Montgomery’s Barbershop Book Club was inspired by a club formed by Mobile attorney, Freddie Stokes, who, after reviewing youth literacy statistics based on race, felt the only way to get young black men into a library was to bring the library into local barbershops.
Montgomery’s Barbershop Book Club places fully stocked bookshelves in participating barbershops, with material suitable for teenagers. After the teen reads the book, he will then write a one-page book report and submit it to the barber in exchange for a free haircut.
This is being done in partnership with local barbers to encourage teens to read and write by choice. Plus the teen gets a free haircut! Who doesn’t love incentives?