Books For Africa is next Rosenmeier Forum topic

Brainerd Dispatch

February 22nd, 2024

BRAINERD — The community is invited to attend the next Rosenmeier Forum, "Filling a Continent of Libraries: Books For Africa," happening at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in Central Lakes College’s Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus. The speaker is Pat Plonski, executive director of Books For Africa.


In war-torn world, the Peace Corps endures

John Rash

Star Tribune

November 10th, 2023

"The toughest job you'll ever love" was the old slogan in Peace Corps PSAs. The public service announcements still ring true for former and future volunteers, Peace Corps Director Carol Spahn says. It "resonates with anyone who has ever served in the Peace Corps, because it so directly speaks to not just how challenging it is, but just how transformational it is." Including for Spahn herself, who served in post-Cold War Romania from 1994 to 1996 as a small-business adviser. Later, before her 2022 ascension to director, she held other organizational roles, including chief of operations in the Africa region.


Peace Corps Director Carol Spahn speaks to Minnesotans on global engagement

Nafi Soumare

Minnesota Reformer

November 9th, 2023

United States Peace Corps Director Carol Spahn said during a recent Minnesota visit that she’s focused on reinvigorating the Corps after operations were suspended as the pandemic unfolded in March of 2020, leading to the evacuation of over 7,000 volunteers across the world. 


Books For Africa's story of hope

Editorial Board

Star Tribune

September 14th, 2023

At last week's summit in India among the top 20 industrialized nations, the G-20 made the African Union a member, just as it had previously done with the European Union. The move reflects Africa's economic trajectory, which, if demography is destiny, will only grow, since it's the youngest continent. With that youth comes an ever-increasing need for education — and an ever-increasing need for books. It's a need that for 35 years the St. Paul-based organization Books for Africa has heroically tried to address. 


With the help of many partners, South Sudan is growing literacy and its next generation of leaders

His Excellency Philip Jada Natana and Charles Adams Cogan


September 7th, 2023

His Excellency Philip Jada Natana, Ambassador or South Sudan to the U.S., and BFA Board Member Charles Adams Cogan pen this op-ed for Minnpost.


INTERVIEW: Books For Africa celebrates 35th anniversary

Emily Baude & Ben Henry


September 2nd, 2023

Books For Africa, a local non-profit that has shipped millions of books to Africa, is celebrating its 35th anniversary. 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS anchor Ben Henry sat down with Patrick Plonski, Executive Director of Books For Africa, to discuss the anniversary.