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Liberty’s media center receives James Patterson, Scholastic Reading Club grant

posted Dec 17, 2015, 6:19 AM by Terri Willms   [ updated Dec 17, 2015, 6:19 AM ]

       Liberty Middle School received a $4,000 grant from bestselling author James Patterson to support its media center. In addition, Scholastic Reading Club will match each dollar of Patterson’s donation with “bonus points” that teachers can use to acquire books and other materials for their classrooms. Liberty Middle was selected from 27,924 applications for funding grants.

     As part of an ongoing effort to keep books and reading a No. 1 priority in the United States, bestselling author James Patterson, together with Scholastic Reading Club made a commitment to help save school libraries nationwide. This year alone, Patterson personally donated $1.75 million to school libraries nationwide, with grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 allocated to each of the 467 selected schools.

     Liberty Principal Mike Holden said, “Our media center is in serious need of updating its library collection. Media Coordinator Christel Hirsch wrote the grant specifically for acquiring fiction books. We are grateful to Mr. Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club for this generous donation that will be a valuable asset to our media center for years to come.”

     Hirsch said she sought young adult fiction books that represent young adults’ modern lives and coming-of-age themes. She added, “I will be using this new fiction to encourage and inspire eighth graders to create their own original digital stories -- stories that represent who they are and how they've become the young person they are today.”    

     “These grants are my humble acknowledgement of some of the terrific work taking place in libraries,” Patterson said. “Here’s to communities supporting school libraries.  Here’s to a country that makes reading a priority. Here’s to flourishing libraries and to a joyful holiday season!”

    “It continues to be inspiring and motivating to work with James Patterson to support school libraries across the country,” Judy Newman, president of Scholastic Reading Club, said. “Jim’s unwavering commitment to helping children lead better lives rich with books is transformative.  Scholastic is thrilled to be working in such an effective partnership.”

     In the first-ever partnership of its kind, Patterson joined forces with Scholastic Reading Club to administer funding applications to their network of 62,000 schools and 800,000 teachers. Applicants were asked to fill out an online application posing the question, “what would your school library do with $1,000 to $10,000?” The full list of grant recipients is available online at www.scholastic.com/pattersonpartnership.

     Any U.S. school with students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade was eligible for a grant. Patterson hopes that the high volume of requests will raise awareness for the problems facing school libraries today. To learn more, go to mediaroom.scholastic.com/scholasticreadingclub and follow #PattersonPledge on social media.

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