TJ Connor has won a grant from James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club for our School Library!
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.
We are so excited to be a recipient. Our plan is to use the money to purchase playaways for our library. We have a diverse population of readers and reading levels. Audio books provide students the opportunity to listen to books at grade level when they are reading below grade level and are also great for improving listening skills. Plus, audio books are lots of fun. Playaways are easier for students to use than CDs because they do not require a computer or player to play. Playaways are portable and have the appeal of listening with ear buds, a popular feature for young people today.
Once we have the playaways, I plan to share them with the students by hosting an Odyssey Award club. Students will be invited to listen to several different audio books and vote on their favorite. We will then share the top audio books with the school to increase awareness of the power of audio books and playaways in particular. Thank you to James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club for this wonderful opportunity for our school!