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3Bs Community Reading Initiative

We are excited to present our first Barbershops, Beauty Salons, and Books (3Bs) community partners, Another Level Cutz in New Carrollton, MD, and Hair + Space Blowdry and Beauty Bar in College Park, MD. 

Through this partnership, books are available for readers of all ages to enjoy while waiting for or receiving a service. Check out some of the titles that have been available at each shop below, and visit their websites to learn more about their services. These owners do more than provide services, connected to the community they also sponsor coat/food drives, and host "pop-up"  showcases for up and coming businesses. 

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--Black Boy Joy: 17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood edited by Kwame Mbalia

--The Crossover Graphic Novel by Kwame Alexander
A coming-of-age mix of free verse and hip-hop poetry that will inspire budding basketball players and poets alike.

--Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero by Kelly J. Baptist
A coming-of-age tale about a boy who proves that with superhero courage–and a few great sidekicks–you can take on even the toughest of odds.

--Nighttime Symphony by Timbaland
The sounds of the city at night create a lively lullaby in this melodious bedtime story.

--M Is for Melanin: A celebration of the Black Child by Tiffany Rose
This picture book teaches children their ABCs while encouraging them to love the skin that they're in.

--Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds
Ten tales (one per block) about what happens after the dismissal bell rings brilliantly weaved into one wickedly funny, piercingly poignant look at the detours we face on the walk home, and in life.

--Between the Lines by Nikki Grimes
This thought-provoking book shows the capacity poetry has to express ideas and feelings and connect us with ourselves and others.

--A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope by Patrice Caldwell
Sixteen tales by bestselling and award-winning authors that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic.

--Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
An ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. We are reminded that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

--52 Cups of Coffee: Inspiring and insightful stories for navigating life's uncertainties by Megan Gebhart

-- How to Adult, A Practical Guide: Advice on Living, Loving, Working, and Spending Like a Grown-Up by Jamie Goldstein
This book offers funny, actionable, and step-by-step guidance that makes maturity more manageable. Included are short activities and opportunities for reflection throughout.

--My Hair is Magic by M.L. Marroquin
Told in bold verse and vivid, fantastical illustrations and show that what really matters is how readers see themselves.

--President of the Whole Sixth Grade by Sherri Winston
A story brimming with humor and heart about navigating the ins and outs of middle school, and discovering that inspiration can come when you least expect it.

The Barbershops, Beauty Salons, and Books (3Bs) Community Reading Initiative is possible through a collaboration with Prince George's County Parks and Recreation M-NCPPC. 

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