- Google's air delivery service, Wing, will soon begin to deliver library books to kids living in Christianburg, Virginia, per a report in The Washington Post.
- A middle school teacher received groceries through the drone delivery service last year and petitioned the company to start also sending books.
- At least 600 schoolchildren live in Wing's delivery zone and could benefit from the service.
In Nintendo's quarantine hit video game Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you can use a slingshot to knock down gifts floating through the air. But what if you could snag an item from the sky real life?
Thanks to a middle school librarian, children in Christiansburg, Virginia will be the first to find out what that's like. Google's parent company, Alphabet, operates an experimental air delivery service called Wing, which will soon begin using its fleet of drones to deliver library books to kids who need to complete their summer reading lists, according to a report in The Washington Post.
"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.
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