Canyon Lake Library offers free programs for all ages


All programs at the Canyon Lake Library are free to the public and do not require library membership. Materials for many of the programs are provided through support of the “Friends of the Canyon Lake Library.”

Toddler Programs

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. The April 21 class will have a frog theme. This free program for children ages three to five is designed for pre-school development and includes stories, music, movement and a craft children can make and take home. Materials for crafts are provided.

Toddler Story Time meets at the library 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 three 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.


Free tutoring is offered at the library on Saturdays. The Roots to grow tutoring for children grades K-8 is in session every Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. The program is led by high school honor students who help elementary and middle grade students with math, science, English and history. Students should bring the work they are having problems with to gain help in the area most needed. Volunteer positions are open for additional students interested in assisting younger students.

The Riverside County Library System also offers tutoring for all ages online from their website at The service is located under the eResources tab, then Homework Help and Learning Resources. This program is free and provides one-on-one tutoring with trained tutors.

The Brainfuse program helps with live online tutoring in math, science, reading/writing, social studies, PSAT/SAT, ACT, AP and state standardized tests.  Library card holders can submit essays and other forms of writing for constructive feedback including professional assistance in resume/cover letter writing. Brainfuse offers Spanish-speaking support.

S.A.T. Preparation

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (S.A.T) group meets every Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. to discuss information and preparations to excel in the S.A.T.

Family Movie

The library’s Family Movie Program is held at 4:00 p.m. on the last Monday of the month in the City Council Chamber at City Hall. The movie and popcorn are courtesy of the Friends of the Canyon Lake Library. Outside non-alcoholic refreshments are welcome.

Teen Activities

Teen activities are on Fridays at 4:30. Teens wishing to assist with the library collection programs and other offerings are welcome to become a member of the Teen Advisory Board. The board meets monthly on the fourth Friday to offer author suggestions, assist in developing programs and provide other insights to help the library serve teens in the community.

The Perks of Being in a Teen Book Club meets monthly on the second Friday at 4:30 p.m. The club members determine the book for the month then discuss it at the next monthly meeting. The club is open to any teen wishing to participate.

Library App

The Riverside County Library System has an app available to make using its website from mobile devices easier. The new app is a portal to the library’s services from mobile devices. It allows users to check their account, search the catalog, use digital library cards, renew items and get the latest recommended reads suggestions. Users also can access digital content, such as eBooks, audio books, music, movies, magazines and more. The Location Finder allows users to find the nearest branch, see opening hours and get directions to any of the county’s 35 library branches.

New Programs

Day of the Child/Day of the Book, officially held April 30 of each year, will be celebrated at the Canyon Lake Library on Monday, April 24 from 4:15 to 6 p.m. Events will include the movie Moana, and crafts representing various cultures. Refreshments will also be available for those who attend this program open to the entire family.

The library has a new adult program for all who have or are in the process of inventing something. On Saturday, June 24, at 12 p.m. Patent Agent Ben Hudson will be at the library to explain the patent process and what it takes to patent a great idea.

A new “Steampunk” program is coming to the library June 26 at 3 p.m. The library says this program is designed for children in elementary and middle schools and for early teens. The program will include projections, visuals, movie clips, artwork, music and books all organized in a multimedia experience.

This year’s summer reading program will be “Reading by Design” and will involve what is referred to as S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) activities.  New this year, the children will keep track of their reading in a STEAM related way on the internet at a special website.

Anyone without a computer or Internet access can log their titles on one of the 12 public access computers at the library. As in past years, the children will still receive prizes when they bring in or show their progress rewards.

Library Hours

The Canyon Lake Library is located inside the City Hall building. It’s hours of operation are 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.