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.
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 together. Read the book as you take a walk along the trail.
Our book for November is the “Over in the Forest” by Marilyn Berkes. Jump like a squirrel, dunk like a raccoon, and . . . uh-oh . . . watch out for the skunk! Children learn the ways of forest animals to the rhythm of Over in the Meadow in this delightful introduction to the woodland habitat. They will also count the babies and search for hidden animals. And when they see how each illustration is made from cut paper, they may be inspired to try cut-paper art, too.
The book will be up through the month. Click here for a map to get to the park!
Mother Goose Time (r) Friday, December 6 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.
Time for Twos (r) January 6 – February 18, 2020 | 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.
Preschool Storytime (r) January 8 – February 20, 2020 | 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.
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 3 reading clubs for children to keep them reading and enjoying books during the summer months. Preschoolers can sign up for the Read-to-Me Club and color their reading sheet every day they are read to. There will be 2 separate clubs for school age children: one 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 one 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.
Pajama Storytime Wednesday nights during the summer | 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.
Biblio-Bop Dance Party Saturday, December 7 | 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 our calendar to be sure of the date for each month.
Crafter-School Special: Perler Bead Ornaments! Thursday, December 12 | 4:00—5:00 PM grades K—5 This month we’ll be making ornaments using perler beads! Make something to hand on your own tree or give it as a gift. Snack provided. For kids in grades K-5. Please register online, at the library or by calling 585-394-1381. Registration is requested.
Sensory Play Time Friday, December 13 | 10:00 – 11:00 AM ages 6 months—4 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.
Sesame Street Hometown Celebration Saturday, December 14 | 10:00 AM—2:00 PM Finger Lakes Community College Family event WXXI Kids and its partners invite you to a free community event on December 14 at Finger Lakes Community College to celebrate Sesame Street’s milestone birthday! The day will be filled with fun, hands-on activity stations, Super Grover 2.0 meet-and-greets, story times, and community partners (that includes Wood Library!) Hope to see you there!
Spotlight On: Mem Fox Monday, December 16 | 1:00—2:00 PM ages 3—5 Join us for some fun stories, crafts, and activities based on the picture books by the amazing Mem Fox! Registration is requested.
Holiday Pajama Storytime
Thursday, December 19| 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 featuring Christmas stories.
Biblio-Bop Dance Party Saturday, December 28 | 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 our calendar to be sure of the date for each month.
Munchtime at the Movies: Toy Story 4 Thursday, January 2 | 12:00 -1:40 PM All ages Bring your lunch to munch on while you watch a movie on the library’s big screen! When a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.
Wood Library’s Sesame Street Celebration Saturday, January 4 | 11:00 AM -12:00PM Family event Join us as we celebrate Sesames Street’s 50th Anniversary! We’ll have stations around the room with fun activities for children and their families.