The Beltsville MVA office is putting literature on the menu.

Waiting in line at the DMV is something all Americans dread. But the motor vehicle office in Maryland is trying to make the wait a little more entertaining with a new machine in the lobby. The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration has partnered with Prince George’s County Memorial Library System to place a short story kiosk in the Beltsville MVA branch.

Short Edition story printer

Courtesy Short Edition

It’s called the Short Edition kiosk, and it prints a selection of short stories on register paper, similar to those coupon printers found in retail stores. The machine was created by French company Short Edition to encourage the reading of literature. MDOT MVA and Prince George’s Library System saw the printer as a way to encourage reading beyond the library doors.

“PGCMLS is dedicated to working with our community to offer opportunities outside the neighborhood branch libraries, as well as excellent service when they visit,” said CEO Roberta Phillips. “We want to be there for our customers wherever they are, and this partnership offers a great opportunity to get stories to people while they have an extra minute to read. Push a button, get a story.”

The story kiosk has a library of more than 8,500 short stories, varying in length. Stories are free, and readers can choose between selections for kids or content for all ages. Short Edition has also made the machine earth-friendly with eco-friendly paper that is FSC- and BPA-free.

You can find Short Edition kiosks in other places around the U.S., including the Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Penn State University, and the Free Library of Philadelphia. You can try out the new short story kiosk on your next visit to the Beltsville MVA branch.

What do you think of this new concept? Would you go to the MVA just to try it out? Tell us in the comments!

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