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Librarian starts books-to-barbershops initiative

Posted at 2:15 AM, Jul 19, 2015

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. – A local initiative encourages area children to read while they wait to get a haircut this summer.

Local librarian Thea Paul started the "Books to Barbershops" organization after she said she saw the consequences of illiteracy firsthand in the classroom.

Jazz Barbershop in Chester was the first business to sign onto the project. The group celebrated Saturday by saying their work is already paying off.

“A little boy was reading a Naruto book. He read a basketball book. He said, ‘Oh this is my favorite book.’ So I think the boys are really excited about having something they can read,” Paul said.

Three other area barbershops are also partnering with the group.

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