Special programs begin next week at library


It is Summer Reading Time at the Canyon Lake Library and things are heating up. Beginning Monday, the Canyon Lake Library has some special programs for children and adults.

On Monday at 2 p.m. the Jewelry Design Program will meet. This is an introductory workshop for a program which will continue throughout the summer. Children 18 and younger will select from available materials, draw their idea then receive assistance on making it happen.

The children keep their creations, the library keeps a photo of their creation. Tools will be available in the library for library use only and materials will be available for additional creations.

Wednesday, June 21, is the first open day of summer for the library and to help celebrate Petals the Clown will be face painting from 12 to 2 p.m. Treats will be available for everyone visiting for the First Day of Summer Celebration thanks to a donation of candy from the City of Canyon Lake and removable tattoos provided by the Friends of the Canyon Lake Library.

The library has a new adult program for all who have or are in the process of inventing something. Patent Agent Ben Hudson will be at the library on Saturday, June 24, at 12 p.m. to explain the patent process and what it takes to patent a great idea.

Ben, an experienced patent agent, will be explaining what can be patented, how the process works, expected timelines and how to protect against like item development.

A Steampunk is a multi-media family entertainment program is will be held on Monday, June 26, at 3 p.m. This program uses images from the days of steam powered machines mixed with magic and science in an entertaining family program made available through support of the Friends of the Canyon Lake Library.

The Library’s Story Time for Toddlers meets on Monday at 11 a.m.

The Roots to Grow tutoring program for children grades K through 8 is in session every Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. Roots to Grow is led by high school honor students who help elementary and middle grade students with math, science, English and history. Students should bring the work they are having problems with to gain help in the area most needed. Volunteer positions are open for additional students interested in assisting younger students.

The S.A.T discussion group meets every Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. to discuss information and preparations to excel in the Scholastic Aptitude Test (S.A.T).

Miss Ginny’s Story Time and the Family Movie program are on break for the summer. The Writer’s Club will not meet June 21. Children may bring their stories and personal odes to the next meeting 12:30 June 28th.

Summer Reading at the Canyon Lake Library is for the first time using computer software to login titles.  The link is srp.rivlib.net. Reading by Design is a program of the California Library association, supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. It is available to libraries throughout the state for use in their summer programs.

The Canyon Lake summer reading program is an incentive program.  As readers log in titles they have read each earn points and badges.  The badges indicate levels which become prize awards when visiting the library.  Pre-readers and kids earn rewards reading the first, fifth, tenth and fifteenth book; teens and adults at the first, third, fifth and seventh books read.  The Extra Reading Drawing was developed to encourage continued reading.

After the initial prizes, readers earn tickets for an opportunity drawing. This year’s big prize to encourage continued reading is a Meccasaur.  This toy is a T-Rex-style construction set with sound and movement. Other toys are also available for the drawing thanks to community donations and support from Friends of the Canyon Lake Library. They include construction kits from Discovery Kids, Meccano kits, a Spacerail game, a microscope and a 5 foot great white shark kite, to mention a few.  To provide sufficient time for extra reading, the drawings will not begin until July 17.  The final of three drawings will be held on July 31 and will include the Meccasaur.

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 and honors cards and returns from other affiliated libraries. For more information, call 951-244-9181.