Story Time With Style


Story Time With Style Helps Sharpen Reading Skills

Mayor Lovely A. Warren and many community partners hope to increase recreational reading by offering children books in a comfortable setting--local beauty salons and barber shops. 

***NEW: Help us replenish our Story Time With Style bookshelves with new books.

  Story Time with Style Book Drives

Help Mayor Warren combat illiteracy in our community. Drop off a new or gently used book and help a child discover the joy of reading.

Saturday, July 28
12 to 3 p.m.
Kut and Edge Barbershop, 141 State St., Rochester
Hosted By Damien Faison Sr. and Kut and Edge Barbershop

Saturday, Aug. 11
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Brue Coffee, 960 Genesee Street, Rochester
Hosted By Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Theta Upsilon Sigma Chapter

Saturday, August 25
12 to 3 p.m.
New Creations Unisex Shop, 647 Jefferson Ave. Rochester
Hosted By: Councilman Willie Joe Lightfoot and New Creations Unisex Shop


When you place an order, please select City Hall, 30 Church St. for the shipping address. Your book will be received by the Mayor's office and delivered to a participating salon). 

Data provided by the New York State Department of Education shows that only four percent of African-American students and three percent of Latino students are proficient in reading by the third grade. Data shows that students who struggle by the end of third grade are 13 times less likely to graduate high school by the age of 19. 

Participating salons and barbershops in the city of Rochester are hosting bookshelves filled with children’s books that have been provided by our community partners. The ultimate hope is that boys and girls will continue to associate waiting with reading and chose to do so whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Neighborhood beauty salons and barbershops tend to become a natural gathering place for young men and women – perhaps they will see children reading in a comfortable setting and feel compelled to serve as literacy mentors for young boys and girls.

Story Time With Style Community Partners

Story Time With Style Locations

  • Andre’s Barbershop and Unisex Salon, 881 Portland Ave.
  • Arlene’s Unique Styles Beauty Salon, 983 Hudson Ave.
  • Children’s Gallery, 2855 Dewey Ave.
  • Forte Styles Beauty Shop, 517 Thurston Rd.
  • Forty Acres, 515 Thurston Rd.
  • Mass Appeal Barbershop, 515 East Main St.
  • Marcel's Salon (inside of New Born Fellowship Christian Center) 1550 N. Clinton Ave.
  • New Creations Unisex Barbershop, 647 Jefferson Ave.
  • Ronnie’s Kids Kuts, 2229 Clifford Ave.
  • Signature Styles, 663 Thurston Rd.
  • Tatinan's Unisex Salon, 1534 Dewey Ave.
  • 3Kingz Hair Gallery, 342 Thurston Rd.
  • Top Notch Barbering, 970 South Clinton Ave.
  • Wade and Me Barbershop, 1365 Culver Rd.
  • Glover’s Barbershop, 700 South Ave.
  • Ines Casa de Hair, 1505 N. Goodman St.
  • Whitmore International Barbershop, 213 Monroe Ave.
  • Barber Loft. LLC, 1460 Lyell Ave. 

Business Owners Interested in Participating

There is no cost to participate--only a willingness to encourage children to read. If you are a salon owner or barber shop owner interested in participating in Story Time With Style, or if you have any questions about the initiative, contact Ayriona Winston at 428-6416 or via email at