Bestselling author James Patterson awarded Village Books in Fairhaven a $7,500 grant as part of his pledge to donate $1 million to independent bookstores. The grant will support the store’s children’s programs and help create a new kids programming director position, according to a press release.
Longtime Village Books employee Claire McElroy-Chesson holds the new position. McElroy-Chesson will work with schools to plan author visits, book fairs, and other events at the store.
“We were thrilled to be included in James Patterson’s million dollar support of indie bookstores,” Chuck Robinson, co-owner of Village Books said in the release. “His grant will make it possible to launch the new kids programming director position in a much bigger way than we would otherwise have been able to do.”
So far, Patterson has given away more than half a million dollars to about 100 book stores across the country, according to his website.