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.

Baker Park StoryWalk 
Come to the park and enjoy our permanent StoryWalk. Each month we will feature a different picture book for families to enjoy together. Read the book as you take a walk along the trail. Our book for September is the “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Numeroff. After a boy gives a mouse a cookie, the mouse asks for a glass of milk, which ends up leading to a series of additional requests. This is a circular story which means the set of events that occur lead back to the original event that started it all.  The book will be up through the month. Click here for a map to get to the park!

Preschool Storytime (r)
October 2 – November 21 | 10:30 – 11:00 AM

choose Wednesday or Thursday
A 30 minute early literacy program of stories, songs, puppets, finger plays, and the flannelboard especially for 3, 4, and 5 year olds.  This weekly series is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday mornings and is offered in the winter, spring, summer, and fall. Registration is requested.  To sign up, click here for the online calendar, visit the library or call 585-394-1381. NOTE: There will be no program on Wednesday, October 9th.

Mother Goose Time (r)
Friday, October 4

Walkers class: 10:00 – 10:20 AM, Pre-Walkers class: 11:00 – 11:20 AM
A 20 minute language enrichment program for 6 – 24 month olds featuring nursery rhymes, songs, a story and activities.  The program is generally held the first Friday of each month with a class for Walkers and another for Pre-Walkers with play time after each class.  Please register online, at the library or by calling 585-394-1381.

Time for Twos (r)
October 7 – November 19 | 10:30 – 10:50 AM
choose Monday or Tuesday
Two year olds and their parents can enjoy simple stories, songs, and fingerplays in this 20 minute program. This weekly series is offered on Monday and Tuesday mornings in the winter, spring and fall. Registration is required. Click here and go to our calendar to register for the current session. NOTE: There will be no program on Monday, October 14.

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!

Summer Reading Clubs (r)
June – August 2020

The 2020 theme will be Imagine Your Story 

Wood Library offers 3 reading clubs for children to keep them reading and enjoying books during the summer months. Preschoolers can sign up for the Read-to-Me Club and color their reading sheet every day they are read to.  There will be 2 separate clubs for school age children: one for children going into grades 1-3 to help them maintain their reading skills during the summer vacation months by keeping track of the number of books they read or listen to and one for 4th – 6th graders to help them discover new genres and explore the fun they can have through books by tracking the number of minutes they read.

Pajama Storytime
Wednesday nights during the summer | 7:00 – 7:45 PM

ages 3 – 7
Children 3 – 7 years old can wear their jammies and come to the library for stories, songs, a short movie and fun; parents are invited to join their children. This is a drop-in evening program offered during the summer, as well as during National Library Week and before Christmas.

Sensory Play Time
Friday, October 11 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
ages 6 months—4 years
Come and play with your child at our sensory stations! 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.

Spotlight On: Julia Donaldson
Monday, October 21 | 1:00—2:00 PM
ages 3—5
Join us for some fun stories, crafts, and activities based on the picture books by Julia Donaldson!  Registration requested.

Biblio-Bop Dance Party
Saturday, October 19 | 10:30—11:15 AM
ages 1-5 with parent or caregiver
If your preschooler loves to dance, don’t miss our Dance Party! We’ll begin with a short story and then start hopping and bopping to music using bells, shakers, scarves, bubbles and our parachute to enhance the fun.  There is no sign-up for this 45-minute program.  Just come and be ready to move! Note: this program is usually on the last Saturday of the month, but check our calendar to be sure of the date for each month. 

Crafter-School Special: Creepy Hands!
Thursday, October 24 | 4:00—5:00 PM
grades K—5
This month we’re going to create movable ske;eton hands! We’ll also be offering up some ghoulish snacks – will you dare to eat them? For kids in grades K-5. Please register online, at the library or by calling 585-394-1381. Registration is requested

Halloween at Onanda
Saturday, October 26 | 2:00—5:00 PM
family event

Wood Library will be participating in the town of Canandaigua’s annual Halloween@Onanda from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 26 at Onanda Park, 4965 County Road 16, Canandaigua.

The free event will feature trick-or-treating, activities and crafts, storytelling, children’s music and more. Costumes are encouraged. Refreshments will be served.

Scary Stories Told in the Dark
Wednesday, October 30 | 7:00—7:45 PM
grades K—5
Are you ready for some hair-raising tales? Only the bravest 3rd – 5th graders should dare to join us for this program of bone chilling stories. Come in costume – no registration necessary. Treats will be given to those who don’t try to trick the teller!