Cari (@myschoollibrary) from the Centered School Library tweeted a fabulous Pin recently. It was of this wonderful gumball machine that had been transformed into a poem dispenser.
I tried to find the original source for this little gem, but had no luck at all. Instead, fate took over and the the following day I had a bit of time on my hands. What better way to spend a snow day than shopping on ebay? I started an intense search to see how cheaply I could find a gumball machine that would really work.
As I read descriptions of various machines that have been made, I found one that was able to vend 1-inch acorn capsules. These are available for sale on amazon (and probably other places). Finding one with a new lock and key seemed to be a plus as several were selling with no key available.
Less than a week later I have a vending machine filled with jokes and riddles in the library! I was able to make the machine free spin so it can be used without quarters. I keep a jar out for students to recycle the capsules.
I hope to mix up the content of the machine to try poetry, book recommendations, Dewey number suggestions, or trivia questions. I would like to create a station in the library where students can make their own contributions.
What wacky projects are you trying in your library?