Veleta Jenkins was born in Gary, Indiana. She is a former teacher who taught American students and students from Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Sierra Leon, Senegal, Somalia, Cameroon, Uganda, and Liberia. While in the classroom, Ms. Jenkins witnessed first-hand the need and importance of providing literary opportunities to American students and students from diverse cultures. She holds a bachelor's degree in Communications from Indiana University, and a masters degree in Educational Leadership from Wright State University. Ms. Jenkins resides in Englewood, Ohio with her family.
Darius Ricks was born in Liberia, Africa. He graduated from high school in Liberia. In 2016, he moved to the United States. He enrolled at Dayton Job Corps (in Ohio), and earned a certificate in general construction (a trade that he had a passion for while growing up as a kid). He admired kids in the United States, as they were able to visit libraries and showcase their reading skills. After seeing this, he was inspired and motivated to want to build a library in his country. Darius is a humanitarian and believes that education is the key to success. Darius resides in Columbus, Ohio with his family.