EUGENE, Ore. - Travelers flying through Eugene Airport can now pick up free reading at a new short story dispenser provided in a partnership among the Airport, Eugene Public Library and Eugene Public Library Foundation.
At the activation of a touch-free button, travelers can choose, Local, International or Kids options. A short story or poem is then dispensed using ink-free recycled paper.
The Local collection includes pieces submitted by more than 30 Lane County writers. Writings for future use can be submitted at the library website.
The short story dispenser is located on the landing at the top of the escalator to A Gates. One million people walk by that area each year.
According to ShortÉdition, the company that createsshort story dispensers,there are more than 300 dispensers in action worldwide, including Melbourne, Hong Kong, Paris, London, San Francisco and Philadelphia, which have served more than 5.6 million readers.
The Eugene Airport dispenser is the first in Oregon and the only one located at an airport in the Pacific Northwest.
All written works offered by the dispenser can also be read online on the library's website.