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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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Raising Cane’s Reading Challenge

Raising Cane's Reading Challenge for Kids Age 12 & Under

Reading at the Barbershop

Reading at the Barbershop with Solano County Library

Solano County Library is bringing books to barbershops!

Reading at the Barbershop helps boys learn to enjoy reading so that they can read to learn. Every participating barbershop has age-appropriate reading material to help young boys identify as readers by helping to increase their vocabulary, boosting their confidence, getting them comfortable with public speaking, and building relationship and networking skills by talking to the grown-ups around them.

Why is this important?

In California, boys are failing to meet the minimum reading and writing standards. Several studies have shown that boys tend to view school as a female pursuit and depict reading and writing as not being masculine. The program helps eliminate this by having more supportive males to connect with, right in their communities. Reading at the Barbershop is intended to build a sense of community that minority boys will need in order to “want” to read. We want to encourage you to be reading role models – family members and other trusted men who read the books will inspire and set the tone for the younger males reading experience.

Students who read just once or twice a month score higher reading levels than students who never read for fun. Boys that make one or two trips to the barbershop per month can significantly improve their reading scores.

Funding for this program comes from California Library Services Act, California State Library Families for Literacy, and First 5 Solano.


*Please be advised that certain locations may not be actively participating in Solano County Library’s Reading at the Barbershop due to COVID-19.

Vacaville Locations
Infinite Cuts: 801 Davis St. Ste E (707) 685-9567
Kings Cuts: 819 Davis St. Ste E (707) 208-6147
Final Kuts: 348 Merchant St, STE A (707) 685-9136
Rumourz: 1110 Marshall Rd, STE D (707) 449-0303

Vallejo Locations
G’s Cuts & Styles: 500 Florida St. (707) 647-7505
Edge of Colors: 1729 Springs Rd. (707) 410-9245

Fairfield Locations
Cut Creators: 1690 W. Texas St. (707) 628 -1284
Crowns: 1359 Oliver Rd. (707) 344-4317
Uptown: 1123 N. Texas St. (707) 425-6700
Wonder World: 3099 Travis Blvd. (707) 816-9754, (707) 425-6014
A Step A Head: 3065 Travis Blvd. Fairfield, CA 94533, (707) 428-4247

Solano Reads! Year Long Reading Challenge 


January 3, 2022 to December 31, 2022   

What is Solano Reads? (Learn more!)

Solano Reads is a year-round, all-ages, community wide celebration of all kinds of reading. Reading just twenty minutes per day builds empathy for others, creates a strong vocabulary, and positively affects and boosts your mental and physical health. Reading can be a part of anyone’s routine whether it’s 20 minutes a day, every other day, or once a week.

The Challenge

Set a goal to regularly read in 2022. Beginning January 3, 2022, sign up at any Solano County Library branch. You will receive a card where you can track your reading progress.  Prefer to log your progress online? You can do so with our reading app, Beanstack ( However, using the app is not a requirement. Commemorative pins will be available each time you reach a milestone.  All registrants will be eligible for quarterly prizes which will include gift cards and other giveaways.

Solano Reads Milestones Pins!

Example Goals:
20 minutes/day: 7300 minutes or more
20 minutes/3x week: 3120 minutes
20 minutes/twice a week: 2080 minutes
20 minutes/week: 1040 minutes

Level 1: 7000+ minutes
Level 2: 5000+ minutes
Level 3: 3000+ minutes
Level 4: 1000+ minutes

What counts as reading?

You can read books, magazines, newspapers, comics, blogs, or listen to audiobooks. Pre-readers can participate by having their caregiver or adult read to them. Storytimes count too!

Tips to Find the Time to Read:

Do you want to read more but feel like you don’t have the time? You are not alone.

  • Try audiobooks.

Audiobooks are one of the best ways to begin reading more. You can download directly to your phone and listen whenever you like. Check out services such as Libby by OverdriveHoopla, or BookFlix for a wide selection of audiobooks.

  • Look into eBooks.

Instead of having to carry a book around everywhere you go, you can bring your phone or eBook reader and have as many books as you would like on hand.

  • Find books that interest you.

Read for fun or what interests you. This will make you like reading more. If what you like is fiction, read fiction. If you enjoy romance novels, then go for it. Not liking the book you started? No problem—put it down and find a new one! Your minutes count, even if you don’t finish every book.

  • Make a commitment to read for 20 minutes a day, a few times a week, or even once a week.

Hold yourself accountable and find a part of your day when you think you will be able to pick up a book. It could be on your commute to work, right before bed or before dinner. Getting into a routine will keep you more disciplined and it will better prepare your mind for reading.

  • Commit with friends or family.

Reading with someone else can be a fun way to stay motivated. Pick a book to read with a friend or family member and, separately, you can both read it. You will be able to keep each other accountable and talk about the things you are learning throughout. Join a book club, meet new people or make friends and discuss books in a relaxed atmosphere. This makes the experience more enjoyable, and it will make you more likely to do the reading.

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