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Bastrop Intermediate receives $3,000 library grant

Bastrop Intermediate School received a $3,000 grant to support its library today from bestselling author James Patterson. 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. BIS was one of 476 schools selected from 27,924 applications.

BIS Science teacher Mary Bowen applied for the grant, answering the question: “What would your school do with $1,000 to $10,000?” by explaining she would add more science materials to the school library.

“We are honored and surprised to receive $3,000 for our campus,” BIS Principal Stephen Autrey said. “Mrs. Bowan’s dedication to improving our school paid off and will allow us to purchase science materials for the library.”

As part of an ongoing effort to keep books and reading a number one priority in the United States, Patterson, together with the Reading Club made a commitment to help provide for school libraries nationwide. This year alone, Patterson personally donated $1.75 million to school libraries through this grant program.

“These grants are my humble acknowledgement of some of the terrific work taking place in libraries,” Patterson said. “Here’s to communities supporting school libraries. Here’s to a country that makes reading a priority. Here’s to flourishing libraries and to a joyful holiday season!”

The full list of grant recipients is available online at

“It continues to be inspiring and motivating to work with James Patterson to support school libraries across the country,” President of Scholastic Reading Club Judy Newman said. “Scholastic is thrilled to be working in such an effective partnership.”