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.

Leggo My Legos      POSTPONED UNTIL SATURDAY 1/22 @ 10:30 AM
Monday, January 17 | 2:00 – 3:30 PM
grades K-5
Love Legos? Then join us at the library and let your imagination run wild. Create something awesome using our Legos and put it on display in the Children’s Room. Registration and masking is required. Sign up on our events calendar!

Biblio-Bop Dance Party
Saturday, January 29 | 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.

Time for Twos Online
Tuesdays, January 4 – February 22, 2022 | 10:30 AM on YouTube
for 2 year-olds
Join Mrs. Ferris and her puppet helper, Shrinking Violet on our YouTube channel for a program of toddler-friendly short stories, rhymes, fingerplays and something fun on the 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 6 – February 24 | 10:30 AM
for 3-5 year olds
Visit our YouTube channel for some virtual story fun with our children’s librarian reading picture books, doing fingerplays and sharing stories and songs on her flannel board.

Mother Goose Time at Home (register if you want a program bag)
Friday, January 7, 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 on YouTube without registering; registration is only to reserve a materials bag.)

Spotlight On: Pete the Cat (virtual program)
Monday, December 13 | 1:00 PM on YouTube
Ages 3—5
We’re going to explore the wonderful books about that silly cat, Pete,  through stories, crafts and fun activities on YouTube. Sign up on our calendar and we’ll prepare a Take-and-Make materials bag for you to go with the program. Registration is requested and necessary to reserve a materials bag. Bags will be available for pick-up the week before the program. The program can be viewed at 1:00 on Monday, January 10, but can be enjoyed anytime afterwards. You can also enjoy the program’s stories without registering. 

Virtual Crafter-School Special: Box Puppets
Thursday, January 20 | 4:00—4:30 PM on YouTube
Grades K—5
Join us on YouTube and see how to turn a tissue box into an amazing talking puppet! Registration is requested and necessary to reserve a Take and Make materials bag. Sign up on our calendarBags will be available for pick-up the week of the program. (The video can be watched anytime after it is posted.)

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 winter’s featured book is Ten Ways to Hear Snow by Cathy Camper. Walking to her grandmother’s home, Lina discovers many ways to hear snow, from the scrape of a shovel on a sidewalk to the quiet pats of snowman-building. (This book will be on display through March)

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!

Oceans of Possibilities – coming summer of 2022!

We’ve wrapped up all of our 2021 Tails and Tales reading clubs and will be planning lot of fun for next summer!