Here’s what’s new at the Canyon Lake Library


The library is offering a new computer assistance service on Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m. The service is made possible by Bob Whiteside, a resident of Canyon Lake and a recent library volunteer. People needing assistance in Microsoft Office programs and Internet applications may use the library computers to work in the applications where help is needed. This is not intended to be a one-on-one program, although, that may be the case depending on program response.

“It is a great advantage to have two hours with someone knowledgeable and dedicated to answering computer questions for those who find some computer applications challenging. Sometime it only takes a few instructions to get a person confident in a necessary software application program. This program is especially good for people who are uncomfortable with on-line employment applications. The library staff will be available to assist with questions throughout the open library hours, balancing the other duties of the library with computer questions,” said a spokesperson for the library. ” We are very thankful for the service Mr. Whiteside is offering”

Inn-N-Out Burger restaurants is again sponsoring the “Cover to Cover” reading program which allows children ages four to 12 to earn a hamburger or cheeseburger for every 5 books they read. A child may earn up to 3 certificates (15 books) from now until April 15. There are currently more than 100 children signed up for the program reading for rewards

The library has a new adult program 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 June 26 at 3 p.m. The library says this program is designed for children in elementary and middle schools and for early teens. The program will include projections, visuals, movie clips, artwork, music and books all organized in a multimedia experience.

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 and 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 plans to hold a Fashion Design Contest this summer. 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 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.