Apr 042015

Saturday, April 25th | 2:00 pm

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Wood Library this April. On Saturday, April 25th at 2:00 pm, the library is hosting an afternoon of poetry featuring readings by five local poets: Steven Donner, John Roche, G.E. Schwartz, Steve Tills and Dwain Wilder. Books will be available for purchase and refreshments will be served. Please register using our online calendar.


Apr 222015
One of Wood Library's Teen Tech Tutors, Hannah, helps a patron with her iPad.

Hannah, one of Wood Library’s Teen Tech Tutors, helps a patron with her iPad.

We are now accepting applications for Teen Tech Tutors. This is a volunteer position open to anyone in grades 10 – 12 and requires a commitment of 1.5 hours per week. Teen Tech Tutors staff the library’s Open Tech Hours and are available to help library patrons with questions about computers, devices, or other technology.

This is a great way to cover required volunteer hours and gain valuable teaching experience while giving back to the community. Over the last 9 months our Teen Tech Tutors have helped 336 people!

All Teen Tech Tutors will receive training and are always accompanied by a librarian during Open Tech Hours.

If interested, please fill out our online application. The deadline is May 18th, 2015. Interviews will be held during the last two weeks of May.

Please contact Ben Lainhart at blainhart@pls-net.org with questions.

Apr 182015

SandwichBoardGet in on the action on Saturday, July 11, 2015!

Wood Library’s 5K Race, Fun Run and Story Walk is for everyone of all abilities and ages. The course will start and finish at Wood Library.

Prizes will be awarded to first place finishers in all age categories. Children will get a custom Tornado T’s shirt. There will be lots of post-race entertainment including The Magic Guy, live music, face painting, a family story walk, and more!

Proceeds from this event support Wood Library’s fun summer-time activities for children and teens. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Become an event sponsor HERE.

Don’t hesitate–register today HERE.

Downloadable paper registration forms are available HERE.

5K – 8:30 AM
Fun Run – 9:30 AM
Story Walk – 10 AM – 4 PM

Apr 152015

 What a difference a year makes. A year ago, I was reveling in the community’s  response to a new library addition that was completed in January 2014. People  flocked to the library out of curiosity but they quickly realized how the new space has  enhanced and improved nearly everything we do and offer.

With more room and a commitment to digital literacy, we added five new computers.  Patrons no longer have to reserve a computer and wait to work on their resumes,  hunt for jobs, bank online, or check email. Last year people logged into library  computers 20,828 times.

We added study spaces throughout the building and two lobbies were furnished with tables and chairs for small informal meetings. Students, tutors, and business people seek out these quiet study spaces to get some much-needed work done. On a typical day, nearly every table is occupied and we saw a 50 percent increase in wireless sessions.

We now have more room in the children’s and teen libraries for better collections. New books are constantly added to keep the collections fresh and attractive. A new On-Demand Collection has the most popular books that can be checked out immediately with no wait. Wood Library is now the top circulating library in the Pioneer Library System with 223,521 checkouts, a 4 percent increase over the previous year.

We use the new first-floor community meeting room for thought-provoking programs and children’s events. The 2014 calendar was filled with well-attended programs ranging from Star Trek Physics to Fracking Wars, Teen Theater performances, exotic animal presentations, author talks, family concerts, and computer classes. Dozens of community organizations such as Trout Unlimited and the DAR meet regularly at Wood Library. Last year 17,436 people attended 1,268 library-sponsored programs, a 34 percent increase. A full house is now the norm.

These numbers prove that people need and want a community destination to explore their curiosity and to engage in lifelong learning. That place is Wood Library. Next time you drive by, stop in, visit and check us out. Our calendar is full of exciting upcoming events like an Afternoon of Poetry with local published poets on April 25 and, back by popular demand, Hobart William Smith Professor Tom Drennen will return to discuss solar energy for your home on April 29.

– Jenny Goodemote, Executive Director

Apr 152015


The Friends of Wood Library are holding a basket raffle. The basket is valued at over $900 and features donations by: Inn on the Main, Winged Pheasant, Renaissance the Goodie II Shoppe, Bristol Valley Theater, Rheinblick German Restaurant, Rockcastle Florist, Flowers by Stella, Grounded by Yoga, Inn on the Lake, Auto Wash, The Country Ewe, Rise & Shine Bread, Manely Organic, Butterfly Junction Designs, Applebee’s, Mary Ferris, Pam Furlong and the Friends of Wood Library.

Please stop by Wood Library at 134 North Main Street, Canandaigua to purchase your tickets for $1.00 each or six for $5.00 during library business hours. The drawing is Thursday, May 7. All proceeds from this basket go to the Friends of Wood Library in support of the library’s activities.

Apr 042015

‘Spring Inspires’

New Works By Kate Symonds, Proprietor & Potter at Coach Street Clay


Inspirations of the coming spring season with botanical imagery and birds on one large 6ftx4ft ceramic wall piece made up of multiple wall platters.

Kate uses the clay surface as a canvas in these platters that are utilitarian and are created to serve food as well as being hung as wall art. These functional art pieces will be sold separately or as diptychs, triptychs, and tetraptychs. Other small pottery pieces with botanical imagery will be on display as well.

Showing at the Wood Library in the Ewing Room Gallery, 3rd floor

Opening Reception Thursday April 9th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

On display through April 6th thru May 8th

Mar 152015

Our Annual Book Sale will take place June 12 – 20, 2015 at the Canandaigua Civic Center.

Dates and times:

Friday, June 12: 6-9pm (Friends Night)
Saturday, June 13: 10am-8pm
Sunday, June 14: 12-5pm
Monday-Friday, June 15-19: 10am-8pm (Friday $3/bag from 5-8pm)
Saturday, June 20: 9am-1pm ($2/bag all day)

Feb 202015

Wood Library and the IB film classes of Canandaigua Academy present “Hitchcock on a Train,” a film series taking place on the first Tuesday in March, April, May and June at 5:00 p.m.  Each installment will include a screening of a different Hitchcock film, followed by a brief discussion led by a film student from Canandaigua Academy.

StrangersOnATrainMay 5, 2015: Strangers on a Train
Synopsis: A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder…a theory that he plans to implement. (101 minutes)


NorthByNorthwestJune 2, 2015: North by Northwest
Synopsis: A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. (136 minutes)


This film series has been programmed by Deborah Sutherland, who teaches a number of film classes at Canandaigua Academy, including The Films of Alfred Hitchcock. Deborah wrote her Master’s Thesis on the thematic significance of Hitchcock’s cameos, and is dedicated to making sure that the “Master of Suspense” continues to be introduced to new audiences.