Exciting things are happening at the library in June, including the start of the Summer Reading Program and a reptile party for kids.
Toddler Story Time will meet June 3, 10, 17 and 24 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 will not be meeting in June.
Tech Time will be held at the library on June 8 and June 22 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 a tech tutor with more than 15 years of experience in the field. Participants are encouraged to bring in their devices, such as laptops, smartphones and tablets.
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 kids to choose reading as a summer activity.
Participants are encouraged to set personal reading goals and are rewarded with prizes such as toys, books and gift certificates when those goals are met each week. Registration is required to participate.
A reading log will be issued to help kids keep track of minutes read. Children not yet reading may be read to by an adult. The library encourages early literacy and welcomes children of all abilities to participate.
Look out for exciting performances from Kids Reptile Parties on June 21 at 10:20 and 11 a.m. and from Avian Behavior International on July 10 at 10:30 a.m. Tickets to both shows are free and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes prior to show time.
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 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.
The Adult Book Club will meet on June 24 at 4 p.m. The selected book is “House Rules” by Jodi Picoult. The Junior Book Club will meet on June 26 at 4 p.m. The selected book is “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” by Kelly Regan Barnhill. The library has copies of the monthly titles.
Public computers are available for use at the library. Saving is possible with the use of a removable drive such as a USB. The library has an AWE computer for young children to use. It is preprogrammed with educational games and activities and is not attached to the Internet.
Patrons who cannot find a book at the library may utilize the free Zip Books program to have the book ordered and sent to them. Zip Books is another way to request books not owned by the Riverside Public Library.
The book is shipped directly to the patron using Amazon Prime. Once delivered to the patron, the book will be recorded by the library as being checked out. The book must be returned to the library two weeks from the date of delivery.
To get started, fill out the form at rivlib.com (click on the Zip Books tab) or download the form give it to a library staff member. Be sure to check the amazon.com website beforehand to make sure the item is available.
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 is a collaboration with the City of Canyon Lake and the Riverside County Library System. Card and returns from other affiliated libraries are honored.
The library is located inside the City Hall building at 31516 Railroad Canyon Rd. 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 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. For more information, call 951-244-9181.