Children

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.

Summer Reading Club registration begins on Monday, June 24 at the library.  Sign up and start reading!

Baker Park StoryWalk 
Come to the park and enjoy our permanent StoryWalk. Each month we will feature a different picture book for families to enjoy. Read the book as you take a walk along the trail. Our book for June is the classic “Mooncake” by Frank AschThis story will be up through the month. Click here for a map to get to the park!

Summer Reading Clubs (r)
June 24 – August 31, 2019

The 2019 theme will be A Universe of Stories in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing.

Wood Library offers 3 reading clubs for children to keep them reading and enjoying books during the summer months. Preschoolers can sign up for the Little Stars Read-to-Me Club and color a star on their reading sheet every day they are read to.  There will be 2 separate clubs for school age children: Rocket Readers for children going into grades 1-3 to help them maintain their reading skills during the summer vacation months by keeping track of the number of books they read or listen to and Book Trekkers for 4th – 6th graders to help them discover new genres and explore the fun they can have through books by tracking the number of minutes they read.

Preschool Storytime (r)
July 10 – August 22 | 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, click here for the online calendar, visit the library or call 585-394-1381.

Pajama Storytime
Wednesday nights during the summer starting July 10 | 7:00 – 7:45 PM

ages 3 – 7
Children 3 – 7 years old can wear their jammies and come to the library for stories, songs, a short movie 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.

Mother Goose Time (r)
Friday, July 12

Walkers class: 10:00 – 10:20 AM, Pre-Walkers class: 11:00 – 11:20 AM
A 20 minute language enrichment program for 6 – 24 month olds featuring nursery rhymes, songs, a story and activities.  The program is generally held the first Friday of each month with a class for Walkers and another for Pre-Walkers with play time after each class.  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!

Time for Twos (r)
next series will be in the fall of 2019 | 10:30 – 10:50 AM
choose Monday or Tuesday
Two 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. Registration is required. Click here and go to our calendar to register for the current session.

Biblio-Bop Dance Party
Saturday, June 22 | 10:30 – 11:15 AM
ages 1-5 with parent or caregiver
If your preschooler loves to dance, don’t miss our Dance Party! We’ll begin with a short story and then start hopping and bopping to music using bells, shakers, scarves, bubbles 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: this program is usually on the last Saturday of the month, but check out calendar to be sure of the date for each month. 

Tie-Dye Saturday
Saturday, June 29 | 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.
 

Make Your Alien Head Gear
Monday, July 1 | 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
All ages
Want to look out of this world this summer? Come and decorate a headband so you’ll look like an alien! We’ll have pipe cleaners, felt, wiggle eyes, and more for you to use. And walk with Wood Library in the 4th of July parade wearing your creation – we’ll have a blast!  

Monday is Funday
Mondays, July 1– Aug. 19 | 2:30 – 3:30 PM
grades 1 – 3

Combine a great story with a craft to go with it and you have a fun way to spend your Monday!  (note: no program 7/8)

Glow-in-the-Dark Storytime
Monday, July 1 | 7:00 PM
ages 3-8
The lights will be out, but there will be plenty to see! Join us for glow-in-the-dark stories and activities. Wear white or fluorescent colors to see yourself glow!

Moon Rocks
Tuesday, July 2 | 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Family Program
These rocks are awesome! We’ll paint them by dipping them into nail polish – you won’t believe the results! (note: this could be messy so wear old clothes)

Bubblemania
Tuesday, July 2 | 7:00 PM
Family program

Bubble Man Doug Rougeux will amaze you with the science of popping bubbles and the art of bubble sculpture! Who will get to stand inside a giant bubble?

Walk with Wood in the 4th of July Parade (r)
Thursday, July 4 | 9:00 AM
Family program

Libraries are Out of this World! Show how much you love your library by marching with us in Canandaigua’s 4th of July Parade. Wear your alien head gear or a space-themed t-shirt. We’ll meet at the library and walk together to the staging area. During the parade we’ll be blowing bubbles to the crowd. Transportation back to the library will be available. Sign up at the library or online.

Read to Jack (r)
Saturdays, July 6 – August 31 | 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Thursday, July 11 – August 29 | 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Grades 1 – 6
Come and read aloud to our certified therapy dog, Jack! The goal of our program is to provide a cozy “dog-friendly” atmosphere for children to practice reading. Sign up for a 10 minute reading session at the library or call (585) 394-1381. (Sorry, no online sign-up).

Gardening is for Kids (r)
Saturdays July 6 – August 3 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Grades 1-6
Wood Library is teaming with Master Gardener Debbie McWilliams to offer a 5-week gardening series for kids in grades 1-6. She will teach basic gardening skills to foster a love of growing food, herbs and flowers. There is a $5 fee to cover program expenses which can be paid at registration.

Munchtime at the Movies
6 Thursdays | 12:00 noon
family program
Bring your lunch to munch on while you enjoy a movie on our big screen!
July 11:     Chicken Little (81 min.)
July 18:     Astro Boy  (94 min.)
Aug. 1:      Planet 51 (91 min.)
Aug. 8:      Treasure Planet (95 min.)
Aug. 15:    Space Buddies (84 min.)
Aug. 22:    Space Jam  (88 min.)

Fun Run (r)
Saturday, July 13 | 9:30 —10:00 AM
children up to 12 years old

Kids under 12 who aren’t quite ready to run a 5K can try our 1 mile Fun Run.  (Note: all children under the age of 5 must be accompanied by and adult) Registration is required.  $10 registration fee.

StoryWalk on Main Street
Saturday, July 13 | 10:00 AM—2:00 PM
family event

Families can go on our 5th annual Main Street StoryWalk and read the book Hey-Ho, to Mars We’ll Go by Susan Lendroth page-by-page as they make their walk up and down Main Street.

Family Bingo Night (r)
Monday, July 15 | 6:30—7:30 PM
family event

B-4 you plan all your summer activities, be sure to mark your calendar for some family fun at the library!  There will be some fabulous prizes! Sign up to reserve your table.

Up and Away with Hot Air Balloons
Tuesday, July 16 | 2:00 PM
family program

Learn how balloons work and what they do. Then get ready to watch a balloon get inflated right in the library! Everyone will get a chance to go inside the massive, beautiful, airworthy hot air balloon.

Sing and Dance Around the Planet
Friday, July 19 | 10:00 AM
family program
Dance to, sing along with, and experience traditional & folk music from cultures around the world! International jazz multi-instrumentalist Sagit Zilberman will perform an interactive global music program for families and children. This program introduces instruments such as the Didgeridoo, Rainstick, Tongue drum, Handpan, Saxophone, and through unique sounds and songs invites them to celebrate and appreciate our diverse planets’ nature, animals and cultures!

Paperback Swap
Tuesday, July 23 | 10:00—11:30 AM  
grades 1—6

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

Leggo My Legos (r)
Tuesday, July 23 | 2:00 – 3:30 PM
grades 1-6

Do you love Legos? Then join us and let your imagination run wild. Create a model using our Legos and put it on display in the Children’s Room. Registration requested, but you can drop-in too.

Canandaigua Lake Music Festival Children’s Concert
Thursday, July 25 | 11:00 AM—12:00 PM
ages 5—11

We welcome back the music performers for their annual concert for children. World-class musicians join forces to present a fun, interactive musical story-time that’s sure to be a hit with listeners of all ages. Pete the Cat and other children’s books come to life through music! Recommended especially for ages 5-11, but all are welcome! ​FREE

AM with ET
Friday, July 26 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
grades 1-6
We have to show this classic sci-fi adventure movie for kids and families! A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world. After the movie, make your own ET to take home. (note: Rated PG – may be too scary and/or sad for preschoolers)

Biblio-Bop Dance Party
Saturday, July 27 | 10:30 – 11:15 AM
ages 1-5 with parent or caregiver
If your preschooler loves to dance, don’t miss our Dance Party! We’ll begin with a short story and then start hopping and bopping to music using bells, shakers, scarves, bubbles 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: this program is usually on the last Saturday of the month, but check out calendar to be sure of the date for each month. 

Stars of Wonder
Tuesday, July 30 | 3:30—4:15 PM
family program

Don’t miss this story theatre show about the constellations presented by the Wondermakers! Children from the audience will be invited to join the actors as they act out these stories about the pictures in the sky. Colorful costumes, mime, and lots of audience participation make this a great way to celebrate the library’s Universe of Stories. Designed for children ages 3 – 10 and their families.

Happy Birthday, Harry Potter! (r)
Wednesday, July 31 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM or 3:30 – 4:30 PM
grades 3-6
Escape to Hogwarts to celebrate Harry’s birthday at the library with a scavenger hunt challenge, potions class and more! For grades 3-6. Register for the session you want to attend.

Racing Rockets
Monday, August 5 | 10:00—11:00 AM
grades 1 – 6
Have fun making awesome straw rockets! Designing your own rockets and then launch them using straws – a great way for to explore science!

Star Lab Show (r)
Tuesday, August 6 | 10:00, 11:30, or 1:00
grades 1—6

Step inside this Traveling Planetarium to experience our solar system. The night sky, including Jupiter, Earth, Mars and the stars, will come alive in this unforgettable dome. Each of the presentations is limited to 30 children and registration is required. Register for the session you want to attend.

Sensory Play Time
Friday, August 9 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
ages 6 months—5 years
Come and play with your child at our sensory stations! Though sensory play, children explore and naturally use scientific processes while they play, investigate, create and discover new sensations. Caregivers are expected to interact with their child at each station. Drop-in program.

Read with the Blue
Monday, August 12 | 10:00—11:00 AM
With the focus on friendship and trust, local law enforcers will be here to read a story to children. This year, they will read ” Go Away Big Green Monster.” Along with this reading, there will be an opportunity to take photos and participate in some related activities.

Wildlife Rockstars
Tuesday, August 13 | 11:00—11:45 AM
family program
It wouldn’t be summer without our favorite animal program! The Wildlife Rock Stars are a wildlife education outreach group who will be here to share information about the creatures they bring and encourage wildlife conservation awareness. It’s a program not to be missed!

Leggo My Legos Encore (r)
Tuesday, August 20 | 2:00—3:30 PM
grades 1—6

Let’s do it again! We’ll provide the Legos and the models made will be put on display in the Children’s Room.  Please register.

Out of This World Reading Party
Saturday, August 24 | 1:00—2:00 PM
Come celebrate the reading fun we’ve had with activities, snacks, and prizes. For reading club participants.

Biblio-Bop Dance Party
Saturday, August 31| 10:30 – 11:15 AM
ages 1-5 with parent or caregiver
If your preschooler loves to dance, don’t miss our Dance Party! We’ll begin with a short story and then start hopping and bopping to music using bells, shakers, scarves, bubbles 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: this program is usually on the last Saturday of the month, but check out calendar to be sure of the date for each month.