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Barbershop Books

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.

Airport Barbers
Garth Adams
2804 Johnstown Rd. Unit #C
Columbus, Ohio 43219

Big Heads Barber Salon
Juan Solis
5625 North High St. Suite #7
Columbus, Ohio 43085

Brothers Finest Barbershop
3895 Cleveland Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43224

The Buckeye Barbershop
Adam Garcia
2895 Brice Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43109

Clean Cutts Barbershop
Jonathan Smith
1845 Clevland Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43211

Cut Masters
Des the Barber
2293 Cleveland Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43211

Elite Barbershop
Darryl Abbington
2080 E. Dublin-Granville Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43229

Rick Duckett
705 E. Long St.
Columbus, Ohio 43203

Gifted Hands Barbershop
Will Walker
1424 E. 5th Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43219

Good Life Barbershop
Eric Green
2394 W. Broad St.
Columbus, Ohio 43204

Grooves Barber and Beauty Salon
Denise Roberts
6533 E. Livingston Ave.
Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068

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

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

Kiessence Grande Beauty and Barber Salon
Steve Calloway
2301 South Hamilton Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43232

Klassic Edge Beauty and Barber
Carlos Smith
5723 N. Hamilton Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43230

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

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

LB Salon Suites
Robert Locklear
1047 College Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43209

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

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

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

Power Cuts
Robert Locklear
1045 College Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43209

Profilers Designer Cuts
Alex McCary
3169 E Main St.
Columbus, Ohio 43213

Pure Elegance Barber and Beauty
Terrance Seals
1533 Lockbourne Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43207

Stew's Barbershop
LaJuan Bass
2389 Sullivant Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43204

Straight Razors Barbershop
Dave Staton
2012 Sullivant Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43223

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

Supreme Cutz
Emmett Brown
1355 North High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43201

The Buckeye Barbershop
Adam Garcia
2895 Brice Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43109

Touch and Agree Barbershop
Marlon Burton
1226 Marion Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43207

Unique Image Barber and Beauty Salon
Lamont Evans
2410 Home Acre Dr.
Columbus, Ohio 43231
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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