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!

Literacy Volunteers-Computer Help
2nd Wednesdays | 9:00 AM—12:00 PM 
1st Tuesday | 1:00 PM—4:00 PM 
3rd Tuesday | 1:00 PM—2:00 PM 
Free computer help through Digital Literacy of Literacy Rochester. Volunteers will assist patrons with desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone help. If you need assistance uploading documents to a USB drive, connecting to a wireless network, navigating the internet, creating or using email accounts, finding an applying for jobs, using software like Microsoft word or google docs for resume and cover letters help feel free to stop in. No appointment required.

Tai Chi
Wednesdays | 10:00—10:45 AM
Join local group of seniors as they learn to reduce stress and work on movement and balance in this Tai Chi class conducted every Wednesday. This group is taught be a non-certified Tai Chi instructor.

Open Tech Hours
1st, 3rd, 4th Wednesdays | 3:00—5:00 PM
Bring your devices and your questions! First come, first served! Ask for the location at circulation.

Job Fair
Thursday, May 4 | 2:00-5:00 PM
Looking for Employment? Wood Library in partnership with Workforce Development is hosting a Job Fair. Ontario County Businesses will be present to provide job opportunities for patrons, full-time and part-time employment options available.

Oscar Movie at Noon
Friday, May 5| 12:00—2:30 PM

Join us for a Oscar Movie at Noon. Spend some time enjoying this year’s best picture winning movie of 2023.

What we’re watching: Everything, Everywhere, All at Once (2022) A middle-aged Chinese immigrant is swept up into an insane adventure in which she alone can save existence by exploring other universes and connecting with the lives she could have led. (140 min)

Repair Cafe
Saturday, May 6| 10:00—2:00 PM

All are welcome to this social exchange. Breakfast snacks and coffee are on us.

How to be More Sustainable?
Saturday, May 6| 1:00—2:00 PM

Join Marilla Gonzalez from Marilla Mindful Supplies as she presents on the harmful effects of plastics in our environment and alternatives to plastics use.



Adult International Snackers 
Thursday, May 11| 5:00pm—6:00 PM
Adults 18+ Interested in trying snacks from other countries? Join the International Snackers and try tasty treats, listen to music from that country, and take a virtual tour using Wood Library’s VR headset! Registration is required.

Wood Library’s Grandad: Nahant in 1819

Saturday, May 13 |3:00 Pm—4:00 PM

The tiny Atlantic shoreline community of Nahant, MA has an interesting link to Canandaigua, and Nahant Public Library Director Sharon Hawkes will talk about it on Saturday, May 13, 3:00 at Wood Library.

William Wood, the library’s namesake, was an early 19th century merchant and philanthropist. He was described as the Andrew Carnegie of his generation. As a summer resident in Nahant, he gathered a thousand books from anyone he could convince, giving them to the residents of Nahant in 1819 to create a public library. Nahant still owns over 400 of those original books, along with the inscriptions of who dedicated them. Ms. Hawkes will discuss the books, the donors, and the amazing Mr. Wood himself.

“William Wood was not born to wealth, but bettered himself through reading and hard work,” said Ms. Hawkes. “He wanted to provide that opportunity to the next generation of apprentices and merchant clerks. The books that he collected and the donors who gave them are a tribute to everyone’s belief in the importance of extensive reading.”

Retiring to Canandaigua in 1826, William Wood was well known for his generosity and his many projects. “Uncle Billy” created many libraries throughout the country and even on sailing ships, but Nahant’s was his very first book project. It is the most extensive of Wood’s collections remaining and provides clues about what people thought should be collected and read by all.

This program is free. For further information, contact Wood Library at (585) 394-1381 or Sharon Hawkes at

Wood Library Café
Monday, May  15 |10:00Am—12:00 PM

All are welcome to this social exchange. Breakfast snacks and coffee are on us.

The Wonders of Writing and Publishing

Thursday, May  18 |6:00pm—8:30 PM

We invite you to join published local authors to learn about these options, and how they have successfully navigated the contemporary publishing market so that you can make your publishing dreams a reality.

The event starts and finishes with time to mingle and support local authors in a variety of genres at a book signing fair.

A panel discussion, moderated by Brooke Baker, owner and editor at Story House Editing and member of the FLARE executive committee, will begin at 6:30 pm.  Support local authors by purchasing their books at a book signing at the start and end of the event!

No pre-registration is required.  Grab a friend and join us!

Parkinson’s Support Group: Why do I have Parkinson’s
Saturday, May 20| 12:00 PM—2:00 PM


Dr. Ray Dorsey, the David M. Levy Professor of Neurology at the University of Rochester and co-author of the book, “Ending Parkinson’s Disease, A Prescription for Action”, will detail the likely principal causes of Parkinson’s disease. Among these are certain pesticides like paraquat, dry cleaning chemicals such as those found at Marine base Camp Lejeune, and air pollution. He will identify likely sources of these toxicants in our community. With the causes identified, we can now take steps to reduce our exposure, slow our disease progression, and create a future where Parkinson’s is increasingly rare. A Q&A period followed by a book signing will also be featured.

Alzheimer’s Association: Managing Money: A Caregiver’s Guide to Finances
Wednesday, May 24| 11:00 AM—12:00 PM

Join us to learn how caregiving affects finances, review legal and financial documents and prepare for useful discussions about financial decisions and planning. Registration Required

Stamping Class w/Sally
Monday, May 22 | 6:00—7:45 PM

Monday, June 26 | 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.

Quilting Group
Tuesday, May 30| 6:00—7:45 PM
Tuesday, June 27 | 6:00—7:45 PM

A social gathering of fabric crafters. All skill levels welcome!

Parkinson Support Group
Wednesday, May 31| 1:00 —3:00 PM
All persons with Parkinson’s disease and all care partners of Parkinson’s disease patients are invited to attend this in person program. Please email for more information.


Office For Aging Computer Classes


Explore Health and Wellness Apps
Thursday, May 11| 2:00—4:00 PM
Learn about some of the best and new health and wellness apps for nutrition, fitness, medical information, personal care and more in this class.

iPhone for Beginners 
Monday, May 22 | 2:00—4:00 PM
This beginner class will review basic smartphone hardware, software and apps, and how to change settings. Bring your fully charged phones to follow along and ask questions.

Wood Library Podcasts

Wood Library is offering you some amazing content from some of your favorite staff! We have everything from books, movies, TV, and more on these current and upcoming podcast shows. Listen in to some quirky banter with Jenny and Carrie, check out your favorite library pharmacist Drinda for upcoming book recommendations, and don’t forget Carrie and Cyndi as they bring  you shows and movies from the 80s.

You just might hear suggestions that you can find at Wood Library. With links in the source page.


Generally Speaking…About Crime
True Crime Podcast
Jenny and Carrie hail from Wood Library in Canandaigua, NY and are eager to share their love for TRUE CRIME and cookies in Generally Speaking…About Crime! Visit  our  YouTube for full video of each episode or visit their website  to listen to each episode.  Episodes released the first Thursday of each month at 7pm.  

The Honest Book Reviewer

Book Podcast (Coming Soon)

Join Drinda Wood Library’s favorite clerk in The Honest Book Reviewer a podcast in which she candidly discusses books. Ms. Drinda provides her honest opinion on the good, the bad, the overhyped, and the underrated of different genres of books.

We Love the 80s podcast
TV/Entertainment Podcast (coming Soon)

The New Yorker Discussion Group
Thursdays | 3:30 PM—4:00 PM
Readers of this popular magazine meet every week at Wood Library. “Required readings” are chosen by group members weekly. Digital copies of The New Yorker Magazine may be accessed with a OWWL Library Card for NY state residents and the Libby app. Contact Alexis Lawrence, for more information.

From the 1/23/23 issue:
p. 24  Build Better by Monroe
p. 30  Trust Issues by Osno 
p. 50 “Wednesday‘s Child” by Li
p. 58  Prince Harry’s memoir, “Spare.” by Mead
Caption the Back Page Cartoon !

Alzheimer’s Association

Alzheimer’s Association Support Group
1st Tuesday Every Month |2:00—3:00 PM
Alzheimer’s Association offer peer-or professionally led groups for caregivers, individuals living with Alzheimer’s and others dealing with the disease. All support groups are facilitated by trained individuals. This group is held the first Tuesday of every month from 2-3pm.

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.

2023 Schedule: January 6, February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 8, October 6, November 3 , December 1

Book Discussion Club
Monday, Feb 20 | 2:00—3:00 PM

We will be reading “Black Cake” by Charmaine Wilkerson. 

Monday, Mar 20 | 2:00—3:00 PM

We will be reading “House of Earth and Blood” by Sarah J Mass (Fantasy)

Knitting Konnection
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.

2023 Schedule: January 9, February 6, March 6, April 3, May 1, June 5, July 3, August 7, September 11, October 9, November 6, December 4

Wood Library Young Adult Advisory Board
All Young adults 19-30 are welcome to this social exchange, 
meets 3th 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.

2023 Schedule:  Jan 14, Feb 10, Mar 10, Apr 14, May 12, Set 8, Oct 27-29 (Haunted House), Nov 10, Dec 8

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.

2023 Schedule: Jan 25, Feb 22, Mar 29, Apr 26, May 31, June 28, Aug 30, Sept 27, Oct 25, Nov 29

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

 Wood Library Café

3rd Monday of Every Month| 10:00—Noon

All are welcome to this social exchange. Breakfast snacks and coffee are on us

3D Printing 101

Thursday,June 1| 4:30—6:30 PM

Learn the basics of 3D printing using Tinkercad a free online 3D design program. In this class you will learn how to find free designs to make your own 3D print, free of charge.

Exploring Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace

Thursday, June 8 | 2:00—3:30 PM

Learn how to use the popular website Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace.  Look for items and post items for local sale just like putting an ad in Saturday’s newspaper classifieds, but with a broader and faster reach, ease of use and no cost!  You do not need a Craigslist account to explore or to create most posts.

Intro to iCloud

Monday,June 12| 2:00—4:00 PM

Curious about what Apple iCloud is and what it can do for you? Take this immersive course to discover all of the cloud benefits and uses.

Intro to Computer Security

Monday, July 10 | 2:00—4:00 PM

Keep your computer secure and out of trouble. Learn what to watch for on the Internet, including passwords, updates and viruses, and how to protect and backup your data.

Streaming Services

Thursday, July 13 | 2:00—4:00 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.