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Family Pride Laundry in Springfield has a new spin for its customers: a children's library.

The idea of turning a corner of the laundromat into a place where youngsters can read originated with Amanda Brown, a 20-year-old student at University of Illinois Springfield.

"I was just really attracted to it because I love working with kids. And I thought this would be a perfect way to be able to help the community," said Brown, who is studying elementary education and communications.

Ryan Flynn, whose family owns the Family Pride at 1959 W. Monroe St. and three other laundries in Sangamon County, said he would like to see this project expand to other laundromats.

This story was published in the Illinois Times on Nov. 11, 2021.

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