New summer programs coming to the library

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The Canyon Lake Library has an adult program scheduled for all who have or are in the process of inventing something. On Saturday, June 24, at 12 p.m. Patent Agent Ben Hudson will be at the library to explain the patent process and what it takes to patent a great idea.

A new “Steampunk” program is coming to the library. No date set yet. The library says this program is designed for children in elementary and middle schools and for early teens.

This year’s summer reading program will be “Reading by Design” and will involve what is referred to as S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) activities. New this year, the children will keep track of their reading in a STEAM related way on the internet at a special website. Anyone without a computer or Internet access can log their titles on one of the 12 public access computers at the library. As in past years, the children will still receive prizes when they bring in or show their progress rewards.

The library also plans to hold a Fashion Design Contest. Children are invited to dress a favorite stuffed animal and enter a photo of it in the contest. Library patrons will vote for their favorites. No date has been set for the contest yet.

The library is collecting broken, mismatched and unwanted jewelry. The collection will be used to create tinker boxes for teens to design their own jewelry. The library is also in need of jewelry tools such as pliers, pin vices and other jewelry related tools, findings and stringing supplies.

The library has recently received word they will be receiving 200 pairs of special glasses to safely view the solar eclipse on August 21. A spokesperson for the library said, “In California we will not have a total view, only about 62 percent of the sun will be covered. The library is planning space related programs prior to the event.

The glasses are from a grant to the Space Science Institute (SSI) from the Moore Foundation that will provide 1.26 million free eclipse glasses and other resources for 1,500 public libraries across the nation.

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