For 30 years, Books For Africa gets Minnesota books to the neediest in the world

Shannon Prather

Star Tribune

January 22nd, 2018

It was 30 years ago that Minnesota-based world traveler Tom Warth, shocked by what he called a book famine in Africa, shipped several mailbags of used books out of a church basement to libraries and schools there. That modest gesture grew into St. Paul-based Books For Africa, one of the state’s best-known international charities that has become the world’s largest supplier of donated books to Africa.


Bid to End Chronic Books Shortage in Schools, Colleges

Mark Oloo

Standard Newspaper - Kenya

October 23rd, 2017


2017 Books For Africa Kilimanjaro Society Reception and Poolside Reggae Concert

August 22nd, 2017

The annual reception honoring Books For Africa’s Kilimanjaro Society donors was held July 27 at the University Club of St. Paul. It was also attended by 25 young African leaders in residency at the Humphrey Institute of the University of Minnesota and featured a poolside concert with local reggae band Ipso Facto!


A day for service

Pioneer Press

July 21st, 2017

Twenty-five young African leaders commemorated Nelson Mandela International Day on Tuesday by volunteering at the Books For Africa warehouse in St. Paul. On the day, named for the late South African leader and dedicated to service in his honor, they sorted and packed books for the organization and got a briefing on its mission to end the book famine in Africa. Books for Africa has shipped more than 38 million books to 49 countries since its founding in 1988.


The Mandela Washington Fellowship observes Mandela Day at Books for Africa

Tom Gitaa


July 18th, 2017

25 fellows with the Mandela Washington Fellowship, which is run by the U.S. State Department, observed Mandela Day by converging at the Saint Paul warehouse of Books for Africa to sort and pack books that are bound for Africa. The State Department runs the fellowship through the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) which this year has brought 1,000 promising African leaders for six-week long residencies at universities across the country. This was one of former president Barack Obama’s signature initiatives targeting the African continent.