Barbershop Turned Bibliothèque

I came across this article in the Huffington Post and just had to share. As reported by Associate Editor Elyse Wanshel, “The Fuller Cut barbershop in Ypsilanti, Michigan gives $2 discounts to kids who read books aloud to their barbers while they’re getting their hair done.” Beyond the discount, many of the kids also earn $2 as well for their efforts. All the books they have to pick from at the shop have protagonists whom they can identify with as African American children or are about American American adult role models.youngmanreadingWhen business owners and men like these take it upon themselves to nurture young minds and invest in them, it does more than just take care of reading fundamentals. It builds confidence, self-worth, connections, and increases feelings of love and safety. It just takes a small act to have a huge impact and be a positive force for those around us. Who knows what phenomenal people these kids will grow up to be, in part as a result of the seeds of learning that took root here in their youth? Kudos to this barbershop for being such a great example to us all.

Love,

El

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