Library offers something new for kids, teens


A computer just for children has been added to the Canyon Lake Library services. The AWE computer is preprogrammed with educational games and activities. It is not attached to the internet and children may explore the programs without concerns of wandering to other sites or popups from unsolicited advertisements.

The library has a new publication for teens. The magazine Teen Ink is a monthly journal (September through June) dedicated to publishing a variety of works by teenagers. The publication addresses a variety of subjects, including an interview with the pop music group L2M, reviews of books, movies, TV video games and poetry. It also lists calls for submission and contest announcements for writing and art.  It is not a magazine written for teens. It’s a journal of items written by teens and actively seeks submissions from teens for future issues. It is located in the teen corner on the Graphic Novels shelves at the library.

The library has included in its collection the new California Veteran’s Resource Book by CalVet. The library also provides links to important resources on the Riverside County Library System’s website under the Veterans tab. Magazine articles are available for search in the News and Magazine folder under eResources. Veteran concerns, as well as other subjects, may be word searched in articles to find information relative to individual applications. Health databases are available in the Health and Wellness databases.

Other programs included Story Time, Play Day, Roots to Grow Tutoring and books clubs for junior and adults.

Miss Ginny’s Story Time on Oct. 19 at 11:30 a.m. will feature stories about the friendly boat Bo. “Snake themes are fun and popular with the preschool children,” said Librarian Sandra Brautigam. The program will not meet on Nov. 2 due to the room being used to prepare for the Nov. 6 election. Miss Ginny’s Story Time will resume on Nov. 16.

Play Day will meet on Monday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Movin’ n Music program now starts at 10 a.m. instead of 10:15 a.m. The change was made to give children more time to finish their crafts before story time at 11 a.m. Treats and play time also are part of this program.

Toddler Story Time meets on Mondays at 10 a.m. in the Kid’s Cove of the library. Mrs. Blackford tells stories and engages the children in interactive communications to provide opportunities to use their developing vocabularies. The program also provides a craft for the children to make and take home. The program is for children ages three and younger.

The library’s Roots To Grow Tutoring will be available Oct. 20 and Oct. 27 for children needing assistance with school subjects. High school volunteers will be available from 10 to 11 a.m. The library also has a volunteer available to make appointments with adults needing help with computer use and tutoring.

Book clubs at the library include the Junior Book Club and Adult Book Club. The Junior Book Club is for grades four through seven and includes fun activities in addition to discussion of the monthly book’s themes. The October book is “Jacky Ha-Ha” by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein. Copies are available at the library. The Junior Book Club meets Friday, Oct. 26, at 4 p.m.

The Adult Book Club is social and informative as the group discusses the topics that emerge from the story. Not all in attendance agree and that adds to the fun. The book for October is “The Shoemaker’s Wife” by Adriana Trigiani. The library has several copies available for anyone wishing to join the discussion on Oct. 29 at 4 p.m.