Book drive for St. Pete’s Barbershop Book Club

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The Barbershop Book Club helps motivate kids by offering a free book to those who read it aloud while getting their fresh cut. The concept was launched by Master Barber Antonio Brown, owner of Central Station Barbershop in the Grand Central District of St. Petersburg at 2325 Central Avenue.

“Kids with books of their own at home and people in their lives who model reading habits are more likely to become stronger readers,” write the Gulfport Kiwanis club on their Facebook event page.

This book drive, and the barbershop book club itself, ensure kids across St. Petersburg, and the Tampa Bay region, will always have access to stories.

Gulfport Kiwanis has assembled a list of suggested titles to pick up, which you can view online here.

Donations can be dropped at Gulfport Nutrition (5012 Gulfport Blvd. S), or reach out to Gulfport Kiwanis and they can try to arrange local pickup in the Gulfport area. For each book donated, you will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of several gift certificates to local Gulfport restaurants!

Want to know where to buy books? We have a few recommendations:

Cultured Books, 833 22nd Street South

Tombolo Books, 2153 1st Avenue South

Book + Bottle, 17 6th Street North

Wilson’s Book World, 535 16th Street North

Follow Central Station Barbershop on Facebook to learn more about the initiative or to make an appointment to get your haircut.

Back in October, The Weekly Challenger put together a fabulous article and video all about Antonio Brown, his barbershop, his relationship to books, and the launch of the barbershop book club. You can see the full feature online here.

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Written by Andrew Harlan

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