This elementary school installed a book vending machine!

Brittany Sullivan  //  Dec 7, 2018

This elementary school installed a book vending machine!

Over in Buffalo, New York, one public elementary school has found a creative way to help students discover the joy of reading. Arthur O. Eve School of Distinction #61 has just unveiled a brand-new book vending machine in the school library, filled with Scholastic books!

To encourage reading in and out of school, all students in grades PreK–4 will have the opportunity to earn tokens through a rewards system including monthly visits to the library, which they can then exchange for free books of their choosing from the machine. Buffalo Public Schools unveiled the book vending machine on Tuesday, November 27th with a ribbon cutting ceremony. You can check out the highlights from the event on the Good News Network, The Buffalo News, Popsugar, Fatherly, WBFO Radio, WIVB-TV, WGRZ-TV, and more.

The Book Vending Machine, created by Global Vending Group, was purchased by School 61’s after-school partner, the Community Action Organization (CAO), which also donated $1,000 for book purchase. Books were donated by Scholastic and John Mika, founder of The Teacher's Desk, who has also offered to keep the machine stocked year-round.

This unique vending machine also seems to have caught the eye of authors, parents, educators, and book lovers on social media. Take a look at some of the great tweets, below!

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