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Barbershop Books
Barbershops All A Buzz with Books
Columbus City Schools and Columbus City Council partner with national Barbershop Books initiative to place books in the hands of children while visiting barbershops.

 
 
A buzz cut, clean shave, and in-depth discussions about how dinosaurs go to school are now a-day-in-the-life for barbers participating in the Barbershop Books program, a partnership between Columbus City Schools and Columbus City Council.

Barbershop Books is a community-based literacy program founded in New York City that creates child-friendly reading spaces in neighborhood barbershops, primarily in African American communities. The goal is to encourage all young people, particularly four to eight-year-olds, to read. This age range (Pre-K through third-grade) is a critical period for growing the skills of reading and comprehension.

Among the curated books at each site might be The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. The book’s main character is a young male of color experiencing the joys of a first snowfall. The Snowy Day is considered one of the first picture books aimed at young children to portray a realistic, multi-cultural urban setting.

Research shows easy access to reading materials - regardless of children’s reading abilities - increases the amount of time they read for fun. It also creates a unique opportunity for youngsters to be surrounded by positive role models who are also encouraging them to read.
 
2017-2018 BARBERSHOP BOOKS PARTICIPANTS

East Side Shops:
E’voluer
Rick Duckett
705 E. Long St.
Columbus, Ohio 43203
614.204.3909

Grooves Barber & Beauty Salon
Denise Roberts
6533 East Livingston Ave.
Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
614.778.1141

Ohio State College of Barber Styling
Dave Gail
4614 E Broad St.
Columbus, Ohio 43213

Kiessence Grande Beauty & Barber Salon
Steve Calloway
2301 S. Hamilton Road
Columbus, Ohio 43232
224.627.0529

Polished Cuts
Mike Shabazz
2680 Courtright Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43232
614.589.4141

Taperz 2 Fades
Yolanda Long
33 S. James Rd. Ste 100S
Columbus, Ohio 43213
614.264.2328

Inspirational Design Group
Angelo Robinson
3657 E. Livingston Ave #B
Columbus, Ohio 43227
614.622.3816

Airport Barbers
Garth Adams/Chevez Moman
2804 Johnstown Rd. C
Columbus, Ohio 43219
614.348.3125

The Buckeye Barbershop
Adam Garcia/Vince/Bobby
2895 Brice Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43109
419.559.5344

Klassic Edge Beauty And Barber
Los Smith
5723 N. Hamilton Rd. 43230
Columbus, Ohio 43230
614.592.2440

Power Cuts
Robert Locklear/Elaine Peppers
1045 College Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43209
614.622.1607

LB Salon Suites
Robert Locklear/Elaine Peppers
1047 College Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43209
614.622.1607

Evitas
Jajuan Richie
3660 E. Main St.
Whitehall, Ohio 43213
513.280.0760

Oohs & Ahs Beauty & Barber
Byron Woods
2539 Franksway St.
Columbus, Ohio 43232
614.808.5471

Hair Visions Barbershop
Devin Berry
1298 Brice Rd
Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
614.861.0097

Major League Cutz
Larry Majors
3280 E. Main St.
Columbus, Ohio
614.815.3642

North Side Shops:
Cut Masters
Des The Barber
2293 Cleveland Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43211
614.929.9524

Gifted Hands Barber Shop
Will Walker
1424 E. 5th Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43219
614.648.9203

Unique Image Barber and Beauty Salon
Lamont Evans
2410 Home Acre Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43231
614.732.6661

Elite Barbershop
Darryl Abbington
2080 E. Dublin Granville Road
Columbus, Ohio 43229
614.270.0513

Kut City Barbershop
Marlon Bennett
1485 E Dublin Granville Rd
Columbus, Ohio 43229
614.907.3996

Kut City Remix Barbershop
Marlon Bennett
5754 Kathy Run Lane
Columbus, Ohio 43229
614.907.3996

Brothers Barbershop
Moss
3895 Cleveland Ave.
Columbus, Ohio
614.984.6639

Big Heads Barber Salon
Juan Solis
5625 N. High St. Ste 7
Columbus, Ohio
614.245.5284

Supreme Cuts
Emmett Brown
1355 N High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43201
614.654.1102

South Side Shops:
Pure Elegance Barber & Beauty
Terrence Seals
1533 Lockbourne Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43207
614.302.6402

Touch and Agree Barber Shop
Marlon Burton
1226 Marion Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43207
614.444.6500

West Side Shops:
Stew’s Barbershop
Guy Mackie/LaJuan Bass
2389 Sullivant Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43204
614.559.6909

Style Masters
Jose/Alex Guerrero
4858 W. Broad St.
Columbus, Ohio 43228
614.499.3889

Good Life Barbershop
Eric Green
2394 W. Broad St.
Columbus, Ohio 43204
614.274.4663
 
Learn more about the Barbershop Books program through Columbus City Schools by calling our Office of Student Mentoring Initatives at 614.365.5000 Ext. 2175.
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