Random House of Canada Donates $150,000 to Indigo Love of Reading Foundation



    TORONTO, Jan. 24 /CNW/ - Random House of Canada President and CEO Brad
Martin today announced a $150,000 charitable donation from Random House of
Canada to the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation.
    Created in 2004, The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation was launched by
Indigo Books & Music Inc. in response to the crisis of under resourced
elementary school libraries across Canada.
    Fifteen schools are selected each year by the Foundation. As of 2008,
they will each receive a grant of $100,000 each over three years, $35,000 in
the first two years and $30,000 in the third year. Funds are then allocated to
the purchase of books or services to improve facilities, inspire students, and
encourage a love of reading for elementary students within their school
environments and throughout their lives.
    According to Martin, "When Heather Reisman took a leadership position on
this issue, illuminating the disturbing state of so many school libraries in
Canada, as well as the incredible effect this grant has on the recipient
schools, we at Random House of Canada decided we needed to make a significant
contribution to the Love of Reading Foundation to try to help even more
Canadian children."
    Heather Reisman CEO of Indigo Books & Music Inc said, "Only as a
community can we draw the attention required to the chronic under funding of
so many school libraries across Canada. Random House of Canada's donation to
Indigo's Love of Reading Foundation will ensure that one more Canadian
elementary school will have a rich selection of books in their libraries and
classrooms. We applaud their generosity and hope our entire publishing
community will join in helping to make a difference in the lives of Canadian
children."
    Applications for the 2008 Indigo Love of Reading Foundation Grants are
available at www.loveofreading.org, with the deadline for applications
extended for 2008 until February 14th, 2008.

    About Random House of Canada

    Random House of Canada Limited is the Canadian division of Random House,
Inc., the world's largest publisher of general interest hardcover, paperback
and audio adult and children's fiction and nonfiction books. Random House of
Canada Limited is home to the prestigious and long-standing Canadian imprints
Doubleday Canada, Knopf Canada, Random House Canada, Vintage Canada, Anchor
Canada and Seal Books. Random House is the book publishing division of
Bertelsmann AG, one of the world's foremost media companies.

    About the Love of Reading Foundation and Indigo Books & Music Inc.

    In addition to Random House's generous contribution, the Indigo Love of
Reading Foundation is supported year-round by the care and concern of Indigo
customers and employees through a variety of initiatives including donations
in-store at Chapters, Indigo and Coles, and online at www.loveofreading.org,
the purchase of designated fundraising items.
    Indigo Books and Music is a Canadian company and the largest book
retailer in Canada, operating bookstores in all provinces under the names
Indigo Books and Music, Chapters, and Coles. Indigo operates
chapters.indigo.ca, an online retailer of books, music, videos, and DVDs. It
is a publicly traded company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the
stock symbol IDG.





For further information:

For further information: Tracey Turriff, SVP, Director, Corporate
Communications, Random House of Canada, tturriff@randomhouse.com, (416)
957-1568; Janet Eger, Director, Public Relations, Indigo Books & Music Inc.,
jeger@indigo.ca (416) 342-8561


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