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Last Updated on Nov 21, 2016 at 11:07am | Northern Middle School

Accident, Maryland - November 18, 2016 –  Northern Middle School received a grant today from bestselling author James Patterson to support its school library. In addition, Scholastic Reading Club will match each dollar of Patterson’s donation with “bonus points” to acquire books for their students. Northern Middle was selected amongst thousands of applications for funding grants.
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.
Schools entering were asked to share the story of their school library, including past efforts to make improvements and “great ideas to help create a brighter future.” Patterson personally read and selected the winning recipients of the grants. The full list of grant recipients is available online at
The grant funds and Scholastic bonus points will provide books for the school library and students. Ali Schilpp, the school’s media specialist, used inspiration from the book House of Robots by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, for the grant proposal. The plan is for the students to have their own House of Robots for the school library. The grant will provide various robotic devices that kids enjoy tinkering and interacting with. “This is an innovative way to make the library a house of reading and robots! The fact that Mr. Patterson recognizes school libraries and librarians as such an important entity is an honor,” said Schilpp.
Another example of how James Patterson and his co-author, Chris Grabenstein, value educators, is that they include real-life teacher librarians in their books. Ali Schilpp appears as a fictional character in House of Robots: Robots Go Wild, the second book in the series. You can read about “Dean Schilpp”, Head of Engineering at Notre Dame, starting on page 146.
To learn more, listen to Patterson’s exclusive interview about the critical need for school libraries on the “Scholastic Reads” podcast: .
To learn more, go to and follow #PattersonPledge on social media.
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