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 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] Advance registration is appreciated.

02_01_16-400The readings for our February 11th meeting are as follows:

  • “The Duel” by Ryan Lizza (Feb. 1 issue | pg. 38)
  • “Baby Doe” by Jill Lepore (Feb. 1 issue | pg. 46)
  • “The Philosophers” by Adam Ehrlich Sachs (Feb. 1 issue | pg. 58)


Wood Library / Hobart & William Smith Speaker Series | Our Weather Comes from…Where?
Presented by Nick Metz, Assistant Professor of Geoscience
Thursday, February 11th | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. 
Recent research has shown that forecasters often need to look half a globe away to truly understand how the weather will develop across the U.S. Changes in weather around the world impact us locally. This broader viewpoint is especially necessary when a typhoon is present in the western Pacific near Asia. As an example, this presentation will discuss the mechanisms by which western Pacific typhoons helped spawn significant weather events across the U.S., including the 84 inches of snow that fell near Buffalo last year.

QueenOfTheFall“Rochester Reads” Book Discussion
Thursday, February 18th | 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. 
Join us for a discussion of “Rochester Reads” author Sonja Livingston’s memoir Queen of the Fall: A Memoir of Girls and Goddesses. Multiple copies are available through Wood Library and the Pioneer Library System. Registration requested. Sign up here!


coloredpencilsDe-Stress with Adult Coloring
Tuesday, February 23rd | 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Take an hour out of your day to de-stress and creatively express yourself. All materials will be provided. Registration requested. Sign up here! 

From the Halls of Montezuma to the Hills of Gettysburg
Presented by John Norvell
Thursday, February 25th | 7:00 – 8:15
John E. Norvell, a former Air Force Lt. Col. and Assistant Professor of Military History at the Air Force Academy, will discuss 19th Century War through the eyes of his great grandfather, Freeman Norvell (1827-1881), who was a Marine in Mexico, later a Colonel in the Civil War, and resigned his commission for alcohol related  PTSD. Norvell, was lucky he survived the war, as did his 5 brothers who also fought.  Many did not and as with the case of Norvell, the war was never far from them. The so-called adventure of war often gave way to the realities of death and destruction that men such as Norvell carried with them the rest of their lives. Registration requested. Sign up here!

Our Alaskan Odyssey: Cruising the Inside Passage and Beyond
Thursday, March 10th | 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Explore our 49th state via a round trip cruise from Seattle, Washington. The forested islands along the Inside Passage give way to the raw beauty of the Hubbard Glacier and Tracy Arm. Discover the Native Tlingit culture at remote Icy Strait Point, the Gold Rush days of Ketchikan and Juneau, and the Russian influences on Kodiak and Sitka. From the cosmopolitan port of Anchorage to the wildlife centers in Homer and Kodiak, find out why Alaska is truly the Great Land.  A travelogue presented by Terry Mulee and Lisa Wemett.

sonjalivingstonbw-271x350“If All of Rochester Reads the Same Book”
Meet Author Sonja Livingston

Tuesday, March 15th | 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Author Sonja Livingston will discuss her book 
Queen of the Fall: A Memoir of Girls and Goddesses, the selected title for “If All of Rochester Reads the Same Book.” A Q&A and book signing will follow the discussion. The event is free and open to the public.

About the book:  Sonja Livingston’s Queen of the Fall considers the lives of women. Exploring the legacies of those she has crossed paths with in life and in the larger culture, Livingston weaves together strands of memory with richly imagined vignettes to explore becoming a woman in late 1980s and early 1990s America. Along the way, the award-winning memoirist brings us face-to-face with herself as an inner-city girl—trying to imagine a horizon beyond poverty, fearful of her fertility and the limiting arc of teenage pregnancy.

Come Along on a Mystery Trip
Thursday, May 12th | 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
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.


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.

QueenOfTheFallTuesday, February 16th | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Queen of the Fall: A Memoir of Girls and Goddesses by Sonja Livingston



Tuesday, March 15th | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Clara and Mr. Tiffany: A Novel by Susan Vreeland



Tuesday, April 19th | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar


A Man Called Ove

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



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



Alzheimer’s Association

Tuesday, February 16th | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Topic: Driving & Dementia
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.

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

Tuesday, April 19th | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Topic: Personal Care
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.

Tuesday, May 17th | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
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 p.m.
Topic: End of Life
Discuss late stage signs, levels of medical care, and the importance of honoring individual wishes.

The Canandaigua Writers Group

The Canandaigua Writers Group meets on the first Friday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (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 p.m. 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

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 p.m. 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, 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.
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. As of November 30, 2015, the group will meet at the VA (building 7) and walk indoors. For more information, contact Elaine Walker at [email protected]

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