Our Services

Wood Library offers educational and social programs for adults of all ages and reading levels through a variety of materials, services, and programs. Programs offered include book discussion groups, author visits, film screenings, crafts, clubs and workshops, lectures on current events, and much more.

Wood Library is also active within the Canandaigua community and is always happy to make new connections. If you would like to suggest a new idea or partnership, send us an email or call us today!

The New Yorker Discussion Group
Thursdays | 3:00 PM—4:00 PM

Readers of this popular magazine meet every week. “Required readings” are chosen by group members weekly.

For the November 15 discussion:

From the 11/5/18 issue:

p. 18 Golden Boy 2.0

p. 28 The Eleventh Hour

p. 34 The Day the Great Plains Burned

p. 54 Backpack

Caption the cartoon

Adult Book Discussion Group with Carol Cimino

The Adult Book Discussion Group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 2:00 PM unless otherwise noted. Note: This group does not meet during the months of December, July, and August

July: Off
August: Off
September: The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw
October: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
November: The World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne
December: Off

Alzheimer’s Association
Registration required. To register for a class please call 800-272-3900.

October 16    6:00-7:00     Topic: Dementia Conversations

November 20    6:00-7:00     Topic: Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

December 18    6:00-7:00     Topic: Effective Communication Strategies

The Canandaigua Writers Group

The Canandaigua Writers Group meets on the first Friday of the month from 10:30 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.

There is an optional social period from 10:00 to 10:30.

2018 Schedule: January 5, February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1, July 13, August 3, September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7

Career Navigator
By Appointment

Need help with your resume? Want advice on how to find a job? Want to practice your interview skills? Literacy Volunteers of Ontario-Yates volunteer Nancy Fedick can help! Call 394-1381 to request an appointment.

Finger Lakes Writers for Literacy

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 under-served niche market of readers.

Kingston Thriller Book Club

The Kingston Thriller Book Club is a book club for lovers of Thriller, Suspense and Mysteries novels.

November 27, 5:30 PM: The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

December: off

January 29, 5:30 PM: The Dry by Jane Harper

Open Tech Hours
Fridays | 2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Stymied by technology?  Bring devices and questions! First come, first served.

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.

Wood Library Café

The café meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month, 10 AM to noon, unless otherwise noted. 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 during the warmer seasons. For more information, contact Elaine Walker at

Reflections on Martin Luther King’s legacy on the 50th anniversary of his assassination
Sunday, November 4 | 2:00 —4:00 PM

Rev. William Wilkinson, civil rights leaders, Kit Miller, director, Gandhi Institute for Non-Violence, and Arun Gandhi; grandson of Mahatma. Co-sponsors: 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse and Wood Library. This program is made possible by a grant from Humanities New York.

Computer Classes for Seniors: Intro to Windows
Wednesday, November 7 & Wednesday, November 14 | 10:00 AM—12:00 PM

This is a 2 session course for beginners who have little or no knowledge of computers. Will cover very basic computer skills and knowledge such as hardware, software and software types, folders, files, do’s & don’ts, cut, copy, paste, and more. Prereq: None Must be 60+ & an Ontario Co resident.

Monday Night Movie: Christopher Robin
Monday, November 12 | 6:30 —8:30 PM

A working-class family man, Christopher Robin, encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life. Rated PG. (104 mins)

Book Discussion Club
Tuesday, November 13 | 2:00 —3:30 PM

Reading: The World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne

HWS Speaker Series: Is There (Was There?) Life on Mars?
Thursday, November 15 | 7:00 —8:30 PM

Astronomer Percival Lowell thought there were irrigation canals on Mars. Mariner missions, Viking missions and the Mars Exploration Rover missions have changed and expanded our knowledge. The Mars Rover Curiosity is still sending more information. There’s no water on the surface, but what about below? HWS’s Dr. Arens will review what we know and where else in the solar system exobiologists are looking to see if we are not alone.