Summer Reading Program grows to 460 participants


Children get up close and personal with “Fred.” Photo provided by Sandra Brautigam

The Library’s Summer Reading Program, “Reading Takes You Everywhere” is growing with 460 people participating. The most misunderstood part of the program is the part for pre-readers. Children too young to read can earn prize tickets by being read to.

The importance of talking, reading and singing to small children is repeatedly studied and the value is undeniable. “It improves brain development for a lifetime of learning,” said Librarian Sandra Brautigam. More information can be gained from First 5 California or researching emergent literacy and brain development.

Adults are also reluctant to join the program. The One Million Readers Summer Challenge is California Library Association’s goal to get one million adult readers across the state to read five books over the summer within a summer reading program. The program at the Canyon Lake Library includes tickets for prize drawings.

The Summer Reading Program has always included fun events. The next two events are Comic Books 101 on July 9 at 3 p.m. and Halloween in July on July 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Costumes are encouraged.

Comics 101 is a program for all ages. The speaker will be the owner of Ryan’s Comics, an expert with over 20 years experience in the field. His love of comics and respect for the history and its place in American culture will make the program informative on many levels.

Halloween in July will include face painting, Halloween related crafts and the movie Hotel Transylvania 2.

The library’s latest program was a visit from Kids Reptile Party on June 25. The capacity crowd learned about the creatures and enjoyed an up close and personal visit with the friendly guests.

Regular programs at the library for July include Toddler Story Time every Monday at 11 a.m. and the Adult Book Club on July 30 at 11 a.m.

The Roots to Grow Tutoring will not be available in July. Tutoring online with live tutors is available through the Riverside County Library System (RCLS) website at The Library will be closed Wednesday, July 4. For more information, call 951-244-9181.