City of Rancho Cordova, CA

02/21/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/21/2024 14:50

Pages of Possibility: Rancho Cordova Youth Center's Book Vending Machine Sparks Joy of Reading

The Rancho Cordova Youth Center (RCYC) has implemented something innovative and exciting for kids who love to read: a brand-new book vending machine. This creative addition was revealed at a ribbon cutting event this week, highlighting the City of Rancho Cordova's continued effort to foster a love for reading and the importance of literacy among our youth.

Thanks to a grant from the Community Enhancement and Investment Fund and in partnership with Kiwanis Club of Rancho Cordova, this project called "The Book Buddies Club Goes Interactive" aims to make reading fun for youth while rewarding them for their active participation in RCYC programs.

"This is more than just a vending machine; it's a gateway to imagination, knowledge, and adventure," said City of Rancho Cordova Mayor David Sander. "By providing children with access to books that resonate with their interests and experiences, we are laying the foundation for a lifelong love of reading."

The Book Buddies Club, led by the Kiwanis Club of Rancho Cordova, wants to help kids have more books at home and become better readers. Now, with this vending machine at RCYC, they're making it even more exciting. Kids can earn special tokens by joining in on RCYC activities run by the Rancho Cordova Police Activities League (PAL) and the Boys and Girls Club. These tokens are then redeemed when youth pick out books they want from the vending machine.

"Our Kiwanis Club has been giving books to local youth for years at schools and community events. Placing this machine at the Youth Center is just one more way that we can encourage reading by getting books into the hands and homes of youngsters," says Mark Supan, President of the Kiwanis Club. "We are grateful to the City of Rancho Cordova's Community Enhancement and Investment Fund for the grant we received to make this innovative resource available. We are also thankful that the grant is allowing us to provide books for the vending machines already in place at five local elementary schools," adds Supan.

At the big unveiling, PAL and the Boys and Girls Club each gave a token to a lucky child in attendance, letting them be the first to "buy" a book from the machine. It's a special moment that shows how much fun reading can be for kids in Rancho Cordova.