In 2009 Mocha Moms, Inc. made a strategic partnership with Boys Booked on Barbershops/Girls Booked on Beautyshops-- national literacy programs designed to make the most of naturally-occurring opportunities for children to read in the context of their cultures and communities in familiar neighborhood sites. For many African American boys all roads eventually lead to the barber shop.
Additional thanks to MM Millicent for responding to our call for potential shops this year, to MM Melissa for enthusiastically volunteering to help out--even calling bookstores to solicit donations, to MMs Tia and Tam for being there with us to make the installation official and for their support. Also, this install would not have gone off as swimmingly without the generosity of our local Half-Priced Books (@ 183 & Anderson Mill) for donating the books! Our chapter purchased four or five books to round out this perfect selection of books to keep the African-American boys who come in for Darell's services flipping pages and making notes of what books they want to check out during their next visit to the library.
The shop owner said, "It's an honor to have the books, so Thank You to Mocha Moms."