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Image of Short Story Dispenser makes its debut in Steamboat, the first in Colorado

02-07-2019

Short Story Dispenser makes its debut in Steamboat, the first in Colorado


Image of Short Story Dispenser makes its debut in Steamboat, the first in ColoradoBud Werner Memorial Library is the first location in Colorado to offer the Short Story Dispenser, a new permanent acquisition. (Courtesy photo by Jennie Lay)
In today's all-too familiar pandemonium of everyday life, free time is often a distant daydream. Reading? For many, that too seems far fetched. The French publishing company, Short Édition, has a solution — one that offers intellectual breaks of spontaneous prose combined with passion. It's known internationally as "The Short Story Dispenser," and it's inspiring a community of readers with more than 100,000 short stories by 9,000 authors from classic literary short works, such as Shakespeare and Virginia Woolf. "Stories elevate our lives," said Jennie Lay, adult programs coordinator for the Bud Werner Memorial Library.
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Image of Power of stories meets power of healing

11-08-2018

Power of stories meets power of healing


Last week, there was a new first – Doylestown Health was the first healthcare system in the United States to offer Short Story Dispensers. Two Short Story Dispensers were installed, one at Doylestown Hospital and the second at Pine Run Retirement Community. Each gives a patient, visitor or Villager choices to print and read short stories varying in length from one, three or five minutes.
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Image of [ US ] Philadelphia airport installs 'short story dispenser' to help travelers pass time

08-14-2018

[ US ] Philadelphia airport installs 'short story dispenser' to help travelers pass time


Philadelphia International Airport appears to be on a mission to improve the traveler experience: first they made a quiet room, and now they're offering free reading material for it. [...]“Our goals are to create excitement about reading in unexpected places throughout the city and to increase public awareness of the Free Library’s programs and services,” said Reardon. “Having a kiosk at Philadelphia International Airport in the Library space there continues our outreach to people who may not be Free Library regulars, but who would enjoy a quick, accessible read."
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Image of [ US ] Short Story Dispenser unveiled at Philadelphia International Airport

08-10-2018

[ US ] Short Story Dispenser unveiled at Philadelphia International Airport


Image of [ US ] Short Story Dispenser unveiled at Philadelphia International AirportPhiladelphia International Airport
Being stranded at the airport usually means scrolling through social media, or picking up a newspaper or magazine. But those doesn't need to be your only options at Philadelphia International Airport, where a free, no-WiFi-required alternative was unveiled Friday: a Short Story Dispenser, put in place by the Free Library of Philadelphia. The five-foot-tall, screenless kiosk is in the concourse between Terminals D and E. "We have the best — and the first, by the way — relationship between a city airport and a library," said Chellie Cameron, CEO of the airport and Philadelphia's director of aviation.
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Image of [ US ] Story dispensers on display at Richland library

07-18-2018

[ US ] Story dispensers on display at Richland library


Image of [ US ] Story dispensers on display at Richland libraryTony Tallent, chief program and innovation officer at Richland Library, with the spoils from a short story dispenser. (Photo/Travis Boland)

Three short story dispensers are now up and running at the Richland Library Main location at 1431 Assembly St.

The dispensers were provided to the library through a grant from the Knight Foundation. In May, Columbia was announced as one of U.S. four cities selected to receive the dispensers. [...]

“The ideal of this is to have these in the community places and events,” Tallent said. “We hope it will elevate a focus on literacy and get people interested in reading in a different way.”


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Image of [ US ] Live your best life - From awww to awesome

07-01-2018

[ US ] Live your best life - From awww to awesome


Small Prints
Once upon a time, a kiosk dreamed of delivering something more exciting than tickets. Then, one day her wih came true: she became a Short Story Dispenser, printing free stories and poems...
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Image of [US] This 'vending machine' dispenses free short stories

05-17-2018

[US] This 'vending machine' dispenses free short stories


Once upon a time there was a start-up with a dream of bringing the pleasures of reading to more people. Happily, this dream came true. At the push of a button the Short Story Dispenser prints out fiction that can be read in one, three or five minutes, for free.


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Image of [ US ] Short Edition Story Dispenser

04-23-2018

[ US ] Short Edition Story Dispenser


Image of [ US ] Short Edition Story Dispenser
Ideal for spots where a wait is inevitable, the Short Edition Story Dispenser spits out short stories for free.
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Image of [ US ] The Vending Machine That Spits Out Short Stories

04-16-2018

[ US ] The Vending Machine That Spits Out Short Stories


Stories are shared many ways. They are recounted in books and magazines. They are read aloud around the campfire at night. They are randomly dispensed from stand-alone kiosks, doled out on strips of paper like grocery store receipts.
Wait, what was that last one?
Leave it to the French, with their love of Voltaire and Simone de Beauvoir, to revive literature in the era of hot takes, fast news and smartphone addiction.
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Image of [ US ] Print isn't Dead: Your Guests will Love this Short Story Machine

04-09-2018

[ US ] Print isn't Dead: Your Guests will Love this Short Story Machine


Image of [ US ] Print isn't Dead: Your Guests will Love this Short Story Machinephoto Kalman N. Muller

Patrons at the bar of Cafe Zoetrope in San Francisco have a diversion to help pass the minutes: They can read a story. It’s not a story on their phone or Kindle, or even an honest-to-goodness book, but a story they have printed out from a dedicated machine that stands in the bar.
Short Edition is a French company which, having had success in its native country across 150 venues, turned its attention to U.S. shores.


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Image of [ US ] Short Story Dispenser to spit out free stories at three locations around Philadelphia

03-22-2018

[ US ] Short Story Dispenser to spit out free stories at three locations around Philadelphia


Like picking up a pack of Oreos from the cafeteria vending machine, a new kiosk concept in partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia will allow visitors to obtain short stories at the touch of a button. Announced Thursday as part of the Public Library Association’s 2018 conference, Philadelphia was selected as one of four cities to receive a grant for Short Story Dispensers.
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Image of [ US ] ICYMI: The Prudential Center Is Equipped With a Short-Story Dispenser

03-13-2018

[ US ] ICYMI: The Prudential Center Is Equipped With a Short-Story Dispenser


Image of [ US ] ICYMI: The Prudential Center Is Equipped With a Short-Story Dispenser
Push a button. Read a story.
This is the concept behind the short-story dispenser installed at the Prudential Center, one of the few locations in the U.S. to host a vending machine-like device that lets passersby access short stories for free. On Saturday morning, the dispenser was located in the middle of the Back Bay Arcade.
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