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Children's Literacy Program Receives National Book Grant


Hennepin County Medical Center’s Program is Latest Recipient of National Grant Courtesy of and Capstone Community Fund

MINNEAPOLIS – Nov. 3, 2015 – Hennepin County Medical Center’s (HCMC) Children’s Literacy Program, which connects young patients and visitors with books to promote language and brain development, is the latest recipient of a national book donation courtesy of and Capstone Community Fund.

HCMC’s Children’s Literacy Program received a total of 14 pallets of books. Over the next few months, the program will distribute these pallets as a part of its annual donation of more than 30,000 books that help engage parents in their child’s healthy development.

“The Children’s Literacy Program was created because research shows that children who read lead healthier lives,” saidLynne Burke, HCMC’s Children’s Literacy Liaison. “By providing books that engage our young patients and visitors, we give families what they need to help their children succeed in school and in life.”, the 501(c)(3) charitable organization that works to improve the health and well-being of people, pets, and the planet, hopes to deepen its commitment to literacy through this partnership with the Capstone Community Fund.

“Since 2006, our organization has partnered with more than 150 charitable partners worldwide,” says Liz Baker, Executive Director of “The Children’s Literacy Program is an exemplary organization that we look forward to adding to our network and in reaching a new community.”

Capstone Community Fund has donated more than $1,600,000 in books this year to organizations around the world. Together, the organizations have already facilitated the donation of 250,000 books to 50 organizations in 2015.

"We're thrilled to partner with HCMC and to help get books into the hands of kids who may not otherwise have the opportunity to own one," said Matt Keller, Chief Marketing Officer at Capstone. “Capstone recognizes the power of literacy in helping children achieve their full potential, and we know that can start with just one book.”


About The Children’s Literacy Program

The Children’s Literacy Program at Hennepin County Medical Center distributes more than 30,000 children’s books annually, beginning at birth and continuing through adolescence. The Program’s goal is to connect young patients and visitors with books. Sharing books and stories is a great way to promote language and brain growth, both of which support success in school and in life. HCMC incorporates literacy promotion into healthcare delivery whenever, whereverpossible via four signature literacy projects. For more information go to

About Capstone Community Fund

Based on the belief that all children deserve to know how to read, the Capstone Community Fund chooses to donate books to children in need. More than $500,000 in books is donated annually to organizations across the world, including Africa, Mexico, Great Britain and several communities in the USA. As part of the Coughlan Companies Community Fund, Capstone Community Fund strives to donate between seven and ten percent of its EBT to nonprofit organizations. 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.

About is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that works to improve the health and well-being of people, pets, and the planet. It accomplishes this mission by partnering with charitable organizations and administering programs worldwide that address hunger and illness (particularly in women and children), promote education and literacy, feed and care for rescued animals in shelters and sanctuaries, and protect wildlife and restore the environment.

Since 2006, has worked with more than 150 charitable partners worldwide and created and operated several new programs including One Picture Saves a Life, Cats R Cool, and GROW. You can learn more about on our website or by following us on Facebook.