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SMIF Early Literacy Grant Program Books

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) recently awarded 19,040 children’s books to 53 organizations through its Early Literacy Grant Program.

This grant supports early literacy efforts that enhance school readiness for children birth to age eight by providing children with books.

Books went to:

  • Goodhue Public Schools

  • Kasson-Mantorville Community Education

  • Tri-Valley Opportunity Council Elgin

  • Three Rivers Community Action in Zumbrota

  • Northfield Public Schools Community Education

  • Rochester Public Schools

  • Rochester YMCA

  • Childrens Museum of Rochester


  • The books were awarded in partnership with Capstone and ABDO, Mankato-based publishers of children’s books and digital products and services.


In 2002, Capstone helped launch the BookStart program, working with SMIF to distribute thousands of books to children in the region over a period of 15 years.


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