Michigan: “Laundry, Libraries, and Literacy: Why One Group is Putting Books in Laundromats”
Pretend it’s Saturday.
You and the kids are running errands, including a several-hour stop at the laundromat. They are bored, you are bored…. What if you could use that washer time for something like education? What if your laundromat had the services of a library?
Well, over the summer, this started happening in Detroit.
Allister Chang is executive director of an organization called Libraries Without Borders, which is partnering with area laundromats and other organizations to create an innovative program called Wash and Learn. He joined Stateside to discuss the idea.
Chang described the mission of the nonprofit as “to expand access to information.”
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.