If you’re not following Capstone’s Facebook page, you might have missed the announcement that last Thursday was officially declared “Capstone Day” by the mayors of Mankato and North Mankato. The day was filled with excitement – from celebrating with mouth-watering cake to dressing up as our favorite Capstone characters. It was impossible to not be excited about reading.
The literary spirit of “Capstone Day” was amplified even more upon the arrival of Bess the Book Bus, a book-mobile outreach that travels for six months every year across the country giving away books to underprivileged children. Its arrival was the perfect addition to an already special day.
Bess the Book Bus stopped by our Mankato warehouse to pick up 5,000 books to give away throughout the country. After loading the bus with more books than you can shake a stick at, Bess the Book Bus founder Jennifer Frances and volunteer Dave Fain headed over to the Mankato Family YMCA to do what they do best. After over an hour of handing out books with volunteers from our Mankato office, the bus was off to the Boys & Girls Club of St. Paul. Upon its arrival, Capstone volunteers Beth, Randy, and myself unloaded boxes of books, hung out with the kids, and (most importantly) helped them choose the perfect book.
We handed out books to more than 85 kids who were more than enthused about the new additions to their collections. Judging by the smiles on the children’s faces, I would say Bess the Book Bus’ two Minnesota stops were a success. It was the perfect way to end “Capstone Day” and we can’t wait for Jennifer and her famous bus to stop by next year!
For more fun on "Capstone Day," check out the video below and our Facebook page.
-Andrew Laubmeier, Communications Intern