Bringing Reading to Barbershops w/ @AlvinIrby and @BarbershopBooks


Alvin Irby is a passionate educator committed to innovative curriculum, child-centered education, and transformative teaching and leadership. As an award-winning comedian, national speaker, and workshop facilitator, he has inspired thousands of educators, barbers, youth development professionals, and public officials.

Irby studied Sociology and Economics at Grinnell College, received his M.S. degree in General Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education and completed his MPA degree in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy at the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. Irby has taught kindergarten and first grade in both charter and traditional public schools in New York City and served as Education Director at the Boys’ Club of New York in East Harlem.

In 2013, Irby founded Reading Holiday Project, Inc. and created Barbershop Books, a nationally recognized literacy program that places child-friendly
reading spaces in barbershops.


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