Madison Elementary School received a $2,000 grant from bestselling author James Patterson to support its school 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. Madison was selected from 27,924 applications for funding grants.
As part of an ongoing effort to keep books and reading a number one priority in the United States, bestselling author James Patterson, together with Scholastic Reading Club made a commitment to help school libraries nationwide. This year alone, James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club donated $1.75 million to school media centers with grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.
“It continues to be inspiring and motivating to work with James Patterson to support school libraries across the country,” said Judy Newman, president of Scholastic Reading Club. “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.”
“The students and staff are thrilled to receive this grant,” said Jill Dodge, Madison Elementary library media specialist. “The grant will go toward funding our William Allen White Book Club to purchase books that the kids are reading for our Book Club, which are all nominees for this year’s William Allen White Book Award.”
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