Summer Reading Program is a ‘great success’


Beia Del Rio won a 16-inch bicycle in the library’s Summer Reading Program. Photo provided by Sandra Brautigam

“Great success” are the words Librarian Sandra Brautigam used to describe the Canyon Lake Library’s Summer Reading Program. This year’s program had twice as many participants than last year. There were also more incentives this year. In past years, there was only one big prize. This year, there were eight in addition to a large prize for each of the general drawings.

Many parents have told the library staff their children were reading more than usual due to the program. “That is the real prize,” said Sandra.

The Summer Reading Program, “Reading Takes You Everywhere,” included six program events and more than 200 prize incentives beyond the smaller prizes for the first four 2.5 hour goals. It was a community effort to provide the incentives for program participants. All prizes were donated, many by the Friends of the Canyon Lake Library. Other contributors include Canyon Lake Nails, Canyon Lake Market, Canyon Lake  POA, Delfina McKee Alterations and individuals from the community. The prizes included gift certificates, bicycles and a Yamaha piano, to name a few.

Alyssa Saunders is all smiles after winning several prizes in the library’s Summer Reading Program. Photo provided by Sandra Brautigam

Members from the surrounding communities donated items that included $110 package of bowling, laser tag and pizza from Pins N Pockets, 42 mini pizza coupons from Jojo’s Pizza, Two $50 Disney gift cards from Lake Elsinore travel agent Denise Burkhardt and other items from VIP Café, Lake Elsinore Big 5, Rosalia Gauna of Fantastic Sams in Lake Elsinore, Chipotle, Habit Burger Grill, Menifee Chick-Fil-A and LEGOLAND.

“The library hopes people will recognize the community members who are supporting this program as helping the community and its children,” said Sandra.

The program’s final participation count is 558. This includes 116 adults, 45 teens, 43 Toddlers and 354 children 12 and under. The Summer Reading Program is an annual event at the library beginning in early June and ending in late July. Donations of prizes, such as toys, gift certificates and other items for adults, teens and children, are accepted throughout the year. A tax number can be provided for program donations.

Samantha Malilay put a ticket in the drawing for the 12-inch bicycle for her little brother Samual and won. Photo provided by Sandra Brautigam

Toddler Story Time continues on Mondays at 11 a.m. in library’s Kid’s Cove. The program is for ages three and younger and includes stories, rhymes and a make and take home craft.

The Adult Club’s August book is “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese. The Club meets the last Monday of each month at 4 p.m.

Play Day returns Aug. 27 at 10 a.m. Play Day is a social and educational program for preschoolers, toddlers and their caregivers. The program includes music and movement, toys to play and share with others and a make and take home craft. Light refreshments are served.

With the return of school, free tutoring will be available at the library again beginning Aug. 18. The program includes accomplished high school students helping lower grade students with school work. This program is in addition to the BrainFuse online tutoring service offered by the Riverside  County Library System (RCLS) at their website under the eServices tab. Both services are free. The online service requires a library card membership to use. The first library card is free. Replacement of an existing card is only $1 with ID and proof of address.

The Canyon Lake Library has a printing service available that allows color printing, scanning, printing from wireless devices and even printing from home to be picked up at a library. The printing service program uses Cloud technology to store the printing requests for up to 24 hours. Scanning is also available.

Customers may print at any library with the service by using their library card to identify the printing jobs in their queue. The customer must provide their own USB drive.

Payment can be made by cash or credit card at any program equipped library when printing.  Black and white copies cost .15, color copies .65 and scanning .05. All printing at the library or from home requires a library card.

RCLS library cards are used at all RCLS branches including the Canyon Lake Library and select cooperating libraries such as the Murrieta Public Library. Most items checked out with an RCLS card may be returned to any library where the card can be used. Also, the online offerings in the eServices tab of the RCLS website are available to cardholders. They include select Gale research databases, downloadable ebooks, audiobooks and magazines, Reference USA, Oxford Islamic Studies, Career Transitions, BrainFuse tutoring, Pronunciator language programs and  Scholastic Go reference and research suitable for children and adults. All are paid reliable resources available from home free through your library card.

Library patrons who also visit the Sun City Library in Menifee will be happy to hear the re-opening is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 13. The Canyon Lake Library has been hosting many of the Sun City library customers while the library was being remodeled.

The Canyon Lake Library is located inside the Canyon Lake City Hall building at 31516 Railroad Canyon Rd. and is open on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The library is closed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

All programs at the Canyon Lake Library are free to participants, made possible through the support of the Friends of the Canyon Lake Library and the City of Canyon Lake. For more information, call 951-244-9181.