Patterson to fund school libraries in the US

Patterson to fund school libraries in the US

After funding school libraries in the UK via a World Book Day award, author James Patterson is launching a similar scheme in the US.

The author is donating $250,000 (£165,527) to American school libraries through a grant programme administered by Scholastic Reading Club, a division of Scholastic Inc.

Schools can apply for grants of $1,000 (£662) - $10,000 (£6,621) via a dedicated page on the Scholastic website and can use the money for anything library related, from fixing a computer system to paying for a school reading project.

Scholastic, which said it is “thrilled” to work with Patterson on the project, will match each donation with “bonus points” that can be used to buy classroom materials via the publisher.

Although Patterson is donating $250,000, Scholastic said the total budget will be brought up to $1.25m (£800,000) and that the remaining $1m will be found later in the year.

Last week, UK-based World Book Day announced the winner of its school library competition, which was funded by a £50,000 donation from Patterson. Hexthorpe Primary School in Doncaster won first prize (£10,000 of books) after creating a stop-motion animation about why they couldn’t live without books.