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Aunt Flow Model E Dispenser

Garland County Library Introduces Aunt Flow Dispensers

Original article written by Courtney Edwards of The Sentinel-Record

The Garland County Library implemented new Aunt Flow dispensers this past summer, offering free period products in the restrooms.

Tiffany Hough, the youth services director, and Katie Allen, the children’s librarian, were first introduced to the idea during a conference in Cincinnati, Hough said.

“So, it’s been a while since we first heard of the idea of a library offering menstrual products. And we both went, ‘Oh, well that completely makes sense.’ And then COVID happened and kind of put everything on the back burner. And so, we started looking at it again and looked at some different products and offerings and decided (on) Aunt Flow. There were some Arkansas libraries who were using Aunt Flow products, and they had good things to say,” Hough said.

Hough said the library had noticed a need for the dispensers, noting a number of patrons would come up to the front desk, asking for products.

“We have had patrons a number of times come up to the front desk, embarrassed because they needed help, that they got stuck without a product,” she said. “We were able to provide that just through our own products, you know, the employees were just able to help the person.”

Hough said the library doesn’t want patrons to have to come to the front desk or children’s desk to ask for help.

We just want that to be normalized and in the restroom the way toilet paper and soap and towels are in the restroom.

Tiffany Hough

Unlike coin-operated dispensers, the products in the library’s Aunt Flow dispensers are free, and all one needs to do is press the button for whichever product they need.

It has windows on the front, so you can see the product inside,” Allen said. “All you have to do is push the button, and what you need comes out.”

“I think people appreciate that they’re there,” Hough said. “They’re used, but not overused, which is what we wanted.”

I think it just makes sense for us to offer these to our patrons,” Allen said. “You know, half the population has a period at some part of their life, a large part of their life, and they don’t opt into that. It’s natural. It’s how our bodies are designed. So, it just makes sense that we would offer these products.

Tiffany Hough

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founder + ceo

Hi! I’m Claire. I founded Aunt Flow after getting my period in public without the supplies needed.

At 18 years old, I dedicated my life to developing a solution to ensure businesses and schools could sustainably provide quality period products, for free, in bathrooms. Our products are made with organic cotton and we are constantly working to reduce our environmental impact! Since 2021, we've donated over 6 MILLION period products to menstruators in need. I call this people helping people. PERIOD.®