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Wheatland library officials say they are introducing the nation’s first “robotic rural librarian,” an automated dispenser that will make books available anytime.

The GoLibrary equipment will be unveiled at 10 a.m. today in the park next to Wheatland Community Center, 101 C St. The event will include music, refreshments and a drawing for book-related gift baskets.

The book dispenser holds about 500 books. Users will be able to swipe their library cards and use the touch-screen to check out books.

The Yuba County Public Library used a $133,000 state grant to purchase the GoLibrary system, which was invented in Sweden and is being manufactured in Italy.