James Patterson says saving libraries is down to readers

Speaking during Libraries Week, the thriller writer, who has donated large sums to fund reading in schools, says ‘it really starts with the people’

Spending is plummeting and visits are on the decline, but James Patterson’s prescription for embattled libraries is a marketing campaign.

“Free books!” Patterson tells the Guardian. “Imagine in the mall if there was a free store. You wouldn’t be able to get in the place.”

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