Jenny joined the staff at Wood Library in 2005 as the Reference and Young Adult Librarian. During the last six years she enhanced teen programming by offering a monthly Teen Nite, a teen baking competition, a recording studio tour, a sandcastle contest, and a summer drama club, to name just a few. She regularly visits the schools and other youth organizations to promote reading. Jenny graduated from the University of New York at Buffalo with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies. Her career highlights include bringing the Big Read, a community read program, to Canandaigua for three consecutive years and being promoted to Assistant Director in 2010 and to Executive Director in 2012. Jenny and her husband, Steve, have a little girl and boy. Jenny is an avid baker and a Buffalo Sabres fan.
Children’s Services Librarian
Mary has been the Children’s Librarian at Wood Library since 1974. During her tenure she has expanded programming for children ages 6 months to 12 years old, created the Time for Twos and Mother Goose Time programs in addition to a wide assortment of summer programs for children and families. She has also implemented the Read-to-Me collections of books and puppets for children and families. She promotes library services by visiting day care centers, schools, churches, and camps. At workshops for parents, child care providers, and teachers, Mary has stressed the importance of reading to children and how to share books. She is also a founding member of the Genesee Storytellers, a professional storytelling troupe, a past officer on the Board of the Youth Services Section of the New York Library Association and currently serves as chair of the Canandaigua Community Reading Partnership, an organization whose goal is to promote literacy throughout the community. Mary and her husband, Kim, have a grown son. In her free time, she likes to travel, tell stories, make flannelboard figures, and create paper-crafting projects.
Teen Services Librarian
Katie joined the library April 2015 as the Teen Services Librarian. She graduated with her BA in Art History from Buffalo State then completed her Master’s in Library and Information Science from University at Buffalo. She joined us from The Strong National Museum of Play where she was a Guest Relations Host working in the galleries. Katie loves running, reading, her cats Cash and June, and art.
Adult Services Librarian
Kristy joined the library in October 2016 as the Adult Services Librarian. She completed her Master’s in Library and Information Science at Kent State University and her Bachelor’s in Media Arts and Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She comes to us from the Arnett Branch Library where she worked as the Young Adult Clerk, and the Rochester Central Library where she worked as the Local History Division Page. While there, she helped to discover a never-before-seen photo of abolitionist Frederick Douglass, kicking off the event titled “Rediscovering Frederick Douglass. This discovery earned Kristy two awards – a Certificate of Recognition and the 2016 Team Meritorious Service Award, both from the Office of the Mayor of Rochester, NY.
Kristy has two dogs and two cats and has been known to keep a few pet rats from time to time. When she isn’t reading, you can find her binge watching Netflix or playing video games.
Executive Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator
Cyndi is the Interlibrary Loan Coordinator, office assistant, and Memorial Fund Coordinator at Wood Library. She is also the recording secretary for the Wood Library Board of Trustees. Cyndi has worked at Wood Library for 4 years. During that time, she has also worked both the circulation desk and reference desk. Ms. Fordham is a long-time resident of Canandaigua. She graduated from FLCC with a degree in Graphic Arts. She is married with three boys and enjoys spending time camping and kayaking.
Carrie joined the Wood Library team as a Circulation Clerk in September, 2011. A Finger Lakes native, she and her family relocated to the area when her husband, AJ, retired from military service. She has a BA in Political Science with a Minor in American History from Westminster College and a Legal Assistant Degree from Syracuse University. Her hobbies include running, reading, listening to music, cheering on her two sons in sports and Boy Scout activities, and spending time with family and friends.
Wood Library also has many dedicated Library Clerks and Assistants that provide excellent customer service and keep the library functioning smoothly on a daily basis.