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:

Adult Summer Reading 2015
June 25th – August 31st
Why should kids get to have all the fun? Wood Library is offering a summer reading program for adults this June through August. There is no need to register, simply pick up a bingo board (or download here) and start reading. Every time you achieve bingo, your name will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift card of your choice and a Nook Simple Touch. Completed bingo boards must be returned to the library by August 31st. Watch out for other ways to win at Wood Library this summer!

NEW! The New Yorker Magazine Discussion Group
Thursdays | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
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 the Ewing Room.  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] Advance registration is appreciated.
On Thursday, September 3 we will be discussing the following selections from the AUGUST 24 issue:

  • “Starting Over” by Malcolm Gladwell (pg. 32);
  • “These Short, Dark Days” by Alice McDermott (pg. 58);
  • and the poems “The Small Country” (pg. 36) and “Dissolution” (pg. 60)

We will also be revisiting one story from the AUGUST 10 & 17 double issue:

  • “Learning to Speak Lingerie” (pg. 56)

Genealogy Lecture Series | Immigration & Naturalization Part I: The Immigration Experience through 1890
Thursday, September 10th | 6:30 p.m.
Learn to find and use ship passenger lists and naturalization records. Explore what the voyage was like and the laws governing your ancestors’ arrival to America. Presented by Louise Furber, librarian and genealogist. Advance registration is appreciated.

Adult Book Discussion Group with Carol Cimino
Tuesday, September 15th | 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
PBSOrphanTrainAs a follow up to the group’s discussion of Christina Baker Kline’s The Orphan Train, at this session we’ll be watching the PBS documentary American Experience: The Orphan Trains.


Alzheimer’s Association | Know the Ten Warning Signs
Tuesday, September 15th | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Learn to recognize the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging, and it’s important to understand what changes could signal a problem.

Essential Oils 101 Plus Make + Take
Thursday, September 24 | 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Have you wondered what all the hoopla is about essential oils and why so many people are using this amazing “plant power” to support their health and wellness? Perhaps you’re curious to know: What exactly are essential oils? How, when and why would I use them? Join us for a fun class and Make + Take! Advance registration is required. Cost $6.00–payment will be accepted on the evening of the event.

Genealogy Lecture Series | Immigration & Naturalization Part II: The Immigration Experience 1891-1965
Thursday, October 8th | 6:30 p.m.
Explore immigration record sources. Learn about the new laws regulating entry to America and the Ellis Island experience. Presented by Louise Furber, librarian and genealogist. Advance registration is appreciated.

Documentary Screening: Shoulders to Stand On
Thursday, October 15th | 7:00 – 8:45
In the 90-minute documentary video, Shoulders to Stand On: The History of the LGBT Community of Rochester, directed by Kevin J. Indovino, Rochester takes center stage in a documentary about a city that has always been at the forefront of social change and justice: a strong voice during the abolition movement, civil rights and women’s liberation. Inspired by the spirit of a city renowned for the legacies of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, Rochester’s LGBT community would set the bar for gay activism and religious tolerance. Audiences are engaged through very personal stories to experience the courage, sacrifice and accomplishments of our early pioneers from pre-Stonewall through New York’s most recent success for the New York LGBT community, Marriage Equality in June of 2011. Advanced registration is appreciated; refreshments will be served.

Alzheimer’s Association | Financial and Legal Issues
Tuesday, October 20th | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Learn what legal and financial issues to consider after a dementia diagnosis and what factors to address as you look to the future.

Canandaigua Writers Group Local Writers Read
Tuesday, October 20th | 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy stories, poems and more written and read by members of the Canandaigua Writers Group. Refreshments will be served.

Alzheimer’s Association | Managing Grief and Guilt
Tuesday, November 17th | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Explore why individuals feel guilty and share communication tips for handling guilt. The session will also cover the causes and responses of grief for those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s Association | Healthy Habits
Tuesday, December 15th | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Healthy Habits is designed to provide current research and practical information on ways to age well. The program begins with an overview of how humans age and how the brain works. The workshop is organized into four areas: cognitive activity, physical health and exercise, diet and nutrition and social engagement. Take a holistic approach to wellness as you age.



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.
PBS Documentary | American Experience: The Orphan Trains
Tuesday, September 15th | 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
As a follow up to the group’s discussion of Christina Baker Kline’s The Orphan Train, at this session we’ll be watching the PBS documentary American Experience: The Orphan Trains.



Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Tuesday, October 20th | 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Summary: “They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose. Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life–steady boyfriend, close family–who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident. Will has always lived a huge life–big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel–and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy–but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living. A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common–a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart? “–Provided by publisher.


Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project by Jack Mayer
Tuesday, November 17th | 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Summary: “
During World War II, Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker, organized a rescue network of fellow social workers to save 2,500 Jewish children from certain death in the Warsaw ghetto. Incredibly, after the war her heroism, like that of many others, was suppressed by communist Poland and remained virtually unknown for 60 years. Unknown, that is, until three high school girls from an economically depressed, rural school district in southeast Kansas stumbled upon a tantalizing reference to Sendler’s rescues, which they fashioned into a history project, a play they called Life in a Jar. Their innocent drama was first seen in Kansas, then the Midwest, then New York, Los Angeles, Montreal, and finally Poland, where they elevated Irena Sendler to a national hero, championing her legacy of tolerance and respect for all people. Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project is a Holocaust history and more. It is the inspirational story of Protestant students from Kansas, each carrying her own painful burden, each called in her own complex way to the history of a Catholic woman who knocked on Jewish doors in the Warsaw ghetto and, in Sendler’s own words, “tried to talk the mothers out of their children.” Inspired by Irena Sendler, they are living examples of the power of one person to change the world and models for young people everywhere.”–Provided by the publisher.


Computer Classes

Every month Wood Library offers several computer classes that are free and open to the public. All skill levels are welcome. Registration required for many of the programs. See for more information.  

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 6:30pm the third Wednesday of the month (unless otherwise noted) during September, October, and November followed by a January potluck. Meeting place alternates between library and museum. The group reads 3 books and watches one documentary on a theme. The 2014 theme is the Prohibition Era.  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] by July 31st.

Wood Library Café

The café meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month, 10am 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.

Wood Walkers

The Wood Walkers, a walking club for seniors, meets in the library parking lot every Monday morning at 9:00. For more information, contact Elaine at 394-1948.

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