A short-story vending machine has arrived in Seattle

Dec 15 2020, 4:32 pm

Step into The Station on Beacon Hill for friendly service, some of the best coffee in Seattle, and the Seattle Public Library’s short-story dispenser.

Simply wave your hand over the kiosk-like contactless dispenser to receive a one-, three-, or five-minute short story to read on the spot or take with you.

The story dispenser will move to different locations in Seattle, so be sure to stop by before it’s gone. Currently, the kiosk generates adult fiction – both contemporary and classic – but it may change in the future to complement the location, season, or related Library programs.

“As a beloved community space in the heart of Beacon Hill, The Station is the perfect location to test-drive this new way of connecting people to literature,” said Andrew Harbison, the Seattle Public Library’s assistant director of Collections and Access, in a press release. “We hope that it will introduce an element of surprise and delight in Seattle residents’ days during this difficult time and remind them of the Library’s role in bringing literature to the community.”

Those interested in eating and reading at The Station can enjoy some tasty breakfast and brunch from 7 am to 3 pm daily.