December 15, 2014
Cambridge, NY -- Battenkill Books announced today that it is the recipient of a donation from author James Patterson as part of his campaign to support independent bookstores across the nation.
“We are absolutely thrilled by this award,” commented Battenkill Books owner Connie Brooks. “We will use the money to expand our children’s section into an unused space alongside our building on Main Street. We will create a dedicated room for our youngest patrons, which will include expanded space for picture books and early chapter books. The new space will also be able to accommodate our popular summer reading program.”
James Patterson kicked off the holiday season with a gift to independent bookstores: a donation of $473,000 to 81 individual stores across the country, which successfully concludes his program of giving away $1 million in 2014. The third and final round of grants brings his total donation to $1,008,300 for 178 independent bookstores with children’s book sections. His first round of grants amounted to over $267,000, with 55 stores receiving funds, and the second round amounted to over $268,000, with 43 stores receiving funds
Patterson, who also launched the #SaveOurBooks campaign to encourage our nation’s leaders to raise awareness about the precarious state of reading, donated this money in direct response to the very real risks facing bookstores, libraries, and publishing in the United States today. He feels literacy in America is in jeopardy, as is the future of millions of children who will never grow up with a local bookstore, library, or access to real books.
James Patterson says, “Here’s to a joyful holiday season for booksellers everywhere. Yes, joyful! Here’s to more parents and grandparents coming to their senses and giving their kids books—yes, books—for Christmas and other holidays. Here’s to local governments waking up to the fact that bookstores and libraries are essential to our way of life. Here’s to media coverage of books, booksellers, and publishers, and to a wiser, more literate America. Happy holidays to one and all!”
In 2015, James Patterson will continue to support independent bookstores in innovative ways and will champion a new initiative centered on getting our kids reading and supporting school libraries.
James Patterson has sold 300 million books worldwide and has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. He also has more #1 New York Times–bestselling books for children than any other living author. He is the international bestselling author of the highly praised Middle School, I Funny, Maximum Ride, and Witch & Wizard, and of the Alex Cross series. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.