Mar 232017
Writers and Books’ Rochester Reads pick for 2017 is The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld.

The author will appear at Wood Library on Thursday, March 30, at 10:30AM to discuss her book and work.

This special program is free and open to the public.  Copies of The Enchanted are available at the library. Learn more about Denfeld and her work.

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March 20—April 29

Opening reception Thursday, March 23 | 6:00—8:30 PM

Sarkis is a local artist who grew up in Ottawa, Canada, where she earned her degree in Visual Arts from Algonquin College. Her oil paintings are inspired by organic forms found in nature such as flowers, fruit, landscapes, and on occasion she will experiment with abstracts. Uses of vibrant color reflect the simple beauty in ordinary things which speak soulfully and joyfully through her work. Her photography exhibit focuses on capturing images of cairns (heaps of stones) created from local concretions balanced on each other. Stone staking is a collaborative family pastime.

The artist’s work will be featured in the Ewing Family Community Room gallery on the third floor, as well as the main lobby of the library. The artist’s opening reception will include Wine tasting by Heron Hill Winery. The public is encouraged to come and meet the artist. The gallery is open free of charge to visitors of the library during regular business hours.

Mar 012017

Want to participate in Wood Library’s 5K (3.1 mile) race but nervous about getting in shape and not sure how to start?   Have you run a 5K but want to improve your finish time?

Let us help you overcome your nerves and meet your goals.

Our Couch to 5K program will kick off on Monday, April 24, 2017 and will wrap up just in time for Wood Library’s 5K on Saturday, July 8, 2017.  The 10-week group training program will be led by experienced 5K runner and certified race trainer Lindsay Pennise, with assistance from runner Carrie McKeegan.

Participants will meet on Monday nights from 5:30-6:30PM on these dates:  April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22, June 5, June 12, June 19 and June 26.  We will also meet Tuesday, May 30 and Wednesday, July 5 to accommodate holiday schedules.  Our kick-off meeting will take place at Wood Library.  All other sessions will be held at Canandaigua’s Baker Park (Buffalo St) or at Evans Field (Fort Hill Ave).

The program is free with a 5K race entry by April 21.  You will receive a personalized training program based on your individual goals, experience, and physical ability.

Interested?  You must be at least 16 years old and be registered for the library’s 5K before April 21, 2017.  Spaces are limited!  Direct questions to:  Race Coordinator and trainer Lindsay Pennise, [email protected]


Jan 252017

Books Sandwiched In features book reviews by local readers.  The Monday noon-time series runs through March 27.
Monday, March 6 | Noon-1:00PM

Ontario County Master Gardener Susan Krobusek reviews Hissing Cousins: The Lifelong Rivalry of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth by Marc Peyser and Timothy Dwyer


Monday, March 13 | Noon-1:00PM

Ontario County Historical Society’s Educator Preston Pierce reviews Carrie Chapman Catt:  A Public Life by Jacqueline Van Voris

Monday, March 20 | Noon-1:00PM

Canandaigua Academy student Jenelle Slaughter reviews Marilynne Robinson’s books Gilead and Housekeeping


Monday, March 27 | Noon-1:00PM
Wood Library’s Adult Services Librarian Kristy Bauman reviews the 2017 Rochester Reads novel The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld



Books Sandwiched In is free and open to the public.  Programs last an hour and patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch.  Cookies and beverages are offered by the Centerfield Homemakers.

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 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 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.

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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 Cyndi Fordham, at 585.394.1381 ext 307 or at [email protected] Or, download our Spaces FAQ brochure here.