May 26, 2022

Michigan: “Laundry, Libraries, and Literacy: Why One Group is Putting Books in Laundromats”

From Michigan Public Radio:

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.”

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