Wash and Learn Initiative Transforms Laundromats Into Libraries

The Wash and Learn Initiative Baltimore seeks to transform laundromats in Baltimore into access points for digital learning and community development.

WaLibmore_350px_gifThe Enoch Pratt Free Library, which serves the residents of Baltimore with locations throughout the city, today announced The Wash and Learn Initiative Baltimore to transform laundromats into access points for digital learning and community development.

The program provides computers, tablets, books, and educational resources in order turn laundromats into informal learning spaces where patrons can access high-quality early learning and literacy materials as they wait for their clothes to wash and dry.

According to a press release:

Programmed Sites

Programmed Sites provide librarian-guided programming 10-hours per week on topics like computer basic, social media skills, G Suite, creating an email account, and more. One-on-one tech help is also available.

Independent Learning Locations

Independent Learning Locations provide curated databases and education portals for all ages on computers and laptops.

This includes coding games, literacy apps, and bilingual learning experiences on iPads just for children.

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Maryland’s counties share funding responsibility with the State for our libraries. In 2017, county governments directed more than $331 million to support local libraries and the services they provide for Maryland residents.

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