Prizes, crafts add fun to Summer Reading Program


The Summer Reading Program at the Canyon Lake Library now boasts the involvement of more than 350 people. The extra-reading prize drawings have now begun. The drawings are for children who read beyond the program requirements, and for the adults who are reading role models. Actions speak louder than words, and reading role models are extremely important to get and keep children reading. The second of three extra-reading prize drawings will be held tomorrow, July 23, at 11 a.m.

It is not too late to start reading and still earn rewards. The program ends July 30, when the winner of the grand prize will be determined.

The Library has been hosting Amanda and Brianna Martilla and Ally Quinn of Girl Scout Troop 1077.  They have developed and been offering Earth-Friendly Crafts to the community to earn their Silver Award. Their crafts use items usually discarded to make bookmarks, mosaic art, and usable pencil containers or silk flower vases.

This past Monday, July 18, Ginny Furnished assisted adults and children in “Cardboard Mania.” The Library supplied a variety of cardboard and paper and participants supplied the imagination. Each person made whatever they wanted from the available supplies.

Next Monday, July 26, the Library will host “Fingerboard Challenge.” This program will be a fun time to bring and use tech decks (finger skateboards). Everyone is invited to bring their decks and skate park equipment. There is no age limit or restriction; this is a family event.  The Library will have materials and instructions for making a paper tech deck (trucks for 10 decks) and some tips for making strong ramps, stairs and platforms from cardboard.

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.