Mad scientists make slime at the CL Library


More than 80 mad scientists of all ages participated in making slime at the library on Mar. 14. Such diverse ingredients as shaving cream, white glue, baking soda and eye contact cleaner were combined to make play slime. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) program was presented with volunteer help from Addison Vaughan who suggested the idea to staff.

The next STEM program, Maker in Motion, will be held on Monday, Apr. 2, at 3 p.m. The family program will provide science-related items to play with, such as littleBits Gizmos and Gadgets Kit, Snap Circuits Light, Meccano kits, Ozobots and building straws. Volunteers will be available at the tables to assist. The program will have a limited number of items, so participants should expect the possibility of working with others for a team creation.

Miss Ginny’s Story Time and the Junior Book Club meets today, Friday, Mar. 23. Miss Ginny’s Story Time, a program developed for children ages three to five, meets at 11:30 p.m. The theme will be “Spring is Here.” The program includes a story, song and craft.

The Junior Book Club, for grades four through seven, meets today 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 and the questions and other activities are 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 Monday, 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. Interested members may inquire at the library for the current book and ask to be placed on an email list for club updates and meeting reminders.

The Play Day program will be held at the library on Monday, Mar. 26, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The provides a party environment for learning for preschool and younger children and their caregivers. Activities start at 10 a.m. and include a make and take craft provided by Typhanie Shafner of A 30-minute music participation program presented by Movin’ n Music begins at 10:15. Toddler Story Time upstairs in the library at 11 a.m. Throughout the program music and treats are provided by the library and Friends of the Canyon Lake Library. Adults may also participate in an opportunity drawing for items.

Tutoring help is available at the library for children and adults. Library staff recommends calling 951-244-9181 in advance to make sure volunteers are available.

High school volunteers are available on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. to help children with school studies. The student is responsible to have all the necessary tools to accomplish the task.

Adults may bring their computer questions to the library on Mondays at 4:30 p.m. along with their own USB drive if they need to save work. Other help is also available for adults depending on the availability of the volunteer and the nature of the help needed.

The popular In-N-Out Burger program, “Cover To Cover,” runs until Apr. 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.

Children reading for the Sherlock Gnome entry for a private movie screening must have their entries in by Monday, Mar. 26. All received entries will be mailed at the end of the day.

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.