New Chapter Capital Campaign


Wood Library is so much more than a building filled with books.  It is a highly-valued cultural community resource.  Currently, it lacks the space required to fulfill its mission.

Click here to make a secure online donation to the New Chapter Capital Campaign.  Thank you!

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Screen Shot 2013-04-03 at 10.53.46 AMWood Library—150 years of service and growth!

When Wood Library opened in 1859 it was located in a back room of what is now Canandaigua’s City Hall.  That one-room library would eventually become a hub for the community’s educational and cultural life.

In 1914 the library relocated to share space with the Ontario County Historical Society.  Then, in 1973, the library moved from the cramped quarters it shared with the Historical Society to its current location at 134 North Main Street, Canandaigua.  That year, Wood Library was visited 20,000 times.

Wood Library is a much different place than it was 150 years ago, and even 10 years ago.  Now a cornerstone of the community, Wood Library fosters lifelong learning, creative expression, literacy, and friendships.  It is a place for families, a place to go to meet friends or attend a meeting.  It offers the latest advances in library services, and is open to all.  However, with nearly 200,000 visitors a year, the library has become overcrowded.

Back in 2007, the library trustees began planning for a $4 million capital renovation and building project.  The New Chapter Capital Campaign was initiated and funds were sought for a major renovation of the historic facility and building addition.  The project’s first phase was completed in May 2011.  The renovation transformed the library and accomplished several goals of the campaign, namely:  to create a larger teen library and additional space for quiet study and tutoring, add more computers and better internet access throughout the building, update the building’s heating and cooling systems, and pave the way for a future building addition.

Today, we continue to seek funds to begin phase two, the building addition.  The additional space will accommodate a new elevator, add meeting room space, increase the size of the children’s library, add space for browsing popular materials, improve the gateway entrance to the library so people can be served better, increase staff workspace, and improve parking.

We hope to break ground for the building addition in May 2013; but, first, we need to raise $175,000 in additional gifts and pledges.  You can help us build Wood Library’s next chapter by making a donation to the capital campaign today.

Click here to make a secure online donation to the New Chapter Capital Campaign now.  Thank you!

For more information about the campaign, the building project, and how to donate, contact:

Jenny Goodemote – Executive Director – 585-394-1381 ext 306 –

Meg Ewing – Capital Campaign Co-Chair – 585-257-5131 –

Wood Library – 134 North Main Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424 – 585-394-1381