Friends of the Woodland Public Library
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These programs serve 14,500 children annually. Children's Story Time, offered in English and Spanish nine times per week supports early literacy and development; children and caregivers attend these activities. Halloween/Harvest Party, including crafts and snacks Bilingual Santa Party, including snacks, crafts, and photo opportunities. National Library Week, Dr. Seuss birthday party, Children's Book Week, and ALSC book awards celebration. Summer Reading promotional flyers and prizes for the 'Prize Store', where children turn in tickets received for reading to choose their own prizes - the more they read, the more prizes they can win! Miscellaneous craft supplies and snacks for other children's events and performers/entertainers for children's programming (Drummm, Xtreme Science Magic, and Mark Bunnell). This year an expanded Hour of Code is offered each week as well as Martial Arts with Kuk Sool Won. One other popular activity is the Annual Pet Show.
Program Successes
- Children's programming and attendance are continually increasing.
- Story times for young children have expanded and include several bilingual story times, as well as some late afternoon story times which are available after school and with the working parent in mind.
- After school activities for kids include hands-on interactive computer games and crafts.
- The summer reading program has also increased their programming.
- An expanded Hour of Code each week and martial arts with Kuk Sool Win have been added to expand the educational and fun experiences for children.
These teen services have reached over 550 teens (to date) for this program just starting its third year:
- Teen Advisory Board (TAB) supplies, snacks and prizes for events and training on team work, event planning, and leadership.
- Teens-only Halloween party at library attended by over 250 teens: DJ dance party, crafts, laser tag, pumpkin decorating, snacks and prizes.
- Summer Reading: promotional flyers, books, prizes and snacks for teen events. Performers/entertainers for teens' summer reading events, including teen hangouts, video/board games, and craft supplies.
- Weekly Homework Help: Four teens help ten kids with homework on a weekly basis.
- Monthly Book Bike Outreach: 100 high school students, 200 middle students get free books.
- Annual Peace of Art: 20 teens create art representing peaceful communities and conflict resolution.
- Annual Teen Health Festival: 50 teens participated in free Zumba, kickboxing, and yoga classes, ate healthy foods, listened to motivational speaker Katie Willcox to promote positive self-esteem and body image.
Program Successes
- Several years ago the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) disbanded due to lack of funding and support staff and there was virtually no teen programming available other than the Summer Reading Program.
- In the past two years, and with the hiring of a dedicated teen librarian, these programs have really taken off.
- There are regular meetings of the TAB and they hold numerous special events planned by teens for teens.
- The teens have also been great supporters of the Friends, volunteering to help us out in the community and promote the Friends at various events such as the Crawdad Festival, where they ran the crawdad races and gave away hundreds of children's and adult books and our Mystery Night 2016 dinner theater, helping with setup, event staffing, and take-down.
These community programs are important in building community partnerships with local downtown businesses and other nonprofits, enhancing reading and library advocacy across various age groups and encouraging Woodland residents to explore a variety of cultural and civic programming:
- Book Page subscription at library.
- Participation in local downtown community events such as First Friday Artwalk and the Annual Holiday Parade with refreshments and free books for the community.
- Commit2Fit Wellness Program (overall attendance 5,200): A year long community educational lecture series aimed at providing information on nutrition, the importance of physical activity, and health and wellness topics such as weight loss, diabetes, and heart health. The Wellness program with Wednesday evening speakers and includes participation by physicians and nutritionists who are very well regarded experts in their field.
- Little Free Libraries: Books provided for each mini site and some funding for construction materials (up to $250).
Program Successes
- The Friends of the Woodland Public Library offer and participate in a variety of local and community educational outreach.
- We have partnered with the City of Woodland, Outa Sight (local nonprofit for visually impaired), Yolo County Food Bank (collecting cans goods in exchange for free books), Woodland Chamber of Commerce, Historic Downtown Businesses, and the Yolo Arts Council by providing a stop along the First Friday Artwalk and more.
- We have worked with the Science and Technology Academy, other schools and educators and non-profits by providing discarded and gently used books for their collections and projects.
This adult programming is constantly growing and evolving. The programming supports adult literacy and intergenerational reading initiatives, as well as provides author and educational lectures.

We support:
- Brown Bag Book Club with collaborative community outreach.
- Community author and other cultural events with quarterly author lectures open to the community providing a wide variety of authors, local and regional.
- Adult community reading programs with promotion, supplies and prizes.
- Monthly "Crafternoon"

In the past we have offered classical music concerts in the library rotunda and interactive art projects, and would like to continue to offer our community this type of programming.
Program Successes
- Adult reading participants and prizes have grown substantially over the years.
- We have successfully expanded community wide free programs that encourage adults to read and participate in the community from summer to year round programming.