Our Services

Wood Library offers educational and social programs for adults of all ages and reading levels through a variety of materials, services, and programs. Programs offered include book discussion groups, author visits, film screenings, crafts, clubs and workshops, lectures on current events, and much more.

Wood Library is also active within the Canandaigua community and is always happy to make new connections. If you would like to suggest a new idea or partnership, send us an email or call us today!

Young Adult Game Night
Saturday, August 21 | 7:00—9:00 PM
Adults ages 17-24: Join us as we play games with friends!

Wood Library’s British Bake Off Challenge
Saturday, June 26 | 3:00—5:00 PM
Ages 17 and older: Make your own Tea and scones. Register to reserve your kit, pick up your kit at the library starting Friday, June 11, then join us live on Zoom Saturday, June 26th for this bake-off challenge. Come dressed in your best British-inspired outfits while we see who can make the best scones. We will sip tea, have a conversation while we wait for our dishes to finish, and then judge the winner.

OFA Computer Classes 
Zoom Basics
Wednesday, August 18 | 6:00—8:00 PM
We will practice using essential Zoom functions such as:  muting/unmuting your audio, turning the video on/off, using the chatbox, raising your hand and using other reaction buttons, and changing your display name, and other basic troubleshooting techniques. These sessions are designed for individuals with little or no experience using Zoom. Registration is required for Zoom Code. 



Tai Chi Class
Thursdays, August | 11:00 AM—11:45 AM
Join USA Masters Academy for Tai Chi classes every Thursday in August. Focuses on learning how the body works and using these movements to provide deliberate guidance concentrating on creating a stable base, recognizing the value of pushing hands, and knowledge of your breathing and inner movements. – Held on Library’s front lawn

60 Sec Stories
Friday, August 6 | 5:00—7:00 PM
Bring a cellphone and record videos at the library after hours! First, we’ll plan, then we’ll record at 6 once the library closes.

Food Preservation and Canning Workshop
Thursday, August 19 | 6:30—7:30 PM
Do you have a favorite pickle or relish that grandma used to make and now you would like to make, but don’t know where to begin? Perhaps you have a surplus of tomatoes and would like to make tomato sauce or a spicy salsa to enjoy later this winter. Wood Library and Cornell Cooperative Extension Ontario County have partnered together to bring you a canning class. Russell Welser, Sr. Resource Educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension will discuss the basics of food preservation and provide helpful canning tips and resources. He will show you the equipment needed and walk you through the steps of canning. This program will be held in person and follow the current COVID-19 policy. Registration Required, Spots limited  

Movie Night
Monday, September 20 | 6:30—8:30 PM
Hang out with friends and watch a movie. Participants must follow Wood Library’s current COVID-19 policy.
What we’re watching: Nomadland (2020) A woman in her sixties, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. (runtime 107 min)  Rated R for some full nudity.

Confronting Racism at Home
Friday, September 24 | 7:00—9:00 PM
Wood Library will partner with Bristol Valley Theater and The City of Canandaigua’s Diversity Task Force to present a live performance featuring three 10 minute skits about the many manifestations of racism. This event is free and open to the public.  Sponsored by NY Humanities Grant.

AARP Safe Driving Course
Saturday, September 25 | 10:00—5:00 PM
Learn proven driving techniques to keep you and your loved ones safe on the road. Plan to arrive a half hour before class starts. Pack a snack for lunchtime break period.
Cost: $25.00 for AARP members | $30.00 for non-members. Payment due at first class. Please bring a check or money order, no cash. Registration is required. Bring your driver’s license and AARP membership card if you’re a member.

Virtual-The New Yorker Discussion Group
Thursdays | 3:00 PM—4:00 PM
Readers of this popular magazine meet every week via Zoom. “Required readings” are chosen by group members weekly. Digital copies of The New Yorker Magazine may be accessed with a New York Public Library card for NY state residents and the Flipster app. Contact Alexis Lawrence, for more information.

From the 7/26/21 issue:
p.  20  Lyubov Sobel’s Hope for Russia by Gessen, a friend of Harari…
p.  ??  The German Experiment that Placed Foster Children With Pedophiles  by Aviv
p.  54  “The Theresa Job”  by Whitehead
Caption the Back Page Cartoon !

Alzheimer’s Association
Webinar Series, Registration required. To register for a class please call 800-272-3900.

April 6       11:00 am-12:00 pm      Topic: Effective Communication Strategies

April 9       10:00 am-11:00 am      Topic: Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

April 16     10:00 am-11:00 am      Topic: Dementia Conversations

April 22     11:00 am-12:00 pm      Topic: Covid-19 & Caregiving

April 26     12:00 am-1:00 pm        Topic: Understanding & Responding to Dementia Related Behaviors

April 29     9:00 am-10:00 am       Topic: Dementia Conversations

Alzheimer’s Telephone Caregiver Support Group
Telephone support group provides emotional, educational, and social support for caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings. These groups help participants develop coping methods and encourage them to maintain their personal, physical, and emotional health.  To make an appointment call 1-800-272-3900.

The Canandaigua Writers Group

The Canandaigua Writers Group meets on the first Friday of the month from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 PM (unless otherwise noted) . Share your original stories, poems, memoirs, and more in a supportive, learning community of fellow writers.  Check out their writer’s blog to view their work! Email for more information.

There is an optional social period from 11:15 to 11:30.

2020 Schedule: January 8, February 5, March 5, April 9, June 5 (offsite), May 4, July 9, August 6, September 3, October 1, November 5 , December 3

Book Discussion Club

Monday, September 22| 5:30—7:00 PM

We will be reading “Night” by Elie Wiesel. This discussion group takes place at Wood Library. Limited copies of the book will be provided at the Library. 

Knitting Connection
A social gathering of fiber crafters. All skill levels welcome! The first Monday of the month from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM . Please Contact Alexis Lawrence, for more information.

2021 Schedule: February 1, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, July 12, August 2, September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6

Wood Library Young Adult Advisory Board
All Young adults 19-30 are welcome to this social exchange, 
meets 4th Saturday of the month, unless otherwise noted. It serves as a community meeting place where Young adults can plan library programs and become an advocate for your library by joining YAAB today.  Visit Calendar to Register or email to receive Zoom code.

2021 Schedule:  March 20, May 22, June 19, July 17

Parkinson’s Support Group
The Parkinson’s Support Group of the Finger Lakes meets at Wood Library on the last Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 PM All persons with Parkinson’s disease and all care partners of Parkinson’s disease patients are invited to attend. The meeting will be held via Zoom. Please contact Alexis Lawrence, for more information.

2021 Schedule: January 27, February 24, April 28, June 23, August 25, September 22, November 17

Offsite meeting address:
County Safety Building
2914 County Road 48
Canandaigua, NY 14424