James Patterson Pledges $1.25 Million to School Libraries

Yesterday James Patterson announced plans to give away $1.25 million to school libraries. In partnership with Scholastic, Patterson will make individual donations of $1,000 to $10,000. The money can be used for books, reading programs, or technology and repairs. The Scholastic Reading Club has pledged to match each grant with bonus points that can be used for books and classroom materials.

Librarians, teachers, administrators, or other interested parties can nominate a school library anywhere in the U.S. that serves students from pre-K through 12th grade. “Applicants just have to state what they would do with the money in 200-300 words. What could be easier?” Patterson says.

“It isn’t useful for anyone to go on the Internet and see 2 to 4 million titles,” he says. “It is useful to have human beings to talk to and help guide you to exactly the kind of book you’re looking for or hope to find.”

Applications are due May 31, 2015.



Author: Meg Featheringham, KQ Editor

Meg Featheringham is responsible for the development and production of the AASL journal, Knowledge Quest. When not working at AASL, Meg enjoys playing euchre, attending concerts and plays, spending time with family and friends, and reading (of course).

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