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Books and learning!

In 2020, our Barbershop Book Club sprouted our Community Barbershop program, inviting barbershops throughout Pinellas County, Florida to join in the commitment to bring literacy to their youngest clientele.

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Our community is a "cut" above the rest!

Since 2016,  Barbershop Book Club has motivated hundreds of kids to read by offering free books to read.

Young learners from age 1 to 18 can be part of the Barbershop Book Club.

Donate or sponsor now!
We need your support to continue to address the literacy crisis.

Thank you for your support and your commitment to encouraging the love of reading in our youth!

Our Story

who & what:

The Barbershop Book Club began in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2016. Antonio Brown, Master Barber and owner/operator of Central Station Barbershop, launched the concept a year after opening the shop. With community-mindedness in his blood — Brown hails from long-time St. Pete influencers including a grandfather, Charion Brown, who ran recreation centers across the city, and a grandmother, Hermeen Murph, who spread love among the many neighborhood children she watched in her home as a babysitter — he took a creative path to impacting area youth.

“Being a barber, you watch children grow up right before your eyes if they stay loyal to you and continue to come back to you as clients. I decided to try to take advantage of a niche that I didn’t see happening in this area.”Brown said he wanted to “tackle issues that I felt that were important and impactful, that I was passionate about.” He originally started the book club concept in 2016, focusing mainly on trying to help the children who came into the shop.

In 2020, the Barbershop Book Club sprouted the Community Barbershop program, and new barbershops throughout Pinellas County joined in the commitment to bring literacy to their youngest clientele.

Contact us!

OUR BOARD:
President – JerJuan Green
Vice President – Lola B. Houston
Secretary – J.A. Morton
Treasurer – Christopher Hackney
Chief Program Director - Eric Vaughn

CONTRIBUTORS:
Gene Armatrout
Lorielle Halloway

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Community partners:

Guess what?

Barbershop Book Club needs YOU to succeed!

There are lots of ways you can help us bring literacy activism to kids throughout Pinellas County.

join our community!

We have great community partners rooting for us and helping us grow…

We’d like to say “thank you!” to our amazing community partners who’ve shown support along the way, including the Shirley Proctor Puller Foundation, Cultured Books, Juvenile Welfare Board, Junior League of St. Pete, Pinellas Community Foundation’s Venture Philanthropy Fund, and Gulfport Kiwanis Club and the various political, civil, and community leaders and servants who have our back.

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donate:

Help us foster the love of reading in our Pinellas County youth with a financial donation of any size!

Thanks to The Gulfport Kiwanis Club for continuing to add books to our original booklist. See the ever-growing list here.

Purchase books from our list of culturally relevant material. If you’re in St. Pete, check out our partner bookstore:
Cultured Books, 833 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg, FL.

Or, feel free to purchase one of the culturally relevant books on our booklist and drop them off, or mail them to:
Central Station Barbershop & Grooming,
2325 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL.

Donate via Paypal!

We thank you for your support and your commitment to encouraging the love of reading in our youth!

* BARBERSHOP BOOK CLUB, INC. is a Florida not-for-profit organization with pending IRS 501(c)3 exempt status (applied for and being processed by IRS). BARBERSHOP BOOK CLUB, INC. is registered to solicit charitable contributions with the appropriate governing authority in the state of Florida. Registration#: CH65581

** A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

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sponsor

Your support can change a child’s life!

Choose a support level to go big and also score some Barbershop Book Club swag!

sponsor level:
dollar amount:
what you give:
Head Librarian!
+$5000
+500 Books
Librarian!
+$2500
+250 Books
Principal
+$1000
+150 Books
Professor
+$500
+100 Books
Favorite Teacher!
+$100
+50 Books
Become a sponsor!

* BARBERSHOP BOOK CLUB, INC. is a Florida not-for-profit organization with pending IRS 501(c)3 exempt status (applied for and being processed by IRS). BARBERSHOP BOOK CLUB, INC. is registered to solicit charitable contributions with the appropriate governing authority in the state of Florida. Registration#: CH65581

** A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

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Partners

We’d like to say “thank you!” to our amazing community partners who continue to support our mission!

become a partner!
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Meet the barbers.

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