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Local barista organizes book drive, story-time

OCEANSIDE — If you had stopped by the Starbucks Coffee Shop at 603 W. Mission Ave. at around 5 p.m. Feb. 10, you may have found yourself being contacted by the police as well.
That’s because Oceanside Police Officer Matt Lyons was reading stories to children and helping out, as part of a book drive project organized by Starbuck’s employee Nicole McNamara. McNamara came up with the idea of a book drive to assist and donate to the Oceanside and Vista school districts and got support from her employer.
A small group of children and family members showed up for the event as Officer Lyons and other volunteers read to them. Some just stopped to listen as they waited for their coffee orders to be filled and were able to make donations.
Officer Lyons, a 30-year veteran to law enforcement which includes 10 years with the Oceanside Police Department, volunteered to assist in the event.
“The children seemed to enjoy themselves,” Lyons said. “It was nice to have the interactions with them and the public, in a more relaxed setting than I am usually accustomed to. Many times the public only see the police when there is an emergency and this was a nice change.”
People can continue to donate books at the Mission Avenue Starbucks for four more weeks. For more information concerning book donations, contact McNamara via e-mail at


OldGuy63 February 25, 2011 at 6:22 pm

What Starbucks at 603 W. Mission? Don’t you have the address wrong?

Garda March 2, 2011 at 11:49 pm

This is a prodigious program and a tribute to Officer Lyons. There is a need for police officers who have the full package and care about the community, rather than their own self-interest. Congratulations to Starbucks and to Officer Lyons for encouraging and promoting something positive in the community.

Raumere March 3, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Officer Lyons is a real class act. Saw him on You Tube being recorded as he responded to an Open Carry. We need more officers like him.

PaulDe June 15, 2011 at 2:58 pm

All officers around the nation should view Officer Lyons as a role model. He is truly a man here to protect and serve. Thank you Officer Lyons to your commitment to the community.

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