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Free Book Vending Machines Launched Across All NYC Boroughs

CBSLocalNY: “School has been out for a few weeks, and if you’re worried about your child going through summer brain drain, there are some innovative vending machines opening today that might help them out. When you think vending machines, it’s usually chips and soda. But these are filled with free books, and they’re for everyone, reports CBS2’s Cindy Hsu. The idea is to promote reading for toddlers to 14-year-old readers, especially in under-served communities. Marley Dias, from West Orange, N.J., is 14, and helped unveil the vending machines. “They can take as many as they want, they are free. One hundred percent, and you don’t have to return them,” she said. There are six vending machines throughout the five boroughs, and they’re part of the Soar With Reading program from Jet Blue. “Book ownership does help raise levels of intelligence in kids,” said Dias. “It raises curiosity, it raises their ability to feel conscious, aware and motivated to keep on learning…”

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