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 the winter months (December – March) is the “Mrs. Toggle’s Zipper” by local author, Robin Pulver. When Mrs. Toggle’s zipper sticks and traps her inside her coat, everyone in the school tries to free her but with little success.

Click here for a map to get to the park!

Mother Goose Time (r)
Friday, January 3

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)
January 6 – February 18, 2020 | 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.

Preschool Storytime (r)
January 8 – February 20, 2020 | 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.

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.

Refrigerator Art Show
through Friday, January 31
Family event
The artwork submitted by young artists from preschool thru elementary school ages will be on exhibit in our Ewing Family Community Room on the 3rd floor.

Spotlight On: Tomie dePaola (r)
Monday, January 13 | 1:00—2:00 PM
ages 3—5
Join us for some fun stories, crafts, activities and a snack based on the picture books written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola!  Registration is requested.

Crafter-School Special: For the Birds! (r)
Thursday, January 16 | 4:00—5:00 PM
grades K—5
Let’s help our feathered friends through the winter by making bird feeding stations that can be hung in your backyard! For children in grades K-5.  Snack provided.  Registration is requested. Please register online, at the library or by calling 585-394-1381. Please indicate if you have a peanut allergy so we can adjust our recipe!

Biblio-Bop Dance Party
Saturday, January 18 | 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. 

Paperback Swap
Monday, January 20 | 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Grades K-5
Have some old paperbacks that you don’t want anymore? Then clean off your bookshelves, bring them to the library and trade them one-for-one at our Paperback Swap. Leave your money at home because it’s all free! For grades K-5.

Sensory Play Time
Friday, January 31 | 10:00 – 11:00 AM
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.

Take Your Child to the Library Day
Saturday, February 1 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
family event
Drop by and discover all that’s fun for children and families at the library! Enjoy a winter-themed Storytime at 10:30, ice cream for breakfast at 11:00, plus games, crafts, snowplay, photo-ops and other fun activities throughout the day!

Take Your Child to the Library Storytime
Saturday, February 1 | 10:30 – 11:00 AM
ages 3-7 years
Warm up with some wintry tales. For 3-7 year olds and their parents.

Ice Cream for Breakfast
Saturday, February 1 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Family event
Join us for a tasty treat! Make your own sundae and eat ice cream for breakfast!