Prepare the bookmarks, the Canyon Lake Library Summer Reading Program begins Monday, June 5.
A spokesperson for the library said surveys from 2016 showed a desire to have more reading days. The program started on the first day of Summer June 21 in 2016. The 2017 program, Reading by Design, is a science, technology, engineering, art, math (S.T.E.A.M.) related theme. Keeping with the theme, registration and recording reading will be available on-line starting June 5 with first prize awards available on June 19.
Library users who do not have internet may register at the library’s public computers. Individuals who are not friendly with computers may come into the library to register with a handwritten form.
Readers will receive extra rewards this year since they will be awarded online badges as well as prizes for various levels of reading. The prizes must be collected at the library. All prizes will be related to books and not time.
The extra reading drawing will also be handled a little differently this year. There will be one electronic ticket entry entered for each reading reward badge from the very beginning. The system has a random selection function which will be used for prizes. The online system keeps a list of books entered by the children if they wish to show what they read over the summer.
The library is seeking incentive prizes for the program. The program is important to prevent “Summer Slide”, the loss of reading and learning skills over the summer months.
“By encouraging children to read over the summer this slide is diminished and learning has been known to improve,” said a spokesperson for the library.
The incentive program uses small rewards for each of four stages of the reading program and for extra-reading prizes as an opportunity drawing for children who do more than the minimum. When the theme was music, a local studio provided a guitar as the grand prize. When the theme was games and exercise, Rock Fitness provided passes for a free day on their rock wall.
In keeping with this year’s theme, “Reading by Design,” the library is looking for items related to science, technology, engineering, art or mathematics that will motivate children to keep reading for additional opportunities to win the prizes.
The library welcomes anything construction or science related, such as Legos, Meccano, early science and robotic projects, art kits, etc.
The library is also looking for sponsoring prizes for its Fashion Design Contest and Solution Design Contest.
In the Fashion Design Contest children will dress stuffed animals for public vote. The Solution Design Contest will take a common problem and invite solutions. Contestants will provide their solution with a written explanation of their design and how it addresses the problem.
To donate a prize, contact Sandra Brautigam at 951-244-9181.