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 August is the “Paddington” by Michael Bond. This is the classic story of the bear from Darkest Peru who stowed away on a ship headed for England.  He arrived at Paddington Station with nothing but a suitcase, a half-empty jar of marmalade and a label that read, ‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.’ The book 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, September 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.

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.

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).

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.)

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. 

Sensory Play Time
Friday, September 13 | 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.