2019 Summer Reading Program offers rewards


Nicole Hampton shows off the Mother’s Day tiara her sons Landen and Dawsen created for her at the library’s Mak-erspace station. The Makerspace is a free monthly craft at the library. Photo provided by Amanda McLaughlin

The 2019 Summer Reading Program starts June 10 and runs through July 27. This year’s theme is “It’s Showtime!” The program is an incentive program to encourage children, teens and adults to choose reading as a summer activity. Participants are encouraged to set personal reading goals and are rewarded when those goals are met. Registration is required to participate.

Tech Time will be held at the library on May 25 from 12 to 2 p.m. During this time, patrons ages 18 and older can have their questions about the Internet, tech, or other devices answered by an expert with more than 15 years of experience in the field. Participants are encouraged to bring in their devices, such as laptops, smartphones and tablets.

Toddler Story Time meets every Monday at 11 a.m. in the Kid’s Cove area at the library. Mrs. Blackford engages the children with stories, songs and other activities appropriate for toddlers ages three and younger. The program provides opportunities for young children to use their growing vocabulary and experience social interaction with other children. A craft is included in the program.

Miss Ginny’s Preschool Story Time, a program for children ages three to five, will meet today and on May 31 at 11:30 a.m. The theme for May 17 will be superheroes. The every other Friday program includes an interactive story, music and movement activities. Parents may attend with their children in addition to older and younger children as long as they do not disrupt the program.

Play Day will meet on Monday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The program includes music and movement, a story, playtime, a craft and light snacks.

The Knitting and Crochet Crafters program meets on the first and third Fridays of each month from 1 to 4 p.m. The part-social, part-educational program is open to new members of all skill levels. Loaner tools and supplies are available.

The Adult Book Club will meet on Monday, May 20, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. This month’s selection is “The Kitchen God’s Wife” by Amy Tan. The Jr. Book Club, for kids in grades fourth through seventh, will meet on Wednesday, May 22, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. This month’s selection is “Doctor Dolittle” by Hugh Lofting. New members are welcome. Copies of the book selection of the month are available at the library.

The library’s Roots to Grow program offers free homework help for students on Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m. High school students earn volunteer credit for assisting younger children in their studies. Students wishing to volunteer should contact the library in advance to express their interest.

All library programs are free. A library card is required to borrow items and to use many of the digital offerings on the Riverside County Library System’s (RCLS) website. The first library card is free; replacement cards are $1. There is no minimum age for a library cardholder; however, a legal guardian’s signed permission is required for a juvenile card.

The library has a number of computers available for the public to use. Patrons who need to save their work should bring a USB.

The library will be closed on Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day.

Located inside the City Hall building at 31516 Railroad Canyon Rd., the Canyon Lake Library offers programs for all ages. Library programs are free; however, a library card is needed to check out material. For more information about library programs, call 951-244-9181.