Library to host reptile party for kids on Monday


Meet Fluffy the python and other reptilian friends at the library’s reptile party on Monday at 2 p.m. Photo provided by Sandra Brautigam

The library will host a reptile party for kids on Monday at 2 p.m. The party will feature Fluffy the python and other reptilian friends as part of the Canyon Lake Library’s Summer Reading Program. The local presenters will have several live reptiles they will introduce to the crowd. Picture taking opportunities will be available after the program.

On Saturday, July 15, at 1 p.m. the library will host an information program on the use of essential oils in the program Natural Solutions for Healthy Empowered Living. Jerry and Ruth Eckman, doTerra wellness advocates, will share their knowledge of this alternative health choice, answer questions and clear up some basic misconceptions.

The reading program began June 5 and is moving ahead with over 200 area residents and children reading for points and prizes. The program is designed with incentives to encourage the choice of reading over other activities. The purpose is to improve skills which usually diminish over the summer, a condition called Summer Slide.

The program also encourages reading for recreation and personal interest, a trait associated with strong life-long independent learning. “It is not too late to join the fun,” said Librarian Sandra Brautigam. “Anyone may sign up online at and start reading.

Prizes are collected at the library. Treasure box prizes are available for babies being read to, kids and teens. Larger prizes can be won with tickets earned by reading beyond the basic program. Extra reading drawings will  begin July 17 and proceed every Monday including July 31 when the final prizes will be awarded.  The grand prize for this year’s science based theme is a Meccano Tech Maker System programmable robotic dinosaur named Meccasaur.

Library programs continuing throughout the July summer program, including Toddler Story Time every Monday at 11 a.m. and Writers Club for middle school age children on Mondays at 12:30 p.m.

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 final day of submissions for the Solution Design Contest is Monday July 17.

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.