BRUCETON MILLS, W.Va. – Bruceton School held its grand opening for a new book machine on Tuesday.
The idea of a book machine arose after students were unable to get books from the library due to the pandemic and staffing problems.
The school’s librarians only volunteer and the school has struggled to keep the library open in recent years. So Bruceton School wanted to find a way to get books into children’s hands, and the book machine was the perfect solution.
Students can earn tokens from teachers and can use these tokens to get a book that they can take home and keep.
“It’s a great site to see that the kids are excited about reading, to see that they’re excited about getting a book and getting more books into the hands of kids, and that’s really what we’re trying to do with this to do,” said Jonas Knotts, the principal of the Bruceton School.
The book machine contains books for all grades, from pre-k picture books to eighth grade novels. It is the first of its kind in Preston County and North Central West Virginia.