PW: James Patterson Aids School Libraries
Are you a student who cringes when you enter the school library and see someone on social media or flipping through a magazine on their kindle, instead of getting lost in a paperback? Oui? Well crime fiction author James Patterson is about to donate $1.25 million to libraries all across America in an effort to raise awareness regarding the significance of having such a special place of knowledge.
“As part of a new initiative designed to raise awareness about the state of school libraries in the U.S., James Patterson announced that he will make a $1.25 million donation to school libraries across the country this year. Scholastic will match each dollar donated with bonus points, which teachers can use to acquire books and other materials for their classrooms, at every school that receives an award.
The program will launch with $1.25 million in grants that will be awarded on a rolling basis throughout the year. As of March 9, those interested in participating will be able to nominate a school for a donation by filling out a form with their school’s information and a short description of how their school library would use the money. All schools in the U.S. that serve students pre-K through 12th grade are eligible to win a grant; donations will range from $1,000 to $10,000 per school.”