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.

 
Time for Twos     (registration)
Mondays or Tuesdays (choose 1), through February 28 | 10:30-10:50 AM
2 year-olds with parent or caregiver
Join Children’s Librarian, Mrs. Ferris, and her puppet helper, Shrinking Violet, each week of this 8 week series for stories, rhymes, and fingerplay fun. Registration is requested. Sign online (click here), at the library or by calling 585-394-1381.


Storytime for Preschoolers   (registration)
Wednesdays or Thursdays, (choose 1) through February 23 | 10:30 – 11:00 AM
Ages 3-5
Picture book stories along with fingerplays, action rhymes, songs, & fun on the flannel board. Registration for this 8 week series is requested. Choose Wednesday or Thursday morning. Sign up online, at the library or by calling 585-394-1381.


 

Spotlight On: Jez Alborough  (registration)
Tuesday, January 17 | 1:00 PM
Ages 3—5
This month we’re shining our spotlight on author/illustrator Jez Alborough, the creator many fun picture books. Enjoy stories along with crafts, snacks, and fun activities based on his books. Registration is requested for planning purposes.  Click here to sign up.


Crafter-School Special: Shrinking Snowmen!  (registration)
Thursday, January 26 | 4:00 PM
grades K-5
Want to have a little after-school fun? At our in-person after-school kids crafting program this month, we’ll be making some awesome shrinky dink snowmen! Registration is requested for planning purposes. Click here to sign up.


Biblio-Bop Dance Party
Saturday, January 28 | 10:30 – 11:15 AM
Preschoolers and their parents or caregivers
Let’s have a little dancing fun!  We’ll begin with a story and then move ‘n groove to our favorite songs with shaker eggs, scarves, or bells (to be collected and cleaned after the program), the bubble machine and, of course, our parachute. Drop on by!


Mother Goose   (registration)
Friday, February 3 | 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.

Take Your Child to the Library Day
Saturday, February 4 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

children and families
Discover the fun your family can have at the library on this special day! Drop by and get your child a library card (ages 5+). Join us for a special owl-themed Storytime at 10:30. Enjoy Ice Cream for Breakfast at 11:00 and make your own sundae. Stop in the Children’s Room to do an owl craft. Go on an Owl Hunt to see if you can find all the hidden owls.  Check out our new Reading Tree and Kids Cabin in the play area. Take a selfie at our Photo Op station. Pick up a book bundle.


Sensory Playtime
Friday, February 10 | 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 in Hamlin Room on 1st floor.


Spotlight On: Michael Hall    RR
Tuesday, February 14 | 1:00 PM
Ages 3—5
This month we’re shining our spotlight on author/illustrator Michael Hall who uses shapes to tell his stories.  We’ll enjoy some of his books and have crafts, snacks, and fun activities based on them. Registration is requested for planning purposes.


Crafter-School Special: Look – I’m Skating!    RR
Thursday, February 16 | 4:00 PM
Grades K—5
Snow? No snow? It doesn’t matter! This month we’ll be making a fun winter craft with an interactive twist using paper plates and magnets. . Registration is requested for planning purposes.


Leggo My Legos    RR
Tuesday, February 21 | 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Grades K-5
Love Legos? Join us and let your imagination run wild! Create a model using our Legos and put it on display in the Children’s Room. Registration is requested.


Biblio-Bop Dance Party
Saturday, February 25 | 10:30 – 11:15 AM
Preschoolers and their parents or caregivers
Let’s have a little dancing fun!  We’ll begin with a story and then move ‘n groove to our favorite songs with shaker eggs, scarves, or bells (to be collected and cleaned after the program), the bubble machine and, of course, our parachute. Drop on by!

 

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 (mferris@pls-net.org)   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!

2023 Summer Reading Clubs: All Together Now
June 27-August 31

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

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

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

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

Registration begins June 23 and continues through the summer. Sign up, get your packet and start reading!