James Patterson giving another $250,000 to school libraries

NEW YORK (AP) — Just two weeks after launching a $1.25 million project to help public school libraries, James Patterson is adding another $250,000.

The best-selling author has received more than 10,500 applications for funding, and Patterson announced Monday he wants to keep up with the “immediate and overwhelming response.” The project’s co-sponsor, Scholastic Reading Club, is matching each dollar from Patterson with points that teachers can use for classroom materials. Schools have been seeking sums ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, for everything from new books to flooding repairs.

Patterson already has given more than $1 million to independent booksellers around the country, an initiative he started in 2013.