Emily Files

Over the next few months, Milwaukee residents washing clothes at laundromats will start to see something different: mini libraries.

A new city office focused on early childhood education is installing reading nooks in places where children tend to have downtime. The goal is to meet families where they are to encourage early literacy.

The first laundromat to participate in the initiative is Riverworks Coin Laundry, on Holton Street in Riverwest.

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Families of children with dyslexia want Wisconsin lawmakers to do more to help struggling readers. Dyslexia is a common reading disorder that makes it difficult to connect written text to spoken language. Children with dyslexia are at risk for reading failure if they don’t get early interventions.

Margot Mustich

In a past life, James Mustich steered people to a lot of books. Mustich co-founded and ran the book catalog A Common Reader for two decades. But his latest project takes that work one step — or maybe a thousand steps — further.

Mustich is the author of a new book, 1,000 Books to Read Before You DieIt's his first book, and it's been in the works for nearly 15 years. The book spans genres from fiction to memoir, to nature, to children's literature.