Library access comes to Baker residents

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The Okaloosa County Library Cooperative’s Lending Machine at Baker Block Museum brings library resources to residents outside Crestview city limits. From left are Gabriel and Jacob Pilkington, who attended a ribbon cutting for the service on Friday.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 06:06 PM.

BAKER — They say good things come to those who wait, but for Baker residents who value literature and other library materials, the wait is over.

The Library Spot, a lending machine that offers books and DVDs to Okaloosa County library members, made its Baker Block Museum location official on Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the service that opened Feb. 28.   

The machine, the first of its kind in the county, offers a variety of books — from children's to young adult and adult bestsellers — and some of the latest family movies.

Ultimately, it offers Baker residents a local library service.

"It can take you 25 minutes just to drive to Crestview from here," cooperative coordinator Vicky Stever said. "We wanted to find a way to serve people without them having to drive so many miles and spending so much time."

The machine looks similar to a snack vending machine, but there is no charge to use the contents inside. You just need a library card. Nearby is a drop-off box for returning items.

"It’s a lot cheaper than buying books," Baker resident Christina Pilkington said.

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