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Capstone Continues Tradition of Donating Books Through Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

June 25, 2013 08:53 PM

Minneapolis, Minn. – June 25, 2013 – Capstone, a leading publisher of children’s books and digital products and services, has partnered for its eleventh year with the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) to donate books to its BookStart initiative. This year Capstone provided 10,000 books for the program, which awarded grants to 36 organizations around the state to promote literacy in their communities and to ensure that every child has their own book at home to read or be read to by family members.

Capstone has been involved with the BookStart program for more than a decade, and in that time has donated more than 60,000 books.

“The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation is one of Capstone’s longest standing partnerships, and we couldn’t be happier with the work they are doing. It’s always a delight to be able to see the excitement of teachers and childcare providers as they receive these books for their kids. Projects like this are exactly what Capstone is all about,” said Maryellen Coughlan, Capstone’s Director of New Initiatives and Corporate Giving.

Last week the teachers and childcare providers who were awarded BookStart grants met in Owatonna, Minn., to pick up their books, and discuss how the books will be used to help their students and communities. Small group discussions ensued, where they exchanged ideas and methods on how to best foster literacy within their communities.

“The creativity and passion that these teachers demonstrate every year never ceases to amaze me. We at Capstone are thrilled to provide books to such an enthusiastic and devoted group of people,” Coughlan added.

Organizations who qualified for BookStart grants offer programming and distribution of books to children to increase literacy and language skills. Programs vary from training parents on how to help their children read, to organizations providing bilingual books to Spanish-speaking families in need.

To find out more about Capstone’s book donation efforts and other corporate giving projects, visit


About Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), a donor-supported foundation, invests for economic growth in 20 Minnesota counties. The Foundation has provided more than $47 million in grants and loans within the region during the past 25 years. SMIF's key interests include early childhood and entrepreneur development with a focus on emerging bioscience and renewable energy businesses. To learn more about our work and mission call 507-455-3215 or visit

About Capstone

Capstone is a leading publisher of children’s books in nonfiction and fiction, digital products and services and literacy programs. Capstone publishes content in a variety of print and digital formats including board books, picture books, interactive books, apps, audio and databases. Imprints under Capstone include Capstone Young Readers, Capstone Press, Compass Point Books, Heinemann Raintree, Picture Window Books, Stone Arch Books, Capstone Classroom and Maupin House. For more information, visit