You’ve probably heard the term ‘food desert’ – it’s used to describe areas, typically urban, where it’s difficult to access quality, affordable food –
but some areas are ‘book deserts’ too. These are neighborhoods where kids may have access to libraries but lack the resources required for building a
home library of their own.
Studies have shown that having books at home has a positive effect on test scores and makes kids more likely to read for pleasure throughout life.
Proximity matters and there are lots of great programs that aim to get books into kids hands and keep them there.
Now, Jet Blue Airways is launching a pilot program in Southeast D.C. that aims to get books into homes. Starting Wednesday, July 8, their Soar with
Reading program will stock three vending machines throughout the area with free books for kids.
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Post 496595 posted on 10-7-2015 at 23:56
Unfortunately, I suspect that these machines are more likely to be vandalised than used properly. If kids are not encouraged to read at home, I doubt
that machine giving free books is going to assist in that. Yes, I understand the poverty aspect, but that does not stop a person acquiring reading
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