Having handed out more than $1 million to help independent bookstores, James Patterson is now sharing his wealth with public school libraries.

The best-selling author announced Monday that he was donating $1.25 million through a grant program administered with Scholastic Reading Club. Libraries or supporters of libraries can seek donations from $1,000 to $10,000. Scholastic will match each gift with "Bonus Points" that can be used to purchase classroom materials. According to Patterson, requests can be for anything from fixing a computer system to paying for a school reading project.

Applications can be found on www.scholastic.com/pattersonpartnership .