Chapman partners with barber-librarian

By Jaimee Lynn Fletcher
Orange County Register; Published October 27, 2012

Santa Ana barber-turned-community activist Ruebén Martínez has partnered with Chapman University to open Librería Martínez de Chapman University at Broadway and Third Street.

The bookstore was previously named the Librería Martínez and Art Center, which opened in 1996 on Main Street and moved several years later to the Broadway location.

Chapman stepped in and offered a partnership – it would help raise funds for a revamped store and Martínez would donate his collection of books and other materials.
Chapman University announced in September that it would take over operations of the bookstore and partner with Martínez as the director.

Martínez is a presidential fellow for the university who has worked to recruit first-generation Latino students for Chapman for about three years. He was also granted an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters last year.

He said he is thankful for the partnership because it serves a community that, if not engaged and encouraged, can be easily lost.

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Chapman Partners with Barber-Librarian OC Reg Oct 27 2012