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Arthur O. Eve School of Distinction Unveils a Book Vending Machine

A Book Vending Machine has been added to the library at Arthur O. Eve School of Distinction #61 to encourage reading in and out of school as well as increase every child’s overall excitement about reading. All children will have the opportunity to receive new books for their home libraries by receiving tokens through a rewards system consisting of rotating classroom visits to the vending machine each month. The books will be labeled to ensure children are selecting appropriate books for their age level.  


The Book Vending Machine was the idea of Assistant Principal Dr. Unseld Robinson, and was purchased by School #61’s after-school partner, the Community Action Organization (CAO), who also donated $1,000 for book purchase. John Mika, founder of The Teacher's Desk donated books and has offered to keep the machine stocked.  Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company also donated books.  All books are available to all students in grades PK to 4 at no cost. 


There was  a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on November 27 during which a group of School 61 students demonstrated the Book Vending Machine. Mr. Henri Muhammad and his violin students performed. Principal Parette Walker and Joanna Rozier-Johnson, Director of Youth Services at the CAO cut the ribbon. Guest speakers included New York State Regent Dr. Catherine Collins, and Sharon Belton-Cottman, Board Vice President of Executive Affairs.

Watch a video of the machine at work!


Video Montage


Videos are courtesy of WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley.