Old Bridge, NJ – Oct. 2, 2017 – The Old Bridge Public Library has been awarded a grant from the New Jersey State Library (NJSL) to promote youth literacy in local barbershops with its “Fade to Books” program.

The grant, which was established in partnership with the Long Branch Public Library and the Bridge of Books Foundation, helps redefine the role of public libraries in developing communities. Begun as a pilot program at the Long Branch Public Library, Fade to Books recognizes the role of the barbershop as a community gathering space and the role of the barber as a mentoring figure for young men and boys.

The grant provides funds for books and bookshelves to be placed in barbershops, allowing barbers to encourage their young clients to select books to read while sitting in the waiting area or during their haircuts. Suitable new and gently used books will be provided for children up to age 12. Anthony’s Figaro Barbershop located at 163 Texas Road, and Main St. Barbershop located at 2577 County Road #516, (both in Old Bridge) have graciously agreed to partner with the Library in this endeavor. Both shops have been supplied with books and are currently participating.

“This is a wonderful outreach opportunity for the Library and will assist our efforts to increase literacy among kids all year round,” noted Library Director Nancy Cohen. “We are very pleased to have been selected as one of only nine libraries throughout the state to be the recipient of this valuable grant.”

The Old Bridge Public Library was recently voted one of the three Best Public Libraries in Middlesex County by the readers of the Home News Tribune. The Library is open seven-days-a-week and is located at 1 Old Bridge Plaza at the corner of Rt. 516 and Cottrell Road in the Municipal Center. More information about this and other Library programs can be found at www.oldbridgelibrary.org or by calling 732-721-5600 x5033. The satellite Laurence Harbor branch is located at 277 Shoreland Circle; phone: 732-566-2227.


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