TOPSHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Best-selling author James Patterson is giving away $1 million of his own money to independent bookstores.
On Wednesday, Patterson announced the first round of 55 stores to receive over $267,000 in funds.
Patterson's publisher, Hachette Book Group, released a statement saying the author feels that bookstores are vital to communities and that they leave a lasting love of reading in children and adults.
Percy's Burrow in Topsham received a check from Patterson in the about of $2,500.
"There will always be a need for an independent bookstore in a town," says Jessica St. Pierre, who works at Percy's Burrow with her mom who owns the store. "The people here in Topsham are so thrilled to have a place where they can come and hang out with their kids. We know the people more. We can individualize our selection for the people coming in... And they really appreciate having a community bookstore rather than a Barnes & Noble or Amazon.com."
The bookstores can do whatever they want with the grants, which range from $2,000 to $15,000.
The owner of Percy's Burrow, Laurie St. Pierre said the bookseller plans to continue on community outreach. The store has plans