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 6th graders, children’s music, DVDs 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.

 
Things are changing in the Children’s Room! Please keep an eye on the calendar, call, or ask in person to keep up-to-date with programming in the coming months. All programs are drop-in unless otherwise noted. Age ranges are recommended – if you think your child would enjoy the program and they’re a little too old or young, you’re welcome to bring them!

All-Ages Storytime
Thursdays, June 6, 13, 27 | 9:30 & 10:15 AM
Mondays, July 1, 8, 15 | 10:15 AM
Thursday, July 11 | 9:30 & 10:15 AM
Mondays, August 5, 12, 19, 26 | 10:15 AM
Thursdays, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | 9:30 & 10:15 AM
Stories, songs, and fingerplays make up this fun program for children of all ages.

Baby Storytime
Fridays, June 7, 28 | 9:30 AM
Mondays, July 1, 8, 15 | 9:30 AM
Fridays, July 5, 12 | 9:30 AM
Mondays, August 5, 12, 19, 26 | 9:30 AM
Fridays, August 2, 9, 23, 30 | 9:30 AM
Storytime for ages 0-2 years with a caregiver, and may feature stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, or other activities.

Biblio-Bop Dance Party
Saturday, June 15 | 3:00-4:00 PM
Let’s dance! We’ll start with a fun story and then dance and move to our favorite songs. To add to the fun, we’ll bring out shaker eggs, scarves, and our bubble machine before winding down with some parachute play. For preschoolers and their parents or caregivers.

Family Night: Campfire Craft
Monday, June 24 | 5:30-6:30 PM
Join us for family fun! Kick off the summer with a campfire craft. All ages welcome. No registration required.

Adventure Journals with Jess
Wednesday, June 26 | 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Every great adventurer has a trusty journal to record their discoveries and experiences. Why not make one yourself? Learn how to recycle materials to make a small book from scratch to use all summer. We’ll practice basic sewing skills with everyday, found, and upcycled materials.

Sensory Playtime
Saturday, June 29 | 2:30-4:00 PM
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. Through 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.

Adventure Bag with Jess
Wednesday, July 3 | 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Need a trusty satchel to keep all your cool trinkets and handy journal while on adventures? Come sew one from scratch! Learn basic skills to make a simple but effective sling bag.

Full STEAM Ahead: Build a Boat
Wednesday, July 10 | 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Build a boat from provided materials and see how much weight it can hold before it takes on water!

Sensory Playtime
Friday, July 12 | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
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. Through 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.

Forest Scavenger Hunt
Begins Tuesday, July 16
Search the children’s room with a forest themed scavenger hunt! This hunt will be up for the rest of July, so come in at your own convenience.

Family Concert with ChamberFest Canandaigua
Thursday, July 18 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
A free, lively 30 minute musical show for the whole family, with delightful performances by musical artists of the ChamberFest Canandaigua. Recommended especially for ages 5-11, but all are welcome. Stay after for the Musical Instrument Petting Zoo!

Lego Club
Wednesday, July 31 | 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Kids can complete a challenge or explore their creativity through free building. Best for ages 5-10.

Movie in the Park: Wish
Saturday, August 3 | 8:00 – 9:30 PM
Bring a blanket or a lawn chair to sit in Baker Park and enjoy a classic family movie on the big screen under the stars! Young Asha makes a wish so powerful that it’s answered by a cosmic force, a little ball of boundless energy called Star. With Star’s help, Asha must save her kingdom from King Magnifico and prove that when the will of one courageous human connects with the magic of the stars, wondrous things can happen.

The movie will start at 8 PM. Presented in partnership with the City of Canandaigua and the Canandaigua Kiwanis.

Family Night: Forts and Shorts
Tuesday, August 6 | 5:00 – 6:30 PM
Join us to build a fort and watch some kid friendly short videos. Cardboard boxes and chairs will be provided, but feel free to bring your own fort building accessories, such as blankets and pillows! Videos will be playing throughout the evening, and snacks will be available.

Wildlife Rockstars: Animal Superheroes
Friday, August 9 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Superheroes have lots of special powers, but how many of those powers are also found in the animal kingdom? Join us right down the street at First United Methodist Church, 100 North Main Street, in the basement.

The Great Race!
Friday, August 9 | 12:30 – 4:30 PM
The last week of summer reading begins today! Is your adventure craft in the lead? Join us in the children’s room for a read-a-thon. Take a break from your books with snacks, coloring, and play, and stock up on books for the final push!

Community Baby Shower
Saturday, August 17 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Healthy Families Ontario, Yates, and Seneca presents its annual Community Baby Shower. Expectant parents will receive community resource information, a diaper bag to fill during the event, a chance to win raffle prizes, a snack and beverages while they have a fun time with other parents-to-be. Register by calling or texting Sara Scorsone of Child and Family Resources at 315-412-4527

Movie in the Park: Lil0 & Stitch
Saturday, August 17 | 8:00 – 9:30 PM
Bring a blanket or a lawn chair to sit in Baker Park and enjoy a classic family movie on the big screen under the stars! A tale of a young girl’s close encounter with the galaxy’s most wanted extraterrestrial. Lilo is a lonely Hawaiian girl who adopts a small ugly “dog,” whom she names Stitch. Stitch would be the perfect pet if he weren’t in reality a genetic experiment who has escaped from an alien planet and crash-landed on Earth. Through her love, faith and unwavering belief in ohana, the Hawaiian concept of family, Lilo helps unlock Stitch’s heart and gives him the ability to care for someone else.

The movie will start at 8 PM. Presented in partnership with the City of Canandaigua and the Canandaigua Kiwanis.

Adventure Mural with Jess
Wednesday, August 21 | 5:30 – 6:30 PM
You’ve worked hard all summer reading and learning about all kinds of adventures! But there’s one last mission, and we need your help! Together, let’s make a mural that shows off your hard work and favorite stories.

Sensory Playtime
Friday, August 23 | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
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. Through 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.

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 month’s featured book is Don’t Eat Bees! by Dev Petty. Are you a dog in need of advice? Fear not: Chip the dog is ON IT in this super-silly guide to living your best canine life. Chip is seven; he knows things. Like what to eat (important papers, the fancy bird the humans cooked for the fancy dinner, Grandpa’s teeth), and what not to eat (bees). He won’t get those mixed up, will he?

We’d love to hear your comments or see a photo of your family reading the story! Send them to Miss Rachel (rbrill@owwl.org). 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!

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.


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
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!

2024 Summer Reading Clubs: Adventure Begins at Your Library
June 24-August 31

Have reading fun all summer long by joining one of our reading clubs:

Early Literacy, birth-PreK – Cross off activities as you complete them! When you’ve finished a colored row of activities across the board, come in and claim a prize.

Grades K – 5 – Complete our treasure map! Multiple prizes are available throughout the summer, and completing the map gets an entry for the grand prize raffle. Use your reading minutes to create an adventure craft and compete against other crafts in a summer long race.

Registration begins June 24 and continues through the summer. Sign up and start reading!