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$10,000 awarded to Little Rock native's Barbershop Books program

Posted By on Tue, May 2, 2017 at 12:59 PM

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Little Rock native and New York City resident Alvin Irby is the founder of Barbershop Books, a nonprofit literary organization that seeks to “leverage the cultural significance of barbershops in black communities to increase boys' access to culturally relevant, age appropriate, and gender responsive children's books and to increase out-of-school time reading among young black boys,” as its website states.

This week, the National Book Foundation announced Barbershop Books as the winner of its Innovations in Reading Prize, to be accompanied by a $10,000 award, which Irby plans to use to fund reading spaces in Little Rock barbershops.

Irby, who will appear at the Foundation’s Why Reading Matters conference on Long Island June 15, dedicated the prize “to the many barbers across America who make time each day to inspire young black boys to say three words, ‘I’m a reader.’”








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