Remote learning has been given “wings” during the COVID-19 pandemic as one dedicated librarian teamed up with a drone company to deliver summer reading books to students. Kelly Passek, a middle school librarian in Montgomery County, Virginia is using quadcopters from Wing, a drone company owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, to make book deliveries in under three minutes.
The library book delivery inspiration came after Passek saw the seamless delivery of fresh food and essentials via drones. There is some manual labor to get books to kids, however. Passek takes requests via a Google Form, then packs up the books and drops them off at Wing’s facility, which is a small task considering the long-term benefits.
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Wing’s drones can carry payloads of up to three pounds, so up to five paperbacks or so can be delivered. Eligible students can request over 150,000 books from the library, and the airborne delivery is free-of-charge.