Wood Library offers recreation, education, and information for adults of all ages and reading levels through a variety of materials, services, and programs.
Please contact Amy at [email protected] if you have program suggestions.

Upcoming Programs:

The New Yorker Magazine Discussion Group
Thursdays | 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Calling all culture junkies, political animals, and New Yorker devotees and newbies alike; The New Yorker discussion group meets every Thursday from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. in Hamlin B.  The “required readings” are chosen by group members weekly and posted to the library’s online calendar. The library has a subscription to The New Yorker and electronic access through OverDrive.  For more information email [email protected] registration is appreciated.

The readings for our May 5 discussion are as follows:


  • 04_25_16-400“Long Play” by Adam Gopnik (April 25 issue | pg. 46)
  • “In Living Color” by Emily Nussbaum (April 25 issue | pg. 58 )
  • “Waiting for the Miracle” by Lara Vapnyar (April 25 issue | pg. 80)
  • The Cartoons



Film Series: Jack Garner’s Favorite Films
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (98 min.), directed by Preston Sturges
Wednesday, May 4 | 1:00—3:00 PM
Thursday, May 12 | 1:00—3:00 PM
Monday, May 16 | 6:45—8:45 PM
In anticipation of Jack Garner’s October 16 Ewing Forum Lecture, Wood Library is showing three of the author and former film critic’s favorite movies: On the Waterfront, The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek, and The Searchers. In The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek, starring Betty Hutton and Eddie Bracken, a small-town girl wakes up to find herself married and pregnant after an all-night send-off party for the troops, but with no memory of her husband’s identity. Jack Garner says: “The funniest movie of my experience. A masterpiece from the always underrated genius of film comedy.” Coming soon: The Searchers (6/14, 6/16, 6/20).

A Celebration of Seed
Presented by Petra Page-Mann, Fruition Seeds
Thursday, May 5 | 7:00—8:00 PM
Start spring with a fresh appreciation of the significance of  seed! Seeds are the foundation of our food, our clothes and indeed our civilization. Come celebrate the rich history, present possibility and future hope of saving seed with Finger Lakes native, lifelong seedsaver and co-founder of Fruition Seeds, Petra Page-Mann. Registration requested. Sign up, here!

TheCookieFightPlays Sandwiched In: The Cookie Fight
Monday, May 9 | 12:00 PM – 2:00PM

David Shane, Associate Artistic Director of Bristol Valley Theatre, will be giving audiences a sneak peek of the upcoming play, The Cookie Fight, a world premiere comedy playing at BVT August 11-21. Learn about Joy and her brothers who return home to divide their mother’s estate…including the last ball of frozen dough for a final batch of Mom’s Christmas cookies. Mix in family secrets , sibling rivalry, and old flames rekindled, and this world premiere comedy is a recipe for dysfunctional family fun.

TaughannockCome Along on a Mystery Trip
Thursday, May 12 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Don’t let a “staycation” become stale!  “Kidnap” your favorite travel companion and go on a road trip—just don’t tell them where you are headed.  Lisa Wemett and Terry Mulee have taken each other on a variety of day-long “mystery trips” throughout western NYS and the Finger Lakes including Ithaca, Buffalo, and many small towns in between, exploring and photographing gardens, scenic views, and art in places you might least expect to find them.  All locales will be revealed with addresses so you can plan your own day trips. A travelogue presented by Terry Mulee and Lisa Wemett. Registration requested. Sign up here!

PeterAndTheStarcatcherPlays Sandwiched In: Peter and the Starcatcher
Monday, May 16 | 12:00 PM – 2:00PM
Karin Bowersock, Artistic Director of Bristol Valley Theatre, will be giving audiences a sneak peek of the upcoming play,Peter and the Starcatcher, which will be playing at BVT July 14-24. It’s the Neverland you never knew! This spectacular grown up’s prequel to Peter Pan will win the hearts of adults and children alike. A swash-buckling, rollicking musical imagining of how Peter became the boy who wouldn’t grow up!

History in Your Own Backyard
Presented by Harvey Limbeck, Friends of Ganondagan
Thursday, May 19 | 7:00—8:15 PM
Join us for a discussion about the early New York inhabitants of this area. Learn about the origin of the Iroquois Confederacy, the lifestyle of its residents, their interaction with European settlers, the fur trade and the Beaver Wars. Presented by Harvey Limbeck, a long time resident of Victor who has been a trail guide and interpreter for more than 20 years at Ganondagan State Historic Site. Registration requested. Sign up, here!

Dennis 2014 A (Small)Classical Guitar Recital
Featuring Dennis Repino
Sunday, May 22 | 2:00—3:00 PM
Dr. Repino has performed throughout Western New York and Pennsylvania, appearing in concerto, as a soloist, and as a member of the Fredonia Guitar Quartet, the Chadwick Bay Guitar Duo, and most recently the Rochester Guitar Duo with Timothy Shannon. Besides being a performer, Dr. Repino is also a successful instructor of the guitar. For over a decade, students of all ages have gained from Dennis’ experience, with many going on to music schools or professional playing careers. Dr. Repino currently holds teaching positions at Finger Lakes Community College and Mobile Music. He is a published composer and has recorded two compact discs of original works as well as a C.D. of holiday music.

AARP Safe Driver Course
Tuesday, May 24 | 9:00 AM—12:30 PM &Thursday, May 26 | 9:00 AM—12:30
Learn safe driving skills and earn a discount on auto insurance. You must attend both sessions to receive credit. $20 AARP members, $25 non-AARP members. Registration required. Sign up, here!

Scenic Paint Along in Acrylics with Denise Van Deroef 
Thursday, May 26 | 3:00—5:00 PM
Learn to paint a spring landscape in ten easy steps with regional artist/educator Denise Van Deroef. We will be using easy clean up Acrylic paints to create an entire painting in 2 hours. Bring your own supplies (view supply list here) and learn how to paint using an easy layering method with painting knives, brushes and sponges to work with this fast drying artistic medium. Denise’s landscape paintings are currently on display at the Wood Library through May 31. Class size limited to 12 participants. Registration is required. Sign up, here!
What’s the Skinny on Fats | Get the Facts About Fat: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Presented by Rebecca Brotzman, MS, RD, CDN
Thursday, June 23 | 7:00—8:15 PM
Did you know that fat is actually a vital part of any weight loss program? The right use of fat is critical for maintaining a healthy weight and preventing and treating chronic diseases. Find out which fats are anti-inflammatory and helpful for weight loss and which are pro-inflammatory and detrimental to health. You will probably be surprised by what you learn! Registration requested. Sign up, here!


Ongoing Programs:

Adult Book Discussion Group with Carol Cimino

The Adult Book Discussion Group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 2:00 PM.  All are welcome, but please come ready to discuss. Note: this group does not meet during the months of December, July, and August.

A Man Called Ove

Tuesday, May 17th | 2:00 – 3:00 PM
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman



Tuesday, June 21st | 2:00 – 3:00 PM
My Notorious Life: A Novel by Kate Manning



Alzheimer’s Association

Tuesday, May 17th | 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Topic: Managing Challenging Behaviors
Changes in the brain also mean changes in behavior, such as repetitive actions, aggression, wandering, agitation and suspicious thoughts. Learn possible reasons for these behaviors and how to handle these situations.

Tuesday, June 21st | 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Topic: End of Life
Discuss late stage signs, levels of medical care, and the importance of honoring individual wishes.

Tuesday, September 20th | 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Topic: The Basics: Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease
Explore what distinguishes Alzheimer’s disease from normal aging, how Alzheimer’s is diagnosed and what community resources are available.

The Canandaigua Writers Group

The Canandaigua Writers Group meets on the first Friday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 PM (unless otherwise noted). Share your original stories, poems, memoirs, and more in a supportive, learning community of fellow writers.
2016 Schedule: January 8, February 5, March 4, April 8, May 6, June 3, July 8, August 5, September 9, October 7, November 4, December 2.

Finger Lakes Writers for Literacy

Finger Lakes Writers for Literacy meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. FLWFL works to improve the skills of adults who are learning to read. They welcome all writers who want to try their hand at penning prose for this often ignored and underserved niche market of readers.
2016 Schedule: January 27, February 24, March 23, April 27, May 25, June 22, July 27, September 28, October 26, November 30.

History Book Club

The History Book Club is a partnership between Wood Library and the Ontario County Historical Society and Museum. The History Book Club meets at OCHS at 6:30pm the third Wednesday of the month (unless otherwise noted) during September, October, and November followed by a January potluck. The group reads 3 books and watches one documentary on a theme. The 2015 theme is transportation.  The club began in Fall 2007 with a grant from the New York State Council on the Humanities. Note: this is NOT a drop-in book discussion. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Preston Pierce, OCHS Educator, at 394-4975 or [email protected] .

Parkinson’s Support Group

The Parkinson’s Support Group of the Finger Lakes meets at Wood Library on the last Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 PM All persons with Parkinson’s disease and all care partners of Parkinson’s disease patients are invited to attend.
2016 Schedule: January 27, February 24, March 30, April 27, May 25, June 29, August 31, September 28, October 26, November 30.

Wood Library Café

The café meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month, 10 AM to noon. It serves as a community meeting place where adults can socialize, play board and card games, read newspapers and magazines, and enjoy coffee, tea and items from a mid-morning menu. Conversation Table open to all.
2016 Schedule: January 27, February 24, March 23, April 27, May 25, June 22, August 24, September 28, October 26, November 16.

Wood Walkers

The Wood Walkers, a walking club for seniors, meets in the library parking lot every Monday morning at 9:00 during the warmer seasons. For more information, contact Elaine Walker at [email protected]

For a complete listing of all events visit the Online Calendar.