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Winter Reading Challenge

January 2, 2018 

Woodland Public Library is proud to join with Beanstack and almost 100 other libraries across the country and abroad for the 2018 Winter Reading Challenge!!

The goals is for these libraries to encourage their patrons in reading at least 1.3 million minutes and 55,000 books during the month of January. If this goal is met, Mark Cuban, billionaire investor and Shark Tank personality, will donate $25,000 to First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to children in need. He will also give $10,000 for top-performing libraries to use for their community programs or donate to nonprofit organizations in their area.

Register for the Winter Reading Challenge here:

Beanstack Registration

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Woodland Public Library's Food For Fines

November 21, 2017 

Woodland Public Library’s Food for Fines
November 25-December 21
Find a library book under your bed? Forget to bring a DVD back on time? Now is your chance to clear your library fines while helping others by donating food to people in need during Woodland Public Library’s Food for Fines program.
For more information visit www.cityofwoodland.org/library or call 530-661-5980.

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Science and Society Discussion Series

October 9, 2017 

Woodland Public Library opens its new Science and Society Discussion Series with “Toxic Tragedies”. “Toxic Tragedies” is a two-part lecture/discussion series led by Dr. Robert Rice, Chair of Environmental Toxicology at UC Davis. Dr. Rice will survey toxic tragedies since the mid-1800's, discuss how they occur, their influence on the public’s perception of scientific knowledge, and the impact of these perceptions on present day controversial and critical issues such as Climate Change and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO).

Wednesday November 1st 6:00pm at the Library Leake Room

Part 1: Toxic Tragedies in Modern Society – All Too Common

A survey of toxic tragedies in the USA over the past 200 years demonstrates a need for regulation to prevent their occurrence.


Wednesday December 6th 6:00pm at the Library Leake Room

Part 2: The Systemic Basis for Toxic Tragedies

Reflecting market failures, toxic tragedies are continuing today and undermine our trust in the regulatory system.

The Woodland Public Library Science and Society Discussion Series will be an on-going lecture/presentation and discussion series hosted by the library on Wednesday evenings. All are welcome to attend and we encourage an open dialogue on all the topics presented. For more information about the Science and Society Discussion Series please contact the library at library@cityofwoodland.org or 530-661-5980.


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Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month at Woodland Public Library

October 4, 2017 

The Woodland Public Library invites everyone to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month on October 11 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the library’s courtyard. This family friendly event will feature a bilingual story time, crafts, food and two special guests; the Honorable Judge Sonia Cortés and Folklorico Latino de Woodland. The National Hispanic Heritage Month celebration is free and all ages are invited. For more information, please contact Rhea Gardner at 530-661-5980 or library@cityofwoodland.org.

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Yolo Youth Rally: Arts Edition

September 19, 2017 

The Woodland Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is hosting its’ Second Annual Yolo Youth Rally on Saturday, October 7 from 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the library’s makerspace, Square One. It is open to all high school students in Yolo County. The cost is $10 per student and includes lunch. Students keep everything they make. Sign up soon! Class sizes are limited. Click here to purchase tickets online.


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September @ the Library!

September 14, 2017 

The Woodland Public Library is busy gearing up for all of our September programming for kids! Come to the library for storytimes and fun activities. We especially hope to see you at the "Pajama Storytime with a Stuffed Animal Sleepover" on September 21 and the annual Pet Show on September 23.

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Square One Opening!

June 15, 2017 

On Sunday, July 2, from 2-5 pm, the Woodland Public Library will open 745.5 Square One, a nearly 2000 square foot makerspace and community learning lab located on the ground floor of the Library. This Open House is planned for the public to meet Square One staff and volunteers, tour the facility, and learn more about the equipment and classes offered through Square One.

A makerspace is an area dedicated to education through creation where users can imagine, explore, and collaborate in hands-on learning, design, and production. The Makerspace Movement has gained momentum in recent years worldwide as a creative, collaborative space outside home, school, and work to explore and learn. This movement aligns with the library’s mission to provide education and literacy to the community. “Libraries have always been on the forefront of providing public access to emerging technology that isn’t readily available to most consumers,” stated Greta Galindo, Woodland Public Library Director.

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"Lest We Forget" The Story of World War I and Yolo County

May 24, 2017 

Join the Friends of the Yolo County Archives to learn the story of, and commemorate, all those from Yolo County who served, both at home and abroad, in the 'War to End All Wars.' Presentation on Thursday, May 25, from 6:00-8:00pm at the Woodland Public Library Leake Room, 250 First Street, Woodland.

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Summer Reading at Woodland Public Library

May 23, 2017 

This summer at the Woodland Public Library all ages can participate in our Summer Reading Program and Build a Better World! The program runs from June 1st through the end of July, and all ages can read five books and earn a prize. We will have paper logs again but are also using on online program called Beanstack, where participants can log more books and activities to earn more rewards like prizes and entries into a raffle. Summer Reading information is up on our website, and patrons can register for Beanstack there, or at wpl.beanstack.org using a smart phone, tablet, or computer.

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Woodland Public Library Facilities Master Plan Community Meeting

May 1, 2017 

Woodland Public Library Facilities Master Plan Community Meeting

The Woodland Public Library will hold its final community meeting regarding the Facility Master Plan on Wednesday May 17th at 6:00PM in the Library Leake Room. The facility master planning process will assess the current state of facilities; analyze community and library use demographics; create a common vision based on community input; and consider new library service possibilities. The planning process began in February 2017 and will conclude in June 2017. Community input was solicited through community meetings and surveys. The Library anticipates that the Facility Master Plan will form the foundation of a future building program for the expansion and/or renovation of the existing library to meet the community’s learning needs, abilities, demographics, and changes in technology.

Please join us to learn more about the library’s future in our community.

For more information please contact: Greta Galindo, Library Services Director at 530-661-5980 or library@cityofwoodland.org

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Touch-a-Truck at the Woodland Public Library

April 19, 2017 

The Woodland Public Library is pleased to be hosting its second annual Touch-a-Truck family event, from 11 am to 1 pm on Saturday, April 29th at 250 First Street in Woodland. A variety of trucks and vehicles from the community will be on display in the library parking lot and on First Street, adjacent to the library. The Fire Museum will also be open across Court Street, displaying its antique fire engines. Families will be able to get up close to everything, and even got on or in most of the vehicles! This year we are introducing a quiet hour with no horns, from 11-12 for those who would like a more peaceful atmosphere. After 12 pm children may be able to honk a horn or hear the sirens!

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Spring Into Reading at the Library

March 27, 2017 

In celebration of the coming of spring and the importance of encouraging literacy in the community, the Woodland Public library is pleased to announce its Spring into Reading challenge starting on March 20th. We invite all ages to read three books before Memorial Day to win a prize at the library. Younger children can be read their books from a parent, older sibling, or caregiver to earn their prize.

We are offering this reading challenge through Beanstack, a new free library service we are offering patrons. Beanstack offers book recommendations for children and allows patrons to log reading, and participate in reading and activity challenges like this one. Patrons can register on Beanstack from the front page of the library website, or on one of the library’s catalog computers. Once registered, you can Spring into Reading and earn badges for each book read. After you log three books you will able to come to the library to pick up your prize

https://wpl.beanstack.org/reader365

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Woodland Public Library Survey

March 27, 2017 

Woodland Public Library Community Input Survey

We need your help. The Woodland Public Library is collecting information from the community as part of its long range master planning process. Please help us understand what’s important to you and the future of your library by taking our survey here:

English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WoodlandLibEnglish

Español: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/WoodlandLibSpanish

Printed surveys in English and Spanish are also available at the library. Please ask any staff member for a copy. All responses are anonymous and confidential.

Your response by April 10, 2017 is appreciated. If you have any questions about the survey, or any difficulties accessing the survey, please contact Jen Sweeney (library consultant) at jksweeney572@gmail.com or by phone at (916) 718-9442.

Thank you!

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2nd Annual Peeps Diorama Contest at the Woodland Public Library

March 7, 2017 

The Woodland Public Library is excited to be hosting its second annual Peeps Diorama Contest this year. There are categories for every age as well as a group category. The viewing and judging will take place at the Peeps Diorama Show on Saturday, March 18th from 12-3 pm in the library’s Leake Room. Entries will be judged by members of the library’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB) and winners will each receive a $15 gift certificate for Barnes and Nobel to purchase books. Those attending the show get to vote on a “Peeples Choice” award as well. Winning dioramas will be on display at the library after the show.

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Community Input Meetings

February 9, 2017 

Woodland Public Library - Facilities Master Planning Process 2017

The Library is conducting a process to gather community input to shape a long-term master plan for its facility to guide how the library can best serve its community for future generations. The Library anticipates that the Facility Master Plan will form the foundation of a future building program for the expansion and/or renovation of the existing library to meet the community’s learning needs, abilities, demographics, and changes in technology.

The facility master planning process will assess the current state of facilities; analyze community and library use demographics; create a common vision based on community input; and consider new library service possibilities.

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Commit2Fit:Wellness Program @ the Library

January 19, 2017 

Commit2Fit:Wellness Program @ the Library

Clutter-Busting: Letting Go of What’s Holding You Back Author Talk with Brooks Palmer

Author Brooks Palmer will be speaking at the Woodland Public Library on Wednesday, February 1st at 6:00pm in the Leake Community Room. Palmer will be discussing his book and how clutter can affect your emotions and sense of well-being. In his fourteen years of Clutter Busting in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City, Brooks Palmer realized the intense emotional connection most people have with material possessions, and that internal clutter must be addressed before external clutter can be discarded. He created his Clutter Busting method to help people let go of those things they no longer need and to open the doors for new possibilities. Piles of junk in garages and closets, overflowing papers on desks, items unused for years, masses of unanswered email, clothing never worn, useless gifts that collect dust — all these things, says Brooks Palmer, come weighted with shame and guilt and have a suffocating effect on spirit and soul. By tossing out these unneeded items, we are also eliminating their negative influences, freeing up energy, and unlocking our potential. Join us at the library for this wellness talk.

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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Workshop

January 4, 2017 

Looking to have a less stressful 2017? Learn about an entirely different type of fitness–fitness of the mind- at the Woodland Public Library on Wednesday, January 11th from 6:00-7:30 in the Library Leake Room. Join Denise Dempsey for a workshop on mindfulness-based stress reduction. This workshop is the first in the Library’s 2nd Annual Commit2Fit:Wellness Series. Mindfulness is the practice of cultivating non-judgmental awareness in day-to-day life. It helps us cultivate our potential to experience each moment, no matter how difficult or intense, with serenity and clarity. By feeling better, sleeping better, increasing our ability to cope with stressful situations, improve self-esteem, and renew enthusiasm for life and work, one can feel more alive and joyful and gain immediate access to powerful inner resources for healing.

Since 2003, Denise has led over 80 MBSR classes in healthcare, academic and business settings, reaching more than 1200 students. With 20 years of experience in mindfulness-based interventions, she also leads retreats and alumni programs.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with Denise Dempsey is a workshop presented through the Woodland Public Library Commit2Fit:Wellness Series. Commit2Fit:Wellness is a series of Wednesday talks and Saturday morning walks. Community walks are each Saturday in January, February and March, from 9-10 am at Douglass Park, on the corner of Road 98 and El Dorado Street in Woodland. Commit2Fit:Wellness is made possible in part by the Friends of the Woodland Public Library, and is an educational component of the City of Woodland’s Commit2Fit Challenge. For a full schedule of the Commit2Fit:Wellness Series go to cityofwoodland.org/commit2fit or contact the library 530-661-5980.


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Commit2Fit: Wellness Program Returns to the Library

December 20, 2016 

Commit2Fit: Wellness Program Returns to the Library

Woodland Public Library will be hosting a free 3-month Commit2Fit: Wellness Program January through March 2017. The Library starts its second annual Commit2Fit: Wellness educational series on health on January 7 with weekly community walks at Douglass Park and bimonthly presentations on wellness and fitness. Each month will feature a talk on an aspect of mindfulness and a session of gentle exercises to kickstart or enhance your exercise routine.

All Wednesday evening programs will be from 6-7:30 pm in the Leake Room of the Woodland Public Library, located at 250 First Street in Woodland.

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Woodland Public Library Annual Holiday Party

December 12, 2016 

Children and families are invited to attend the Woodland Public Library’s annual holiday party on Saturday, December 17th from 1-2 pm. Our Winter Wonderland Party will take place in the Leake Room and the Children’s Room at the library, where kids can get help from our TAB teen volunteers making snowy trees, beautiful string wrapped ornaments, origami candles, and other fun crafts. Children can make decorations for our library tree or to take home with them in bags they decorate. There will be games for children where they can win books and other prizes, and a Winter Wonderland photo booth area for fun family pictures. We will also have snowy slime to play with. Come celebrate the holidays with us at the library!


Kids' Coding at the Library

December 7, 2016 

The Woodland Public Library just wrapped up its fourth series of Kids’ Coding Classes with a pizza party and Open House for families to showcase children’s work and allow their families to try coding themselves. During the fall party, families were also able to take turns playing with Dash, a Wonderworks robot that can be programmed on a tablet with an app similar to Scratch. The library is working on acquiring a group of these robots and some tablets to expand the coding classes through a recent grant with the Association for Library Services to Children. The children had had a great time learning how to create games and animations, and their families were happy their children had the opportunity to take these free classes at the library.

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Food For Fines

December 6, 2016 

FOOD FOR FINES

For more than 20 years, Woodland Public Library has been offering fine waivers in exchange for food donations around the holidays. This program, Food for Fines, has collected thousands of pounds of nonperishable food to donate to the Food Bank of Yolo County. In past years, the library has forgiven one dollar of overdue fines for each item donated. This year, WPL is offering double credit on especially needed items such as cereal, spices, feminine hygiene products, baby care items, toiletries, socks, shelf stable milk, and protein (peanut butter, tuna, etc). Items for $1 or $2 of overdue credit can be brought to the circulation desk at the Woodland Public Library from November 26 – December 23, 2016. Only overdue fines are eligible for this program. We encourage our patrons to take advantage of this opportunity to give back to their community while supporting the library.


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Children's Pet Show at Woodland Public Library

September 9, 2016 

On Saturday, September 24th, from 1:30 to 2:30, the Woodland Public Library will be holding its annual Children’s Pet Show in front of the library. This will mark the second year of the return of this longstanding library tradition. We invite children aged 3 to 16 to enter a pet in one of four categories: best trick, best costume, most unusual, or best look-alike with owner. Prizes will be awarded!

To enter the contest please fill out and return an entry form to the Children's Desk in the Library by Thursday, September 22nd. Entry form available at the library or online by clicking here.

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Yolo Youth Rally

September 8, 2016 

Woodland Library's Teen Advisory Board is collaborating with the Yolo County Elections Office, Woodland Community College and UC Davis Early Academic Outreach Program to host the Yolo Youth Rally. It is a free, two-day event happening on September 24th-25th for all 8th-12th graders in Yolo County. It will be held at the Woodland Community College from 8:30- 4:00 pm.

Students can register online at YoloYouthRally.com or by calling 530-661-5988. Spots are limited and registration ends September 19th.

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9th Annual Woodland Tomato Festival

August 4, 2016 

Come join the excitement of the Woodland Tomato Festival on Saturday, August 13 from 9am - 2pm in historic Heritage Plaza on Main Street in Downtown Woodland. Celebrating the Yolo County tomato, the Woodland Tomato Festival is fun, free and open to the public. For more information visit WoodlandTomatoFestival.com

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Summer Of Learning at The Woodland Public Library

May 25, 2016 

The Woodland Public Library is excited to be holding its first ever Summer of Learning throughout June and July. This summer the community is invited to Read for the Win and more! There are programs for all ages: babies and toddlers, children, teens, and adults. Families can register for these summer programs on the library’s website or in the library on the catalog computers.

The Summer of Learning begins on Saturday, June 4th, with a Kickoff Party for families at 1 pm. There will be bounce houses, food trucks, face and nail painting, fun activities with the Rec2Go Van and Kuk Sool Won, and a food truck selling lunch and snacks. Everyone can get their Summer Learning logs, calendars, and a raffle ticket. Prizes will be raffled off throughout the event, including museum and zoo tickets, storytime bags with books, Farmers Market bucks, games, garden supplies, coding books, and other great prizes.

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“Read for the Win” Adult Summer Reading Program at the Library

May 12, 2016 

“Read for the Win” Adult Summer Reading Program at the Library

The Woodland Public Library will be holding “Read for the Win,” a summer reading program for adults running from June 4, 2016 through August 6, 2016. The program provides a venue for adults to revisit their childhood summer reading programs and supports and encourages reading in the adult community. It is generously supported by the Friends of the Woodland Public Library who provide funding for fabulous raffle prizes at the end of the program. For more information on the program, please visit the library or contact Carol or Trina at 530.661.5980


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The Woodland Farmer's Market Moves to the Library

May 9, 2016 

Growing Readers and Veggie Eaters!

The Woodland Public Library is happy to host the Woodland Farmers Market right on our doorstep on First Street. Every Saturday in May thru October the Farmers Market will be out front from 9:00am-12:00noon. Celebrating readers and veggie eaters this summer, the Library will host weekly Family Storytimes outside on the lawn at 11:00am. The Library will also have crafts, performers and other activities on Saturdays during the Farmers Market. Check the Library Events Calendar for information on what’s happening each week at the Market.

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Touch-a-Truck Event

April 21, 2016 

The Woodland Public Library is excited to be holding its very first Touch-a-Truck family event, from 11 am to 1 pm on Saturday, April 30th at 250 First Street. A variety of trucks and vehicles from the community will be on display in the library parking lot and on North and First Streets, adjacent to the library. Families will be able to get up close to everything, and even get on or in some of the vehicles!

There will be a garbage truck, a crane, a bus, a backhoe, a tomato truck, the Rec2Go van, police car, fire truck, and other fun vehicles. There will also be two food trucks selling lunch and snacks during the event: a gelato truck and a Mexican food truck. The library’s parking lot along with North and First Street next to the library will be closed for the event, but parking will be available on the west side of College Street.

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Commit2Fit Program at the Library

January 6, 2016 

Would you like to make healthier choices? Reduce disease symptoms and risks? The Commit2Fit: Wellness Program is a citywide educational component of the City's Commit2Fit Challenge offered by the Woodland Public Library aimed to provide information on nutrition, the importance of physical activity, and health topics such as weight loss, diabetes and heart health. The 3-month Wellness program runs January through March 2016, with Wednesday evening speakers and Saturday morning community walks. The Wednesday speaker series will include physicians and nutritionists who are experts in their field.


Library Annual Report Available to Read

December 2, 2015 

Check out the 2014-2015 Library Annual Report to find out all the amazing things that happened at the library this past year, and the cool new plans for the future!



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International Games Day@Your Library Brings Community Together to Read, Learn and Play

November 16, 2015 

Woodland Public Library will join over a thousand libraries around the world on Saturday, November 21, 2015, for the eighth annual celebration of gaming in libraries – International Games Day @ Your Library. Like so many other libraries across the country and around the world, Woodland Public Library will offer special gaming programs and events suitable for the whole family.


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Food for Fines Program

November 13, 2015 

Bring shelf-stable food items and personal hygeine products to the Library between November 16, 2015 and January 9, 2016 in exchange for over-due fine waivers. Each item donated equals $1 overdue credit. This year double credit is being offered on especially needed items including cereal, spices, femenine hygeine products, baby care items, toiletries, socks, shelf-stable milk, peanut butter and canned meats.

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New Storytime Schedule

September 29, 2015 

We have added new storytimes to the schedule. Come by the library for any of our EIGHT storytimes to enjoy books, songs, poems, and fun!


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Homework Help Center Open at the Library

September 29, 2015 

The library has opened a Homework Help Center in the Leake Room! Kids needing help with any subject are welcome to come to the Tuesdays and Thursdays to receive help from our generous teen volunteers.


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Newsletter Coming Soon!

September 29, 2015 

The library is going to start sending out a quarterly newsletter full of news about current library going-ons. Sign up with your email on the front page if you are interested in staying up to date!


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New Website

September 29, 2015 

As you may have noticed, Woodland Public Library's website has received a face-lift! There may be a few glitches here and there as we clean up the inevitable errors that come with transitioning so much information. We hope though that you enjoy the new layout and explore all the fun and informative pages we have!


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Story Stroll during Art Walk and Stroll through history

September 5, 2014 

Come enjoy WPL's first story stroll during our special open hours for the first Friday Art Walk and the Stroll through history. Walk among the beautiful south lawn and rose garden and read along to Karen Beaumont's "Ain't Gonna Paint No More!"


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New Storytime-to-go Kit Collection

September 5, 2014 

We have a new collection in the children's area! These backpacks are each filled with five books and an assortment of extra activities and toys to help little kiddos with early literacy learning. Come check one out!


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The children's picture books are now a browsing collection

August 25, 2014 

The picture book section of the children's area is now organized into ten general "subject areas" to make it easier for browsing. For instance, if you want books on trucks, you can simply go to the "Things that go" area. Books about the first day of school? Stop by "Growing up." Come on over and let us know what you think!


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Little Free Libraries popping up around Woodland

July 31, 2014 
Have you noticed little wooden kiosks around town containing lots of fun books for you to read? They are part of the Library's "Little Free Library" program, where Woodlanders are free to both leave and take books.  They are at different locations around the city, including Ferns Park, Woodside Park, Beamer Park, City Park, The Senior and Community Center, and  the courtyard behind Steve’s Pizza. More are coming soon too! They should have a rotating collection of books, including titles for kids!

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Last week for Summer Reading Program

July 29, 2014 
This is the last week for kids to come in and receive tickets and prizes for our Summer Reading Program. Don't forget your reading logs!




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March After School Program

March 15, 2014 
Here is the March Calendar for the After School Program. So much fun to be had!

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Children's mural looking beautiful!

March 15, 2014 
We are so excited about the gorgeous mural being painted by local artist Rebecca England. Come take a look at the many vignettes on the wall!

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New Toy Area!

March 15, 2014 
Thanks to a generous grant from the California State Library, we have a beautiful new toy area for kids of all ages to enjoy. There are blocks, magnet builders, puzzles, and many more cool toys to play with!

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Picture Book reorganization

March 15, 2014 
Noticed some extra chaos in the children's picture book section? We're reorganizing the collection into subjects! That means if you're looking for books on potty training, dinosaurs, or trucks, you'll know right where to go instead of looking among authors last names. This is a big undertaking though, so please excuse our mess for a couple weeks while we get to work!






Library Holiday Closures

December 11, 2013 
The library will be closed on December 24, 25, 26, 2013 and January 1, 2014. The library will be open on December 31, 2013 from 9am-5pm.
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