Library offers programs for adults and children


The library’s new Adult Book Club will hold its first meeting on Jan. 29 at 4 p.m. The club will use the meeting to discuss reading preferences and book selection decisions to be used in the months following.

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson has been selected as the first book, which may be read prior to the meeting. The library has a few copies to lend for club use.

Monday programs return after a series of holiday interruptions. Toddler Story Time is back on its regular Monday 11 a.m. schedule until the next holiday on Feb. 19. The program for ages 3 and younger lasts about 30 minutes and includes stories, a song or rhyme and an easy craft.

Dance with Dino’s will be the theme for the StoryTime for Preschoolers program on Jan. 26. The program starts at 11:30 a.m. and lasts approximately 40 minutes. Children ages three to five enjoy stories, live music and a craft they make and take home. There is no charge for the program; all materials are provided by Friends of the Canyon Lake Library.

Play Day will be held on Jan. 29 at 11 a.m. The program will welcome Cheryl Kessler from Movin’ n Music who will lead the children through rhythmic movements with music. Movin’ n Music will be a choice for children who prefer to move over sitting for story time. The Play Day program provides an opportunity for children and parents to socialize. Typhanie Shafner in her role as a Momco hostess provides opportunity drawing prizes for attending adults. Light refreshments are served as part of the program.

Free tutoring for students needing help with school studies is available at the library on Wednesdays at 4 a.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m.

The tutoring is a program where high school students earn volunteer credits for assisting younger students with their work. Tutoring is also available seven days a week from Brainfuse, a service provided through the Riverside County Library System website at

The library’s first Buck a Bag Book Sale for 2018 is over. “It was a great success raising almost $200 from the sale of donated books and media,” said Librarian Sandra Brautigam. “Thousands of books have made their way home with new owners.”

The sales from the book sale provide support for the community through learning materials purchased with Friends of the Canyon Lake Library funds. All of the proceeds and donations to the Friends of the Library stay with the local community.

The Friends of the Canyon Lake Library will continue to receive donations. Donated items may be delivered to the Canyon Lake Library during open hours.

The book sales are not held on a schedule. Sale events are based on having enough items to hold a sale. Acceptable items include books and media, such as DVDs, music and recorded books. The Friends of the Canyon Lake Library prefer not to have encyclopedias or textbooks over 10 years old, Readers Digest Condensed books, or items in poor repair from damage, water or mold.

For more information about the library and its programs, call 951-244-9181.