ROCK HILL, SC (FOX 46 WJZY) — A local pastor and his wife are looking to increase literacy rates among children. They’re looking to put books into barbershops across Rock Hill. 

“The more they are able to read, the more exposure they have to books, the better they are,” said CT Kirk, the pastor of Sanctuary of Life Outreach Center in Rock Hill.  “Being able to put books in barbershops to encourage reading.”

Kirk and his wife are the founders of Books in Barbershops. 

“So many times I can remember as a child going to the beauty shop with my mom getting her hair done and I took books because I liked to read,” said Monique Kirk.

Their goal in the beginning is to get books in ten barbershops. 

The first stop is at King’s Cutz on South Oakland Avenue. 

“Reading is to fun to the mental. It’s fundamental. That’s how I was taught, reading is fun to the mental so I’m like make your mind fun,” said Solomon Knighton the owner of King’s Cutz. 

The Kirks are both educators in the Rock Hill area. Mrs. Kirk’s focus is on literacy. The books vary by reading level. 

“The best way to read more or read better,  if you want to become a better reader is to spend time reading so even an extra 20 or 30 minutes reading improves intelligence, thought process and imagination,” said Monique Kirk. 

You can help the Kirk’s get results. They’re accepting book donations so they can swap the books out every month.

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