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Larchmont's Voracious Reader Bookstore Wins James Patterson Grant

Francine Lucidon in her Larchmont bookstore, The Voracious Reader
Francine Lucidon in her Larchmont bookstore, The Voracious Reader Photo Credit: Provided

LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- The Voracious Reader has been picked as one of 81 lucky independent bookstores nationwide to share a $473,000 grant from bestselling author James Patterson.

In September 2013, Patterson pledged to give away $1 million to bookstores with dedicated children's sections. This week's grants mark the third installment on that pledge.

Store owner Francine Lucidon said she was thrilled by the news, which she called a timely infusion of cash into her 8-year-old store at 1997 Palmer Ave.

The Voracious Reader hosts a Teen Night and weekly story hours for younger children. Children also look forward to "double dog Fridays," when Lucidon's King Charles spaniels, 13-year-old Franklin, and 4-year-old brother, Emmet, visit the store.

Lucidon said she recently added a new section called Book Baby for toddlers up to age 3, promoting the notion of reading aloud to newborns from birth until preschool. The "store within a store" is geared toward new parents, friends of new parents and grandparents, Lucidon said. Construction of that section freed up more space upfront for books for adults, she said.

In a press statement on Monday, Dec. 15, Patterson said, "Here's to a joyful holiday season for booksellers everywhere. . .Here's to local goverments waking up to the fact that bookstores and libraries are essential to our way of life. Here's to media coverage of books, booksellers, and publishers, and to a wider, more literate America. Happy holidays to one and all."

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