Extension is excited to launch the Eau Claire Laundromat Libraries, in partnership with the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. This initiative aligns with Extension’s value of programming in spaces where families visit, live, work, and play. Laundromats are places where families often gather for a few hours, and these are perfect opportunities to encourage brain building! The books and resources are available in English, HMoob/Hmong, and Spanish, and they provide opportunities for families to engage in positive interactions, such as reading and playing.
Extension is grateful for the support of local, state, and national partners who brought this project to life, including L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, The Women’s Giving Circle Fund of the Eau Claire Community Foundation, Neighbor to Neighbor | Vecino a Vecino, United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley, Extension Specialist Dr. Rob Nix, Extension Specialist Jenna Klink, APA’s Magination Press and Too Small to Fail.
COMING SOON! Extension hopes to provide similar resources in other communities and spaces, such as rural communities, grocery stores, faith-based institutions, and community centers. Are you connected to potential donors? Know of a space that could house a library kit? Email firstname.lastname@example.org, and let’s chat!
Partnering Laundromats in City of Eau Claire
Laundry Express Laundromat
2655 Golf Road
London Road Laundromat
2820 London Road
3061 N Hastings Way
3233 Seymour Road
Super Wash Laundromat(s)2625 N Clairemont Avenue
2703 Birch Street
Vine Street Laundry
2005 8th Street
We Need Your Feedback!
Have you visited one of the Eau Claire Laundromat Libraries? If so, please take a quick survey by clicking the link below! Your feedback helps us improve service and share this initiative’s impact with stakeholders. Thank you!
Interested in learning how to start a laundromat library in your community?
Below are some resources that our team reviewed when looking to bring laundromat libraries to the city of Eau Claire.
Laundromat Library League – This nonprofit organization provides children’s books to laundromats for families to enjoy. They have also generously provided resources on how to start a branch in your community. Click “Get Involved” at the top of the website to learn more.
Laundry Literacy Coalition – This coalition was created by the LaundryCares Foundation and the Clinton Foundation’s Too Small to Fail initiative to make early literacy resources available to underserved communities through local laundromats. Explore the site, and be inspired!
Talking is Teaching – This is a public awareness and action campaign that supports parents and caregivers in boosting children’s early brain and literacy development through simple, everyday actions. Under the “Resources” tab on the website, you can find tips on how to turn ‘wash time’ into ‘talk time!” This is where you can also access the themed monthly bundle called “Let’s Talk About Laundry Time.”