EAST ORANGE, NJ – On Monday September 17, The East Orange Public Library (EOPL) is proud to announce a grant reception for its participation in the state-funded, “Fade to Books” literacy initiative featuring a video conference with Derrick Barnes, author of the award-winning picture book, “Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut.”

“Fade to Books” is a Long Branch Public Library program that New Jersey adopted and chose to roll out to all NJ libraries via a grant. As a recipient of the grant, EOPL brought diverse children’s books provided through donations from the Bridge of Books Foundation to a number of participating barbershops in East Orange including: Johnson Barbershop (30 S. Harrison Street), GTI Square Barbershop (426 Central Avenue), and Professional Cuts Barbershop (859 S. Orange Ave). Each participating barbershop featured the books on a bookshelf for their customers to peruse and keep.

“We are overjoyed from the response our city’s participating barbers have shown for the program,” says EOPL Children’s Librarian, Marissa Lieberman. “We’ve had a few of our child patrons come back to the library to tell us about the books they’ve read while waiting for a haircut.” The program culminates with the grant reception, where the library invites barbers, parents, children and the community-at-large to share their love of reading and speak with author Derrick Barnes. “We chose to feature ‘Crown’ because the story speaks directly to our program’s audience,” says EOPL Public Relations Coordinator, Matthew Powell. “The art is vibrant and the content is current and in line with the present culture.” 

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The reception will begin at 3:30pm and conclude at 5:30pm with refreshments served.


For further information about these and other programs, please visit the Web at www.eopl.org.