Library wraps up Summer Reading Program


Pictured is Sophia Yoshida’s winning entry in the library’s Summer Reading Fashion Design Contest. Photo provided by Sandra Brautigam

The Canyon Lake Library held its final raffle for its Summer Reading Program and extra reading. The program, Space Racers, was an eclipse pre-party. Craft activities, eclipse information and viewing of Space Racer episodes from season one were part of the program.

Space Racers is a children’s program with NASA scientists providing rocket science information. Solar eclipse glasses were provided to participants. The glasses were made available through the Space Science Institute thanks to the generosity and support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Google, NASA and Research Corporation.

The library had three copies each of NASA photos of Ceres and Vesta made available through a grant. A drawing was held to determined the winners of the NASA photos and two Space Racer DVDs with parent/teacher tools and Space Racer patches

Tickets for the extra reading drawings were earned by reading beyond the basic summer program. Drawing winners have until Aug. 30 to collect prizes. This year’s prizes included over 100 stuffed animals, mineral and fossil specimens donated by members of the Lake Elsinore Gem and Mineral Society, science toys and games provided by the Friends of the Canyon Lake Library and individual community members and gift certificates provided by CL Nails, Southpaw Ceramics, the Urban Eatery, Canyon Lake Market, doTerra representatives Jerry and Ruth Eckman and Big 5 Sporting Goods.

Prizes are awarded in age categories: pre-reader, kids, teens and adults. Hundreds of small prizes were awarded during the scope of the basic program, in addition to certificates redeemable at LEGOLAND, Chick-fil-A Murrieta and Chipotle Mexican Grill.

During the course of the program, almost 4,000 books were logged as read by the 254 participants listing the Canyon Lake Library as their library. “This is the first year for the library using the online reading log. The numbers appear less than 2016. However, the designation for the library was not a required field for the online system.  It is possible more participated,” said Librarian Sandra Brautigam.

“In 2016, using the paper system. 386 readers registered for the program.  Comments were received to lead us to believe the effect of the time gap between being in the library and registration on the home computer led to people reading without registering.  A survey is available in the library for comments on the program for this year which changed from a paper log system to online and reading units by time to reading counted by books read.  Results of the surveys and comments received will be considered for next years summer reading program design,” explained Sandra.

Toddler Story Time will continue to meet for story fun on Mondays at 11 a.m. in the library. Miss Ginny’s Story Time returns. Friday, Aug. 11, at 11:30 a.m. The popular preschool story time will have a program and craft related to getting back to school. The program and craft materials are free.

The Writer’s Club will take a small break to accommodate the return of school schedules then return on Monday, Sept. 11, at 3:30 for it’s new after school schedule. The club may meet informally in the library during the break period. Those interested in meeting during break should inquire about dates and times at the library.

Tutoring will continue on Wednesdays at  4 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. In this program, high school volunteers assist lower grade students with mathematics and other subjects.

All library programs are free and open to the public. Library membership is not required to attend library programs.

The library offers free books, large print books, free internet access, reading programs, book clubs and more. All programs at the Canyon Lake Library are free to the public and do not require library membership. Membership is required to check out materials and to use many of the internet programs available from home.

The Canyon Lake Library is located inside the city hall building. Hours are Mondays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The library is closed Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

The Canyon Lake Library is a member of the Riverside County Library System and honors cards and returns from other affiliated libraries.