The West Central Community Center has received a new, futuristic friend.
The Spokane Public Library opened a 24-hour library kiosk at the center this week in an attempt to better serve a community that has had limited resources in the past.
The kiosk is essentially a massive book vending machine. It offers 340 media items to choose from, ranging from children's books to popular classics and new titles. Choices will be switched out periodically, just as they would at any library branch.
This contraption is the first of its kind in Washington state. Rae-Lynn Barber, the administrative services coordinator at Spokane Public Library, says the kiosk was placed in West Central in hopes of giving the community access to a resource they've been deprived of.
"We've struggle to deliver resources to the West Central neighborhood," Barber says. "[The West Central Community Center] is also the only community center in the city without a library on its campus, so that made it a natural fit."