Google's sister company Wing will deliver library books to kids in Virginia this season so that they can do their summer reading. The books will be delivered to students in the state's Montgomery County School District.
Library books delivered by Wing drone
Kelly Passek a middle school librarian came up with the idea to deliver library books to kids this summer by drone. Passek happened to be one of the first customers to receive a Delivery by Drone when Wing's service launched in Christiansburg, Virginia last year.
Passek immediately recognized the potential of drone deliveries. She approached the company and asked them to deliver library books to students this summer. Today, in an article in the Washington Post Passek said:
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.
During the pandemic when people are increasingly staying home and socially distancing themselves, Wing has seen a massive jump in demand for its service. Earlier this spring, Keith Heyde, head of Virginia operations for Wing said that the company reached a high of 1,000 deliveries by drone globally within a single week.
The delivery of library books to kids in Virginia will start this week. Passek is doing much of the work behind the scenes as she receives the orders for books through a Google form. She will then gather the books package them up and bring them to Wing's facility so that they can be delivered by drone.
Within the delivery area, there are roughly 600 students who can all take advantage of Wing's drone delivery service. Passek said that the students will not have to return the books until school starts again in the fall. She added:
I'm hoping that we get our students that are already readers and students who are thinking it's going to be really excellent to get books delivered by drone.
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