EO Public Library Participates in #MannequinChallenge for Essex County’s “The Big Read”


EAST ORANGE, NJ – East Orange Public Library (EOPL) Adult Services Librarian, Nathalia Bermudez and Coordinator of Public Relations and Community Outreach, Matthew Powell, stood tall and still for a Facebook Live #MannequinChallenge among other Essex County Librarians for The National Endowment for the Arts and Essex County’s “The Big Read.” 

Librarians and teens from across Essex County including: Millburn, South Orange, and Montclair gathered near the “Big Read” advertisement on the platform of the South Orange Train Station yesterday afternoon to participate in the social media phenomenon to promote literacy. Each participant primarily held a copy of this year’s chosen book, “Silver Sparrow,” by Tayari Jones with others highlighting suggested books “Families, Families, Families” by Suzanne Lang for children and “Tell Us We're Home” by Marina Budhos for teens. A viewing and images of the event may be found via EOPL’s Facebook page,

Each participating library will feature the selected title in an event or program including EOPL’s special “Silver Sparrow” adult book discussion on Monday, April 24, at 6 p.m led by Adult Services Librarian, Nathalia Bermudez. The event is free to attend with no registration necessary. Light refreshments will be served. Copies of the featured books will be available at the library for patrons to review.

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An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA “Big Read” broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. More information may be found at

A gateway to knowledge, the East Orange Public Library helps people of all ages meet their informational, educational, and recreational needs through professionally selected print and non-print resources.  East Orange Public Library’s programs aim to inform, entertain, and intrigue its patrons in its service to the community. For further information about this and other programs, please visit the Web at

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