May 222017


Need help with your resume? Want advice on how to locate job openings? Want to practice your interview skills?

Come to Wood Library and meet with Literacy Volunteers of Ontario-Yates volunteer Joyce Merritt.

No registration required; first come, first served!

May 172017

Canandaigua, NY (May 16, 2017)—By an unofficial count of 1,250 to 588, a funding proposition to secure an additional $18,000 in public funds for Wood Library has passed.  Community-based funding for the library will now stand at $648,000, an increase of 2.8%.

“Community support for the library’s mission is strong,” said Library Director Jenny Goodemote after learning of the results.  “Modest increases in community-based funding help us continue to offer the library services and programs that people in the community need and value.  The approved tax levy increase provides stability in annual funding for the library, but we will also continue to raise private donations to fully fund next year’s operating budget which is projected to be $900,000 in 2018.”

“We are grateful to those in the community who cast a vote today,” expressed Library Board President Kathi Nevin in a prepared statement.  “We do not take community support for granted and will leverage public funds with private donations to continue to offer services and learning programs that enrich lives.”

The voter-approved library proposition authorizes the Canandaigua City School District to collect taxes on behalf of Wood Library in the amount of $648,000, starting with the October 2017 tax bill.  This will add $1.19 for the year on a property assessed at $150,000. The library tax will appear on school district property bills as a separate line item.


May 052017


May 2 thru Jun 13

The exhibition ‘Family Affair’ is a dual artist show presenting the nature photography of Peter Blackwood and the imaginative needle felting of Tina Blackwood. The Ewing Family Community Room will be alive with the nature and whimsy of the Blackwood couple who together are creating art in their retirement.
Tina has been an avid needle felter and knitter since her retirement from teaching, and presents her original designs in a whimsical manner, sure to put a smile on your face!
Peter has been an avid nature and landscape photographer for many years, and has presented his work at various venues including Wegmans, the Christkindl Market, Springtime in Canandaigua, CNB, (just to name a few) and here at the Wood Library. All of the pieces presented in this exhibit are new since his last library exhibit of four years ago.

Please join the artists for an opening reception with refreshments the evening of May 18th.

May 012017

Here’s a listing of all our programs taking place in May. A paper copy can be found at the library or sign up for our weekly eNewsletter using the button to your right.

May 17 Newsletter

Apr 252017

Proposition #4 asks voters to authorize an increase of $18,000 in the levy for library operations

On Tuesday, May 16, 2017, Canandaigua City School District voters will be asked to consider a proposition to increase community-based funding for Wood Library by $18,000.  This is an increase of 2.8% over the base amount of $630,000 which was approved by voters in 2016.  If approved, the increase will add $1.19 to the tax bill of a property assessed at $150,000, and is projected to be within the library’s state-mandated tax cap.

“As an essential community resource and learning center, Wood Library offers hundreds of programs annually that contribute to dialogue on important issues, improve literacy, enrich lives, and expand cultural awareness,” asserts Library Board President Katherine Nevin.  “The library is a place where everyone is welcomed, connections are made, doors are opened, and information is shared.  It adds tremendous value to our quality of life and the documented return on taxpayer investment is in the millions of dollars.”

Wood Library’s 2018 projected budget is $900,000, which reflects an increase of $24,656 driven by cost-of-living adjustments to salaries and benefits, including mandated minimum wage increases.  In response to public requests, the library will increase the number of hours the library is open (9AM on weekdays starting in 2018).  Library resources and fundraising will need to increase proportionately to $252,000, or 28% of the projected budget, to fully fund operations.

The library proposition will appear on the same ballot as the Canandaigua City School District budget.  Proposition #4 will ask voters to authorize the School District to levy and collect an annual tax for Wood Library in the amount of $648,000.  Putting this proposal before the voters is the only way Wood Library can ask for an increase in community-based funding.

Two information sessions will be offered at Wood Library:  Tuesday, May 9, at 7:00 PM and Wednesday, May 10, at 12:00 PM.  Additional information can be found at

Please direct questions about the May 16 vote and Proposition #4 to Board President Katherine Nevin or Library Director Jenny Goodemote.

Apr 042017

Here’s a listing of all our programs taking place in April.  A paper copy can be found at the library or sign up for our weekly eNewsletter using the button to your right.

April 17 Newsletter

Mar 232017
Rene Denfeld didn’t have an easy life growing up.  She credits her local library and the staff there with “saving my life.”
In a riveting talk at Wood Library on Thursday, March 30, Denfeld shared that her book The Enchanted was inspired by learning about the real life stories of prisoners on death row.  “I wanted to learn why they did what they did.” In response to a question about what led to her success as a writer, Denfeld said that spending time in her local library as a child helped her “discover values…and a lens into which I could envision a different future for myself.”
If you haven’t read Denfeld’s book yet, pick up a copy at the library.   Her next book The Child Finder will be published by HarperCollins and is planned for release in September.  You can learn more about Rene Denfeld and her work HERE.
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Exhibit runs through April 29

Sarkis is a local artist who grew up in Ottawa, Canada, where she earned her degree in Visual Arts from Algonquin College. Her oil paintings are inspired by organic forms found in nature such as flowers, fruit, landscapes, and on occasion she will experiment with abstracts. Uses of vibrant color reflect the simple beauty in ordinary things which speak soulfully and joyfully through her work. Her photography exhibit focuses on capturing images of cairns (heaps of stones) created from local concretions balanced on each other. Stone staking is a collaborative family pastime.

The artist’s work is featured in the Ewing Family Community Room gallery on the third floor, as well as the main lobby of the library. The gallery is open free of charge to visitors of the library during regular business hours.

Mar 012017

Want to participate in Wood Library’s 5K (3.1 mile) race but nervous about getting in shape and not sure how to start?   Have you run a 5K but want to improve your finish time?

Let us help you overcome your nerves and meet your goals.

Our Couch to 5K program will kick off on Monday, April 24, 2017 and will wrap up just in time for Wood Library’s 5K on Saturday, July 8, 2017.  The 10-week group training program will be led by experienced 5K runner and certified race trainer Lindsay Pennise, with assistance from runner Carrie McKeegan.

Participants will meet on Monday nights from 5:30-6:30PM on these dates:  April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22, June 5, June 12, June 19 and June 26.  We will also meet Tuesday, May 30 and Wednesday, July 5 to accommodate holiday schedules.  Our kick-off meeting will take place at Wood Library.  All other sessions will be held at Canandaigua’s Baker Park (Buffalo St) or at Evans Field (Fort Hill Ave).

The program is free with a 5K race entry by April 21.  You will receive a personalized training program based on your individual goals, experience, and physical ability.

Interested?  You must be at least 16 years old and be registered for the library’s 5K before April 21, 2017.  Spaces are limited!  Direct questions to:  Race Coordinator and trainer Lindsay Pennise, [email protected]


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.”