Community Engagement Matters: Learnings from the Barbershop Books Pilot for Libraries

When:  Jul 18, 2024 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM (ET)

With the support of the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) partnered with the nonprofit Barbershop Books to pilot an early literacy-focused family and community engagement model throughout 2023 and 2024. Through this pilot program, four library systems identified and recruited local barbershops in their communities, set up and maintained a bookshelf of children’s literature in each shop, and partnered with the barbershops to host community events. The outcomes of the program were significant: the pilot improved access to books for an estimated 15,113 Black and African American males aged 5-9.

Join this webinar to hear what the Barbershop Books Pilot for Libraries revealed about effective library community engagement practices and review findings from ULC research on this pilot. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from library staff directly about their strategies.


Matthew Wims