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


Aiden Sharfner plays music during the library’s celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. The celebration included stories, cake, a craft of the leopard from “If I ran the Zoo” and a special visit from Dr. Seuss (John Guzman Jr.). Photo by Typhanie Sharfner.

Adults needing computer help can find it at the library every Wednesday at 4 p.m. The Library has a volunteer who is knowledgeable and willing to assist adults with computer questions.  She is also available to assist with adult tutoring.  The program does not require registration or reservations. However, it is beneficial to inquire on the day to alert the volunteer of your plans. Tutoring for middle and elementary students is available on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. by academically accomplished high school students earning community service credit.

Miss Ginny’s Story Time on Friday, Mar. 9, at 11:30 a.m. will be themed around Johnny Appleseed. Stories, movement and a craft to make and take home will be available. Miss Ginny’s Story Time is developed for ages three to five with more developed movement and craft skills compared to the Monday Toddler Story Time. Parents may attend with the children and assist with the craft if needed.

Toddler Story Time is held every Monday at 11 a.m. and includes stories and a craft developed for ages three and younger. Parents are encouraged to assist the children with the craft, which often includes cutting, gluing and coloring. These skills build physical dexterity, experience with creative choice and elementary problem-solving. “Stories and verbal interaction build language skills, while the presence in a group activity helps to bring social experience and cooperation skills,” said Librarian Sandra Brautigam “Experience is a great teacher especially for brain development,” said Librarian Sandra Brautigam.

There will be slime at the library on Mar. 14. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) chemistry program in the making of slime will be led by Luisa Zuccola. The family program begins at 4 p.m. and is expected to last one hour. All materials will be provided thanks to the support of the Friends of the Canyon Lake Library.

Courtney and Jeff Lining work on a Dr. Seuss craft during Play Day. Photo by Typhanie Sharfner.

New Printing services are available at the library. The new system offers color printing, scanning, printing from wireless devices and even printing from home to be picked up at a library. The ability for customers to scan documents, print from wireless devices and print in color are services which have been frequently requested at the library.

The printing service program uses Cloud technology to store the printing requests for up to 24 hours. The customer may print at any library with the service by using their library card to identify the printing jobs in their queue. All printing at the library or from home requires a library card. The customer must provide their own USB drive. Payment can be made by cash or credit card at any program equipped library when printing. Scanning is also available. Black and white copies cost .15, color copies .65 and scanning .05.

The library is experiencing an increase in visitors with the impending temporary closure of the Sun City Library in Menifee. The anticipated three-month remodeling closure will begin Mar. 5. An additional staff member will join the Canyon Lake Library crew for the closure period.

The Canyon Lake Library is a collaboration with the City of Canyon Lake and the Riverside County Library System. The first library card is free; replacement cards are $1.

The library is located in the Canyon Lake Towne Center 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.