On Friday, January 27, Miss Ginny and a roomful of preschoolers celebrated Robot Day with stories read by Miss Ginny and songs played by Bill Evans with lyrics that he had written for singing and dancing. After story time and songs, the children headed off to the craft tables to make robot masks to wear. Library spokesperson Mary Munson says, “A good time was had by all!”
Miss Ginny’s Preschool Craft and Story Time meets every other Friday at 11:30 a.m. in the City Council Chamber at City Hall. This free program for children ages 3 to 5 is designed for pre-school development and includes stories, music, movement and a craft.
Reading time begins with the children sitting quietly on a blanket as Miss Ginny reads to them from book’s appropriate to that week’s theme. Then, led by Miss Ginny, the children dance and sing as Mr. Bill plays happy, playful tunes. Even parents who are present join in the dance and song. Afterwards, the children sit down for craft time, making fun projects they take home. Materials for crafts are provided.
The library also offers a Toddler Story Time. This program meets every Monday at 11 a.m. in the Kid’s Cove at the library. Mrs. Blackford engages the children with stories, songs and other activities appropriate for toddlers age 3 and under. Although babies may not be able to participate in the songs and movement, hearing the stories and songs, experiencing the socialization and generally being engaged to their capabilities has lasting benefits.
The Canyon Lake Library is located inside the City Hall building. It’s open Mondays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The library is closed Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. The Canyon Lake Library is a member of the Riverside County Library System (www.rivlib.net) honoring cards and returns from other affiliated libraries. For more information, call 951-244-9181.