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Instead of borrowing a book, in one city it's possible to check out a robot.
The Chicago Public Library has a fleet of 500 robots. The gadgets are known as Finch Robots. The library is the first in the nation to allow people to borrow robots.
The robots can be coded to move. They can make noises, light up and even draw. Children as young as 8 years old can program the robots.
"We hope to inspire the next generation of technologists and computer scientists," said Jim Lecinski. He is the head of the Googles Chicago office. Google donated the robots.
The partnership with Google will support the city's push to give its people more chances to learn.
The robots were invented by a lab at Carnegie Mellon University. You can connect the robots to a home computer or laptop. You can download instructions from the company's website.
"Getting students excited about computer science at the primary and secondary school level is critical," Lecinski said.