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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Library summer reading programs for adults and more

Summer reading programs are no longer just for kids. Most libraries now offer adult reading programs, as well.

In our library system (Sno-isle Libraries), the summer adult reading program offers $5 Starbucks gift cards to everyone who participates, plus has a drawing for the prize of a Nook Tablet. Simply read 3 books, write 3 brief reviews before August 15th (in person or online) and collect your gift card, plus be entered to win 1 of 3 Nooks. The adults in our family have been doing this for the past several years. It's one of the ways we get our Starbucks fix for free.

Here's a sampling of what other library systems are offering this summer.

Stratford Library, Stratford, Conn. -- read book, fill out a slip with title of book, and be entered to win drawing for a prize
Cranford Library, Cranford, NJ -- read, fill out reading logs and submit to be entered for weekly drawings, and 3 grand prize drawings for $75 restaurant gift certificates
Royal Oak Public Library, Royal Oak, Mich. -- read and enter for drawings for prizes
Los Gatos Public Library, Los Gatos, CA -- read 5 books, submit 5 reviews, and receive a $5 gift card to Amazon
Westfield Washington Public Library, Westfield, Indiana -- read 10 books, receive a $5 gift card to Target or Barnes & Nobles, plus be entered to win one of over 100 prizes

Like I said, this was a sampling. I found so, so, so many more libraries in the US offering prizes, drawings and giveaways. It's not just in the USA, here are just a couple of listings in Canada

Milton Public Library, Milton, Ontario, Canada -- read from a specific list, be entered in monthly drawings for prizes
Fraser Valley Regional Library, Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada -- read books, be entered into drawings for prizes

If you're going to be reading this summer, anyways, why not use your reading to enter a drawing for a nice prize?  The prizes I saw at the various sites ranged from free dinners out, to E-readers, to sporting event tickets. Drop in to your local library and find out what's going on for adults this summer.

And what if your library isn't offering any prizes for reading this summer? What else can your library do for you? Here are some things your library may have for you this summer.

  • E-books for your readers 
  • assistance with resume writing (out of a job and want that competitive edge? Get free professional resume writing help and make yours stand out from the pack.) 
  • free printing for these resumes (and other work, as well; have a class you're taking and need to print out papers? Save your printer ink at home and print at the library for free.). Some limits may apply, such as 10 pages per day. 
  • free technology classes, such as a computer skills for job seekers course
  • events, such as coupon exchanges and plant exchanges
  • our library even has a knitters club. Anyone can drop in, work on a project and get how-to advice from more experienced knitters.
Your library is paid for by your tax dollars. Can you think of a reason to not use the programs and services for which you've already paid? 


  1. I love to read and love to go to the library. Love incentives too! I just purchased a couple of books from ebay, and received both in the mail yesterday. One's one from my youth, Where the red fern grows. I am off to check out if my library offers any programs! thanks for the ideas! Happy Reading!

    1. yipppeee, just checked and our library does have an adult program, read 5 books, fill out the form, throw it in for a drawing to win prizes from local business's, Thanks!!

    2. That's awesome! As many of us read a bit more in summer, anyways, might as well use that to enter contests! Let us know if you win anything. What are you reading this summer? I checked out a book on organizing the house, and a couple of Agatha Christie novels. Happy reading to you, too!



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