Children waiting for a haircut can now take advantage of Little Free Libraries in barbershops.

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Little Free Libraries are small wooden boxes holding free books. These micro libraries operate on the “take a book, leave a book” principle.

At a barbershop onWest Third Street in Davenport, IA, four year old Jakobee Peña saw something he hadn’t seen before during his monthly visits with his grandfather. He walked back to the micro library and selected a book. 

Earlier that day, the co-founder of the Little Free Library Movement, Todd Bol, had personally delivered the books to the owner of the barbershop, Bobby Williams. 

“This is a seed in your neighborhood,” Bol told Williams. “A barbershop is this great place that brings people together, and this makes reading a priority.”

Others soon noticed the custom built micro library with the words “Storybook Barber Shop” painted above. Brothers Phillip and Pierre Hicks asked their mother, Shucola Oliver, to read to them while they waited for a hair cut. 

“They’re always asking me to read to them, but I’m getting tired of our books at home,” Oliver said. “We come down here regularly, so we might utilize this like an actual library.”

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