Librarian uses drones to deliver books
The world is not a very happy place right now, but there are a few who have not accepted defeat.
With no amusement parks, picnics, or even movie halls, children have not much to do at home. Books are actually our best friends these days, and one person is making sure that all kids get their desired books.
Kelly Passek, a school librarian in Virginia, came up with a creative way to ensure that kids in her community still have books to keep them occupied: She’s delivering them by drone.
Passek, who works for the Montgomery County Public Schools, said when remote learning began in the school district due to the coronavirus, it became difficult for her to make these connections.
Then she was struck with an idea. Her family often uses Wing, a drone service from Google’s parent company Alphabet, to get essentials delivered straight to their door.
Passek thought maybe she could use the technology to fulfill library book requests from students.
Passek coordinates the delivery process with Wing. Students can request to take out library books using an online form. Passek fulfills the requests, packs the books up in special delivery boxes, then drops them off at Wing, which handles the drone deliveries.
Now, students in Montgomery County can choose from the library’s more than 1,50,000 titles, and have their books delivered right to their front yard.