Posted on January 13, 2019 at 4:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Rather than wringing their hands about low literacy rates and high numbers of homes without children’s books, the Chicago Public Library has launched an innovative program.

U.S. News & World Report recently shared a piece on the library system’s Laundromat Story Time program.

Once a week, librarians head to certain laundromats around the city and tell stories, sing songs, and play educational games with children.

The idea, says the program’s director, is to serve community members where they’re actually at.

And the article points out that the idea makes perfect sense, once you think about it: Children generate an outsized amount of laundry, and many lower-income families — among which literacy rates are lower — have to use off-site facilities.

Read more about the program on U.S. News & World Report’s website.

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