PCL and Libraries Without Borders will partner to provide direct services to Olneyville residents as they use the local laundromat, amble in the flea market and return home to the Manton Heights housing development. The Legal Literacy Initiative strives to bring library services and legal resources to everyday places frequented by residents and provides help with issues such as immigration and housing law.
The pilot program will run on a regular schedule from July 28 to September 8 on the following days, times and locations:
Monday, 2:30PM -4:00PM: Manton Heights , 31 Salmon Street
Monday, 4;00PM - 5:50PM: Showcase Laundromat, 65 Manton Avenue
Wednesday, 2:30PM -4:00PM Bus Station, Olneyville Square
Wednesday 4:00PM -5:30PM: Manton Heights, 31 Salmon Street
Saturday, Noon - 1:30PM: Flea Market, 120 Manton Avenue
Saturday, 1:30 - 3:00PM: Showcase Laundromat, 65 Manton Avenue
Guided by library staff, participants will have access to computer tablets and a WiFi hotspot at each program location, through which they can access legal resources as well as information on digital literacy, English-language learning and health and job opportunities. Kate Lentz, 2018 Carter Innovation Fellow, will give out free books for children through her Raising Readers in Rhode Island Initiative and recruit volunteers to read in the laundromat and other venues. Providence Public Library and Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island will provide additional support. The program creators hope to establish one permanent learning space in Olneyville and have it in place by early September.