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.

Time for Twos     RR
Mondays or Tuesdays (choose 1), October 3 – November 15, 2022 | 10:30 AM
2 year-olds with parent or caregiver
Join Children’s Librarian, Mrs. Ferris, and her puppet helper, Shrinking Violet, each week of this seven week series for stories, rhymes, and fingerplay fun. Registration is requested.


Storytime for Preschoolers  RR
Wednesdays or Thursdays, October 5 – November 17 | 10:30 – 11:00 AM
For ages 3-5
Picture book stories along with fingerplays, action rhymes, songs, & fun on the flannel board. Registration for this 7 week series is requested and begins September 18. Choose Wednesday or Thursday morning.

Mother Goose   RR
Friday, October 7 | Walkers at 10:00 AM; Pre-Walkers at 11:00 AM
6-24 months old with parent or caregiver
This 20-minute program of nursery rhymes, songs, finger plays, and a short story is for babies and toddlers. Registration is requested as each class is limited to 15 children and their parents/caregivers. The Walkers class is for children who are walking and the Pre-Walkers is for lap sitters. There will be open playtime after the program. 
Click here to sign up.

Sensory Playtime
Friday, October 14 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Children 1-5 years and their parents or caregivers
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. 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: Simms Taback    RR
Tuesday, October 18 | 1:00 PM
Ages 3—5
This month we’re shining our spotlight on Simms Taback, the author/illustrator of such classics as Joseph had a Little Overcoat and The House that Jack Built. Enjoy stories along with crafts, snacks, and fun activities based on his books. Registration is requested for planning purposes.

Biblio-Bop Dance Party
Saturday, October 22 | 10:30 – 11:15 AM
Preschoolers and their parents or caregivers
Let’s have a little dancing fun!  We’ll start with a story and then move ‘n groove to our favorite songs with shakers, scarves or bells (to be collected and cleaned after the program), the bubble machine and, of course, our parachute! 


Haunted Library
Saturday, October 22 |
Children with their parents
Details coming

Crafter-School Special: Dancing Skeletons     RR
Thursday, October 27 | 4:00 PM
Grades K—5
This month at our after-school kids crafting program, we’ll be making skeletons out of cotton swabs (aka q-tips)! Registration is requested for planning purposes. 

Scary Stories in the Dark
Thursday, October 27 | 7:00—7:30 PM
Grades 3—5
Get  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!

Saturday, October 29 | 2:00 – 5:00 PM
Family Event
Sponsored by the Town of Canandaigua, this free family friendly event includes trick-or-treating at the park cabins with Town departments and area non-profit organizations. Wood Library will be providing a craft activity and stories. Children are encouraged to wear costumes.

Bedtime Stories with Mrs. Ferris
Wednesday nights | 7:00 PM on Facebook
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.  

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 We Walk Through the Forest by Lisa Ferland. The magic of the forest is calling and it sounds like birds singing and twigs snapping underfoot. What is that up ahead? Is it a butterfly or another animal behind that tree? This book follows a spirited young girl and her playful pup as they create wondrous adventures together in the great outdoors.

We’d love to hear your comments or see a photo of your family reading the story! Send them to Mrs. Ferris (   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!

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!

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.


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.

Kids Can Make It at Home
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!

Summer Reading Clubs: Oceans of Possibilities
June 27-August 31

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

Swimmy’s School (preschoolers) – Color a reading sheet each day that someone reads to you.

Book Grabbers (going into gr. 1-3) – Add to the octopus display for each book you read or listen to. 

Reading Sharks (going into gr. 4-6) – How many minutes can you eat up by reading? Keep track on your reading calendar!

Registration begins June 24 and continues through the summer. Sign up, get your packet and start reading!