CL Library offers free programs for all ages

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The library’s new Technology for Seniors class program starts tomorrow, Jan. 12, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The first week of this four-week series will be devoted to iPhones and iPads. The instruction for this session will be at a beginning level and will introduce participants to the devices. Attendees should bring their own devices. The library does not have extra equipment to learn on.

On Jan.19, the program will focus on phones and tablets. The Jan. 26 class will be devoted to understanding Windows 10 software. Digital and email scams will be the topic on Feb. 2.

Children are invited to explore the library’s AWE computer at the library. The computer is preprogrammed with educational games and activities. It is not attached to the internet so parent’s don’t have to worry about their children wandering to other sites or popups from unsolicited advertisements.

Miss Ginny’s Story Time meets on Jan. 11 and Jan. 25 at 11:30 a.m. The preschool story time program is for children ages three to five and includes movement, music, stories and a craft to make and take home. Caregivers, parents and other children may attend and help with the craft.

Toddler Story Time will meet on Jan. 14 and Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. The program designed for ages three and younger is held in the library’s Kid’s Cove with parents and caregivers attending. The program includes stories and a chance for the children to use their growing vocabulary and experience other children in a social setting. A simple craft is also available to make at the library or take home.

The new Knitting and Crochet Crafter program meets again on Jan. 18. The program began last week with five people in attendance. Every skill level was presented. The program meets on the first and third Fridays of each month from 1 to 4 p.m. Since the program is as much social as instructional, participants may come at any time during the period.

“I like the program because it not only teaches but provides a place for people to come and socialize,” said Librarian Sandra Brautigam. “This is becoming a desired opportunity with so much being done digitally without personal contact.  Come and talk or come and learn. All are welcome.”

People attending for the first time should bring yarn and tools if they have them. Some items have been donated for use during the program but not to take home. The library is also accepting donations of knitting and crochet supplies and tools to have more supplies available for newcomers.

Play Day will meet on Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The program is a free-form party for adults and their children. It features music and movement, story time and a craft to make and take home. Light refreshments are provided during the program.

The Adult Book Club will meet on Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. The members are reading a western, “The Chuckwagon Trail,” by best-selling authors William W. Johnstone and J.A. Johnstone.

The Junior Book Club, for children in 4th through 7th grades, will meet on Jan. 30 at 4 p.m. Members are reading “Harry Potter and the Soccer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling. The club meeting includes activities the children do while they discuss the story of the month. Books are available at the library. The program welcomes new members.

Roots to Grow homework help is offered on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Teen volunteers assist younger students with problems related to school work. This is a free program.

The Canyon Lake Library will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. The book drops will be available and online services, such as renewal, catalog search, digital book and magazine checkouts, will be accessible from the website rivlib.net.

All library programs are free. A library card is required to check out items. The first library card is free; replacement cards are $1. For more information about programs at the Canyon Lake Library, call 951-244-9181.

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