Houston’s community barbershops will soon provide more than a great haircut. The Groomed For Literacy program, a partnership between local barbers, Houston Public Library (HPL) and Put It In A Book Foundation will help address literacy for children and promote a love for reading by putting buts in community barbershops.
The program will be launched in communities identified as having high populations of individuals with low literacy, low income and low access to books. Groomed for Literacy supports placement of Little Free Libraries stocked with free books in community barbershops. Children will have an opportunity to read a book, learn and have fun while waiting to get a haircut, plus they get to keep the books to build their own home library.
The community is invited to help build up to 60 Little Free Libraries that will be placed in the participating community barbershops. Barbers will be available to give free haircuts to HPL Camp STREAM participants. There will also plenty of fun activities for children, HPL Mobile Express 3D printers, music, refreshments and much more.
The Groomed for Literacy kickoff event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 at 10 a.m. to noon at Houston Public Library’s Scenic Woods Regional Library, 10677 Homestead Road, 77016. This event is free and open to the public. For more information visit: www.houstonlibrary.org or call 832-393-1313.