Digital equity—providing those in need with the resources and information to access the internet and its services—is the focal point of the just-launched Wash and Learn Initiative across Baltimore. The Enoch Pratt Free Library and Libraries Without Borders’ partnership, along with the support of the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation and the Media Democracy Fund, will see the introduction of laptops, tablets, and targeted programming inside four different laundromat locations in the city. Laundromats are a place of gathering—everyone needs to do their laundry. With this in mind, those behind the program decided that the best way to do outreach was to meet people where they are.
The Baltimore Sun: Surfing while sudsing: Baltimore Wash & Learn Initiative equips laundromats with computers /
Your neighborhood laundromat may no longer be a place to simply wash clothes and fight boredom. This week the Enoch Pratt Free Library and Libraries without Borders are installing computers and tablets in four large laundromats around Baltimore to bring technology tools to city communities where many residents lack internet access.