May 182016

Canandaigua City School District voters approve
$8,000 increase in community-based funding for Wood Library.

By an unofficial count of 1,176 to 585, a funding proposition to secure an additional $8,000 in public funds for Wood Library has passed. Community-based funding for the library will now stand at $630,000, an increase of 1.28%, starting with the October 2016 tax bill.

“We appreciate everyone who took time to vote today,” expressed Library Director Jenny Goodemote after the polls closed Tuesday night. “Support for the library’s mission is strong, and 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 fund the quality, in-demand library services and programs that the Canandaigua community needs and 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 $630,000 on an annual basis. This will amount to an additional 53 cents for the 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 donations to fully fund its annual operating budget, projected to be $870,000 in 2017.

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. Learn more about Wood Library at or contact Library Director Jenny Goodemote at 585-394- 1381.

Feb 182016

“Scenic Splendor – The Beauty of Nature”

Acrylic, Oil , Watercolor and Pastel paintings of the Finger Lakes Region
by Denise Van Deroef – Artist/ Art Educator

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Wood Library will host an art exhibit by Denise Van Deroef titled ‘Scenic Splendor – The Beauty of Nature’ which will run from April 13 through May 31 in the Ewing Family Community Room. A public opening reception with light refreshments will be held on Saturday, April 16 from 1:00-3:30 PM.

From the artist…

Living in Ontario County is an easy way to be inspired artistically. We are surrounded by beautiful scenery at every turn and in every season. It is one of the reasons my husband and I decided to move here to the Finger Lakes when we retired. 

I was inspired to get busy painting and involved in the local arts activities. I soon joined the Ontario County Arts Council and now serve on the Board of Directors, participate and coordinate the OCAC Rotating Art Exhibits in the county. My work has been exhibited in Juried shows including “Woman Artists of the Finger Lakes” in Canandaigua and Small Works at Main Street Arts in Clifton Springs, and exhibit at other local galleries.

I received my art education and teaching certificate from Kean University of NJ and began teaching in 1972. I did graduate work in Art Ed. and Fine Arts at Montclair University (NJ), School of Visual Arts in NYC, and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. I retired from teaching in 2009, from Morris Hills Regional High School in NJ.

I now enjoy painting more intensely in my own studio in oils, acrylics and watercolors and pastels. My current paintings reflect the scenic beauty of our region of New York, done in a realistic manner.  

I currently teach art lessons for adults and children at the Bristol Library, where I am a Trustee. Recently, I started a new series of art instruction classes for adults and teens at the Bloomfield Library.

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.

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.