Sep 142015

The Wood Library Art Gallery will be exhibiting the art of Howard VanBuren from September 16 – October 24. There will be a ‘meet the artist’ opening reception on Thursday Sep 24th from 6 to 8PM, which is open to the public. Food and beverages will be served during the reception and several door prizes such as prints and wine toast signs will be raffled off throughout the reception.

SonnenbergHoward VanBuren is a local watercolor artist residing in Canandaigua, NY. He has been painting and drawing since his early years schooled by his father Howard Van Buren Jr, a professional graphic design artist at the General Electric Company in Syracuse, NY

A microbiologist by profession, Howard VanBuren III spends much of his free time painting and selling his artwork both locally and across the United States. He is a member of the National Watercolor Society, the American Watercolor Society, the New England Watercolor Society and the Ontario County Arts Council, displaying his work in various businesses throughout the Ontario County.

Howard will have more than 25 original paintings and prints including a newly released open edition print called “A Summer Stroll” along with a full display of sketches, notes and watercolor studies that led to the creation of this piece. The studies will be offered for sale during the 6 week show along with many other original works such as “A House with No Name”, “Canandaigua Lake from the South”, “Sonnenberg Mansion”, “The Law Office”, “Chases Farm” and many othChases_farmers. Howard will have a few paintings on display from when he was 16 years of age.
Many of Howard’s fine art prints will be available for purchase either framed or unframed. Howard’s recent creation of “Wine Toast Signs” – handmade wooden signs lettered with a wine toast – will be on display and available for purchase with a photographs to show how these are made in his studio.

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.

Sep 032015

Effective Monday, September 14, 2015, Canandaigua’s Wood Library will introduce SPACES, a room reservation software that allows community members to reserve library meeting space from any electronic device with an internet connection.

The library’s meeting spaces are available to the public when they are not in use for library purposes. They range from more intimate spaces for private consultations or small gatherings to larger spaces perfect for lectures and training sessions. The rooms are available for use by educational, cultural, civic or non-profit groups/organizations free-of-charge. Birthday parties, baby showers, and other social receptions not pertaining to the library are not permitted.

To reserve a meeting space, community members will need to establish a SPACES account via the library’s website at To learn more about the new room reservation software, Wood Library’s meeting room policy, or how to use SPACES, contact Wood Library’s Assistant Director Ben Lainhart, at 585.394.1381 ext 307 or at [email protected] Or, download our Spaces FAQ brochure here.

Apr 292015

We are excited to provide free access for all Wood Library patrons to Library Edition. is world’s largest online resource for family history delivering billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more.

Library Access: Library Edition can be used in-house by any patron visiting Wood Library by clicking on the image above. Please see a library staff member if you have questions.