Jan 252017

Annual book talk series features local reviewers

Books Sandwiched In kicks off on Monday, February 6, 2017, at Noon, with a book review by former FLCC president Barbara Risser.  She will discuss Sonja Livingston’s Ladies Night at the Dreamland, a collection of lyrical essays that highlight lives as varied, troubled, and spirited as America itself.

Here is the full schedule—

Monday, February 6 | Noon-1:00PM
Former FLCC president Barbara Risser reviews Ladies Night at the Dreamland by Sonja Livingston

Monday, February 13 | Noon-1:00PM
Pioneer Library System’s Director Lauren Moore and Assistant Director Ron Kirsop reviews BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google by John Palfrey

Monday, February 20 | Noon-1:00PM
Ontario County Attorney of the Year 2016 Susan Gray Jones reviews The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore

Monday, February 27 | Noon-1:00PM
Derrick Gentry of the FLCC Humanities Department reviews Small is Beautiful by E. F. Schumacher

Monday, March 6 | Noon-1:00PM
Ontario County Master Gardener Susan Krobusek reviews Hissing Cousins: The Lifelong Rivalry of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth by Marc Peyser and Timothy Dwyer

Monday, March 13 | Noon-1:00PM
Ontario County Historical Society’s Educator Preston Pierce reviews Carrie Chapman Catt:  A Public Life by Jacqueline Van Voris

Monday, March 20 | Noon-1:00PM

Canandaigua Academy student Jenelle Slaughter reviews Marilynne Robinson’s books Gilead and Housekeeping

Monday, March 27 | Noon-1:00PM
Wood Library’s Adult Services Librarian Kristy Bauman reviews the 2017 Rochester Reads novel The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

Books Sandwiched In is free and open to the public and will take place at Wood Library, 134 N Main St, Canandaigua, NY.  Programs last an hour and patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch.

Feb 052017


February 5—March 15

Opening reception Tuesday, February  7 | 6:00—8:30 PM

Amy Colburn is a local artist who is most recognized for her wall murals, some of which are located in Downtown Canandaigua. However, Amy also creates detailed oil paintings in the style of contemporary realism. Her paintings are mostly still life, with groupings of two to four objects, created to evoke nostalgia. Amy holds a BFA in visual communication design from the University of Dayton, where she concentrated in illustration. Her oil paintings follow suit in that each tells a story. Prevalent in her work are studies of texture and surface quality found in glass, rust, metal, old paper, and fabric. Amy uses M. Graham oil paints which are made and thinned with walnut oil, eliminating the danger of highly toxic chemicals associated with traditional oil paints.


Jan 172017


New trustees to lead Canandaigua’s community library

Canandaigua, NY, January 17, 2017 — The Wood Library Association held its annual meeting on Monday, January 16, 2017.

The following Canandaigua residents were elected to serve three year terms as trustees:  Kent Gilges of N Pearl St, John Goodwin of Scotland Rd, Katherine Nevin of Middle Cheshire Rd, and Craig Ross of Rock Oak Hill.   Three officers were re-elected:  Katherine Nevin, President; John Casey, Vice President; and Suzanne O’Connor, Treasurer.  Deborah Gregory was elected Secretary.

Five trustees were recognized for their exemplary service and contributions to Wood Library:  Paul Bringewatt, Donna Cotter, Tina Manzer, Quinn Morris Smith, and Rick Richmond.

President Katherine Nevin reported “the value of Wood Library as a community resource, a thriving learning center, and a place where everyone is welcomed has truly come into focus.”

“Trustees and staff have worked together to improve the way we serve the public and fulfill the promise of the library’s community-centered mission,” continued Nevin.

“The library remains a place in the community where people can connect in a truly personal way, engage in respectful civil discourse, learn about the arts, explore a scientific discovery, access technology, and understand how historical events shape our lives.”

“With broad community support, we can continue to offer all sorts of fun and life-enriching programs that get people thinking, creating, and dreaming.”


Jan 132017

Last night’s Bird Migration lecture given by Professor Deutschlander brought in a full house! Here are his top book suggestions!

Good reads on migration:
Songbird Journeys by Miyoko Chu
Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds by Scott Weidensaul
Gatherings of Angels: Migrating birds and their Ecology edited by Kenneth Able

Good reads on birds in peril:
Hope is the Thing with Feathers: A Personal Chronicle of Vanished Birds by Christopher Cockinos
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
Silence of the Songbirds: How We Are Losing the World’s Songbirds and What We Can Do to Save Them by Bridget Stutchbury

Jan 032017

Thank you for supporting Wood Library’s 2016 Fund Drive. Nearly 700 individuals and local businesses made gifts totaling $97,543.21, exceeding our goal for the year!

Your gifts fund everything from storytimes to computer classes, from thought-provoking lectures to life-enriching craft sessions, new books, access to technology and so much more.

With your help, Wood Library is a thriving, responsive community library.  We are grateful for your support and excited for the opportunity to serve you in the New Year.

Dec 272016









December 21—February 3

Opening reception Thursday, January 12 | 6:00—8:30 PM

Encaustic Painting Demonstration Saturday January 14 | 2:00—4:00 PM

Maureen McMahon is an artist with a love for oil and acrylic paint, mixed media, fiber, and now… encaustics. “My work becomes an expression of what is within. Through expressive strokes with my brush or cleverly altering fabric and colors mixed many times over, I like to relay the emotional quality to complete an exciting piece of art. I appreciate artwork that reflects the artist’s deliberate meaning. I also like work that is meant for the viewer to interpret.”

McMahon will also present a demonstration of encaustic wax painting on Saturday January 14. Encaustic painting is done with heated beeswax. The demonstration will be free and open to the public.

Aug 302016

$8,387 raised for the library.

341 purses sold.  Too much jewelry to count.

Lots of happy customers.


We were blown away by the response from the community for this event.  Thank you!

A special thanks to these amazing women who worked countless hours to make this event possible:  Tina Manzer, Kathi Nevin, Marty Daniels, Deb Gregory, Robin Alger, Kelly Meath, Tammra Schiller, Donna Cotter, and Deb Petrisak.

We also want to recognize the Friends of Wood Library for sponsoring Pursapalooza! and Heron Hill Winery and Century Liquor and Wines for donating the wine enjoyed by our patrons.