Tom Ahern

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Tom Ahern 
CEO, Capstone, Mankato, MN

What services & products
does your company provide?
Capstone is devoted to creating books, digital solutions, databases and literacy programs that kids love and educators trust. Covering the spectrum of reader interest and curriculum needs from fiction to nonfiction, traditional print to interactive eBooks and everything in between, Capstone is well positioned to help inspire and inform 21st century learners.

Imprints include Capstone Press, Compass Point Books, Picture Window Books, Stone Arch Books, and Heinemann-Raintree. We are the creators of the top-ranked PreK-3 database PebbleGo and the exclusive developers of myON, a personalized literacy program. For more information, visit


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What trends do you see in the library market?
In spite of a difficult funding landscape, librarians are increasingly committed to helping students navigate our 21st century world. Our kids need to develop the ability to not only find information but to approach it critically. We are also impressed with librarians’ eager adoption of the possibilities of technology, the importance of teaching its responsible use, and providing equal access across their communities. And reassuringly, some things defy trends and remain constant—there’s no better resource for curious kids looking for information or the next great story to read than a librarian!

What motivates you to be a member of TLA?
TLA keeps us on our toes! We’re energized by the passion and dedication of Texas librarians.

What is your favorite TLA Experience?
Getting hugs from Texas librarians because our books help their kids. What could be better than that? Texas librarians are fun, smart and dedicated to the kids they serve.

Created on Sep 1, 2010 | Last updated January 19, 2014