Lingleville ISD has received a $1,000 grant from bestselling author James Patterson to support the school library. In addition, the 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.

After Elaine Carpenter applied for the grant last spring, Lingleville was selected among thousands of applicants.

Patterson announced this past spring that he would donate $1.75 million to save school libraries nationwide as part of an ongoing effort to keep books and reading a number one priority in the United States.

The grants range from $1,000-$10,000 and since the program’s launch in 2015, Patterson has personally donated $3.5 million to school libraries.

The grant will be used to purchase new books for the Lingleville ISD library.