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Woodside High awarded $10,000 to transform library space

<p>An area of the Woodside High School<br>library will be transformed into an<br>interactive STEAM makerspace.</p>

An area of the Woodside High School
library will be transformed into an
interactive STEAM makerspace.

(03/09/2017) - Woodside High School was awarded a $10,000 grant from bestselling author James Patterson to transform the library into a "learning commons" by adding a makerspace focused on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math education). Educational makerspaces are learning centers with tools that students can utilize to create and build.

The "Woodside High School Library is transitioning from a traditional school library to the school library of the future," the very generous James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club Grant will help us accomplish this by enabling us to purchase STEAM books and supplies to include robotics, coding and creating," said Deborah McDonough, Woodside's librarian, who submitted the grant application. Planning for the school's makerspace is underway. A grand reveal is expected in the spring.

Woodside was selected from among thousands of grant applications and was awarded the top dollar amount available. The high school is among 452 schools to receive a grant.

James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club announced in March 2016 that Patterson would donate $1.75 million to school libraries nationwide in the second installment of his School Library Campaign. Since the program's launch in 2015, Patterson has personally donated $3.5 million to school libraries across the country. As part of its partnership with Patterson, Scholastic Reading Club is matching each dollar of Patterson's donation with "bonus points" that teachers can use to acquire books and other educational materials.

About Woodside High School

Woodside High School, home to the school division's Center for the Arts and Communication, has 1,950 students. Students may study communications, creating writing, dance, drama, music and visual arts as part of a full and balanced academic program. Woodside offers a comprehensive program to prepare students for work or further study at a college, university, or technical program. In addition to arts and communication, courses are offered in English, social studies, math, science, foreign languages, fine arts, and health and physical education. Advanced placement (AP) instruction, accelerated classes and a wide range of athletics and other activities are available for all students.

About James Patterson

James Patterson received the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community at the 2015 National Book Awards. His other awards include two Emmys, the Edgar Award, and the Children's Choice Award for Author of the Year. He is a tireless champion of the power of books and reading, exemplified by his new children's book imprint, JIMMY Patterson, whose mission is simple: We want every kid who finishes a JIMMY Book to say: "PLEASE GIVE ME ANOTHER BOOK." He has donated more than one million books to students and soldiers and has over 400 Teacher Education Scholarships at 24 colleges and universities. He has also donated millions to independent bookstores and school libraries. Patterson will be investing proceeds from the sales of JIMMY Patterson Books in pro-reading initiatives. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family. www.jamespatterson.com