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.
All Together Now Lego Display
through August 31
Stop by the lobby to see our awesome Lego mini-figure display. Play I Spy with our checklist and vote for your favorite mini-figure!
Read to Jack RR
Wednesdays through August 30 | 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Practice your reading with Jack, our tail wagging tutor! Jack is a certified therapy dog who will be here on Wednesday mornings for children to read to him. Call (585-394-1381) or stop in the library to sign up for your own special 10-minute reading session. (No online sign up for this program)
Mother Goose Time RR
Friday, September 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. 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. Separate registration for each month’s sessions. Click here to sign up.
Friday, September 8 | 10:00 – 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. Drop-in program in the Hamlin Room.
Club Arte: Drawing and Design for Kids SORRY – PROGRAM IS FULL!
Mondays, September 11-October 16 | 4:00-5:00 PM
Coming up this fall: art classes for kids! Artist Pam Viggiani will show 3rd-5th graders how to define perspective using different materials, color, size, and placement of objects while they work on 2 projects over a 6-week period. Each week’s class will build on the previous sessions. This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants program, a regrant program of New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by Auburn Public Theater. Registration is open and limited to 12 participants. There is a $10 materials fee for the series. Click link to sign up: https://woodlibrary.librarycalendar.com/event/club-arte-design-
This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants program, a regrant program of New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by Auburn Public Theater.
Spotlight On: Pigeon RR
Tuesday, September 12 | 1:00-2:00 PM
This month we’re shining our spotlight on Mo Willems’ Pigeon. We’ll have stories, crafts, snacks, and fun activities based on all the books. Registration is requested for planning purposes.
Crafter-School Special: Button, Button, I Made a Button! RR
Thursday, September 14 | 4:00-5:00 PM
Create your own pin using our button maker and an image from a magazine, words from a book, or something you’ve drawn yourself! Registration is requested for planning purposes.
Registration begins for the fall series of Time for Twos and Storytime.
See descriptions under Save the Dates below.
Project Eats for Kids: Apple Pie Chex Mix RR
Friday, September 22 | 4:00-5:00 PM
It’s apple season and we have just the snack for us to make together right here in the library! Sign up to reserve your spot in our “kitchen”.
Biblio-Bop Dance Party
Saturday, September 23 | 10:30 – 11:15 AM
Preschoolers and their parents or caregivers
Let’s dance!!! We’ll start with a fun story and then have our favorite songs plus shakers and scarves (to be collected and cleaned/quarantined after the program) and, of course, the bubble machine.
Time for Twos RR
Mondays or Tuesdays | 10:30-10:50 AM
October 2 through November 14
Join us for short stories, rhymes, and fingerplay fun with Children’s Librarian, Mrs. Ferris, and her puppet helper, Shrinking Violet in this 7 week series. Weekly 20-minute sessions for 2 year-olds with their parent or caregiver will be on Monday mornings at 10:30 AM. Registration is requested.
Wednesdays or Thursdays | 10:30-11:00 AM
October 4 through November 16, 2023
Join Mrs. Ferris in this 7 week series for 3, 4, and 5 year olds featuring stories, fingerplays, and fun on the flannel board chosen especially for 3-5 year-olds! Registration is requested, but drop-ins are welcome.
Mother Goose Time RR
Friday, October 6 | 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. Register for each month’s session.
This month’s featured book is Punk Farm by Jarrett Krosocka. At the end of the day, while Farmer Joe gets ready for bed, his animals tune their instruments to perform in a big concert as a rock band called Punk Farm. After a long day of work, Farmer Joe goes home to bed. But meanwhile, back at the barn – Cow sets up her drums. Pig plugs in his amp. Goat tunes his bass. Chicken sets up her keyboards. And Sheep checks the microphone. They are Punk Farm and tonight they’re ready to ROCK! This rollicking tale is sure to keep you moving along the reading path!
We’d love to hear your comments or see a photo of your family reading the story! Send them to Mrs. Ferris (firstname.lastname@example.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.
Mother Goose Time
Nursery rhymes and songs for families with children 6-24 months old are on our YouTube channel.
Kids Can Make It
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
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!
Have reading fun all summer long by joining one of our reading clubs:
Little Ducklings (preschoolers) – Color a duck on your reading sheet each day that someone reads to you.
Books Stackers (going into gr. 1-3) – Add to our reading display for each book you read or listen to.
Page Turners (going into gr. 4-6) – How many minutes can you eat up by reading? Keep track on your reading calendar!
Registration begins June 25 and continues through the summer. Sign up, get your packet and start reading!