Since 2007, Bibliothèques Sans Frontières (BSF), our parent organization, has worked tirelessly to promote access to information across the world—from refugee camps in Bangladesh to rural areas in France. Since its founding, BSF has rooted its work in empowering and uplifting the voices of communities in need. A decade after BSF’s founding, BSF expanded itsRead more about From Rural France to Refugee Camps in Bangladesh[…]
What are manufactured housing communities? In 2019, the Park Plaza Cooperative, a resident-owned manufactured housing community (MHC) in Fridley, Minnesota, contacted Libraries Without Borders US (LWB US) about their interest in establishing a community library and learning hub in the cooperative’s storm shelter. Unfamiliar with the unique context of MHCs, LWB embarked on anRead more about Learning Hubs in Manufactured Housing Communities[…]
For the past 13 years, Libraries Without Borders has committed itself to providing equitable access to information, education, and cultural resources for under-resourced communities around the world. During the current crises, this mission means guaranteeing every family is able to access remote learning. However, as we strive to bridge the “digital divide” exacerbated by theRead more about Our Response to COVID-19 in Puerto Rico[…]
Why ConnectEd Technology Kits in Baltimore? By the summer of 2019, LWB had successfully launched four Wash and Learn Initiative (WALI) laundromat sites in Baltimore City, located in the neighborhoods of Patterson Park, Belair-Edison, Irvington, and Fallstaff. By October, however, LWB recognized the critical nature of another pressing need in Baltimore: census outreach. WithRead more about LWB Census Outreach & COVID-19 Response in Baltimore[…]
Libraries Without Borders firmly believes that connecting underserved communities to information is critical —especially in light of recent challenges posed by COVID-19.
In 2016, Libraries Without Borders created the Wash and Learn Initiative (WALI) to provide low-income families and other members of the community with access to information, education and culture. Through these programs, we transformed laundromats across the U.S. into resource centers where librarians, community-based organizations, and volunteers could promote literacy, learning, and engagement. In 2019, the WashRead more about WALI in the Age of COVID-19[…]