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.

From the 1/13/20 issue:
p. 32   Fight Fight, Talk Talk
p. 46   Tabula Rasa
p. 56   Found Wanting
Caption the BackPage 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

January 21: Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

February 18: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

March 17:  Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

April 21: Educated by Tara Westover

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

January 28    6:00-7:00     Topic: Effective Communication Strategies
February 25        6:00-7:00     Topic: Dementia Conversations

Alzheimer’s Association Office Hours
Confidential appointments for information, referral, and care consultation.  By appointment or walk-in.  To make an appointment call 1-800-272-3900.

2020 Schedule: January 27, February 24, March 23, April 27, May 25, June 22

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.

2020 Schedule: January 17, February 7, March 6, April 3, May 1, July 10, August 7, September 4, October 2, November 6, December 4

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.  Meets the last Tuesday of the month from 5:30-7:30pm.

January 28:  The Kept by James Scott

February 25: The Cabinet of Curiosities by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

March 31: The Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton

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.

2020 Schedule: February 3, March 2, April 6, May 4

Open Tech Hours
Wednesdays | 3:00 PM—5:00 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.

2020 Schedule: January 29, February 26, April 29, June 24, August 26, September 30, November 18

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.

2020 Schedule: January 22, February 26, March 25, April 22, May 27, June 17, August 26, September 23, November 25 

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

Hobart William Smith Lecture Series: Energy
Thursday, January 23 | 7:00-8:30 PM

Professor Drennen has studied international attempts to confront climate change since 1988.  Despite a vacuum of leadership, he is optimistic we can tackle the environmental challenge.  He will discuss how advances in renewable energy and vehicle electrification will lessen our dependence on carbon based energy and steps we all can take to lessen the threat.

Books Sandwiched In
Mondays | 12:00 PM

Book reviews by community members.  Bring your lunch and enjoy a riveting discussion on various topics.  Refreshments provided by the Centerfield Homemakers.

February 3

The New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World by Peter Frankopan

Reviewed by Paul Bringewatt, former library trustee & community member

February 10

Eager:  The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter by Ben Goldfarb

Reviewed by Judy Dobles and Angela Cannon-Crothers, Cumming Nature Center

February 17

“Harry Potter and the Potterverse Economy”

Discussion by Hobart & William Smith Colleges President Joyce Jacobsen

February 24

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Reviewed by Laurie Riedman, Library Board President

March 2

Selections from local authors from the Canandaigua Writers Group

March 9

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

Reviewed by Mara Ahmed, multimedia artist and filmmaker

March 16

The Barrytown Trilogy by Roddy Doyle

Reviewed by Mike Murphy, Assistant Editor of the Messenger Post Newspaper

March 23* – 7:00PM (special time)

Queen of the Bremen written and reviewed by Marlies Adams Difante

March 30

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World by Admiral William McRaven

Reviewed by Chief Stephen Hedworth, Canandaigua Police Department

Hobart William Smith Lecture Series: Sustainability & Consumption
Wednesday, February 12  | 7:00-8:30 PM

Professor Lewis will speak about the complex relationship between sustainability and consumption, paying specific attention to the myriad ways in which individual consumption practices shape global outcomes. Can we consume differently? If so, how?

AARP Safe Driver Course ($) (r)
Saturday, March 21 | 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.