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Book donations help build libraries for Acadiana barber shops

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Posted at 4:53 PM, May 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-19 18:03:33-04

In celebration of National Barber Mental Health Awareness Day, The Family Tree Healthy Start Program is donating children's libraries to barbershops in Lafayette and surrounding areas.

The initiative is a push to increase early literacy, keep children reading and encourage parents to interact with their children — but to let them do that in a space that's familiar, and on their own terms, according to a spokesperson for The Family Tree.

"A lot of young boys of color form their identities in barbershops and they have father figures sometimes in their barbers, as they're forming their identity, books can be part of that," said Marie Collins, Executive Director of The Family Tree. By connecting books and reading to a male-centered space and involving male role models in boys' early reading experiences, boys of color are better able to connect with books and literature."

The barbershops receiving libraries are:

Executive Cuts
5356 Resweber Hwy. St. Martinville

Marlo's Barbershop
734 Lombard St. New Iberia

Fertile Grounds Beauty and Barbershop
305 Church St. Youngsville

Presidential Kutz Barbershop
2429 W. Congress St. Lafayette

Robert's Ultimate Cuts
719 S. Magnolia St. Lafayette

DJ Kutz
101 Knight St. St. Martinville

Da Woss Ness Barbershop and Beauty Shop
612 W. Congress St. Lafayette

Holliwood Cutz
315 W. Landry St. Opelousas

In & Out Cutz
1803 W. Landry St. Opelousas

Krazy Fades Barbershop
1200 6th St. Mamou

Immaculate Cuts
1210 Jane St. New Iberia

For more information about The Family Tree, visit

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