Sharp haircuts, minds: Library brings 'Fade to Books' to city barbershops

Barbershop photoThe Atlantic City Free Public Library has made children’s books available at select city barbershops this winter after being named a recipient of a Fade to Books grant in 2017.
The New Jersey State Library, in partnership with the Long Branch Public Library and the Bridge of Books Foundation, launched a grant opportunity for public libraries to join with their local barbershops in an effort to spur young boys to read. 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.
Barbers encourage their young clients to select books to read as they sit in the waiting area, during their haircuts or at home. Children are allowed to keep the books they take from the Fade to Books display at the barbershop. Readers can earn points toward a discounted haircut by reading, and they’ll be invited to a special Fade to Books celebration this spring at the library.
Three Atlantic City barbershops are participating: Just Cutt’ n Up at 528 Atlantic Ave.; Casino City Barber & Salon at 1724 Atlantic Ave. and Wally’s Barbershop at 3911 Ventnor Ave.
This project is supported in part by funds from the New Jersey State Library and in partnership with the Long Branch Public Library and Bridge of Books Foundation.
Atlantic City barbershops that wish to be considered as future Fade to Books sites can call Wendell Cherry at (609) 345-2269.