Disney characters promote value of library cards


Woody visits the kids at the Canyon Lake Library to promote National Library Card Sign Up Month. Photo provided by Amanda McLaughlin

September is Library Card Sign Up Month, a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning. Library cards are free, replacement cards cost $1.

Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” characters Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep and friends are joining ALA on an adventure to promote the value of a library card. They’ll be reminding the public that signing up for a library card opens a world of infinite possibilities: libraries offer resources and services that help people pursue their passions and give students the tools to succeed in school and beyond.

Patrons who sign up for a new library card at the Canyon Lake Library in September will receive a free lunch tote and “Toy Story 4” posters and coloring pages. Patrons may also make their own Forky toy at the Maker Space table in the library.

The Canyon Lake Library will be celebrating Banned and Challenged Books Week Sept. 22 through Sept. 28. Established by the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom, this is a great time to visit the library and appreciate, discuss and discover controversial literature.

Toddler Story Time will meet on Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. in the Kid’s Cove in the library. The program provides opportunities for young children to use their growing vocabulary and experience social interaction with other children. Mrs. Blackford engages the children with stories, songs and other activities appropriate for toddlers ages three and younger. A craft is included in the program.

Miss Ginny’s Preschool Story Time will meet on Friday, Sept. 27, at 11:30 a.m. The every other Friday program is for children ages three to five and 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.

The Junior Book Club for kids in grades 4 through 7 will meet on Sept. 25, at 4 p.m. The selected book is “Whispering to Witches” by Anna Daze. The Adult Book Club will meet on Monday, Sept. 30, at 4 p.m. The selected book is “Bel Canto” by Ann Patchett. Both clubs welcome newcomers. Copies of this month’s selections are available at the library.

Play Day will meet on Monday, Sept. 30, at 10:30 a.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 crafters of all skill levels. Loaner tools and supplies are available.

The library offers Tech Time on Saturdays by appointment. Tech Time is a free program in which patrons ages 18 and older may have their questions about the internet, tech, or their devices answered by the Tech Tutor, an expert with more than 15 years of experience in the field. Patrons are encouraged to bring in their devices, such as laptops, smartphones and tablets.

The homework help program Roots to Grow is offered by appointment. High school students can earn volunteer credit for assisting younger children in their studies. Students wishing to volunteer as a helper or to come in for help should contact the library in advance to express their interest.

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’s AWE computer for young children is preprogrammed with educational games and activities and not attached to the Internet.

The library is a collaboration with the City of Canyon Lake and the Riverside County Library System. Cards and returns from other affiliated libraries are honored.

The Canyon Lake Library will be closed on Monday, Oct. 14, in observance of Columbus Day.