Here’s what’s happening at the library in December


Kasztan and Isabel Witkos donate toys to HOPE Collaborative for Riverside County foster children. Donations are being accepted at the library until Dec. 8. Photo by Sandra Brautigam

December’s Family Craft will begin with the use of repurposed jewelry for an all-ages craft selection. The materials will be set out in the library and will be available until the end of the month. The craft for all ages will use frames and beads to make ornaments, sun catchers or pendant type crafts. A different craft will be presented each week in December. Craft supplies are provided.

Donations of new toys and books for HOPE Collaborative are being accepted until Dec. 8. The new items for children ages 17 and younger should be unwrapped with all tags attached. The collection for HOPE will be distributed to Riverside County foster children.

A new activity in the library includes an opportunity drawing for stuffed animals for the children. A name and contact ticket may be entered for each visit to the library. Drawings will be held on Saturdays with a new animal for adoption each week. Tickets will accumulate until the final drawing on Dec. 23.

Miss Ginny’s Story Time will meet on special days in December. The Dec. 1 Story Time class will meet as scheduled 11:30 a.m.

The second story time in December will be three weeks later on Dec. 22 at 11:30 a.m. The changed schedule is due to room availability. Miss Ginny’s Story Time is for ages 3-5 and includes a craft and live music along with stories and movement appropriate for the age group within the approximately 40-minute program.

The library would like to thank Monkey Mike (John M. Guzman) for attending the Canyon Lake Library Play Day on Nov. 27. Mike participated with the children for yoga, general monkeying around and admiration of the children’s crafts. The program allows children to play with developmental toys, do children’s yoga with Tanya Murguia and create fun crafts with Typhanie Sharfner. The Play Day includes toddler story time and is developed for that age group.

Aiden Sharfner decorates a snowman during craft time. Photo by Sandra Brautigam

The Play Day program allows children to socialize with other children learning to share and play together. The parents enjoy the time to socialize with other adults. Typhanie Sharfner, a Momco hostess and crater of, brings items for adult opportunity drawings as well as supplies for crafts for the kids. December’s Play Day will be held on the Monday before Christmas o Dec. 18,

Tutoring at the library continues through December on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. The program allows high school students to earn volunteer credit for assisting lower grade children with their studies. Students attending Tutoring at the library should come with materials to demonstrate the concepts needing improved understanding.

The library will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

The Canyon Lake Library is a collaboration with the City of Canyon

Lake and the Riverside County Library System.

It is located inside the city hall building at 31516 Railroad Canyon Rd. Library hours are 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 Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

The Canyon Lake Library is a member of the Riverside County Library System and honors cards and returns from other affiliated libraries. For more information, visit the Canyon Lake Library Facebook page or call 951-244-9181.