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Capstone Donates 220,000 Books to Books for Africa, Last of Three Truck Loads Leaves Capstone Office on Wednesday

Tom Warth, Books for Africa Founder, and Patrick Plonski, Books for Africa Executive Director together with Gail Beer, Capstone Vice President of Customer Relations, and Maryellen Coughlan, Capstone Director of Corporate Giving

The long voyage for more than 220,000 donated Capstone books will begin on Wednesday with a send-off ceremony at the publishers’ office in North Mankato at 2:00 p.m. Media is invited to attend the special ceremony.

Capstone, a leading publisher of children’s books and digital products and services, will hold a ceremony for its donation of more than 220,000 new books to Books for Africa, the world’s largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent. Representatives from Books for Africa will be in attendance.
The donated books will travel from Mankato to the Books for Africa warehouse in St. Paul, Minn., where they will be sorted and packaged for shipment to Africa. Books donated to the organization include titles from each of Capstone's imprints.

2:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 30, 3013

1710 Roe Crest Drive
North Mankato, MN 56003

Books for Africa is a nonprofit organization based out of St. Paul, Minn., that has shipped more than 29 million books to 44 African countries since it was founded in 1988.

Capstone has a rich history of philanthropy in local communities and those abroad. In 2013 alone, Capstone has donated more than 300,000 books to nonprofit organizations both in the United States and internationally.

About Capstone
Capstone Publishers is the leading publisher of children’s books for school and public libraries, offering nonfiction, fiction, picture books, interactive and audio books, and literacy programs for students from preK to high school. With an emphasis on high-kid-appeal and innovation, Capstone imprints include Capstone Press, Capstone Young Readers, Compass Point Books, Heinemann-Raintree, Picture Window Books, Stone Arch Books, Capstone Classroom and Capstone Professional. Visit Capstone at  

About Books for Africa
Books For Africa is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving as the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent. Since 1988, Books For Africa has shipped over 20 million primary, secondary, post-secondary, and community library books to 45 countries in Africa. Books For Africa has received the highest ratings from Charity Navigator and the Minnesota Charities Review Council. The mission of Books For Africa is to end the book famine in Africa. Learn more at