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.


African diplomatic corps to attend Books For Africa 35th Anniversary Gala on September 13

Panashe Matemba-Mutasa


August 21st, 2023

In celebration of 35 years of promoting literacy, Books For Africa (BFA), the world’s largest shipper of donated books to Africa, will be hosting their 35th Anniversary Gala on Wednesday, September 13. Themed, “A Book for Every Child,” the event will be held at The Depot in Minneapolis and will introduce an upcoming Rotary International project to ship more than 100,000 books to South Sudan.


One more coup, this time in Niger

Charles Adams Cogan


August 3rd, 2023

In this op-ed for Minnpost, BFA Board Member Charlie Cogan discusses the recent coup in Niger, and the broader challenges and opportunities facing Africa's Sahel region:


Mandela Fellows Visit BFA Warehouse for Mandela Day of Service 2023


July 20th, 2023

The Mandela Fellows visited Books For Africa's St. Paul warehouse to help sort books in honor of the Mandela Day of Service on July 18, 2023.