May 25, 2022

Minnesota: New “Wash and Learn” Program is Bringing the Library to a St. Paul Laundromat

Two reports.

From Minnesota Public Radio:

Starting Saturday, the St. Paul Public Library is joining a national effort that provides “pop-up” libraries in laundromats. The “Wash and Learn” program will debut locally at Giant Wash, 1675 Rice St.

Under the program, laptops and WiFi hotspots are installed at the laundromat. Librarians will be on site a few hours each Saturday through early October to lead workshops, conduct storytimes for children, and help people access library resources. There also will be shelves of books and other materials that people can check out, or read on-site.


The St. Paul Public Library is partnering on the program with Minnesota State Library Services in several small towns in Minnesota and the nonprofit group Libraries Without Borders.

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