The Fremont branch of the Seattle Public Library is hosting a program this spring combining two of my favorite things: bikes and books. If black-bean burritos were also somehow involved, it would border on perfection.

The Bikes for Books reading program, sponsored by Fremont's Masonic Doric Lodge No. 92, is open to students in first through third grades. Every three books a student reads between April 1-June 3 earns them one entry into a drawing for a bicycle, helmet, and lock. The more books, the more entries.

A celebration and prize drawing will take place at 4 p.m. on June 5 at the Fremont branch. One girl and one boy will receive a bike, helmet, and lock. Every participant will receive a certificate of accomplishments. Students must be present to win.

The program is a win-win: more kids reading and more kids riding. Obviously, only two kids are going to walk away with new bikes, but having a bicycle as a coveted prize might pique other participants' interest in riding. With plenty of bike shops in Seattle selling used bikes (Bike Works, in particular, usually has used kids bikes starting around $35) buying bikes for these future book-loving, bike-riding kids should be well within most parents' budgets.
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