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.
Tuesday, June 29 | 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Preschool – going into 6th grade
Sign up for one of our Tails and Tales Summer Reading Clubs and get your temporary tattoo!
Chalk a Critter
Tuesday, July 6 | 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Help us create a sidewalk menagerie by drawing an animal on the walk outside the library! We’ll have buckets of chalk available all day. Be sure to sign your masterpiece! Open to all ages.
Saturday, July 10 | 10:30 AM—12:00 PM
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!
Family Bingo Night
Monday, July 12 | 6:30 – 7:30 PM
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 and masks required.
Tuesday, July 13 : 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Clean off your bookshelf and bring any paperbacks that you’ve read and enjoyed but no longer want to the library to trade them one-for-one. Please wear your mask.
Family Concert with ChamberFest
Thursday, July 15 | 11:00 AM
An annual favorite! These world-class musicians love to visit the Wood Library and treat the young-at-heart (ages 2 to 102) to their favorite musical instruments, musical stories, and creative musical play. This year kiddos will enjoy imaginative, melodic tellings of Mo Willems’ masterpieces “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” and “Knuffle Bunny, Too.” Perfect for ages 3-7 but all ages welcome!
Leggo My Legos
Tuesday, July 20 | 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Tuesday, August 17 | 2:00 – 3:30 PM
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 and masks required. Sign up for one date or both!
Biblio-Bop Dance Party
Saturdays: July 24 and August 28 | 10:30 – 11:15 AM
ages 1-5 & parent/caregiver
Enjoy a story and the hop and bop to music using shaker eggs, scarves and our parachute to enhance the fun. Please wear your mask.
Tuesday, August 10 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (half hour time slots)
Use perler beads and an iron to create some fun animals! Registration and masks required. This program will be offered in 30 minute sessions with a limited number of spots for each session. Reserve a spot at the tables when you sign up for a timeslot on our calendar.
Wildlife Rockstars: It Flies, It Creeps, It Crawls!
Friday, August 13 | 11:00 AM
An outdoor program using birds, amphibians, and reptile animal ambassadors to teach about the different ecosystems and habitats a species inhabits. See the animals up close! Support the Rockstars by bringing something from their wish list to the program!
Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Friday, August 20 | 4:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM -12:00 PM for pick up
Your favorite stuffed animal gets to spend the night in the library! After a special story program, we’ll tuck the toys 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 required.
Bedtime Stories with Mrs. Ferris
Wednesday nights | 7:00 PM on Facebook
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. (Note: There will not be a program on July 27)
Mother Goose Time at Home (register if you want a program bag)
Fridays, July 2 and August 6 | 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 by clicking this link; registration is only to reserve a materials bag.)
Monday is Funday at Home
Mondays, June 28 – August 16, 2021 | 2:00 PM on YouTube
children going into grades 1-3
Looking for a fun way to spend your Monday? Tune in to our YouTube channel for a great story with a follow-up craft to do at home! A photo of the materials needed for each weekly craft will be posted prior to the program. (NOTE: There will not be a program on August 2)
Thursdays, July 1 – August 19, 2021 | 10:30 AM on YouTube
Mrs. Ferris will be reading stories chosen especially for 3-5 year-olds, doing fingerplays and sharing fun on the flannel board each week! Click to go to our YouTube channel.
Once Upon a Tale on Zoom
Thursdays, July 1 – August 26 2021 | 12:00 PM
children going into grades 1-3
Join Mrs. Ferris at lunchtime on Thursdays on Zoom as she reads the book Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo. Sign up on our webpage calendar and Mrs. Ferris will email you the Zoom log-in information. Missed the past readings? No problem! There will be a weekly recap to get you caught up to what’s happening in the story.
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 story boards, reading the story as you walk the loop. This month’s book is The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. A clever mouse uses the threat of a terrifying creature to keep from being eaten by a fox, an owl, and a snake–only to have to outwit that creature as well. 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!
Going on a Bear Hunt and (Re)-Discover Our Children’s Room!
June 28 – August 31
Children through grade 5
Stop by and see what our Children’s Room has just for you! Get your search sheet and follow clues to locate 15 collections/special features in the room. We’ve moved some of our collections so see where you can now find them. Take your completed sheet to the checkout desk to get your reward prize!
Reading Tales to Tails Photo Show
July 1 – July 31
Children of all ages
For the entire month of July, we’d like you to share photos of you reading to your furry, feathery, scaly, spiky or hard-shelled pet or anyone else’s critter. You can even take your picture reading to a stuffed animal! Drop off your photo or email it to email@example.com and help us create a fantastic gallery of readers on the wall as you enter the Children’s Room.
Outdoor Movie Nights in the Park
Saturdays, August 14 and 28 | 8:00 PM
Family Event at Baker Park
August 14: Zootopia
August 28: How to Train Your Dragon
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 and the Canandaigua Kiwanis.
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!
Tail Waggers Club for preschoolers
Sign your child up for our read-to-me club and add a pawprint sticker to the reading sheet for ever day that someone reads to them. Have fun seeing how many fun literacy activities you can experience together with your child!
Tale Trackers Club for children going into grades 1-3
Sign up for our Tale Trackers Club club and keep track of how many books you read or listen to. When you visit the library, we’ll give you a sticker to add to our big paw print display. Let’s see how many books it takes to cover the whole display!
Tall Tails Club for children going into grades 4-6
How many minutes can you rack up reading this summer? Sign up for our club (you can do this at the library or by clicking here to go to the ReadSquared site) and keep track online of how many minutes you spend reading. What’s your summer reading goal?
Time for Twos Playlist
for 2 year-olds
Join Children’s Librarian, Mrs. Ferris (and her puppet helper, Shrinking Violet) each week 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.
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 there! 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!
2020 Monday is Funday at Home
Combine a great book with a craft and you have our “Monday is Funday” program. The 2020 summer story and craft series is over, but the videos are still available to watch on the “Kids Can Make It” playlist on our YouTube channel. Listen to a story and then make a craft project to go with story’s theme using materials you probably have around your house.
Friday 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 and other surprises. The videos can be viewed anytime by clicking here and scrolling through the list.