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!

Take and Make Nightmare Before Christmas Shadowbox
Monday, October 11 | 5:30—6:30 PM
Ages 17 and older: Reserve a kit to make a Nightmare before Christmas papercraft! Kits include pre-cut paper, foam core, and a color-changing LED light.

Effective Communication/Interviewing Skills
Tuesday, October 12 | 10:00—11:00 AM
Be prepared for your next interview. Learn what to expect and how to showcase your best qualifications for a competitive edge.

Resume Writing
Wednesday, October 13 | 10:00—11:00 AM
Learn what is necessary to create an effective, up-to-date resume. Learn how to highlight your accomplishments, past experiences, skills, abilities, qualifications, and personal characteristics so a potential employer can easily see the assets you would bring to the business.

How to Conduct a Successful Job Search
Tuesday, October 19 | 10:00—11:00 AM
Are you concerned that your job search strategy isn’t on target and you are losing exciting opportunities? Well you may be right! Job searching is a challenging process requiring many ingredients for it to work well. Most job seekers don’t know all the critical ingredients to reach employment goals.

Intro to SkillUp America
Wednesday, October 20 | 6:00—7:00 PM
Intro to SkillUp America will show you how to use online job training on a broad array of topics. Metrix Learning provides the unemployed and underemployed with the most up-to-date and comprehensive training resources across a wide variety of subjects. You can choose from 26 industry-recognized certification tracks or a standard e-learning license.

Mary Ann Shadd Cary: Black Women and the Early Suffrage Movement
Wednesday, October 23 | 2:00—3:00 PM
Join Jane Rhodes author of “Mary Ann Shadd Cary: The Black Press and Protest in the 19th Century” and professor and department head, African American Studies, University of Illinois, Chicago. as she speaks on Shadd Cary, the first black woman in North America to edit and publish a newspaper, one of the first black female lawyers in the U.S. and an advocate for voting rights for women. This event is sponsored by 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse, and made possible with  grant from Humanities NY. Registration required for Zoom Code. 



Open Tech Hours
Wednesdays | 3:00—5:00 PM
Bring your devices and your questions! First come, first served! Ask for the location at circulation.

Calligraphy Basics
Thursday, October 7 | 5:30—7:30 PM
In this Calligraphy class learn some of the basic skills of Calligraphy writing with various pens, inks, and watercolor. Learn how to create your own bookmarks with your first and last names.

Supply fee is $10.00 per student and is due at registration. Payment can be cash, charge or check made payable to Wood Library and will be passed along to the presenters. We accept all major credit cards.

Native Plants in our Landscape
Monday, October 11 | 7:00—8:00 PM
Join Maura Sullivan, Associate Professor of Conservation at FLCC, as she discusses the benefits of native plant landscaping from an ecologist’s perspective.  Information will be shared on how diversifying our residential footprints reduces our environmental impact, supports native pollinators, and enhance overall biodiversity in our landscape. As a botanist and “brown” thumb gardener, Maura will also share her personal experiences and highlight local resources for native gardening.

Movie Night
Monday, October 18| 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: A quiet Place II (2020) Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the sand path. (runtime 97 min)  Rated PG-13 for terror, violence and bloody/disturbing images.

Rochester Reads Author Visit: Robin Wall Kimmerer
Wednesday, October 20 | 12:00—1:30 PM
Join Wood Library as we will be live streaming this years 2021 Rochester Reads event featuring Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of the bestselling Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants. Kimmerer, who is also Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Native Peoples and Environment at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, will join us on Wednesday, October 20 at Noon; as we partake in her live stream while she reads from Braiding Sweetgrass, and answer audience questions.

Ontario Co. Historical Society Book Club
Wednesday, October 20| 6:30 PM—8:00 PM
This month book is :Converting the West:  A Biography of Narcissa Whitman (U of OK Press 1991) by Julie Roy Jeffrey. You will be able to obtain some copies of this book at OCHS museum. This book is also available for checkout within the Pioneer library system.

Preparing for a Financial Emergency
Thursday, October 21 | 6:30—7:30 PM
In this workshop, participants will learn how to understand what a financial emergency is, how to prepare for it, and the importance of having an emergency savings plan. Participants will also learn about tools and resources to develop and implement an emergency savings strategy. Lastly, participants will develop skills to protect themselves during times of financial emergency or uncertainty.

Stamping Class w/Sally
Monday, October 25 | 6:00—7:45 PM

Craft your own greeting cards with instructor Sally. The cost is $15 per person and includes everything you need to make four cards with envelopes. Space is limited; please register. Payment due at time of class.

Intro to Windows
Monday, October 4 & 11 | 2:00—4:00 PM
A 2 session course for beginners who have little to no knowledge of computers. Course will cover very basic computer skills and knowledge such as hardware, software and software types, folders, files, do’s & don’ts, cut, copy, paste, and more.  *Must attend both classes.*

Zoom Basics
Wednesday,  October 12 | 10:00—12:00 PM

We will practice using essential Zoom functions such as: muting/unmuting your audio, turning video on/off, using the chat box , 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.

**Must be 60 years or older and an Ontario co resident to attend this program** Made possible by OFA

New to Smartphones
Friday, October 15 | 2:00—4:00 PM

This beginner class will review basic smartphone hardware, software and apps, and how to change settings. Both iPhones and Androids will be covered. Bring your fully charged phones to follow along and ask questions. This class will take place in person.

Google Apps
Monday, October 18| 2:00—4:00 PM
Learn how to access Google Drive, a place where you can store all your files. Learn how to scan documents right from your cell phone. And photos, too! We’ll even explore Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets (similar to Word, PowerPoint, and Excel).

Streaming Services 
Monday, October 21| 10:00—12:00 PM
Find out what streaming is, how it works, and what technology you will need to “cut the cable cord.” We will also look at some of the most popular streaming services on the market right now (Roku, Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, etc.), and their costs.  This program takes place in person.

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 9/27/21 issue:

  • 30  Zero-Proof Therapy  by Seabrook
  • 37  The Damage Done  by Khuallar
  • 72  “Desire”  by Freud
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

Alzheimer’s Virtual Caregiver Support Group
4th Wednesday Every Month | 11:00—12:00 PM & 2:00—3:00 PM
Build a support group with people who understand. Alzheimer’s Association support group, conducted by trained facilitators, are a safe place for caregivers to: develop a support system, talk through issues and ways of coping, share feelings, needs, and concerns, learn about community resources, and exchange practical information on challenges and possible solutions.  For more information and to register please 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 27| 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. 

Monday, October 25 | 5:30—7:00 PM

We will be reading “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng. 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:  Sept 25, Oct 16, Nov 20, Dec 18

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