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Join James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club to SAVE SCHOOL LIBRARIES!

A new grant opportunity for 2016
James Patterson

James Patterson Pledges 1.75 Million Dollars

Libraries are the heart of the school, and the response from educators
and parents alike to the first Great Library Pledge showed that there is
much more needed to save them. That’s why I’m back with a new
$1.75 million pledge to save school libraries across the country.

—James Patterson, Bestselling Author

Judy Newman

Scholastic Reading Club Pledges 1.75 Million Bonus Points

It is truly inspiring to find a partner as focused and committed to reading
and literacy as James Patterson. Scholastic Reading Club is thrilled
to support his work to transform school libraries so that all children will
have safe spaces surrounded by books.

—Judy Newman, President of Scholastic Reading Club

The 2016 Patterson Partnership Application

Let’s get started with the basics. Please tell us a little about yourself and your school library.







If yes, please share the story of how the funds were used to improve your school’s library.


Be a Force to Help Improve School Libraries

Please share the story of your school library, including past efforts that have made improvements,
and your great ideas to help create a brighter future.

AN INSPIRED PAST (What Have You Already Done?)

Explain how you’ve gotten kids excited about reading, built up community involvement in your school’s library program, and/or increased library use at your school.

Tell the story of any students in particular who have benefited from the great idea that has already been implemented in your school.


AN EVEN BETTER FUTURE (What Else Would You Like to Do?)

Tell us about the great idea that you would like to implement to improve your school library.



Please provide a breakdown of the expenses involved:


If a grant is awarded, to what institution should the check be issued?

Please name the teacher to whom you would like Scholastic Reading Club
to donate a matching number of Bonus Points

Date of Application:

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Applications may be submitted by teachers, librarians, administrators, or parents on behalf of any U.S. school that services students in grades PreK through 12. Applications must be made online by completing and submitting the application form found at: In all cases, the vetting process will include obtaining approval from the principal of the school to confirm that requested funds will be accepted for the purpose defined in the application. A total of $1.75 million will be available for distribution in awards ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. The full list of grant recipients will be announced at by the end of 2016. It is anticipated that all entrants will be notified if they’ll be receiving a grant by the end of September 2016.

Strong School Libraries Serve Us All

School libraries benefit our students, families, and communities, providing safe spaces for kids to
explore and discover, improving literacy, and preparing the next generation of leaders.

Spread the Word:
Libraries Matter!

School libraries are much more than rooms for books. Libraries provide space for intellectual curiosity, encourage reading and exploration with curriculum connections, and make a meaningful difference in student literacy. Share this information with educators, parents, and community members to let them know: school libraries matter!

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Enlist Volunteers
for Support

Volunteers—parents, community members, and students—can have a tremendous impact. Learn more about different ways volunteers can support your library and how to develop an effective volunteer program.

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Find New Sources
of Money for Your
School Library

From grants to book fairs to fund-raisers, there are many ways to bring in money for your school library. Check this list for ideas, or let us know about your own!

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Build Community

In this time of budget uncertainty, partnering with organizations in your community can bring new energy and resources to your school library. Use this tip sheet for ideas to engage outside organizations. Your community may be eager to help, just waiting for the invitation!

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Teachers, Librarians, Parents & Neighbors Make a Difference!

See what other schools and communities are doing to strengthen school libraries and find new ideas
for your school. Together we can save school libraries!

Library Volunteers

My daughter is in third grade at Muskegon Heights Elementary. The school library is staffed by wonderful volunteers who catalog the books, decorate the rooms, and read with the kids. Our area has been going through hard times, and before this we didn’t have a librarian at all. This has been a wonderful change for the school.

—Marisol E., Muskegon, MI

Birthday Books Are Gifts for Kids and Libraries

I use a program called the Birthday Book Program. Parents can buy a book from the library wish list in honor of their child’s birthday, then paste a bookplate in the book to identify the donor. It’s fun for the child and a great help to the library.

—James R., Hartford, CT

Book Fairs Get Kids Excited to Read

The PTA in our school hosts a book fair each spring. The book fair gets parents and kids together to focus on books and raises a lot of money for our school. Plus the kids take home books that they want to read!

—Caitlin S., Austin, TX

Meeting Authors Brings Books Alive

I host author visits in the school library. Many authors will do a Skype visit with the students for free. This is a great way to get kids excited about books and reading. The authors answer the students’ questions, and it’s a really exciting event.

—Shoshanna M., Charlotte, SC

Accepting Nominations Now Until May 31, 2016

Submission Confirmation

Thank You!

Your submission for the Patterson Library Grant 2016 has been received.

It is anticipated that all entrants will be notified if they'll be receiving a grant by the end of September 2016.