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  
Tuesdays, January 5 through February 23, 2021 | 10:30 AM on YouTube
For 2 year-olds
Join Children’s Librarian, Mrs. Ferris (and her puppet helper, Shrinking Violet) each week on YouTube for a program of short stories, rhymes, fingerplays and something fun on her flannel board.

Bedtime Stories with Mrs. Ferris
Wednesday nights | 7:00 PM on Facebook
Ages 3-7
What could be more fun than getting in your jammies and cozying up at home with your computer, tablet or phone to listen to stories, sing songs and enjoy something special on the flannel board with Mrs. Ferris and her bedtime buddy Bearnard?  Visit us on Facebook for this LIVE weekly virtual event.  

Storytime Online 
Thursdays January 7 through February 25, 2021 | 10:30 AM on YouTube
Ages 3—5
Join Mrs. Ferris for stories, fingerplays, and fun on the flannel board every Thursday through February 25. Remember: you can view the program anytime YouTube after the post goes up.

Mother Goose Time at Home (register if you want a program bag)
Friday, February 5, 2021 | 10:00 AM on YouTube
6-24 month-olds
 and their parent or caregiver
Join Mrs. Ferris and her lap pal, Lambert, for a short online early literacy program of nursery rhymes, songs and bounces. Click here to reserve your special bag of materials to use with your child during the online program. The bags will be ready for pickup at the library the week before the program. (You can also view the program without registering by clicking this link; registration is only to reserve a materials bag.)

Take Your Child to the Library Day Take-and-Make: Snowballs!
Saturday, February 6 | while supplies last
If Mother Nature doesn’t give us snow, we can still have some wintery fun indoors! Pick up a bag at the library with the materials and instructions you’ll need to make 3 snowballs.

Ice Cream for Breakfast at Home
Saturday, February 6, 2021 | 11:00 AM on YouTube
ages 3-7
We’re celebrating Take Your Child to the Library Day a bit differently this year by making it all virtual! Celebrate “Ice Cream for Breakfast Day” by watching Mrs. Ferris on YouTube as she makes ice cream using just a few ingredients. Try making some yourself – she’ll share the recipe. Make yourself a yummy sundae at home, with either homemade or store-bought ice cream and stay tuned for stories about … ice cream, of course!

Ice Cream Storytime 
Saturday, February 6, 2021 | 11:30 AM on YouTube
ages 3-7
Tune into our YouTube channel to listen to Mrs. Ferris read some delicious stories about ice cream. She promises to include the “dessert of Storytime”, something fun on her flannel board!

Spotlight On: Robert Kraus (sign up to reserve a program bag)
Monday, February 8, 2021 | 1:00 PM on YouTube
Ages 3—5
Fun on YouTube with stories, crafts, and activities based on the wonderful books by author/illustrator Robert Kraus. Registration is requested  to reserve a materials bag before the program. Click here to sign up. Bags will be available for pick-up the week before the program. You can also enjoy the program’s stories without registering.

Crafter-School Special: Snow Globes (sign up to reserve a program bag)
Thursday, February 18, 2021 | 4:00 PM on YouTube
Grades K—5
To go with our winter StoryWalk book at Baker Park, The Snow Globe Family, we’re going to create our own snow globes! Registration is requested to reserve a materials bag which can be picked up the week of the program. Click here to sign up. This virtual program can be viewed on our YouTube channelNOTE: you can watch the program without signing up for a materials bag; most of the of our Crafter-School projects can be made using materials you probably have around the house.

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 clockwise around the 24 story boards, reading the story as you walk the loop. This winter’s book is The Snow Globe Family by Jane O’Connor. 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!

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!

Where’s Waldo in Canandaigua
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 city 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 was out & about, wandering around Canandaigua this summer. Each Saturday, we posted a picture of him on Facebook to see if people could figure out where he’d been – and even challenged anyone to email Mrs. Ferris ( a picture of yourself taken in the same spot! If you missed his city trek, check our Facebook album and see if you can follow his path around the city!

Monday is Funday at Home
grades 1-3
Combine a great book with a craft and you have our “Monday is Funday” program. This summer story and craft series is over, but if you missed any of the programs, the videos are still available for watching the video on our YouTube channel. Children can listen to a story and then make a craft project to go with story’s theme.

Time for a Story with Mrs. Ferris 
Visit our YouTube channel to catch some virtual story fun with our children’s librarian reading a picture book or two and doing fingerplays. Videos are also viewable anytime.

Pajama Storytime on Facebook
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. If you missed this summer series, just click on “videos” on our Facebook page to view anytime.

Flannel Fun with Mrs. Ferris
Facebook and YouTube
Mrs. Ferris’s flannel board stories and rhymes are always the “dessert” of Storytime so go to our Youtube channel for special felt fun or other surprises. The videos can be viewed anytime by clicking here.