More than 300 readers ‘Reading for the Win’


The Canyon Lake Library’s Summer Reading Program, “Read for the Win,” has 318 people participating, earning prizes and being “one in a million.”

Librarian Sandra Brautigam says, “The program has something for all age levels – from reading to children and toddlers to adults who read to earn raffle tickets or to be one in a million California residents to read five books over the summer.”

Photos by Mary Munson

Photos by Mary Munson

Sandra says the “extra reading” ticket drawings will begin on Saturday, July 16, with the first of three drawings. The final drawing on July 30, at 11 a.m., will include a package of passes for Rock Fitness climbing gym in Murrieta and a private experience for up to eight players at the Funhouse Escape in Menifee.

The Summer Reading Program is more than just rewards for reading, Sandra explains. The underlying purpose is to prevent “summer slide,” the drop in learning and literacy skills when children are out of school for the summer. Other advantages include connecting reading with pleasure, getting better through practice, and the extra information that can be learned when someone is reading about what interests them.

The Canyon Lake reading program will continue through July 30.

  • On Monday, July 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be a “Cardboard Challenge.” Children will have a variety of cardboard to work with and will use their imagination to make whatever they like. Materials are free.
  • On Wednesday, May 20, the Library will host the third and last of the Earth-Friendly Crafts workshops. These are held from 10 to 11 a.m. for anyone who wishes to participate. All materials are included.
  • On Monday, July 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Library will host Fingerboard Challenge,. Participants are invited to bring in their fingerboards and miniature park elements. The Library will have instructions for making one’s own fingerboards, board molds and park equipment.

The Canyon Lake Library is located inside the City Hall building. It’s open Mondays, 10 to 7, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 to 6, and Saturdays 10 to 3. It’s closed Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. The Canyon Lake Library is a member of the Riverside County Library System ( honoring cards and returns from other affiliated libraries. It has a Facebook page. For more information, call 951-244-9181.