Stories with Style event is Monday, Aug. 9

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Stories With Style: Kids can get free haircuts while reading

The Natchitoches Parish Library (NPL) is partnering with local studios, stylists and the Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) to bring free haircuts to kids Monday, Aug. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the library’s main branch. School-aged children, 18 and under, will get a free haircut in exchange for reading or being read to while in the barber’s chair.

CLTCC Cosmetology Instructor Petula Holden recruited local talent to staff the event. “One of my favorite things is giving back and interacting with the people in our communities,” said Holden. “I’m very thankful for our volunteers committing their time and joining in with us for this great event.”

Parents may register to guarantee a spot for “Stories With Style” by calling the NPL at (318) 238-9222, or by messaging the library on Facebook. The event will be held at the main branch, 450 Second St. In addition to CLTCC, local shops participating include Kajun Jeanie Wax Studio, Southern Roots Salon, Visions Salon & Barbershop and Le’ Chic Salon.

Local hairstylist Colie Hall, who works out of Southern Roots Salon, is participating in the event to help CLTCC, who has always been a great help to her. “This is important to the community to help ones who may or may not have been able to get a clean haircut before the start of school,” said Hall. “It will help the kids feel more confident starting school. I have been very blessed with my business and it is a great feeling to be able to donate my time and services to give back.”

“We are lucky to be a part of a community that values literacy and education and is so willing to partner with the NPL to reach the children of our parish,” said Jessica McGrath, NPL Director. “We hope that this service will raise awareness for the library’s many resources available to help during the school year, while also inspiring confidence in kids as they return to school in the coming days.”

While waiting for a turn for a haircut, the library’s many colorful titles, exciting plots and interesting characters will be available for browsing. Each child will read a book of their choosing or they may elect to be read to.

For more information, follow the NPL on Facebook and sign up for the monthly newsletter at natlib.org. More information about other online and in-person resources is also available on the NPL’s website.