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.

Where’s Waldo in Canandaigua
June 27 – August 29
all ages
Did you ever notice the life-size Waldo sitting on a shelf in the corner when you’ve been in our Children’s Room? He was made for a fall festival a few years ago and has stayed at the library because he feels so comfortable there! Well, he’s missed having kids come in to see him lately SO he’s shrunk himself down to about 3” tall and will be out & about, wandering around Canandaigua this summer. Each Saturday, we’ll post a picture of him on Facebook to see if you can figure out where he was hiding – and even challenge you to email Mrs. Ferris ( a picture of yourself taken in the same spot! DON’T give his location away by adding a comment to the post (but you can Message us to let us know you found him). Check back every Saturday to get a peek of Waldo’s new hiding place! He’ll be someplace new each week.

Monday is Funday at Home
Mondays June 29 – August 17 | 2:00 PM

ages 3 – 7
Combine a great book with a craft and you have our “Monday is Funday” program. Children going into grades 1-3 are invited to join us on Facebook to listen to a story. After the reading, we’ll make a craft project to go with story. Materials needed for the craft project will be posted on our website. No registration. If you can’t watch at 2:00, catch it when you can – the program will be in our Facebook videos!

Need the elephant pattern to make the stained glass elephant craft? Click here and print it off!

Time for a Story with Mrs. Ferris 
Wednesdays on Facebook and YouTube | 10:30 AM
Visit our Facebook page for some virtual story fun! Each week, Mrs. Ferris will read a picture book or two and do fingerplays. Videos will be posted on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 and will also be viewable on our YouTube channel anytime.

Pajama Storytime on Facebook Live
Wednesday nights July 1 – August 12 | 7:00 PM

ages 3 – 7
Children 3 – 7 years old can put on their jammies and cozy up to their computer, tablet or phone for stories, songs and fun at home with Mrs. Ferris. Visit us on Facebook for this LIVE weekly event.

Once Upon a Tale on Zoom (r)
Thursdays July 2 – August 27| 12:00 noon
grades 4-6
Join Mrs. Ferris at lunchtime on Thursdays on Zoom as she reads the book Rump: the True Story of Rumpelstiltskin. This is an online program. Registration is required to get the Zoom link. Click HERE to sign up on our calendar. Mrs. Ferris will send you the login link for the series.

Friday Fun @ 4
Fridays on Facebook and YouTube | 4:00 PM
for children

Mrs. Ferris’s flannel board stories and rhymes are always the “dessert” of Storytime so this summer, she’ll be sharing some special felt fun or other surprises on our Facebook page each Friday. After the videos have aired, they can can also be viewed anytime by clicking here.

Home Alone Class on Zoom
Tuesday, August 25 | 9:00 AM
for children 7-12 years old

Wood Library is offering EPIC Training’s online and fully INTERACTIVE Home Alone class for children. Knowing when a child is ready to stay home alone is a difficult decision; preparation can make the transition much easier for both parents and children. The 90 min. class is geared toward children ages 7-12 who are home alone to teach them the importance of behaving responsibly. Topics include basic first aid tips, what to do when a stranger comes to the door, answering the telephone, internet safety and how to react during a variety of miscellaneous emergencies such as power outages and fires. Each session has two instructors: one on camera and the other serving as a monitor to answer questions in the chat feature and ensure the safety/security of the session. Students have the ability to see and interact with the instructor and other students. The cost is $24 per student and is due at registration.  Register by calling (585)615-4379 or email mail@epictrainings.comEach student will be emailed a Zoom log-in link to the presentation along with PDF materials to print the day before the class.

Creating Art with Household Items
presented by the Art Center of Rochester
Monday – Friday | 10:00 AM
school-age children

Our in-the-library craft programs for kids are on hold while we’re closed, but there are some GREAT craft activities on the Art Center of Rochester’s Facebook page. They are offering Facebook live sessions, “Creating Art with Household Items”, Monday-Friday at 10 AM  – fun for all ages! After they have aired, all the project videos can be viewed by clicking here. If your fingers are itching to be creative, check them out!

Baker Park StoryWalk  
Come to the park and enjoy our permanent StoryWalk. Each month we will feature a different picture book for families to experience together. Park in the lot and follow the path around the 24 story boards, reading the story as you walk around the loop. This month’s book is the classic Rumpelstiltskin, written by and illustrated by Paul Galdone. We’d love to hear your comments or send us a photo of your family reading the story!  Note: Our storyboards are widely spaced so you can easily enjoy the book while keeping a safe distance from others along the loop.

Click here for a map to get to the park!

Imagine You’re a Lego
June 29 – August 22
What would you look like if you were a Lego minifigure? And what would your story be? Download a Story Sheet from our webpage or get one with your curbside take-out books and let your imagination go wild. Mail your sheet back to us (Wood Library, 134 N. Main St., Canandaigua, NY 14424) or drop it in the bookdrop. We can’t wait to see what YOUR story will be!

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!

Summer Reading Clubs (r)
June – August 2020

The 2020 theme will be Imagine Your Story 

Wood Library offers 2 online reading clubs for children to keep them enjoying books during the summer months. Preschoolers can sign up for the Read-to-Me Club and count every day they are read to. School age children going into grades 1 – 6 to can sign up for Imagine Your Story – READ! and challenge themselves to keep reading all summer, discover new genres and explore the fun they can have through books by tracking the number of minutes they read. Click here to go to our ReadSquare page and scroll to the bottom to sign up for either club and start recording your days or minutes!