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Wash & Learn Initiative

Laundromats provide an ideal space to engage with busy families. Clients return weekly and wait an average of 90 minutes for their clothes to wash and dry. Laundromats are open almost 24/7, providing a space to learn even after the library has closed. LWB has worked in partnership with public libraries and community-based organizations to design, implement, and evaluate the Wash & Learn Initiative (WALI) in 8 states and the District of Columbia.

The Laundry & Literacy Coalition

In March 2017, Libraries Without Borders partnered with the LaundryCares Foundation and Too Small to Fail to create the Laundry Literacy Coalition. This national coalition of libraries and community-based organizations works together to share best-practices and tools. Our goal is to scale literacy programs to the waiting areas of all 30,000 coin laundries across the United States.

I’m a mom with 3 kids and 2 jobs. I want to take a computer class at the library, but my work schedule is always changing and I can’t afford to miss a shift. This program lets me learn on my own time.
— WALI Participant in Detroit

Wash & Learn Initiative National Sites

This is a list of all the past, present, and upcoming WALI national pop-up sites in the United States. Follow our Twitter @BSF_Intl and Instagram @librarieswithoutborders to keep updated on our ongoing programs.

CALIFORNIA

  • Family Laundry: 2609 Foothill Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601

MICHIGAN

  • Fit and Fold: 8735 2nd Ave. Detroit, MI 48202

  • Coinless Laundromat: 1309 Oakman Blvd, Detroit, MI 48238

  • Sunshine Laundry: 7810 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48210

MINNESOTA

  • Giant Wash Coin Laundry: 1675 Rice St., Saint Paul, MN

  • Tidalwave Laundromat: 1415 Fifth Avenue South, Anoka, MN

  • Giant Wash Coin Laundry: 401 First Avenue West, Shakopee, MN

NEW YORK

  • Lavanderia Express IV Inc: 756 St Ann's Ave, The Bronx, NY 10456

PENNSYLVANIA

  • Olympia Coin Laundry: 4313 Walnut St #43, McKeesport, PA 15132

  • Sudsy’s Laundromat: 2550 Brownsville Rd, South Park Township, PA 15129

TEXAS

  • EZ Wash St. Cloud: 319 St Cloud Road San Antonio, TX 78228

  • EZ Wash Culebra: 7616 Culebra Road San Antonio, TX 78251

MARYLAND

  • Sudsville Laundry: 7001 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, MD 21215

  • Sudsville Laundry: 3921 Erdman Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21213

  • Laundry City West: 3421 Frederick Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21229

  • HIPP Laundromat: 3101 Pulaski Highway, Baltimore, MD 21224

NORTH CAROLINA

  • The Wash House: 2000 Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, NC 27707

  • The Wash House: 1839 Liberty St, Durham, NC 27703

DONATE

Thank you for donating to support WALI. By meeting families at laundromat waiting areas, WALI reduces transportation and scheduling costs, allowing most WALI programs to cost under $1/engagement.

With any questions about WALI’s methodology, partners, demonstrated impact, and/or volunteer opportunities please e-mail Carly Wais at carly.wais[at]librarieswithoutborders.org.