Programs for
Children and Families


Mary Ferris ~ Children’s Librarian [email protected]


1000 Books Before Kindergarten         
Sign your child up for our read-together challenge!  This national program encourages parents to read 1,000 books with their child before he or she starts kindergarten.  The program is free, the rewards are priceless, and it’s easy to participate.  We’ll add your child’s name  to our Reading Tree display and give you a folder with the program instructions, reading tips, book suggestions, along with your first reading log. It’s a fun way for families to spend time together and it will also help prepare your infant, toddler or preschooler for later reading success. Sign up and start reading!


Registration for our Summer Programs for Children
begins Monday, June 19!

 Programs marked with * require registration.

Click on the name of the program to go directly to
our online calendar to register.
You can also sign up at the library or by calling (585) 394-1381.
See program details in the listings below.



Refrigerator Art Show
June 21 – July 28
preschool – 6th grade

Artwork created by preschool – 6th grade children that is worthy of being displayed on the will be on display in the Ewing Family Community Room on the 3rd floor.  All art can be picked up after the show ends.


Build a Better World Summer Reading Clubs
June 26 – August 30

Have reading fun and earn prizes all summer long by joining one of our reading clubs:

– Little Builders (preschoolers)
– Reading Maniacs (going into gr. 1-3)
– Reading Crew (going into gr. 4-6)




Monday is Funday
Mondays at 2:30 PM | June 26 – August 14
grades 1-3

Combine a great book with a craft and you have our “Monday is Funday” program. 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.


Color a City
Tuesday, June 27 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
grades 1 – 6

Do you love to color?  Drop in, color a building and help create a shelf-top city in the Children’s Room.



Build a Better World Magic Show
Tuesday, June 27 | 7:00-7:45 PM
family program

Join David Moreland the Magician for this high-energy, 45-minute show. It’s packed with magic, comedy, mystery, puppetry, and several routines featuring a member of the audience – maybe one of them will be you!


Wednesdays or Thursdays
June 28 – August 17 | 10:30 – 11:00 AM
ages 3-5

Storybooks and more for children 3-5 years old!  Our half-hour sessions feature picture book stories, fingerplays, songs, and the flannel board.  The activities promote language development and pre-literacy skills.  Registration is requested as the class is limited to 25 children.   The series runs 8 weeks.  Register online, in person or by calling (585) 394-1381.


Paperback Swap
Wednesday, June 28 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM
grades 1 – 6    

Clean off your bookshelf and bring your paperbacks to the library to trade them one-for-one.


Pajama Storytime
Wednesdays ,  June 28 – August 16 | 7:00 – 7:45 PM
ages 3 – 7  

Wear your jammies to the library for stories, fingerplays, a short movie and fun on the flannelboard.  Parents are invited to enjoy the program with their children.


Munchtime at the Movies
seven Thursdays at 12:00 noon

Bring your lunch to munch on while you enjoy a movie on our big screen!

June 29:       Lego Movie            (100 minutes)
July  6:         Moana                      (107 minutes)
July 13          Lego Batman Movie            (104 minutes)
July 27          Monsters Inc.       (92 minutes)
Aug. 3:          The Lorax              (86 minutes)
Aug. 10:        Tangled                   (100 minutes)
Aug. 17:         Minions                   (90 minutes)


Biblio-Bop Dance Party
Fridays June 30 and  July 28, Saturday, August 25 | 10:30—11:15 AM
ages 1—5 with parent or caregiver

If your preschooler loves to dance, come hop and bop to music using, shaker eggs, bells, scarves and our parachute to enhance the fun. There is no sign-up for this program.


Lego Mania*
Friday, June 30 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM
grades 1-6

Love Legos?  Then join us and let your imagination run wild as you go from station to station to explore, create, get challenged, and have fun with everything Lego. Registration requested, but you can drop-in too.


Read to Jack*
July 1 – August 31 | Saturdays 10:30 – 11:30 AM and Thursdays 6:30 – 7:30 PM
grades 1 +

Read aloud to our certified therapy dog, Jack, to practice your reading in a cozy “dog-friendly” atmosphere. Reserve your 10-minute reading time at the library or call (585) 394-1381 (sorry – no online registration for this program).
We’ll start taking registrations on Monday, June 19.


Tie-Dye Saturday
Saturday, July 1 | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
family program

Drop by the library’s front lawn 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. And wear your shirt and join us to march with Wood Library in the 4th of July parade!


Mother Goose Time*
Fridays, July 7 and August 4
Walkers class is at 10:15
Pre-Walkers class is at 11:00

Our monthly early literacy program of nursery rhymes, songs, fingerplays, along with a short story for babies 6 – 24 month olds & parent or caregiver. Each program lasts 20 minutes. Registration is requested and sign-up begins 2 weeks before each session.  Click here to register online or call the library at 585-394-1381 to sign up for the class that best fits your child’s developmental stage.  Registration requested for each month’s session.


Saturday, July 8 | 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
family program

Build a better YOU while you take a walk up Main Street and read the story Froggy Builds a Tree House.


Storytime with Froggy
Saturday, July 8 | 2:00 PM
ages 3-7

Guess who’s going to be at the library for a special story program featuring his stories: FROGGY! Come for the stories and be sure to have your picture taken with him.


Quake ‘n Make: Earthquakes and Construction *
Monday, July 10 | 10:30 AM
grades 1 – 6

What happens to a building when there’s an earthquake?  How can buildings be made to withstand the force of a quake? Don’t miss this hands-on STEM exploration for children in grades 1-6.  Learn about and make earthquake waves with slinkies, build marshmallow and toothpick towers to test against a shaking table, and find out about the best ways to build skyscrapers. Please register as space is limited.


Building Time with Big Blue Blocks
Mondays, July 10, 17, and 24 – 10:30 AM  – 3:30 PM

Drop in and see what you can make!  We’ll have Big Blue Blocks out in our Story Room.  Create something and then knock it down and build again!



Flying Lessons with Takoda
Tuesday, July 11 | 10:30 – 11:30 AM
grades 3 – 6

Drop in and learn how to make and fly paper airplanes.


Leggo My Legos*
Tuesday, July 11 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM
grades 1 – 6

Create something amazing with Lego bricks!   We’ll provide the Legos and kids will provide the imagination.  The models made will be put on display in the Children’s Room.  Please register.


Let’s Play BINGO! *
Monday, July 17 | 6:30 – 7:30 PM
family program

B-4 you plan all your summer activities, be sure to mark your calendar for some family fun at the library.  Registration required.  Reserve your table to play and you could win some fabulous prizes!


Build It Challenge! *
Tuesday, July 18 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM
grades 3-6

Cups, crafts sticks and cubes – oh my!  Simple materials, and yet we’ll have a blast building all kinds of amazing structures with them.  Are you up to the challenge?  Registration is requested.


Canandaigua Lake Music Festival Children’s Concert
Thursday, July 20 | 10:00—11:00 AM
family program

A fun introduction to chamber music. Recommended for ages 5-11, but all are welcome. After the concert, children can meet the musicians and see the instruments up close.


Creature Feature with the Wildlife Rockstars
Friday, July 21 | 1:00 – 1:45 PM
family program

It wouldn’t be summer without our favorite animal program!  The Wildlife Rock Stars (formerly known as the Wildlife Defenders) is a wildlife education outreach group who will be here to share information about the animals they bring and encourage wildlife conservation awareness.  It’s a program not to be missed!

Pop Up Puppet Theater *
Tuesday, July 25 | 10:30 – 11:30 AM
grades 3 -5

Children will use simple art materials to create paper stick puppets and table-top scenery to act out a folk tale.  Please register.


Lego® Lock-In *
Friday, July 28 | 6:30 – 8:00 PM
grades 1 – 5 + parents

Are you ready for some after-hours family fun at the library? We’ll provide LEGO bricks for families to build together.  Bring your imagination and build freely or participate in a building challenge! Please register as a family.  All children must have an adult with them.


Homes Around the Globe
Tuesday, August 1 | 10:30 – 11:30
grades 1-6

Discover what Habitat homes look like around the world by watching a quick video of a child living in a Habitat house.  Then get ready for an engaging house-building Lego activity that will have kids thinking about the important components that make up a house and about the differences between how houses in the United States and other countries around the world are built.


Paper Shapers *
Tuesday, August 1 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM
grades 4-6

We’re going to be building with paper! Enjoy origami-paper folding for fun, relaxation and stretching your brain.  Please register.


American Girl: Samantha and the Suffragettes *
Wednesday, August 2 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM
grades 1-6

Teresa Wood will introduce children to the suffragette movement in NY through the story of American Girl Doll, Samantha. Samantha’s stories take place in 1904 and participants will learn how women fought and won the right to vote! Designed for children ages 7-11. Please register.


Recycle a Building *
Tuesday, August 8 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM
grades 1-6

Use pipe cleaners, paper bags, boxes and assorted “stuff” to construct a futuristic building.  Work on your own or team up with other kids to make something that’s out of this world.  Please register.


Preschool Construction Zone
Friday, August 11 | 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Ages 3-5

Explore all things construction: make a toolbelt, play Stick the Tire on the Truck, build a Duplo tower, and so much more!  Please register.


Leggo My Legos Encore *
Tuesday, August 15 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
grades 1 – 6

If you missed our program in July OR if you just can’t get enough of Legos, come and build again.  Registration is requested but drop-ins are welcome.  Sign up for this session begins 7/17.


Build a Better World Party
Saturday, August 19 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM
for all Summer Reading Club participants

Celebrate the reading fun we’ve had this summer.  Refreshments will be served.