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.

Storytime Online (on Facebook)
Thursdays, October 1 – November 19 | 10:30 AM 
Ages 3—5
Join Mrs. Ferris on Facebook for stories, fingerplays, and fun on the flannel board every Thursday through November. Remember: you can view the program anytime after the post goes up.

Time for Twos  (on Facebook)
Tuesdays, October 6 – November 19 | 10:30 AM 
For 2 year old

Join Children’s Librarian, Mrs. Ferris, and her puppet helper, Shrinking Violet, on Facebook each week for a program of short stories, rhymes, and fingerplay fun.

Bedtime Stories with Mrs. Ferris (on Facebook)
Wednesdays, October 7 – November 18 | 7:00 PM
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.

Scary Stories Told in the Dark Online (on Facebook)
Friday, October 30 | 7:00 PM 
Grades 3-5 and up
Are you ready for some hair-raising tales? Only the bravest 3rd – 5th graders should dare to join us on Facebook for this virtual program of bone chilling stories!

Mother Goose is on the Loose (on Facebook)
Friday, November 6 | 10:00 AM
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 register and then pick up your special program materials bag at the library the week before the program. (You can view the program on Facebook without registering by clicking this link; registration is only to reserve a materials bag.)

Spotlight On: Eileen Christelow’s Five Little Monkeys (on Facebook)
Monday, November 9 | 1:00 PM 
Ages 3—5
Fun on Facebook with stories, crafts, and activities based on the five silly monkeys in Eileen Christelow’s picture books.  Registration is requested  to reserve a materials bag. Bags will be available for pick-up the week before the program. Click here to sign up. (You can enjoy the program’s stories without registering – say “Hi” in the comments so we’ll know you’re there!)

Virtual Crafter-School Special: Bleeding Tissue Paper Painting
Thursday, November 19 | 4:00 PM on Facebook
Grades K—5
Join us on Facebook and create an amazing “painting” using a crayon, tissue paper and water! Limited to 20 participants. Registration is requested to reserve a materials bag. Click here to sign up. Bags will be available for pick-up the week before the program.

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 month’s book is  Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn written and illustrated by Kenard Pak. 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!

Rock the Pumpkin Hunt!
October 1 through October 31, 2020
Family Fun
Can you find the 14 pumpkins, all with different features and expressions, hidden outside on the Library’s grounds? The rock pumpkins will also each have a letter on the underside which, when they are all put together, will give you a special message. Maps to mark the pumpkins’ locations may be picked up in the library or download it here. Please DON’T take the pumpkins. Bring your map back into the library to get a prize and be sure to add a dot to our pumpkin poster showing how many have done the search.  Happy hunting!

Drive-In Movie: The Addams Family (*)
Saturday, October 17 | 7:30 PM
Family program
Enjoy a movie the old-fashioned way -from your car! Register to reserve a spot in our parking lot and get ready to snap your fingers along with the Addams family,  the kookiest family on the block. This animated comedy is funny, outlandish, and completely redefines what it means to be a good neighbor.  The movie will start at 7:30, so plan to arrive before that to park and get your passengers settled. Feel free to bring lawn chairs if you want to sit outside as well as any snacks you might want to enjoy while you’re watching. To listen, you’ll be asked to set your radio dial to a specific station so remember: your car will be “on” but not running during the movie. In the past, some people have opted to bring a radio so their cat battery didn’t use any juice during the movie. The library restrooms will be open during the program. *Registration is required. Sign up by clicking here. (1 hr. 26 min.) 

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 (mferris@pls-net.org) 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
This series is over, but if you missed any of the stories or crafts, the videos are still available for watching the video on our Facebook page or YouTube channel. Combine a great book with a craft and you have our “Monday is Funday” program. 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.