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.

Ben Lainhart

Ben Lainhart
Assistant Director & Emerging Technologies Librarian
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Ben joined Wood Library in February 2014. He previously worked as a Digital Literacy Instructor at George F. Johnson Memorial Library in Endicott, NY and as the Emerging Technologies Librarian at the Sidney Memorial Public Library in Sidney, NY. He was the recipient of the 2013 New York Library Association’s SMART Fellowship Award. He currently serves as the Vice President of NYLA’s Section on Management of Information Resources and Technology. His professional interests include: Emerging Technologies, Digital Literacy, the 4th Technological Revolution, and the concept of Library as Platform. He believes libraries should provide widespread democratic access to information and be strong progressive and open institutions within their communities. Outside of the library, Ben is a Certified Level 1 CrossFit Trainer and enjoys working out, playing disc golf, and running through the hills of NY.

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, creating evening Familytime programs,the Time for Twos program, and Mother Goose Time in addition to a wide assortment of summer programs for chidren. 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 graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a Masters in Library and Information Science after earning her Bachelor’s in History and English at the University of New York at Albany. 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 son in college.  In her free time, she likes to travel, tell stories, and create rubberstamping and scrapbooking projects.

WoodLogoAmy 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.

Pat Mincer
Chief Clerk & Notary Public
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Pat is the Chief Clerk & Notary Public at the library. Her duties include bookkeeping, payroll, and cataloging. Call for Notary Public appointment.


Cyndi Fordham
Interlibrary Loan Coordinator
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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.