Apr 172014

Join us on May 5th and May 12th @ 12:00PM for the return of Plays Sandwiched In.

This is a collaboration between Wood Library and Bristol Valley Theater. Karin Bowersock, the Artistic Director  at Bristol Valley Theater, will review two upcoming plays – Oh Coward and Deathtrap.


May 5th @ 12PM



Oh Coward is a revue of the music and writings of Noel Coward, one of the wittiest voices of the 20th century. An intoxicating cocktail of the effervescent songs and fiendishly clever wit. Coward’s sparkling songs (Mad About the Boy, I’ll Follow My Secret Heart, Mad Dogs and Englishmen) and charming dialogue from classic plays like Blithe Spirit & Private Lives combine for an unforgettable evening.

May 12th @ 12PM



Deathtrap by Ira Levin is our mystery, from the twisted imagination that authored Rosemary’s Baby. Stumped by writer’s block, Sidney Bruehl’s stellar playwrighting career has screeched to a halt, until a young unknown writing student sends him a manuscript to read and critique. Sidney recognizes a potential blockbuster. Will his next plot be a plan to bump off the young man and claim the play for his own? Writing a Broadway hit can be murder!

Reviewer: Karin Bowersock

Karin Bowersock has been Artistic Director of Bristol Valley Theater since 2003, producing over 40 productions and directing new visions of such Broadway Classics as To Kill a Mockingbird, Evita, Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, and Man of La Mancha. Prior to moving to the Finger Lakes, Karin lived in New York City where she co-founded No-Pants Theatre Company, producing and directing new work at venues ranging from HERE (NYC) to The Pasinger/Fabrike (Munich). As curator of No Pants’ New Play Lab, The Fitting Room, she worked with writers Dominic Orlando, Julia Cho, Diana Son, and Jon Kinally at the start of their careers. As Associate for Arts Programs at People for The America Way (1999 – 2003), she shepherded the biographical play Trumbo to off-Broadway, working with Ed Harris, Richard Dreyfus, Nathan Lane, Alec Baldwin and others. Regionally she has worked with Geva, The Guthrie Theater, Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble and The Lied Center at Kansas University, where Origins, her adaptation of the Scopes Monkey Trial transcripts, starred Edward Asner and was aired on PBS and NPR. Other playwrighting credits include Mystery Radio Theater (Geva NextStage), and Let’s Misbehave, the Music and Lyrics of Cole Porter which premiered at BVT and has played so far in five states. She is currently working–slowly– on an original musical with composer Patrick Young.

Apr 162014

Karolyn_Hudson_portrait_uprightGoin’ to the Promised Land? Upstate New York, Upper Canada and the Underground Railroad

Karolyn Smardz Frost is an archaeologist, historian and award-winning author who lives in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.  Her research focuses on the Black transnationalism in North America beginning in the mid-18th century, and continuing through the end of the American Civil War.

On Thursday, April 24th @ 7PM Karolyn will discuss how discoveries in archaeology, documentary research and oral history are helping to illuminate Underground Railroad connections between upstate New York and Upper Canada. Join us for this free and informative event at Wood Library co-sponsored by 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse.


Apr 072014

Now that the addition is complete, I am often asked how Wood Library and its visitors have adapted to its new space since reopening back in February. The answer is one simple word – wonderfully. The new addition with its spacious, bright lobby, new accessible elevator, customer service-oriented Welcome Desk, convenient first-floor meeting rooms, additional handicap restrooms, and popular materials room is more than I could have ever dreamed of. Let me tell you why.

I was extremely pleased when I saw 20 toddlers scattered across the floor with their caregivers in the Mary Parmele Hamlin Meeting Room transforming cardboard boxes into cars complete with racing stripes, license plates, wheels, and stickers before sitting in them for the Toddler Drive-In program.

Over 100 people, including adults and high school students, ventured out on a wintry day to hear Eowyn Ivey, author of The Snow Child, speak about her book as part of Writers & Books’ “If All of Rochester Read the Same Book…” series.

When Jim Erdle came to talk about his antique tractor collection, the room was almost full to capacity.

Through a partnership between Wood Library and AARP, over 350 senior citizens have had their taxes done at the library to date, with another 100 appointments still to go.

The public response to our new space and programs has been overwhelming to say the least. After these programs, I often want to pinch myself to see if I am indeed dreaming.

Technology has also been taking off at Wood Library in so many ways offering the latest in technology services. In the months of February and March, Ben Lainhart, our Emerging Technologies Librarian, has seen close to 50 people needing help with their digital devices during his Open Tech Hours. In the addition, we have also added a self-checkout machine, allowing patrons to grab their items and go without waiting in lines. With public computer usage climbing (users logged on 1,544 times in February), we have installed four additional computers upstairs.

More comfortable seating and study spaces can be found throughout the building as well. These seats are frequently occupied by teachers tutoring students, business people typing away on laptops, teens devouring the latest fiction, children and their parents sharing a story, or just friends wanting a quiet place to catch up. We are happy to offer this space to everyone in the community.

Thanks to hundreds of donors, Wood Library is now able to fulfill our mission to become a community destination where people are welcome to explore their curiosity and engage in lifelong learning from the library’s many offerings whether it is from a book, website, program, or from one another.

– Jenny Goodemote, Executive Director

Mar 262014


Local artist Jeremy Bach will be displaying his paintings, photographs, and poetry in the Ewing Room at Wood Library from March 24th – April 30th.

Additionally, he will hold a poetry reading on April 13th @ 1PM.

In Jeremy’s own words:
The name of the show is “The Dreams I Dream” and is based on the premise that imagination and day dreaming are the equivalent to our dreams at night. An artist spends most of his/her waking moments in this dream like state. Currently sixteen pieces of paintings and photography will be displayed along with a poem for each piece of art telling the story.

Feb 102014

We are thrilled to announce the successful completion of Wood Library’s New Chapter Capital Campaign and the opening of our new building addition.  Contributions ranging from $10 to $550,000 from 636 generous donors made this possible.

The new space will make the library more accessible and allow us to offer enhanced services.  We will be able to provide better service and more programs, offer additional community meeting space and a larger Children’s Library, and provide better working conditions, more accessible restrooms and a new reliable conveniently-located elevator.

We will host an open house on Friday, February 14, 2014, from 10 am and 5 pm for the public.  Stop by and see for yourself how we’ve made your community library a better place!

Several years ago the Wood Library Board of Trustees conducted a space and needs assessment and determined that major facility improvements were required to better meet community needs.  Forty years had passed since any major capital investments had been made to the library building.

In 2006 a decision was made to renovate and add onto the existing building.  Planning and fund raising began.  By 2011 funds for the renovation were raised and the renovation was completed.  The remaining funds were raised and the addition is now complete.  Wood Library has been transformed and is better than ever!

We can provide better service with the same level of staffing

  • The Bill Rayburn Children’s Library has been expanded and it now includes a family seating area and toddler play area.
  • A new first-floor 120-seat Mary Parmele Hamlin Community Meeting Room that can be divided into two rooms and is available for community use.
  • Four more computers for the public to use.  Library computers are in high demand because many people do not have access to the Internet or computers at home.
  • A new popular materials area on the first floor featuring new books, DVDs and audio-books near the checkout on the ground floor.
  • A new Welcome Desk for patrons to get information and assistance.
  • Faster checkout with a new automated station and more convenient reserved materials pick-up area.
  • A new elevator near the entrance which meets the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • New office and work space for better operations.

The library’s Board of Trustees has made fiscal responsibility a priority—

  • The renovation and addition were funded by donations and grants.  Both phases of the project were completed under budget and we did not start construction until we had the money raised.
  • No local tax dollars were used.

We are grateful for all of the generous people who made this project possible and for our dedicated staff that makes the library work so well.  We hope you will visit us often and enjoy the services the library offers.  Check our website, www.woodlibrary.org, for programs throughout the year.


Paul Bringewatt, President, Board of Trustees

Jenny Goodemote, Executive Director