Best-selling author James Patterson who is known for his “Alex Cross” detective series and middle school series met with young readers Wednesday morning at the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s central branch. Patterson who often donates books to schools as well as bookstores and libraries worldwide will be donating 25,000 copies of his book “Public School Superhero” to third through seventh grade Baltimore City school students. The book is about the heroic adventures of an “African American” sixth grader. His visit was prompted by the uprising in April due to the death of Freddie Gray. After the riots in April, Patterson wanted to personally come to Baltimore and give children a way to make a difference.
Patterson emphasized the importance of school and reading. He also made it a point that the children understood that they are not what happens in their community. By learning and educating themselves, they can make a difference within their communities. The importance of educating yourself can take you far in life.
In March, Patterson announced he would be giving away $1.25 million to school libraries throughout the country. He will be meeting with city leaders, educators, librarians and book store owners to discuss how to find new ways to get children to read. James Patterson is the author of a number of best-selling books that were made into movies; “Alex Cross,” “Kiss the Girls,” “Along Came a Spider,” as well as many more.