Free Libraries in Houston Barbershops Encourage Kids to Read
The miniature libraries work just like any other library, except, perhaps, with more hair.
Houston barbershops are chopping, snipping, and buzzing away at the literacy gap affecting the city's underserved youth.
Twenty Houston-area barbershops have teamed up with Groomed for Literacy, a partnership between the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, Houston Public Library, and Put It In A Book Foundation, to promote a love for reading by making it easier for kids of all backgrounds to get books.
Research has shown that only one book is available for every 300 children in low-income areas, as opposed to 13 books, on average, in homes of middle-and-high income children. And it's no secret how essential books are to a child's development.
"It's been a hit ever since," Davis, who owns Rayzor Sharp Barbershop, told KHOU11. "I mean, a barbershop is the cornerstone of every community, so we want to provide the kids something to read while they get their hair cut."
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The miniature libraries work just like any other library, except, perhaps, with more hair. You get a library card and simply check out a book—free of charge. It's up to the kids whether or not they want to return it or keep it. Plus, the cards work at all Houston public libraries. The books are replenished by the Houston Public Library, Friends of the Houston Public Library, and book donations received in support of the program.
For more information, visit HoustonLibrary.org/groomedforliteracy.