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 reading for our May 28 discussion is as follows:


  •  “A Whole New Ball Game” by D.T. Max (May 16 issue | pg. 40)
  •  “Feel Me” by Adam Gopnik (May 16 issue | pg. 56)
  •  “A Life of Adventure and Delight” by Akhil Sharma (May 16 issue | pg. 78)



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!

Fisher_holding_Lake_troutSeasonal Movements and Tactics for Catching Lake Trout with Paul Nagel 
Thursday, June 2 | 7:00—8:15 PM
Paul Nagel of Canandaigua Fishing has more than 20 years experience fishing the clear, fresh waters of the Finger Lakes. His presentation will cover the seasonal migration of lake trout, incorporating tips and tactics for catching them by trolling and vertical jigging. Registration requestedSign up, here!
Film Series: Jack Garner’s Favorite Films
The Searchers  (119 min.), directed by John Ford
Tuesday, June 14 | 6:45—8:45 PM
Thursday, June 16 | 1:00—3:00 PM
Monday, June 20 | 1:00—3:00 PM
In anticipation of Jack Garner’s October 16 Ewing Forum Lecture, Wood Library is screening the author and former film critic’s favorite movies. The Searchers, starring John Wayne, is an indelible story of the frontier and the man and women who challenged it. Jack Garner says: “This film has grown in stature in my eyes, most recently surpassing High Noon and Shane as my nominee for the greatest western. John Wayne is fabulous as a man in search of his niece, either to kill her or to save her. Here Wayne eloquently defeats all those who belittle his abilities as an actor.”
Slim Down Our Town: An Informal Discussion About Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome & the Obesity Epidemic with Dr. Ann Miller
Thursday, June 16 | 6:30—7:30
Dr. Ann Miller invites members of the community to come together for an informative open discussion about diabetes, metabolic syndrome and the obesity epidemic. Registration requested. 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!

ArtJournalMixed Media Art Journaling with Barb Rauscher
Thursday, June 30 | 6:30—8:00 PM
Thursday, July 7 | 6:30—8:00
Discover your unique, individual style of creative expression by exploring the techniques, products and mediums of the ever-evolving form of artistic expression… mixed media! You don’t have to be an “artist” or have any experience to enjoy this two-part class where we will begin your own art journal. Art journaling is all about expression and the creative process. You will take common art supplies, an open book and an open mind and combine them into pages that are full of color, shapes and words – all with no rules or restrictions! Come play and see where your creativity will take you! Advanced registration and payment required. Sign up, here!
Cost: $10.00 per registrant. All materials will be provided.

60 Minutes of Meditation with Dr. Maria Saavedra
Thursday, July 14 | 7:00—8:00 PM
Take 60 minutes out of your day to exercise your mind and enjoy some relaxation. Learn and practice mindfulness meditation, meditation for self-inquiry, and guided meditations. This is an interactive workshop that will include a discussion about mindfulness and other meditative practices from around the world as well as plenty of time to test drive some meditations. Presented by Dr. Maria Saavedra, Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Registration requested. Sign up, here!

Air Plant TerrariumMake Your Own Air Plant Terrarium with Sigriet Ferrer
Saturday, July 30 | 10:30—11:30 AM
Introduce a charming botanical element of décor into your home, while bringing new, vibrant life indoors with your very own air plant terrarium! Air Plants or Tillandsia, are lovely and almost self-sufficient plants, which make for fun and easy-to-maintain indoor gardens. Air plants, as their name implies, thrive on mostly air, and occasionally require some water. In this class, you will make and personalize your very own air plant terrarium.  Air plant terrariums are living and breathing works of art that will add character to your home or office space; they also make great gifts! All materials are provided, but if you’d like to add your very own special touch, feel free to bring your own miniature decorative accents. Advanced registration and payment required. Sign up, here!
Cost: $10.00 per registrant. All materials will be provided.

04 Dutch Hoag in 96 at Canandaigua Speedway in 54 50 lap raceFord Easton Author Visit
Thursday, August 4 | 7:00—8:00
Noted author and racing historian, Ford Easton will be presenting an overview and doing book signings for his book Stock Car Racing in the ’50s with pictures and memories from Western New York, including Canandaigua Speedway) and Northwestern Pennsylvania. Easton, a native of Friendship, NY in the 40’s and 50’s grew up in this most exciting period of stock car racing and has written his book covering 48 tracks in 230 pages that operated in the 50’s in these two States. The author will have books available for purchase.

Introduction to Watercolors with Barb Rauscher
Thursday, August 18 | 6:30—8:30
If you’ve always wanted to explore watercolor painting then this is the class for you. Participants will learn a series of techniques and complete an informal painting. Advanced registration and payment required.  Sign up, here!
Cost: $10.00 per registrant. All materials will be provided.

Documentary Screening: Not My Life
Thursday, August 25 | 7:00 PM
Not My Life is a 2011 American independent documentary film about human trafficking and contemporary slavery. It was written, produced, and directed by Robert Bilheimer. Filming of Not My Life took four years to complete, and documented human trafficking in 13 countries. It addresses many forms of slavery, including the military use of children in Uganda, involuntary servitude in the United States, forced begging and garbage picking in India, sex trafficking in Europe and Southeast Asia, and other kinds of child abuse.


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.