Harlan-Butlerville Primary School Blog

LM receives $3,000 Patterson library grant

Posted on: November 27, 2016

Little Miami Local Schools received a $3,000 grant last week from bestselling author James Patterson to support its school libraries. 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. Little Miami was selected amongst thousands of applications for funding grants.

LM media/library specialist Tonya Carmack applied for the grant to help improve Little Miami’s first and second grade libraries at Harlan-Butlerville and Hamilton-Maineville Primary Schools. Carmack, who this year changed from classroom teacher to library specialist, sought the grant dollars to resupply the shelves of the elementary libraries.

“I applied for the James Patterson grant through Scholastic Book Clubs in May of last school year which I learned about through being a Scholastic member (ever since teaching first grade),” she said. “I knew I was switching to a media/library position and I wanted to revive our libraries and help the kids have a love of literacy by supplying them with new and exciting titles.”

In her grant application, Carmack shared some of the challenges Little Miami’s libraries had faced in the past.

“I simply answered all their questions in the application process, including explaining literacy initiatives I have implemented before at Butlerville (Camp Read-A-Lot Family Night and Sight Word Treasure Chest for first graders), explained my passion for literacy and my heart's desire to turn our elementary library program around,” she said. “I explained all the hardships we have been through with our levy failures (buildings shutting down, having no library services at that time), and re-structuring of our buildings.”

Carmack now expects to split the funds between Butlerville and Maineville and to order new and popular titles that the students and teachers both desire.

James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club announced in March 2016 that Patterson would donate $1.75 million to save school libraries nationwide in the second installment of his School Library Campaign. As part of an ongoing effort to keep books and reading a number one priority in the United States, selected school libraries will be receiving grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Since the grant program’s launch in 2015, Patterson has donated $3.5 million to school libraries nationwide, with all funds are being personally donated by Patterson.

Patterson personally read and selected the winning recipients of the grants.

“We’ve just come out of the most divisive presidential election in history – and among all the issues that captivated voters, education wasn’t one of them. It was hardly discussed,” says Patterson. “Nearly half of the American population reads at or below a basic level, and we need to address that problem to foster an informed future electorate. I’ve made it my mission to underscore the vital role reading plays in children’s lives, and the need to sustain school libraries is at the heart of that mission.” 

The full list of grant recipients is available online at http://www.scholastic.com/pattersonpartnership/recipients.