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!

The New Yorker Discussion Group
Thursdays | 3:00 PM—4:00 PM

Readers of this popular magazine meet every week. “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.

For the October 17 discussion:

From the 10/7/19 issue:

p. 18 Abandoning a Cat

p. 34 Show of Force

p. 56 Shape-Ups at Delilah’s

Caption the back page cartoon

Adult Book Discussion Group with Carol Cimino

The Adult Book Discussion Group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 2:00 PM unless otherwise noted. Note: This group does not meet during the months of December, July, and August

September 17Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen

October 1597 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement by Jane Ziegelman

November 19The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

December: No Meeting

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

September 24    6:00-7:00     Topic: Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior
Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.

October 22         6:00-7:00     Topic: Effective Communication Strategies
Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages of someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect at each stage of the disease.

The Canandaigua Writers Group

The Canandaigua Writers Group meets on the first Friday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 PM (unless otherwise noted). Share your original stories, poems, memoirs, and more in a supportive, learning community of fellow writers.

There is an optional social period from 10:00 to 10:30.

2019 Schedule: January 11, February 1, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, July 12, August 2, September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6

June 7 and November 1 meetings are at Empire State College, address:

Corporate Square Office Park
25 North St
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Career Navigator
By Appointment

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 Nancy Fedick can help! Call 394-1381 to request an appointment.

Kingston Thriller Book Club

The Kingston Thriller Book Club is a book club for lovers of Thriller, Suspense and Mysteries novels.

Tuesday Sept. 24 @ 5:30 pm: The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold

Tuesday Oct. 29 @ 5:30 pm: The Late Show by Michael Connelly

Tuesday Nov. 26 @ 5:30 pm: The Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep

December: No Meeting

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.

Open Tech Hours
Fridays | 2:00 PM—4:00 PM

Stymied by technology?  Bring devices and questions! First come, first served.

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.

2019 Schedule: January 30, February 27, March 27 (at the County Safety Building), April 24, May 29 (not at Wood Library), June 26, July 31 (picnic, at the County Safety Building), August 28, September 25, October 30 (at the County Safety Building), November 20

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

Wood Library Café

The café meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month, 10 AM to noon, unless otherwise noted. It serves as a community meeting place where adults can socialize, play board and card games, read newspapers and magazines, and enjoy coffee, tea and items from a mid-morning menu. Conversation Table open to all.

  • November’s Cafe will take place on Wednesday, November 13.

Wood Walkers

The Wood Walkers, a walking club for seniors, meets in the library parking lot every Monday morning at 9:00 during the warmer seasons. For more information, contact Elaine Walker at

Computer Classes for Seniors: Intro to Skype (r)
Thursday, October 17 | 10:00—11:00 AM

Instructor: Jack Kellogg

Learn how to download Skype, create your Skype name, add your Skype friends, make a call, and more. Prerequisite: Basic computer knowledge, or Intro Course. Must be 60+ & an Ontario County resident. Call the Ontario County Office for the Aging at 396-4047 to register.

Computer Classes for Seniors: Basic Computer Security (r)
Monday, October 21 | 6:30—8:30 PM

Instructor: Eli Bowen

Learn what to watch for when on the Internet: passwords, Updates vs. Upgrades, and viruses. What and where and how to protect and backup your data. Must be 60+ & an Ontario County resident. Call the Ontario County Office for the Aging at 396-4047 to register.

Computer Classes for Seniors: Intro to Email (r)
Thursday, November 7 | 2:00—4:00 PM

Instructor: Jack Kellogg

Learn how to write, send, and receive email; learn about the dangers of inbound attachments and how to send attachments. Prerequisite: Completion of Intro to Computers and Internet Intro or equivalent. Must be 60+ & an Ontario County resident. Call the Ontario County Office for the Aging at 396-4047 to register.

Sip ‘n Paint
Thursday, November 7 | 2:00—4:00 PM

Enjoy some wine while you paint along with Lesley Shakespeare-Brogan of Hope In Art Studio. Registration required. $15 material fee due before class to secure a seat. Stop by the library to prepay.

Computer Classes for Seniors: Android for Beginners (r)
Monday, November 11 | 11:00 AM—1:00 PM

Instructor: Peter Blackwood

Are you a new Android owner or even a longtime owner who would like a walk-through of your device? Bring your Anrdoid (fully charged) for this tutorial. Must be 60+ & an Ontario County resident. Call the Ontario County Office for the Aging at 396-4047 to register.

Monday Night Movie – “Maiden” (CC)
Monday, November 11 | 6:30—8:00 PM

The story of Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, who became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989. Rated PG for language, thematic elements, some suggestive content and brief smoking images. (97 mins)

HWS: Professor Beth Kinne: “Water”
Tuesday, November 12 | 7:00—8:30 PM

Water quality and quantity concerns resulting from climate change, invasive species, pollution and more dramatic flood and drought cycles are challenging the long held assumption of water as a renewable, cleanable resource. This talk will discuss the challenges we face in the Finger Lakes and steps all stakeholders might take to mitigate threats.

AARP Safe Driver Course ($) (r)
Saturday, December 14 | 11:00—6:00 PM

Cost: $20.00 for AARP members | $25.00 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. Plan to arrive at least half an hour before the class starts. Pack snacks for lunchtime break period.