Reading program features science, reptiles, comics


Maker Space, science experiments and reptiles were recent activities at the Canyon Lake Library. The programs were part of the Summer Reading Program, “Reading Takes You Everywhere.” Children decorated book snakes, while older children and teens made carry bags with the sewing machine and equipment made available through the Library Service and Technology Grant.

The Science Tellers were at the library telling the Mystery of the Golden Piano on June 20. During the story, children participated in science displays of chemical reaction, two different combustion displays, principals of air pressure and fog, water that does not fall from the glass when upside down and other amazing science demonstrations.

The Kids Reptile Party returned to the library with all their reptilian friends on Monday. The children learned about the creatures then got up close and personal with the friendly guests.

On Monday, July 9, at 3:30, “Reading Takes you Everywhere” will bring Comic Books 101, an interesting look at the history, heroes, and industry of comic books, to the library. The speaker will be Ryan of Ryan’s Comics in Murrieta. The program is free and costumes are encouraged but not required.

The library will celebrate Halloween in July on Friday, July 13, at 11 a.m. The two-hour program feature monster drawing class and face painting while playing the movie Hotel Transylvania 2. Costumes are encouraged but not required.

Teen volunteers are needed at the library for Summer Reading Program events and other library assistance. Volunteers 12 and older are welcome to visit the library to schedule time during the program for volunteer graduation credits or just for the fun of it.

The Roots to Grow Tutoring will not be available in July. It will return in August. It is typically held on Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m. for children needing extra scholastic help. Tutoring online with live tutors is available through the Riverside County Library System (RCLS) website at The RCLS online offering has help for all ages including adults who wish to update skills, improve their writing and resume presentation.

All library programs are free to participants thanks to the support of the Friends of the Canyon Lake Library. The Library will be closed Wednesday, July 4.

The Canyon Lake Library is a collaboration with the City of Canyon Lake and the Riverside County Library System. The library is located at 31516 Railroad Canyon Rd. and is open 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 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The Canyon Lake Library honors cards and returns from other affiliated libraries. For more information, visit it’s Facebook page or call 951-244-9181.

Ian Giddens participates in a demonstration during the Science Tellers presentation at the library on June 20. Photo provided by Sandra Brautigam

Sahara, Laila and Amirah McAnderson show off the carry bags they made at the library with sewing machines and equipment made available through the Library Service and Technology Grant. Photo provided by Sandra Brautigam