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.

 
Biblio-Bop Dance Party
Saturdays, June 25, July 30, and August 27| 10:30 – 11:15 AM
Preschoolers and their parents or caregivers
Let’s have a little dancing fun!  We’ll start with a story and then move ‘n groove to our favorite songs with shakers, scarves or bells (to be collected and cleaned after the program), the bubble machine and, of course, our parachute! We hope you’ll be comfortable in joining us – all attendees over age 2 are asked to wear a mask.


I Spy Under the Sea Lego Challenge
June 27 – August 31
all ages
Stop by the lobby to check out our Lego ocean display and play I Spy with our checklist!


Monday is Funday
Mondays, June 27 – August 15 | 2:00-3:00 PM
Going into grades 1-3
Come listen to a great story each week with a follow-up craft and have a fun way to spend your Monday!


Chalk a Fish Tuesday
Tuesdays, June 28 – August 30 | 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
all ages
Help us create a sidewalk sea by drawing a fish or sea creature on the walk outside the library! We’ll have buckets of chalk available. Be sure to sign your masterpiece!


Booked for Lunch
Tuesdays, June 28 – August 16 | 12:00 noon
Grades 3-6
Bring your lunch and join Mrs. Ferris at noon on Tuesdays as she reads a great book aloud chapter by chapter.


Bubblemania
Tuesday, June 28 | 7:00-8:00 PM
Family program
Bubble Man Doug Rougeux will amaze you with the science of popping bubbles and the art of bubble sculpture. After the show, every child will get to stand inside a giant bubble!


Storytime   RR
Wednesdays or Thursdays, June 29 – August 18 | 10:30 – 11:00 AM
For ages 3-5
Picture book stories along with fingerplays, action rhymes, songs, & fun on the flannel board. Registration is requested for this 8 week series. Choose Wednesday or Thursday


Pajama Storytime
Wednesdays, June 29 – August 17 | 7:00-7:45 PM
3-7 year olds
What could be more fun than coming to the library in your jammies to listen to stories, sing songs and enjoy something special on the flannel board with Mrs. Ferris? For children along with their parents/caregivers.


Fold-a-Fish Friday
Fridays, July 1 – August 19 | all day while supplies last
Grades 1-6
Stop by the Children’s Room to make a different paper fish each week. Limit 1 per child.


Shark Hunt in the Children’s Room
July 1 – August 31
all ages
Explore the nooks and crannies of our Children’s Room to track down the pictures of 14 different sharks that are hiding there. Learn fun facts about sharks by reading the information on each picture.


Mother Goose   RR
Friday, July 1 | Walkers at 10:00 AM; Pre-Walkers at 11:00 AM
6-24 months old with parent or caregiver
This 20-minute program of nursery rhymes, songs, finger plays, and a short story is for babies and toddlers. The Walkers class is for children who are walking and the Pre-Walkers is for lap sitters. There will be open playtime after the program.  Registration is requested as each class is limited to 15 children and their parents/caregivers. Click here to sign up.  


Tie Dye Saturday
Saturday, July 2 | 10:30 AM – 12:00 noon
Family event
Drop by and create a tie-dye masterpiece! You supply the shirt or other cloth item and we’ll provide the rest. No registration necessary – held on the library’s front lawn! Be sure to wear old clothes – it gets messy!


Read to Jack  RR
Tuesdays, July 5 – August 30 | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Grades 1-5
Practice reading in a fun way with our certified therapy dog, Jack! The goal of this 1-to-1 program is to provide a cozy “dog-friendly” atmosphere for children to read aloud. Sign up for a 10 minute reading session at the library or call (585) 394-1381. (No online registration)


Paperback Swap
Tuesday, July 5 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Grades 1-6
Clean off your bookshelf and bring in any paperback books that you’ve read and enjoyed but no longer want. Trade them one-for-one and go home with some new-to-you books!


Munchtime at the Movies: Interactive Finding Dory
Thursday, July 14 | 12:00 noon – 1:40 PM
Family Event
Bring your lunch to munch on and watch a movie in a whole new way. Most people are familiar with the movie Finding Dory, but being part of the movie adds a fun twist to the experience. We’ll practice the audience bonus actions and sounds before the movie. Then just sit back and join in!


Stuffed Animal Sleepover   RR
Friday, July 15 | 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Ages 3 – 11
Your stuffed animal gets to spend the night in the library! After a special story program, the toys will get tucked in for the night. Come back on Saturday morning from 10-12 to pick them up and watch the slideshow of what they did overnight. Registration is requested. Sign up here.


Family Bingo Night   RR
Monday, July 18 | 6:30-7:30 PM
Family program
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! Registration required. Sign up here.


Little Red Riding Hood Plays the Violin
Thursday, July 21 | 11:00 – 11:30 AM
Family program
A free, lively 30 minute musical show for the whole family, with delightful performances by musical artists of the ChamberFest Canandaigua. Featured musicians will be Amy Sue Barston on cello, Meredith Crawford  on viola​, Kevin Kumar on violin and Donna Kwong on piano. Recommended especially for ages 5-11, but all are welcome.


Water Bottle Fish Craft
Friday, July 22 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Grades 1-5
Create your own water bottle fish! Bring in a used, empty clear water bottle and we’ll provide the rest – a great way to up-cycle plastic! For grades 1-6.


Leggo My Legos  RR
Tuesday, July 26 | 2:00-3:30 PM
Grades 1-6
Love Legos? Then join us and let your imagination run wild. Create something awesome using our Legos and put it on display in the Children’s Room. Registration is requested. Sign up here.


Krispie Creatures  RR
Thursday, August 4 | 2:00-3:00 PM
Grades 3-6
It’s ok to play with your food! Turn Rice Krispie square treats into an amazing and delicious sea creature shape. Old clothes or aprons recommended. Registration is requested. Sign up here.


Mother Goose   RR
Friday, August 5 | Walkers at 10:00 AM; Pre-Walkers at 11:00 AM
6-24 months old with parent or caregiver
This 20-minute program of nursery rhymes, songs, finger plays, and a short story is for babies and toddlers. Registration is requested as each class is limited to 15 children and their parents/caregivers. The Walkers class is for children who are walking and the Pre-Walkers is for lap sitters. There will be open playtime after the program. 
Click here to sign up.


Puffer Fish Stress Ball     RR
Tuesday, August 9 | 1:00-4:00 (half hour time slots)
Grades 1-6
Create an amazing de-stressing fish using water beads and a balloon! Registration requested. This program will be offered in 30 minute sessions with a limited number of spots for each session. Sign up and choose your time slot here.


Sensory Playtime
Friday, August 12 | 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Children 1-5 years and their parents or caregivers
Come and play with your child at our fun sensory stations! Sensory play is any activity that stimulates a child’s senses: touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. 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.


Outdoor Movie Nights in the Parks
Saturday, August 13 at Baker Park | 8:00 PM –  Finding Nemo (1 hour 40 minutes-rated G)
Friday, August 26 at Outhouse Park | 8:00 PM – Sing 2 (1 hour 50 minutes-rated G)
Saturday, August 27 at Baker Park | 8:00 PM – Little Mermaid (1 hour 23 minutes-rated G)
Family Events
Bring a blanket or a lawn chair to sit in the park and enjoy a classic family movie! Presented in partnership with the City of Canandaigua, the Town of Canandaigua, and the Canandaigua Kiwanis.


Leggo My Legos  RR
Tuesday, August 16 | 2:00-3:30 PM
Grades 1-6
Love Legos? Then join us and let your imagination run wild. Create something awesome using our Legos and put it on display in the Children’s Room. Registration is requested. Sign up here.

Bedtime Stories with Mrs. Ferris
Wednesday nights | 7:00 PM on Facebook Live
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.  


Summer Bedtime Stories with Mrs. Ferris
Wednesday nights | 7:00 PM on Facebook
Ages 3-7
If you’re not able to make it to our program in the library, you can cozy up with a 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 whenever it’s convenient! Visit us on Facebook for this weekly virtual event.  

Baker Park StoryWalk  
Come to the park and enjoy our permanent StoryWalk. Each month we feature a different picture book for families to experience together. Park in the lot and follow the path clockwise around the story boards, reading the story as you walk the loop. This month’s featured book is The Tortoise and the Hare by Janet Stevens. Enjoy the classic story about the race between a boastful hare and a persevering tortoise.

We’d love to hear your comments or see a photo of your family reading the story! Send them to Mrs. Ferris (mferris@pls-net.org)   Please 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!

Time for Twos Playlist
for 2 year-olds
Join Children’s Librarian, Mrs. Ferris (and her puppet helper, Shrinking Violet) on YouTube for a program of short stories, rhymes, fingerplays and something fun on her flannel board.


Storytime Online with Mrs. Ferris 
Visit our YouTube channel to watch some virtual story fun with our children’s librarian reading picture books, doing fingerplays and sharing something fun on her flannel board.


 

Bedtime Stories / 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. Just click on “videos” on our Facebook page or go to the playlist on our YouTube channel to view anytime.


Kids Can Make It at Home
Looking for kids crafting programs? Check out the playlist on our YouTube channel! You’ll find a variety of videos for kids (and some are even done BY kids!). This playlist includes Wood Library’s “Crafter-School Specials” and “Monday is Funday” programs for school-age children, “Spotlight On” preschool programs, the “Avery Makes and Bakes” series, plus some fun individual craft videos.


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 here! We found a 3″ tall Waldo, took pictures of him out & about around Canandaigua and posted pictures of him on Facebook to see if people could figure out where he’d been – and even challenged people to take a picture of themselves 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!

Summer Reading Clubs: Oceans of Possibilities
June 27-August 31

Have reading fun all summer long by joining one of our reading clubs:

Swimmy’s School (preschoolers) – Color a reading sheet each day that someone reads to you.

Book Grabbers (going into gr. 1-3) – Add to the octopus display for each book you read or listen to. 

Reading Sharks (going into gr. 4-6) – How many minutes can you eat up by reading? Keep track on your reading calendar!

Registration begins June 24 and continues through the summer. Sign up, get your packet and start reading!