Prepare to soar with library’s Space Racers Program

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The next special program at the library will be the Space Racers Program on July 31 at 2 p.m.

The Space Racers Program will have a theme of space and activities in crafts and science exploration. Viewing of Space Racers episodes from season one will be part of the program.

Solar eclipse glasses will be available to participants. The glasses are made available through a grant. The library has three copies each of NASA photos of Ceres and Vesta , also made available through a grant. A drawing will be held from participants to determine the winners.

Space Racers is a children’s educational animated television series featuring the cadets of the Stardust Space Academy. The show follows the Space Racers Cadets as they travel the Solar system on fun and exciting missions of space exploration. The show includes science and technology components as part of an early childhood STEM curriculum, and receives input from NASA on science and space technology.

The library’s Summer Reading Program is in full swing. On Monday, the first tickets were drawn for the library’s extra reading drawing. Forty-six participants received prizes. Kids earn tickets for reading, adults earn tickets for completing a library bingo card line. The prizes are donated by the Friends of the Canyon Lake Library and community members, including the Urban Craft Eatery, CL Nails, Southpaw Ceramics and Big 5 Sporting Goods.

Librarian Sandra Brautigam said the program has fewer participants involved than in past years. “The Kids category had 244 entrants in 2016 and only 128 entrants in 2017 with 14 days left,” she said.

Sandra believes the online login may have deterred some people from participating this year. “The difference between sign up at the library when you first learn of the program and the lag to sign up when you get home may be a reason. Computers are available at the library to sign up immediately and some have taken advantage of them,” she said.

Other programs happening at the library include Toddler Story Time on Monday at 11 a.m. and the Writer’s Club on Mondays at 12:30 p.m. In September, the Writer’s Club will shift to an after-school program and move to Mondays at 3:30. Tutoring is available on Mondays at 4 p.m. and Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

The library offers free books, large print books, free internet access, reading programs, book clubs and more. All programs at the Canyon Lake Library are free to the public and do not require library membership. Membership is required to check out materials and to use many of the internet programs available from home.

The Canyon Lake Library is located inside the city hall building. Hours are Mondays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The library is closed Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

The Canyon Lake Library is a member of the Riverside County Library System and honors cards and returns from other affiliated libraries. For more information, call 951-244-9181.

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