Children who don’t have access to books or reading role models often become aliterate. Aliteracy is a state where someone is able to read but unmotivated or uninterested in doing so.
A couple of years ago, Dr. Sabrina A. Brinson, founded the Boys Booked on Barbershops/Girls Booked on Beautyshops project.
The project aims to encourage reading in local beauty shops or barbershops where families often frequent and usually sit around aimlessly waiting for their turn. What I love about this project is that she suggests multicultural books, the donation of books to these local businesses and also overall, how on point it is.
Most beauty shops I know of usually offer only women’s magazines, and either radio or TV entertainment. Some even have signs posted about looking after your young ones on busy days and not letting them run buckwild while you get your hair done. I think this project resolves a lot of issues in one shot.
Why not speak to your local shop manager and put forth idea and then ask for donations for children’s books?