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Wash & Learn: Health Libraries in Laundromats - Minnesota

Libraries Without Borders (LWB) will facilitate health literacy programs inside laundromats in 3 new counties in Minnesota as part of LWB’s Wash & Learn Initiative (WALI). Implementing partners include the Minnesota State Library Services, the Saint-Paul Public Library, the Anoka County Library, and the Scott County Library. LWB will write and publish 3 case studies drawn from each county, highlighting best practices, We will share these findings across Minnesota through LWB’s partnership with the State Library Services. At the macro level, LWB aims to test several new methodologies of facilitation in order to better understand how to onboard low-income families to effectively use NNLM resources. In each laundromat space, laundromat clients will gain access to curated WiFi hotspots that re-direct them to MedLine Plus resources on personal devices. LWB will also work with the library systems to facilitate health literacy workshops and convene public health organizations to offer workshops during the laundromat’s peak hours.
Identify any specific population(s) this project will serve: 
Medically Underserved Areas/Populations
African Americans or Black
Latino or Hispanic
Identify roles of participants this project will serve: 
General public
Library or information professional
Public health professional
Project Lead:
Allister Chang
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Funding Period:
Jun 18, 2018 to Apr 30, 2019
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