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Wyandanch Public Library & Domino’s Pizza Held “Black Panther” Community Read-In in Suffolk County

(L to R) – Scream Character, Simon Stewart (8 yrs. old); Black Panther, Evante James (18 yrs. old; Female Hero, Rihanna Fajardo (8 yrs. old); and Black Panther, Camren Fajardo (10 yrs. old) (Photo Credit: Gerald Peart)

Costumes were optional but face masks were mandatory at the recently held “Storytelling Adventure of Black Panther Tales”, presented by the Wyandanch Public Library (WPL) in Suffolk County, New York.   Approximately 30 socially distanced kindergarten to preteen age attendees and their parents were read to by the Black Panther character, WPL staff members and others at the WPL community event.  In addition, Jason A. Richberg, Suffolk County Legislator provided some encouraging words to the children about the importance of reading.  The children won prizes for answering questions about Black Panther Tales & reading comprehension, including activity books, shopping bag full of treats, free pizza and pens from JP Morgan Chase Bank.   Sponsored by Domino’s Pizza and the Greater Wyandanch Chamber of Commerce, the October 24th event – which began at 11am – took place outdoors at the pizza chain’s   Delano H. Stewart Plaza location on 40 Station Drive in Wyandanch, New York.

(L to R) – Ghenya Grant, President, Board of Trustee of Wyandanch Public Library; LaFlorence Grant, Black Panther, Evante James; and Jason A. Richberg, Suffolk County Legislator. (Photo Credit: Gerald Peart)

Although currently closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Wyandanch Public Library, located at 14 South 20th Street, the Library continues to provide virtual services and plans to offer limited mobile curb side service.    In addition, the Library Is offering “hoopla”, a groundbreaking digital media service that allows WPL cardholders to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, e-books, comics and TV shows 24/7 with your Library Card.

A population of 11,702 in Suffolk County of New York State.  Its annual book circulation is 14,311 from a collection containing 55,351 volumes.  For updates regarding an official reopening visit  or Facebook: @WyandanchPublicLibrary.  For further information, please contact:  Shadd Jamison, Director at 631-643-4848 or email:

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New York Trend is a weekly news publication that focuses on issues and lifestyles of the African & Caribbean American communities throughout the New York metropolitan area and Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island. It is a respected and well recognized news publication that has been in existence since 1989. Owner, Publisher and Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams has been at the helm of this award-winning publication since its inception. New York Trend continues to be the only black woman-owned, metropolitan newspaper in New York and Long island. New York Trend is the largest black-owned newspaper throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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