Book vending machine – Metro Nashville Public Schools


Today was an exciting day for the readers of Glencliff Elementary School. The school unveiled its first Inchy Bookworm vending machine, which functions as a snack vending machine.

Student Kimberly Garcia Sanchez had the honor of practically demonstrating to her fellow students and teachers how the machine works, by depositing a special coin she had won, then collecting her book, “Happy Pig Day”, after that it fell from its rack to the bottom of the machine.

Glencliff Media Specialist Robin VanWinkle picked Kimberly because the fourth grader logged over 800 minutes of reading in Glencliff’s Beanstack Reading Tracker, making her the top reader in the school and the first student to select a book.

“I’m so happy to have read so many minutes,” Garcia Sanchez said.

The distributor encourages reading while reinforcing positive behavior. Students can either record a minimum of 800 minutes of reading or earn a total of 75 Dojo Points to receive a coin for the Book Machine. Students can then take the books home to create their own personal libraries.

This is MNPS ‘third vending machine, with two more located at Whitsitt Elementary and Fall-Hamilton Elementary; more machines are coming.

“We’re excited to be at the top of the trajectory of how kids are going to love to read,” said Glencliff CEO Julie Hopkins. “Our librarian, Ms. VanWinkle, had an idea to get the machine and I absolutely supported the idea, and now here we are. “

The vending machine was funded by the school’s federal grant from the school’s Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP), and more than 900 pounds have been donated for the machine by LP PENCIL Box and the Kiwanis Club. The books are available to students in English and Spanish.


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