Library offers summer programs, crafts and contests


The Canyon Lake Library enjoyed a busy week with programs for the Summer Reading Program. Programs included Jewelry Design, First Day of Summer Celebration, U.S. Patent Process and Steampunk with magic and visuals. The next big program at the library will be the Kid’s Reptile Party with live reptiles on July 10 at 2 p.m.

In addition to entertainment and craft programs during the Summer Reading Program, the library has incentives for the children to visit the library and read books. Prizes have begun to be distributed for children who have earned them by reading books. The grand prize awarded from a drawing of tickets earned for extra reading will be a Meccasaur. Many other science and art related prizes will be awarded from the extra reading tickets earned by reading beyond the basic program requirements.

“One parent shared photos of a sleepover where the children were doing a read-a-thon for two hours in response to one child’s library bingo activity selection” said Librarian Sandra Brautigam. She added, “It’s great to see the children excited about reading. The reading program is to keep children’s minds active during the summer. The incentives help the children choose between reading and so many other activities available to them. Studies have shown children who read over the summer do better in the fall in both reading and mathematics.”

The library has two upcoming contests: Fashion Design and Solution Design. Information for each contest is available at the library. The Fashion Design Contest involves participants designing a fashion for their stuffed animal or Barbie like doll. Once the design is made, the participant takes a picture of it and sends it to or brings it to the library. The photos will be placed on the library’s Facebook page and the one with the most likes will win a JoAnn’s gift certificate.

The Solution Design Contest involves creating a solution for the problem of not remembering your bags when you go into a store. Entry forms are available at the library during open hours.

The Writer’s Club meets on Mondays at 12:30 p.m.

Roots to Grow, a tutoring program led by high school honor students who help elementary and middle grade students with math, science, English and history, is in session every Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. 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).

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

Miss Ginny’s Story Time and the Family Movie program are on break for the summer.

The Canyon Lake Library is located inside the city hall building. Hours are 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 or visit its Facebook page.