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City to Put Books in Barber Shops to Sharpen Kids’ Reading Skills

By Staff


storyThe city has announced it will offer books in local beauty salons and barber shops as part of its new Story Time With Style initiative, to sharpen kids’ reading skills.

Participating salons and barbershops will host bookshelves form the city filled with children’s books, in hopes kids will read while waiting for their new haircuts or hairstyles, city officials stated.

According to the New York State Department of Education, only four percent of African-American students, and three percent of Latino students, are proficient in reading by third grade. In addition, students who struggle by the end of third grade are 13 times less likely to graduate high school by the age of 19, officials said.

The following neighborhood shops will be participating in the initiative:

  • Andre’s Unisex Salon, 881 Portland Ave.
  • Arlene’s Unique Styles Beauty Salon, 983 Hudson Ave.
  • Children’s Gallery, 1446 Dewey Ave.
  • Forte Styles Beauty Shop, 517 Thurston Rd.
  • Mass Appeal Barbershop, 515 East Main St.
  • New Creations Unisex Barbershop, 647 Jefferson Ave.
  • Ronnie’s Kids Kuts, 1274 N. Goodman St.
  • Tatinan’s Unisex Salon, 1534 Dewey Ave.
  • Top Notch Barbering, 970 South Clinton Ave.
  • Wade and Me Barbershop, 1365 Culver Rd.

Visit additional information regarding the program.