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Drones Help Books Fly off the Shelves

Just as you finish reading the last line of a good book, close the cover and ponder what you want to read next, a drone comes flying to your doorstep to deliver your next great read. It sounds like something out of a futuristic novel, but the truth is, it’s happening now. 

Kelly Passek, a school librarian in Virginia, is making it happen. 

When schools let out to keep kids safe from the coronavirus, she knew she needed to find a new way to get books into little kid hands. She thought of Wing, a drone service her family uses to get their groceries delivered, and started brainstorming how she could use the same technology to get books into the hands of kids. 

“As a school librarian, it is extremely important to me to have connections with my students,” Kelly said. ”so that I can make sure that they have got access to the resources that they need and the resources that will allow them to be successful — not just academically, but also in life.”

Kelly asked the superintendent if he could help her use drones to fulfill library requests, and he agreed. The two worked with Wing to get the program started. 

“We are thrilled for this opportunity to have a really unique way to deliver resources to our students and do it practically on demand,” Kelly said. 

Kelly handles the student requests, packing up the books before sending them to Wing for delivery. 

So far, the service has dropped off more than 35 books for students at Kelly’s school. Students can chose from more than 150,000 different books in the school’s library. 

The future is now, y’all. 

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Jessie Harbin

Jessie lives in Meridianville with her husband, baby and four dogs. She thrives on chaos, and loves finding good news stories where you least expect them.

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