Library offers programs, tutoring, book clubs


Grayson Funk shows the craft he made during the library’s Play Day program. Photo Provided by Sandra Brautigam.

The Canyon Lake Library is currently participating in two reading incentive programs. The popular In-N-Out Burger program, “Cover To Cover,” began Mar. 3. Kids ages four to 12 are invited to read five books for the reward of a free hamburger or cheeseburger at participating In-N-Out Burgers. Each 5 books read before Apr. 15 will earn a certificate. Each child may earn up to three certificates during the incentive period. Reading logs are kept and signed by the parents to verify books have been read.

The second incentive program is from the movie Sherlock Gnome, opening in theaters on Mar. 23. The incentive is for ages two to 16. One book earns one certificate. Each child participant may earn up to two for entry into a drawing. The prize is a private movie screening for the winner and one hundred friends.

Reading programs during the month include Toddler Story Times on Mondays at 11 a.m., Miss Ginny’s Story Time on Friday, Mar. 9 and Mar. 23 at 11:30 a.m. and the Adult and Junior Book Clubs.

The Adult Book Club will meet on Mar. 26 at 4 p.m. The book is A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. Books are available at the library for new members interested in joining the discussion.

The club reads the same book then meets to discuss it. Questions are available in advance of the meeting to allow consideration while reading the book. Questions are emailed to members so there are advantages to getting on the list. Library emails are only used for the program information and meeting reminders.

The Junior Book Club will meet Friday, March 23 at 4 pm. The book selection for March is Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell. Books may be requested from the library system with a few items available at the library for those who inquire.

Unlike clubs for juniors organized by adults, this club is organized by juniors under the guidance of staff Luisa Zuccola. The books are selected by the kids, the questions and other activities decided by the organizing members. The first meeting club meeting was held on Feb. 23. The book was Holes, the questions related to the comparison of the book to movie. The group members made spotted lizards as a related activity.

The Junior Book Club, for grades four through seven, will meet on Friday, Mar. 23.

Interested readers may contact the library for information on the current book to be discussed at the meeting.

Tutorial programs are available at the library for school-age children and adults. Roots to Grow Tutoring is available for school age children on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. Computer help and tutoring for adults are available on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. It is suggested to call ahead for both school age and adult tutoring. Reservations are no required but it is suggested to call ahead to confirm a tutor is available.

General tutoring is also available online using the Riverside County Library System webpage at Brainfuse assists with many school, work and employment related topics, while Pronunciator provides language instruction services.

Slime will be the topic of a Canyon Lake Library STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) program on Mar. 14 at 4 p.m. The family program will invite potential mad scientists to mix up their own batch of slime to take home. The materials are provided by the Canyon Lake Friends of the Library and their community support. The room is provided through the support of the City of Canyon Lake.

The Play Day program will be held at the library on Monday, Mar. 26, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The two hour program is for toddlers and preschool age children and their parents or caregivers. The program provides developmental toys for the children, Movin’-n-Music for active movement and music exposure, a craft for developing motor skills and creativity, plus story time at 11 a.m. for those who choose to attend.

Light snacks are provided during the program for all participants and an opportunity drawing is available for the adults through Momco Hostess Typhanie Shafner. Typhanie is also the organizer of the craft presented for the children. She is the founder of

The Canyon Lake Library has received California State booklets for 540 and 540 2EZ but not the Federal booklets. Instructions and forms are available at The forms may be downloaded, printed, or completed online from personal computers.

The library computers may be used to download forms and view instructions. Printing is .15 per page. Forms and information may be downloaded to the customer’s USB drive for free. The new printing service at the library allows free copying of documents to the customer’s USB drive for online inclusion or saving document copies.

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.