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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Around Dubuque...and now nationally, Courtney Holmes is known as the barber who trades trims for tales.

"Everybody's loving the story.  Everybody is like good job," said Holmes.

He's gained notoriety ever since giving kids free haircuts at a back to school event if they read aloud to him.

Holmes says it was about promoting grade level reading, which is still his mission.  "We're still trying to continue the reading with the kids, nationally, but also with the neighbors within our town as well."

Well,  people loved the story of the barber who inspires children to read -- and the story caught on. 

Holmes has been on national media, most recently the Rachel Ray Show, daytime talk show.

"Wow, I can't believe it, you  know.  It was kind of shocking but exciting at the same time.   It was fun, after looking back at it.  It was real fun to be out there," he said.

But Holmes says even if he didn't get his five minutes of fame...he would still focus on his mission.

"I'm glad that the outcome is big, but I still got work to do,  there's still kids need books, I'm still trying to spread this nationally, there's still a lot of work to be done," he said.

The Spark Family Hair Salon where Holmes works still holds free haircuts every first Tuesday of the month from four until six o'clock -- for kids that read to the stylists.  It's for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade. 

The next one is Tuesday Oct. 6. 

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