TELFORD — Giving books as incentives to young people taking part in Indian Valley Public Library reading programs isn't new.

What's new is the library's new book vending machine.  

"Giving books is part of what we've done for awhile," said library Director Margie Stern, "but this is kind of a unique way for kids to pick out their own book."

The machine, which was purchased by the IVPL Foundation of Friends, accepts tokens given by the library, not cash.

There are children's, youth and young adult books in the vending machine, Stern said. 

Programs that it has been or will be used in include Summer Quest, Winter Reading and 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, she said. 

"It's a brand new concept. My kids' school had it and I just thought it would be great," Stern said. "Most of them, they've been selling to schools, so I know we're one of the first public libraries in the area to get it." 

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