Library offers tutorial programs for kids, adults


The Canyon Lake Library offers free tutorial programs 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. by academically accomplished high school students earning community service credit.

General tutoring is 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.

Computer tutoring for adults and children has moved from Wednesdays to Mondays at 4:30 p.m. The service uses a knowledgeable adult volunteer to assist in learning how to accomplish some new or challenging skill on the computer. USB drives may be used to save work on the computer. Reservations are not required but it is suggested to call ahead to confirm a tutor is available.

The library is currently participating in two reading incentive programs. The popular In-N-Out Burger program, “Cover To Cover,” began Mar. 3 and runs until April 14. 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. One certificate is earned for every five books read. 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, Sherlock Gnome, 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.

The Canyon Lake Library’s Junior Book Club, for grades four through seven, 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. Interested readers may contact the library for information on the current book to be discussed at the meeting.

The Adult Book Club will meet at the library 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.

Toddler Story Time meets on Mondays at 11 a.m. The 30-minute program for ages three and younger includes a story and craft.

Miss Ginny’s Story Time will meet on Friday, Mar. 23, at 11:30 p.m. The theme will be “Spring is Here.” The program includes a story, song and craft. The program is developed for children ages three to five with more developed movement and craft skills compared to the Monday Toddler Story Time.

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.

The library 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 cents 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 member of the Riverside County Library System and honors cards and returns from other affiliated libraries. For more information, visit the library’s Facebook page or call 951-244-9181.