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 092017

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

January 17 Newsletter

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.

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

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.

May 182016

Canandaigua City School District voters approve
$8,000 increase in community-based funding for Wood Library.

By an unofficial count of 1,176 to 585, a funding proposition to secure an additional $8,000 in public funds for Wood Library has passed. Community-based funding for the library will now stand at $630,000, an increase of 1.28%, starting with the October 2016 tax bill.

“We appreciate everyone who took time to vote today,” expressed Library Director Jenny Goodemote after the polls closed Tuesday night. “Support for the library’s mission is strong, and the library’s financial future is more secure with community-based funding. The approved tax levy increase, along with additional fundraising on our part, will fund the quality, in-demand library services and programs that the Canandaigua community needs and values.”

Wood Library’s proposition for community-based funding guarantees that the library has a stable and adequate source of annual funding. Specifically, the voter-approved proposition allows the Canandaigua City School District to collect taxes on behalf of Wood Library in the amount of $630,000 on an annual basis. This will amount to an additional 53 cents for the year on a property assessed at $150,000. The library tax appears on school district property bills as a separate line item. The library will continue to raise private donations to fully fund its annual operating budget, projected to be $870,000 in 2017.

Wood Library is chartered by New York State to serve everyone who lives in the Canandaigua City School District. It is a registered 501 (c) 3 non-profit association. Its mission is to provide exceptional public library service in a comfortable and safe environment where people can satisfy their curiosity, stimulate their imaginations and connect to the local community and to the world. Wood Library is a member of the Pioneer Library System. Learn more about Wood Library at woodlibrary.org or contact Library Director Jenny Goodemote at 585-394- 1381.

Jan 192016



Mango Languages’ conversation and film-based digital resources help you learn over 70 languages (including English!) from anywhere with an internet connection. And the best part? It’s free through your library.

Visit http://owwl.org/resources/mango-languages or click on the image above to access Mango.

Sep 132015

You can now take a tour of the inside of Wood Library from your computer!

Use your mouse to follow the arrows around the building. You can change floors with the numbers on the right side.