Drones Will Drop Books to Students this summer
Popular Mechanics – “I think kids are going to be just thrilled to learn that they are going to be the first in the world to receive a library book by drone,” Kelly Passek, a librarian who works for Montgomery County Public Schools, told the Post.
Passek is the brains behind the operation. After receiving groceries in the mail through Wing’s drone delivery service, which launched last October in her area, she petitioned Wing to deliver books to kids in her school district. COVID-19 (coronavirus), she says, has made it difficult for some kids to access their summer reading materials, as e-readers like the Kindle can be too pricey for students, and in-person libraries aren’t an option at the moment.
Deliveries will begin this week, and there are about 600 children who live in Wing’s delivery zone who could benefit from the service. But Passek will do most of the heavy lifting: She’ll take students’ book orders through a Google Form, pick them up from district libraries, package them, and ultimately bring them to Wing’s delivery center. Then, the drones will deliver the books by lowering them to the ground on a string.
As for the returns? There’s no word yet on whether Passek or Google will pick them up. But we really, really hope the local library spares these kids any late fees.