After providing over 1,000 stories to students at Frank S. Greene Jr. Middle School this spring, the Palo Alto City Library Short Story Dispenser now moves to Mitchell Park Library to be one of the features of the Summer Reading Program. Since first going on display in Palo Alto City Hall last Fall, the Dispenser has been a popular, innovative way to encourage the community to experience reading short stories.
"Having the Short Story Dispenser in Greene Middle School library has been great!” said Amanda Collins, Teacher/Librarian. “Students who have never before read a short story were excited to come in and find a story to read. Some students would come get a story everyday, and at least one is attempting to read every single story included in the collection!"
The Dispenser will be located in the lobby at the Mitchell Park Library through the summer. Visiting the Dispenser for a free story is one of the Bingo card activities participants in the Summer Reading Program can complete for prizes. Prizes will be awarded for every five activities completed, with a final total of 25 needed to complete the card.
At the click of a button, the automated Short Story Dispenser prints a 1, 3, or 5-minute short story on an eco-friendly, receipt-like scroll of paper. Created by the French company, Short Edition, there are currently 80,000 stories in the collection that have been submitted by 8,000 authors. The company invites writers to submit original work to its publishing contests. You can find the submission guidelines here.
The Library will continue to rotate the Short Story Dispenser at various venues and events throughout the City so the community can experience it. In the Fall, students at Fletcher Middle School will get to “check it out”.
For more information about the Short Story Dispenser, please visit the Short Edition website here.
To learn more about the Palo Alto City Library’s Summer Reading Program, click here.