The Free Press, Mankato, MN


September 1, 2013

Briefs: NAMI family class; Capstone's book donation

NAMI Family-to-Family class

MANKATO — The National Alliance on Mental Health will be holding a 12-week class for family members and friends of individuals with serious mental illness beginning on Tuesday.

The classes will run from 6-8:30 p.m. and will be held at Bethel Baptist Church, 1250 Monks Ave.

The class teaches current information on mental illnesses, information on medication and side effects, coping skills and more. Families will learn skills to help empower and support themselves and their loved ones.

The course is free of charge, but pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, call 507-317-3595.

Capstone helps rebuild Oklahoma libraries

NORTH MANKATO — Capstone has donated more than 3,000 books to help restock the library shelves at two elementary schools in Moore, Okla.

Last spring, a deadly tornado swept through the city, causing 25 deaths and upward of $2 billion in damages. Briarwood Elementary and Plaza Towers Elementary were decimated and their libraries completely destroyed.

Capstone — which is a leading publisher of children’s books, digital products and literacy programs — responded by donating two pallets of books to the city earlier this month. In addition, Capstone will continue to help rebuild Moore’s libraries with its “Buy a Book, Give a Book” promotion. Capstone will donate one book to the Moore schools for every book purchased through its website Consumers can simply use the promo code “MooreRelief” when placing an order online.

“We are proud to help teachers, librarians, and administrators do their best to ease the children’s transition back to school,” said Maryellen Coughlan, Capstone’s director of new initiatives and corporate giving, in a press release.

Each year Capstone donates more than $1 million in books worldwide. For more information, visit

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