LITERACY AT THE LAUNDROMAT
Wash and Learn & Laundromat Library League
Laundromats have become a literacy hot spot in communities all over the country – as people convene, bring their children, and often spend 2-3 hours. The premise of today’s program – the Laundromat Library League is simple - makes children’s books available to children who have little or no access to books at home. Invite Children and caregivers – while at the laundromat - to enjoy a book, take it home, and eventually pass it on to another child. Over the past five years, they've spread into 24 states with nearly 500 volunteers. And they've donated 90,000 books.
Created by Libraries Without Borders, Wash and Learn aims to transform the 30,000 laundromats across the country into literacy hubs. Laundromats are now centers of conversation around reading and learning, and miniature versions of public libraries and all of their resources.