Reading at the Barbershop helps boys learn to enjoy reading so that they can read to learn. Every participating barbershop has age-appropriate reading material to help young boys identify as readers by helping to increase their vocabulary, boosting their confidence, getting them comfortable with public speaking, and building relationship and networking skills by talking to the grown-ups around them.
In California, boys are failing to meet the minimum reading and writing standards. Several studies have shown that boys tend to view school as a female pursuit and depict reading and writing as not being masculine. The program helps eliminate this by having more supportive males to connect with, right in their communities. Reading at the Barbershop is intended to build a sense of community that minority boys will need in order to “want” to read. We want to encourage you to be reading role models – family members and other trusted men who read the books will inspire and set the tone for the younger males reading experience.
Students who read just once or twice a month score higher reading levels than students who never read for fun. Boys that make one or two trips to the barbershop per month can significantly improve their reading scores.
Funding for this program comes from California Library Services Act, California State Library Families for Literacy, and First 5 Solano.
Infinite Cuts: 801 Davis St. Ste E (707) 685-9567
Kings Cuts: 819 Davis St. Ste E (707) 208-6147
G’s Cuts & Styles: 500 Florida St. (707) 647-7505
Whip It Up: 1933 Solano Ave. (707) 644-1774
Edge of Colors: 1729 Springs Rd. (707) 410-9245
Cut Creators: 1690 W. Texas St. (707) 628 -1284
Crowns: 1359 Oliver Rd. (707) 344-4317
Uptown: 1123 N. Texas St. (707) 425-6700
Wonder World: 3099 Travis Blvd. (707) 816-9754, (707) 425-6014
A Step A Head: 3065 Travis Blvd. Fairfield, CA 94533, (707) 428-4247