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.
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.
Storytime Online with Mrs. Ferris Thursdays at 10:30 on YouTube
April 1 – May 27
for 3-5 olds Visit our YouTube channel to watch some virtual story fun with children’s librarian Mary Ferris reading picture books, doing fingerplays and sharing something fun on her flannel board.
Mother Goose Time at Home (register if you want a program bag) Friday, April 2, 2021 | 10:00 AM on YouTube
6-24 month-oldsand 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 without registering by clicking this link; registration is only to reserve a materials bag.)
Time for Twos Online Tuesdays at 10:30 AM on YouTube
April 6 – May 25
for 2 year-olds and their parent or caregiver 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.
Spotlight On: Anansi the Spider (sign up to reserve a program bag) Monday, April 12, 2021 | 1:00 PM on YouTube Ages 3—5 Fun on YouTube for preschoolers with stories, crafts, and activities based on the fun books by Eric Kimmel about a trickster spider named Anansi. Sign up on our calendar and we’ll prepare an activities bag for you to go with the program. Registration is requested and necessary to reserve a materials bag. Bags will be available for pick-up the week before the program. The program will be posted at 1:00 but can be enjoyed anytime. You can also enjoy the program’s stories without registering.
Crafter-School Special: Creeping Critters (sign up to reserve a program bag) Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 4:00 PMon YouTube Grades K—5 This month we’re going to make some animals that really move! Registration is requested to reserve a materials bag which can be picked up the week of the program. Click here to sign up. This virtual program can be viewed on our YouTube channel. NOTE: you can view the program without signing up for a materials bag; also, our Crafter-School projects can often be made using materials you probably have around the house.
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 24 story boards, reading the story as you walk the loop. This winter’s book is The Snow Globe Family by Jane O’Connor. We’d love to hear your comments or send us a photo of your family reading the story! 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!
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 there! Well, he’s missed having kids come in to see him lately SO he’s shrunk himself down to about 3” tall and was out & about, wandering around Canandaigua this summer. Each Saturday, we posted a picture of him on Facebook to see if people could figure out where he’d been – and even challenged anyone to email Mrs. Ferris (email@example.com) a picture of yourself 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!
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.
Monday is Funday at Home grades 1-3
Combine a great book with a craft and you have our “Monday is Funday” program. This summer story and craft series is over, but if you missed any of the programs, the videos are still available for watching the video on our YouTube channel. Children can listen to a story and then make a craft project to go with story’s theme.
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.
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.