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Capstone Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Open House Party


Mayor Mark Dehen Declares June 23 “Capstone Day”

N. MANKATO, Minn. – May 23, 2016 – Capstone, a leading publisher of children’s books and digital products and services, is celebrating its 25th Anniversary with a party open to the public from 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 at its corporate headquarters. Honorary guest North Mankato Mayor Mark Dehen will kick off the celebration with the official proclamation of June 23 as “Capstone Day.”

Among the festivities planned include: refreshments, local author signings, and giveaways, such as books, book bags, posters, and bookmarks. Featured authors scheduled to appear are:

· Award-winning author Michael Dahl will sign his hilarious Scooby-Doo’s Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes!, produced in partnership with Warner Bros.

· Creator duo Donald Lemke and Bob Lentz will sign their delightfully interactive Book-o-Beards, and provide infinite photo ops to try on all of their Wearable Books: Book-O-Teeth, Book-O-Masks, and Book-O-Hats

· Author Julie Gassman will sign her soon-to-be-released picture book which commemorates the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11, Saved by the Boats: The Heroic Sea Evacuation of September 11

· Author and origami enthusiast Chris Harbo, editor of DC Super Heroes Origami: 46 Folding Projects for Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and More!, will demonstrate folding techniques to make the Batman Bat-Symbol. Produced in partnership with DC Comics.

“What a joy the last 25 years have been! Capstone has grown and evolved over the years, but has always stayed true to its core mission of inspiring children’s imagination and igniting their curiosity. I am so honored to share this milestone with our employees and the greater Mankato community,” said Robert Coughlan, Capstone Principal and Co-Founder.

Capstone’s corporate office is located at 1710 Roe Crest Drive in North Mankato. For the latest party updates, the public is encouraged to follow the Open House events page

Capstone began publishing books in 1991 with a list of 48 titles and has grown to an expansive publishing house with more than 15,000 plus titles. Focusing on long term growth and innovation, Capstone utilized emerging technologies to transform a print only publishing business into one offering platform solutions, hybrid models, and apps that support the educational experience. Over the last several years, Capstone’s market presence expanded from a library only business to one that reaches the classroom, the school district, the home, and internationally. 

Investments in technology led to the development of: myON™ reader, a personalized learning environment with over 6 million kids in 8,500 schools reading with it; literacy and research solutions PebbleGo™ for PreK-2, and PebbleGo Next™ for grades 3-6; and Capstone Interactive, a collection of more than 5,000 interactive e-books. In 2015, there were 60 million user sessions for these three products.

An important focus in Capstone’s corporate giving program is investing in literacy education for children. Capstone strives to be a community leader by supporting literacy programs, expanding educational opportunities, and caring for the environment. In 2012, Capstone launched the Capstone Literacy Center in Mankato, Minn., to help struggling readers in grades 1-5. The program has since grown to include an additional satellite location and now offers an online interactive program called Capstart for enrolled students. Capstone’s Employee Volunteer Time program encourages and empowers employees to give back to their communities with volunteer time which is paid for by the company.


About Capstone

Capstone is a leading publisher of children’s books, digital solutions and services, literacy programs, and K–12 professional development resources. Capstone creates content in a variety of print, digital and media formats for school libraries, classrooms, and at home reading. For more information, visit