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:

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 Hamlin A.  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, December 3rd we will be discussing the following:

  • “The Doomsday Invention” by Raffi Khatchadourian (Nov. 23rd issue | pg. 64)
  • “Save a Horse Ride a Cowgirl” by Ann Beattie (Nov. 23rd issue | pg. 94)
  • “Politics and the New Machine” by Jill Lepore (Nov. 16th issue | pg. 36)

Viola Duet
Thursday, December 3rd | 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Join us for an evening of music with Caroline Diaz and Bridget Kinneary of the Eastman School. The violists will perform multiple duets including the Kenji Bunch Viola Duets and the Stamitz Viola Duets.

About the musicians:
Bridget Kinneary will graduate from the Eastman School in December with a Bachelors of Music in Viola Performance and Music Education. She has performed with the Eastman Philharmonia, Musica Nova, OSSIA New Music Ensemble, the Texas Music Festival Orchestra, and the Sound Exchange Project.
Caroline Diaz
graduated from the Eastman School in May with a degree in Viola Performance with a minor in American Sign Language. She has played in masterclasses with renowned musicians such as Kim Kashkashian, Michael Tree, Ivo-Jan van der Werff, Karen Ritscher, the Ying Quartet, and the Juilliard Quartet. Caroline currently studies with George Taylor and is completing a second degree in Music Education.

The Canandaigua Writers Group
Friday, December 4th | 10:30 AM – 12:30 p.m.
The Canandaigua Writers Group welcomes anyone who has an interest in writing. Share your original stories, poems, memoirs, and more in a supportive, learning community of fellow writers.

Local History Author’s Book Sale and Signing
Saturday, December 5th | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
A group of local history authors from Canandaigua and the Finger Lakes region will hold a joint book sale and signing of their works at Wood Library.

Many of the books and materials are on sale in the gift shops of local historical societies throughout the region, which often are open only during limited hours. Having a joint sale at a central location will enable readers interested in local history to browse the selections and have their books signed by the authors for their home libraries or in time for gift-giving during the upcoming holiday season.

Among the participating authors and their books are:

  • Babette Huber, Victor Town Historian: Images of America: Victor and Victor, New York: From Centennial to Bicentennial
  • Carol Truesdale, Rochester, N.Y.: When Camp Onanda Gives Her Call
  • Reginald Neale, Farmington, N.Y.: The Farmington Railroad Tragedy of 1900, Images of America: Farmington and Images of America: Macedon
  • Ray Henry, Canandaigua Town Historian: Memories of the Heart, Memories of the Heart II, The Natural Science Camp of Tichenor Point and publications from the Tours of Barns
  • Joy Lewis, Richmond Town Historian: The Sixth Day
  • Katherine M. Aldridge, Macedon, N.Y.: No Freedom Shrieker: The Civil War Letters of Charles Biddlecom
  • Marci Diehl, Canandaigua, N.Y.: What You Don’t Know Now
  • John Robortella: Writing Home: Civil War Letters from the Hinchey Family Archive, Frogleg George: The Legend No One Really Knew, The Farmington Railroad Tragedy of 1900 and reprints of historical maps and prints from Ontario and Yates counties
  • Nila Repard, Canandaigua, N.Y.: Great Tales by Jerry (Jake) Repard, As I Remember by Edna Repard and James Richmond’s California Story by James Richmond

Essential Oils Holiday Gift Make & Take
Thursday, December 10th | 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
You’ve been curious about essential oils but you’re not quite sure what to do with them, right?  This session will deepen your understanding about the basics of essential oils and demonstrate how to use them. Participants will make foaming soap, foot scrub, atomizer and a bath fizzy to take home. $15 materials fee. Advanced registration and payment are required.

Popcorn & a Movie: Holiday Inn
Tuesday, December 15th | 2:30 p.m.
Join us for a screening of the 1942 Christmas time classic Holiday Inn starring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire and Marjorie Reynolds (runtime 100 min.).

Alzheimer’s Association | Healthy Habits
Tuesday, December 15th | 6:30 – 8:00 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.

Alzheimer’s Association | Driving & Dementia
Tuesday, February 16th | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Explore how the disease can affect a person’s ability to drive, their senses and reaction times. Learn about local resources for driver evaluations and strategies for talking about when to stop driving.

Alzheimer’s Association | Family Dynamics and Conflicts
Tuesday, March 15th | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Dementia changes family dynamics and can lead to conflict. Explore the importance of family support and involvement, as well as options for intervention.

Alzheimer’s Association | Personal Care
Tuesday, April 19th | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Learn how dementia, the environment and communication affect the way a person responds to personal care. Topics will include eating, bathing, dressing, toileting and dental care.


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 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] 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.