Jun 052017

Here is a listing of all our programs taking place in the months of June, July, and August. A paper copy can be found at the library or you can sign up for our weekly eNewsletter using the button to your right.

Jul 192017


Show dates: August 3 – September 7
Opening reception: August 3, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Philip Probst is a local artist working in acrylics, oils and watercolors. His exhibit will showcase past work with several new paintings not previously displayed, focusing on the usage of mixed mediums and dynamic expression of color.

In his own words: “My paintings seek to convey meaning and balance, but at times push beyond the norms of formal art. I employ various mediums, working with brushes, various tools or random found object to execute the meaning in each work, which is figurative, abstract or a mix of both genres. My work reflects on my formal education and history of dedicated work with mentors and others who encouraged and shared skills. Art is an empathetic connection, passion and refuge for me.”

Jun 192017

Sign up for the Teens & Tweens Summer Reading club starting Thursday, June 22! Click the image below to register!

Jun 122017

Build a Better World Magic Show
Tues, Jun 27, 7:00-7:45PM

Family program.  Kick off summer with magician Foreman Dave!   A deadline is looming and Foreman Dave is under a lot of pressure to complete a project for the library.  Oh no!  His blueprints are missing.  Help him find the blueprints and complete the project on schedule.  Featuring David Moreland, a Wood Library favorite, this high-energy show is packed with magic, comedy, mystery, puppetry, and requires audience participation.  No signups necessary.

Hypnosis is Real!
Thurs, Jun 22, 6:00-7:00PM

Grades 6-12.  Magician and hypnotist Cris Johnson will appear at Wood Library and present a shockingly funny hypnotic act for teens.  No signups necessary.

Wood Library’s summer reading kick-off parties are made possible with support from these sponsors–

Friends of Wood Library
Finger Lakes Dental Care
Oasis Acres
The Eye Care Center
Brian Rheude Orthodontics
CIG Insurance Agency
Reliant Community Credit Union
Five Star Bank
LNB Banking
Nothnagle Realtors
Paul and Maggie Bringewatt
John and Christina Casey
Robert and Caroline Gray
Gary and Christine Henehan
Peter and Peggy Kane
Scott and Noraleen LeClaire
Dan and Lindsay Pennise

Jun 082017


Ontario County Historian Preston Pierce stopped by last night to present the documentary One Woman, One Vote and discuss the history of women’s suffrage in New York. If you’d like to learn more, Preston has compiled a list of book suggestions! Stop by Wood Library and we will do our best to locate a copy for you!

May 222017


Career Navigator – Updated Hours!

Wednesdays | 1:00 PM—3:00 PM
Mondays and Fridays | 1:00 PM—3:00 PM, by appointment only

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 Joyce Merritt can help!

May 172017

Canandaigua, NY (May 16, 2017)—By an unofficial count of 1,250 to 588, a funding proposition to secure an additional $18,000 in public funds for Wood Library has passed.  Community-based funding for the library will now stand at $648,000, an increase of 2.8%.

“Community support for the library’s mission is strong,” said Library Director Jenny Goodemote after learning of the results.  “Modest increases in community-based funding help us continue to offer the library services and programs that people in the community need and value.  The approved tax levy increase provides stability in annual funding for the library, but we will also continue to raise private donations to fully fund next year’s operating budget which is projected to be $900,000 in 2018.”

“We are grateful to those in the community who cast a vote today,” expressed Library Board President Kathi Nevin in a prepared statement.  “We do not take community support for granted and will leverage public funds with private donations to continue to offer services and learning programs that enrich lives.”

The voter-approved library proposition authorizes the Canandaigua City School District to collect taxes on behalf of Wood Library in the amount of $648,000, starting with the October 2017 tax bill.  This will add $1.19 for the year on a property assessed at $150,000. The library tax will appear on school district property bills as a separate line item.


Apr 252017

Proposition #4 asks voters to authorize an increase of $18,000 in the levy for library operations

On Tuesday, May 16, 2017, Canandaigua City School District voters will be asked to consider a proposition to increase community-based funding for Wood Library by $18,000.  This is an increase of 2.8% over the base amount of $630,000 which was approved by voters in 2016.  If approved, the increase will add $1.19 to the tax bill of a property assessed at $150,000, and is projected to be within the library’s state-mandated tax cap.

“As an essential community resource and learning center, Wood Library offers hundreds of programs annually that contribute to dialogue on important issues, improve literacy, enrich lives, and expand cultural awareness,” asserts Library Board President Katherine Nevin.  “The library is a place where everyone is welcomed, connections are made, doors are opened, and information is shared.  It adds tremendous value to our quality of life and the documented return on taxpayer investment is in the millions of dollars.”

Wood Library’s 2018 projected budget is $900,000, which reflects an increase of $24,656 driven by cost-of-living adjustments to salaries and benefits, including mandated minimum wage increases.  In response to public requests, the library will increase the number of hours the library is open (9AM on weekdays starting in 2018).  Library resources and fundraising will need to increase proportionately to $252,000, or 28% of the projected budget, to fully fund operations.

The library proposition will appear on the same ballot as the Canandaigua City School District budget.  Proposition #4 will ask voters to authorize the School District to levy and collect an annual tax for Wood Library in the amount of $648,000.  Putting this proposal before the voters is the only way Wood Library can ask for an increase in community-based funding.

Two information sessions will be offered at Wood Library:  Tuesday, May 9, at 7:00 PM and Wednesday, May 10, at 12:00 PM.  Additional information can be found at woodlibrary.org/vote.

Please direct questions about the May 16 vote and Proposition #4 to Board President Katherine Nevin or Library Director Jenny Goodemote.

Apr 042017

Here’s a listing of all our programs taking place in April.  A paper copy can be found at the library or sign up for our weekly eNewsletter using the button to your right.

April 17 Newsletter

Mar 232017
Rene Denfeld didn’t have an easy life growing up.  She credits her local library and the staff there with “saving my life.”
In a riveting talk at Wood Library on Thursday, March 30, Denfeld shared that her book The Enchanted was inspired by learning about the real life stories of prisoners on death row.  “I wanted to learn why they did what they did.” In response to a question about what led to her success as a writer, Denfeld said that spending time in her local library as a child helped her “discover values…and a lens into which I could envision a different future for myself.”
If you haven’t read Denfeld’s book yet, pick up a copy at the library.   Her next book The Child Finder will be published by HarperCollins and is planned for release in September.  You can learn more about Rene Denfeld and her work HERE.