LLL partnered with SCARCE and their Literacy at the Laundromat project. Promotion of early literacy is crucial to children’s future success in school, and having books in the home is a large component of that. In many communities, children spend an average of 2 hours per week at the laundromat with their parents with nothing to entertain themselves. Through this project, children can read while waiting for their laundry and can even take a book home to keep.
250 books in English and Spanish were delivered to several laundromats in West Chicago. Donated bookshelves were re-finished and painted by a SCARCE intern who also used grand funds to purchase laminated signs containing fun games in English and Spanish to place around the laundromats. SCARCE will monitor the books at the laundromats and replenish the supply as needed.