May 282015

Tuesday, June 2nd | 5:00 p.m.


Don’t miss out on the final installment of “Hitchcock on a Train,” featuring a screening of North by Northwest followed by a discussion led by Canandaigua Academy film students.

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.

May 192015

Canandaigua City School District voters approve $12,000 increase in community-based funding for Wood Library

By an unofficial count of 894 to 570, a funding proposition to secure an additional $12,000 in public funds for Wood Library has passed.  Community-based funding for the library will now stand at $622,000, an increase of 1.97%, starting with the October 2015 tax bill.

“We want to thank everyone who took time to vote today,” stated Library Director Jenny Goodemote at a gathering at the library after the polls closed Tuesday night. “Wood Library is a thriving community library because many people are committed to its success and support its mission.  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 help to fund the high-quality in-demand services and programs that the Canandaigua community 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 $622,000 on an annual basis.  This will amount to an additional half-penny per thousand of assessed property value, or an additional 80 cents for the entire 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 funds to supplement its annual operating budget, projected to be $850,000 in 2016.

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.  For more information about Wood Library go to or contact Library Director Jenny Goodemote at 585-394-1381.

May 112015

Art Buffet: May 10 – June 5th

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 16 from 2 – 4 PM

Olivia Hudson“I want my art classes to be buffets with all the best things offered. It should be so great that students cannot agree on their favorites!”

Deb Poplasky, art teacher at Marcus Whitman Middle School for the last nine years, has a set of credos she works from. “Always teach skills that are appropriate for Adults-in-Training. No one likes to find out later that he/she was treated like a little kid.”

So each year is a new skill in hand-building clay, in another way to make a self-portrait, in the strengths and weakness of different mediums. Pop Art for Grade Six, folPeter Max boxlowed by Peter Max and Georgia O’Keeffe. How to turn cigar boxes into artful containers. How to make rope. How to fit it all in?!?! “I’m about skills for art but also for life (squeegee-ing Elmer’s for instance!). They want skills, but they also want to produce something they will remain proud of. Not every student will become an artist, but all all should be able to go to Lowe’s and get paint that is perfect! My students love ReStore, and they all know how to shop for art.”

The artwork in the Wood Library Gallery from May 10 through June 5 will show a wide array of solutions to the problems of design that “Mrs. Pop” has her students solve. “We will spare you the songs and rap we use to learn the elements and principles of art. But you will get to see them at work in some wonderful 2-D and 3-D projects.”

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. 

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 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

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
MondayFriday, 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.