Transcript for New Vending Machines Bring Books to Kids in DC Neighborhood
A different kind of vending machine, one that doesn't dispense food but gives kids in need something else to devour, books. David Wright has more on the program encouraging Reading just by the press of a button. There was a door -- Reporter: 7-year-old iona George loves to read. Looks like you just started that one. I'm on chapter five. Reporter: Chapter five. But in her neighborhood in southeast Washington, D.C., finding books is not so easy. Eye recent study find here there's just one age appropriate for sale for every 830 kids. Nevertheless, iona has managed to amass quite a collection. Where did you get this. From the vending machine. Reporter: Books literally falling into the hands of children. Read it. You want to read it. Reporter: Part of jetblue's soar with Reading initiative. Like getting a candy bar. Yes. Reporter: But instead getting a book. How do you pay for it. You don't pay for it. Reporter: It's free. Yes. Reporter: The book vending machines arrived here in July. Three machines at three different locations in anacostia. Washington Redskins quarterback Robert griffin iii there to help see the community into this new chapter. Nice pictures. Reporter: So why is the vending machine any better than the library. Because with the library you have to bring it back. Reporter: Here you get to keep the book. Yes. Reporter: Literacy experts say owning the books can inspire children to read more. Gives her a chance to start having her own collection of books. Reporter: She's got quite a library going. Oh, my goodness. Reporter: At this local church -- Reading books that are in the vending machine so now they can take that book home and they can keep Reading it over and over again. It's just wonderful. Reporter: While the vending machines are temporary, jetblue hopes their experiment will inspire local businesses to start selling more kids' books. I know we're making an impact here in the community. Reporter: A neighborhood turning the page inspiring a new generation of urban scholars. For "Good morning America," David Wright, ABC news, Washington. He did a great job of bringing that to light and the program has given out 16,000 books in that community with the commitment to give out 84,000 more. The books ship every two weeks. Jetblue is now in the process much picking the next community for its vending machine. I hope it sparks others to do the same thing. Seems like such a no-brainer and when you see little girls like that who they have this book and we've all been exposed to Reading at a little age but you can't take it for granted. It does make a difference to have your own book. It really does so again our many thanks.
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