraz