Bear Pond Books of Montpelier announced yesterday that they are the recipient of a James Patterson Grant, part of a program to give away a million dollars to independent bookstores across the country. It was the only bookstore in Vermont to receive such a grant during this third round. Prior recipients include the Northshire Bookstore of Manchester Center, the Norwich Bookstore of Norwich and Phoenix Books of Essex Junction and Burlington.
From Bear Pond Books’s press release:
Bear Pond Books has an upstairs space of almost 1,000 square feet devoted to children’s and young adult books. In the last several years, they have expanded programming focused on engaging kids through books, including a popular Author-Educator event series and website. Bear Pond will use their Patterson grant to boost efforts to make their children’s room a destination for kids and parents through redesign and renovation of the space.
“We are thrilled to be recipients of James Patterson’s latest round of very generous grants. Patterson has done so much for children’s literacy and we are eager to use our award to make our Children’s Room and even more exciting and experiential place for kids,” said Claire Benedict, owner of Bear Pond Books.
Jane Knight, the childrens’ room manager, notes that the James Patterson funding recognizes a larger role of bookstores in their community. “Books and bookstores have changed a lot over the last 20 years, but one of the enduring things we provide at Bear Pond is a welcoming, engaging and dynamic space where people of all ages come together to talk about books. James Patterson understands that independent bookstores provide a unique and unparalleled service to their communities, he supports us indirectly through speaking out about the importance of having this space and now we’re fortunate to receive direct support through his grant.”
Many congratulations to Bear Pond Books!