I’ll take a novel with that free americano …


When I stopped by the Capitol Hill library last week to pick up a novel I had ordered (Haruki Murakami’s A Wild Sheep Chase, to be precise), the librarian asked me if I wanted to participate in the “Dive Into Summer Reading Program”. Turns out that Starbucks is sponsoring this adult reading promotion, which rewards you with a $4 “Literary Latte” Starbucks card (while supplies last) for reading three novels between June 1st and August 31 and then submitting a form listing the novels and including a brief comment about each of them. In addition to the coffee card, turning in a form also puts you in the running to win a “Booklover’s Basket” (1 per library branch).

Today when I went to pick up yet another novel (Caleb Carr’s The Italian Secretary: A Further Adventure of Sherlock Holmes, if you’re wondering), I dropped off the form and was given a coffee card. I was a bit leery about providing my email address as requested on the form, but the librarian told me it wasn’t required so I crossed it out.

You can go to the library’s Dive Into Summer Reading webpage to download a copy of the form. It can be turned in at any library location.

Anyone who has read my coffee shop reviews knows that I’m not a big booster of Starbucks — but free coffee is free coffee. Gracious thanks to Starbucks and our lovely city libraries for putting together this neat program.

While I’m at it, I should also mention that the library has a great kid’s summer reading program, with lots of scheduled events and rewards for reading books on the book list. This year’s theme is Reading Is Natural.

1 Comment so far

  1. naiah (unregistered) on July 8th, 2005 @ 10:04 am

    A starbucks card stashed in your wallet just might save you from a coffeeless day! Oh, the horror!!! :D

    Excuse me while I get back to sipping my iced caramel latte.

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