Jenny Goodemote 
Executive Director
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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 a new baby boy. Jenny is an avid baker and a Buffalo Sabres fan.


Mary Ferris
Children’s Services Librarian
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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. She currently serves on the Board of the Youth Services Section of the New York Library Association and is 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.

Amy Discenza
Adult Services Librarian
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Amy, a Syracuse native and graduate of the iSchool at Syracuse University, joined Wood Library staff in January 2015 as part-time Adult Services Librarian. She has been working in public libraries since 2010, holding Adult Services positions in Cortland, Syracuse and Rochester. Previously, Amy studied writing and English at Ithaca College and worked a variety of customer service jobs. Amy loves techy gadgets, iced coffee, running, her dog, digital audiobooks and libraries. She’s attempting to teach herself to play the accordion and has been a vegetarian for over 20 years.

Katie Smith
Teen Services Librarian
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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 is joining us from The Strong National Museum of Play where she was a Guest Relations Host working in the galleries. Katie loves running, her cats Cash and June, and art. One of Katie’s favorite things to read about is art crime!

Cyndi Fordham
Desk Supervisor
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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.



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.