Have you ever stared at a soda machine and wished the sodas were books? No? Ummm, me neither . . .
It turns out, book vending machines have been trying to catch on for a long time. Like since 1822. Granted, the first purpose was questionable (getting dirty books into readers’ hands without incriminating the publisher), but we’ve come a long way since then. Right? As early as 1937, there was the Penguincubator, with all the lovely Penguin books in row. There’s something quite special about seeing a mass of color-coded Penguin books together.
Even though these machines never really gained popularity, they still exist in a few places—probably because of readers (like me) who panic when they’ve forgotten to bring a book.
- Singapore is ahead of the curve in this field. Each of their machines is filled with up to 150 books that focus on the local publishers and authors.
- The Monkey’s Paw machine in Toronto is just gorgeous. I would totally put one of these in my living room.
- And finally, just last month Detroit got some machines for young readers, thanks to Victoria Justice and Justin Upton. With their program, “the machines will be installed at locations across the city and provide free books to kids living in ‘book deserts,’ or areas where they have limited access to buy age-appropriate books.”
The important thing is to become (and stay) a voracious reader. If you’re not lucky enough to live near one of these machines, see if your neighborhood has a little free library. Or visit the actual library.
Having easy access to books helps keep us informed and imaginative and so much more. So keep reading!
Before I send you on your way, I want to remind you to send us a book selfie! We can’t wait to see what you come up with.
Happy Friday, all!