The Laundromat Library League makes children’s books available to children who have little or no access to books at home. We place them in laundromats and similar sites in which children and caregivers spend time waiting. Children and caregivers are invited to enjoy a book, take it home, and eventually pass it on to another child.
We have the simple mission of providing children's books to children, primarily by placing them in laundromats. Presently we are reaching children in 20 states: Arizona, Arkansas, Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia. We are able to provide all the books needed initially, usually by mail, and to mentor distant sites into finding them through local sources.
The Laundromat Library League (LLL) is an all-volunteer organization, with over 420 people contributing in some way. Volunteers range in age from 8 to 80. Some deliver books to laundromats or monitor a site twice a month. Others hold book drives or organize books into the sets of 60 that we place in a site. Each set of 60 books has the full range of levels—from toddler to teen, fiction and non-fiction.
If you drive near a laundromat and are willing, you can help us deliver. If you are part of a community that may have books to share, you can be an important part of a book drive. Our need for books is ongoing. We also need funds with which to purchase books in categories that rarely come in as donations, such as books in Spanish or with multicultural settings. This website has a “donate” link you can use to donate via PayPal or your credit card, or you can be in touch for a mailing address for a check.
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