Our Services

Children are VIPs at Wood Library: Very Important Patrons.  Our children’s area is a warm and inviting place for children and families to explore, play, and enjoy.  Collections include books for babies through 5th graders, book-and-toy sets, children’s music, dvd’s and books on cd.  Visit our Play Space with toys and activity centers to encourage a child’s creativity.  The Story Room is a perfect cozy setting for our story programs.  A wide variety of programs for children of all ages are offered.

Time for Twos (r)
(next series will be in the fall) | 10:30 – 10:50 AM
choose Monday or Tuesday

2 year olds and their parents can enjoy simple stories, songs, and fingerplays in this 20 minute program.  This weekly series is offered on Monday and Tuesday mornings in the winter, spring and fall.  Click here and go to our calendar to register for the current session. Registration is requested.

Preschool Storytime (r)
June 27 – August 16 | 10:30 – 11:00 AM

choose Wednesday or Thursday
A 30 minute early literacy program of stories, songs, puppets, finger plays, and the flannelboard especially for 3, 4, and 5 year olds.  This weekly series is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday mornings and is offered in the winter, spring, summer, and fall. Registration is requested.  To sign up for the current session, click here for the online calendar, visit the library or call 585-394-1381.

Mother Goose Time (r)
Friday, July 6

Walkers class: 10:00 – 10:50 AM, Pre-Walkers class: 11:00 – 11:20 AM
A 20 minute language enrichment program for 6 – 24 month olds featuring nursery rhymes, songs, and activities.  The program is generally held the first Friday of each month with a class for Walkers and another for Pre-Walkers.   Please register online, at the library or by calling 585-394-1381.

Grow a Reader: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten
The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes you can repeat books) before your child starts kindergarten. Click here to download the registration form or sign up at the library to get your packet and first reading log.  Then just start enjoying books together!

Pajama Storytime
Wednesdays June 27 – August 15 | 7:00 – 7:45 PM

ages 3 – 7
Children 3 – 8 years old can wear their jammies and come to the library for stories, songs, and fun; parents are invited to join their children. This is a drop-in evening program offered during the summer, as well as during National Library Week and before Christmas.

Summer Reading Clubs (r)
June 25 – August 31

Our 2018 summer theme is Libraries Rock.  Wood Library offers 3 clubs for children to keep them reading and enjoying books during the summer months: Little Shakers is a Read-to-Me club for preschoolers – sign up and get your coloring sheet, Record Readers is for children going into grades 1-3 to help them maintain their reading skills during their vacation months by keeping track of the number of books they read. Reading Rock Stars is our a club for 4th – 6th graders to help them discover new genres and explore the fun they can have through books.  Sign up at the library and get your very own Pet Rock to read to or sign up online here and start tracking your reading!

Gardening is for Kids (r)     PROGRAM FULL
Saturdays, June 23 – August 26 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM
grades 1 – 6
Help us grow a garden! Wood Library is teaming with Master Gardener Debbie McWilliams to offer a 10-week gardening series for children. Please register. There is a $5 fee to cover program expenses which can be paid at registration.

Monday is Funday
Mondays, June 25 – August 13 | 2:30 – 3:30 PM
grades 1-3
Combine a great story with a craft and you have a fun way to spend your Monday afternoon!  Come once or every week – no registration is necessary. Teens interested in helping with the program are asked to contact Mrs. Ferris in the Children’s Room.

Baker Park StoryWalk – “Hank’s Big Day”
Monday, June 25  – July 31
Come to the park  and enjoy our permanent StoryWalk. Read a book as you walk along the trail. The story will be changed monthly.

Pajama Storytime
Wednesdays June 27 – August 15 | 7:00 – 7:45 PM

ages 3 – 7
Children 3 – 8 years old can wear their jammies and come to the library for stories, songs, and fun; parents are encouraged to join their children for this drop-in evening program.

Munchtime at the Movies
Thursdays at 12:00 noon | see schedule below
family program
Bring your lunch to munch on while you enjoy a movie on our big screen! Here’s our summer lineup:
  June 28:      Sing  (108 minutes)
  July 5:         Rock Dog  (90 minutes)
  July 12:       Happy Feet  (108 minutes)
  July 19:       Captain Underpants  (89 minutes)
  Aug. 2         Aladdin  (90 minutes)
  Aug. 9         Rock-a-Doodle  (75 minutes)
  Aug. 16       Minions  (90 minutes)

Wildlife Rockstars
Friday, June 29 | 11:00 – 11:45 AM
family program
Our favorite live-animals program is back!  This educational outreach group will share information about the animals they bring as they encourage wildlife conservation awareness.

Read to Jack (r)
June 30—August 31
Saturdays 10:00—11:00 AM and Thursdays 6:30—7:30 PM
grades 1+
Come to the library for a 10 minute reading time with our certified therapy dog, Jack! Reserve your reading time at the check-out desk or by calling the library (585-394-1381). Jack can’t wait for you to read to him!

Tie Dye Saturday
Saturday, June 30 | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
family program
Drop by and create a tie-dye shirt with the colors and design that you want to wear! You supply the shirt and we’ll provide the rest. No registration necessary – held on the library’s front lawn!

Read with the Blue (r)
Tuesday, July 3 | 10:00 – 11:00 AM
ages 3-8
With a focus on friendship and trust, local law officers will be here to read to children.  Then kids will hunt for hidden friendship rocks before creating their own for the officers to take to their next event.  Please register.

Leggo My Legos (r)
Tuesday, July 3 | 2:00 – 3:30 PM
grades 1-6
If you LOVE legos, come and let your imagination run wild.  We”ll provide the blocks for you to create an amazing model that will be displayed in the Children’s Room after the program.  Please register.

Walk with Wood Library  (r)
Wednesday, July 4 | 9:00 AM
Family activity
Come walk with the Wood Library Kazoo Band in the July 4th Parade down Main Street in Canandaigua. Our summer theme is Libraries Rock so wear your favorite musical group t-shirt or tie-dye a shirt on June 30 to wear. (please see our calendar for Tie Dye Saturday details and bring a shirt to dye) . We will meet in the Library parking lot at 9:00 and hand out the kazoos before heading to the parade start as a group. The parade marches down Main Street to Lake Shore Drive. Transportation back to the library will be available.  Hope you can join us.  Please register.

Chit Chat Chew
days, July 6, July 20 and August 3 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM
grades 3-6
Bring your lunch and eat with other kids and Mrs. Ferris while we talk about the books we’re reading! Get ideas from other kids about great books to you might enjoy.

Wood Library Fun Run (r) ($)
Saturday, July 14  | 9:30 – 10:00 AM 
ages 12 and under
A one mile race up Main Street for children 12 and under. Participants aged 5 and under are required to have an adult with them for the duration of the race. The race starts and finishes at Wood Library. This is a fund raiser for the library with proceeds supporting the library’s youth programs.  Top overall M/F winners receive a medal and prize. All finishers receive a participation ribbon. Registration fee is $10.00.  Click here for the form.

Main Street StoryWalk
Saturday, July 14 | 9:30 – 2:00 PM
Family Event
Take a leisurely walk up Main Street and read the picture book Punk Farm by Jarrett Krosoczka. When you get to the end, take a selfie using our photo props of the book’s characters and post it using #woodlibrary #punkfarmrockers!

Family Bingo Night (r)
Monday, July 16 | 6:30 – 7:30 PM
grades 1-6
B-4 you plan all your summer activities, be sure to mark your calendar for some family fun at the library.  We’ll have some fabulous prizes!  Please register your family.

Rock the Sidewalk
Tuesdays, July 17  & August 14 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 noon
all ages
Create a chalk masterpiece on the sidewalks around the library.  Work on your own or with a friend.

Cookie Songwriting (r)
Tuesday, July 24  | 2:30 – 3:30 PM 
grades 1-6
Be a composer! Kids get to write music by using cookies as notes. Then they can choose a music style and musician Geoff Clough will turn their  original creation into a song. They’ll create a title and get their own sheet music with their name on it as composer. Afterwards, the cookies are theirs to enjoy! While kids are waiting to compose, we’ll play our Musical Books game. Please register.

Children’s Concert
Thursday, July 26  | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Family Event
The Canandaigua Lake Music Festival’s star-studded line-up of musicians join forces to present a fun, interactive musical story-time that’s sure to be a hit with listeners of all ages. Recommended especially for ages 5-11, but all are welcome!

Biblio-Bop Dance Party
Saturday, July 28 | 10:30 – 11:15 AM
ages 1-5
If your preschooler loves to dance, don’t miss our Biblio-Bop party. We’ll begin with a short story and then start hopping and bopping to music using bells, shakers, scarves and our parachute to enhance the fun.  There is no sign-up for this 45-minute program.  Just come and be ready to move! Note:  generally this proggram is the last Saturday of each month, but we’ll be bopping a week earlier than usual in May because of the holiday weekend.

Science Rocks (r)
Monday, July 30  | 10:00 – 11:00 AM 
grades 1-6
Kids going into grades 1-6 will participate in fun science activities and engage in creative problem solving in this interactive, hands-on class. Please register.

Make Your Own Musical Instrument
Tuesday, July 31  | 10:00 – 11:00 AM 
grades 1-6
Drop in to create a music-maker using craft materials, recycled stuff and your imagination. The program will end with a group concert of familiar songs using our new instruments!

LP Spin Art (r)
Monday, August 13  | 11:00 AM  – 12:00 PM
grades 1-6
Musician Geoff Clough will be back to show how to use the science of centrifugal force and paint to turn old vinyl records into art. Please register.

Libraries Rock Reading Celebration
Friday, August 18  | 1:00 – 2:00 PM
All Reading Club Participants
Celebrate the reading fun we’ve had this summer with activities, snacks and prizes.