Drones to Deliver Library Books in Virginia

Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s…a drone carrying library books!

The new Virginia project is that drones will be supporting a social good: spreading knowledge and increasing access to educational resources.

It’s easy to see how this could prove helpful in the future to citizens who live far away from a public library, even beyond the days of COVID-19 restrictions. Even for those who live close by, it will provide a nice convenience.

Keith Heyede, Wing’s head of Virginia operations, feels a special kinship with this mission. His mother is also a librarian. The company will start delivering books to students in the Montgomery County School District who live within the Christiansburg delivery area this week. The services will be made immediately available to about 600 students.

Librarian Kelly Passek, WING
They’ll have plenty of time to enjoy their books, as they won’t be due back until school starts in the fall.

Meanwhile, Kelly hopes that the novelty of drone delivery will help get a few more kids excited about reading.

“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,” she said.

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