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.
For the February 21 discussion:
From the 2/8/19 issue:
p. 28 The Machine Stops
p. 30 Unreliable Narrator
p. 54 Asleep at the Wheel
p. 62 Ben Hecht’s Screenwriting Genius
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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:The Men Who United the States by Simon Winchester
February: Rochester Reads selection, American War by Omar El Akkad
March: The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
Alzheimer’s Association Registration required. To register for a class please call 800-272-3900.
January 22 6:00-7:00 Topic: Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia
February 26 6:00-7:00 Topic: Effective Communication Strategies
March 26 6:00-7:00 Topic: Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behavior
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
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.
Finger Lakes Writers for Literacy
FLWFL works to improve the skills of adults who are learning to read. They welcome all writers who want to try their hand at penning prose for this often ignored and under-served niche market of readers.
2019 Schedule: January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14
Kingston Thriller Book Club
The Kingston Thriller Book Club is a book club for lovers of Thriller, Suspense and Mysteries novels.
February 26, 5:30 PM: The Breakdown by BA Paris
March 26, 5:30 PM: I Let You Go by Clare MacKintosh
April 30, 5:30 PM: A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George
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 27
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hail to the Chiefs: Presidential Visits to Ontario County
Wednesday, February 20 | 2:00—3:30 PM
You may remember when President Bush came to Canandaigua on March 14, 2006 but there were many other presidential visits to Ontario County that date back to the earliest days of our country’s existence. In this program, Preston Pierce, Museum Educator at the Ontario County Historical Society, will chronicle the history of these visits over the years. Learn the when and why of these extraordinary moments in our county’s past at this President’s Week presentation.
Evening Book Club
Thursday, February 21 | 7:00—8:30 PM
Discussing: 2019’s Rochester Reads title American War by Omar El Akkad.
Monday Night Movie – A Star is Born 
Monday, February 25 | 6:30—8:30 PM
A musician helps a young singer find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral. Rated R for language throughout, some sexuality/nudity and substance abuse. (136 mins)
Kingston Thriller Book Club
Tuesday, February 26 | 5:30—7:30 PM
Reading: The Breakdown by B.A. Paris
Alzheimer’s Association – Effective Communication Strategies Tuesday, February 26 | 6:00—7:00 PM
As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. To register call 1-800-272-3900.
Wood Library Cafe Wednesday, February 27 | 10:00 AM—12:00 PM
All are welcome to this social exchange. Breakfast snacks and coffee are on us.
HWS Speaker Series: Research on Cancer: Developing New Anti-Cancer Agents Thursday, February 28 | 7:00—8:30 PM
Dr. Mowery and Dr. Pelkey work together to design and evaluate molecules as anti-cancer agents. They have discovered new compounds with promising anti-cancer activity. They involve their students as research assistants to further their futures as scientists and researchers. The professors will talk on their work in cancer research and how it also serves the goals of a liberal arts education.
Kingston Thriller Book Club
Tuesday, March 26 | 5:30—7:30 PM
Reading: I Let You Go by Clare MacKintosh
Alzheimer’s Association – Effective Communication Strategies Tuesday, March 26 | 6:00—7:00 PM
When language is lost, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn how to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with common challenges. For caregivers and professionals. To register call 800-272-3900.
Rochester Reads Author Visit: Omar El Akkad Thursday, March 28 | 10:30—11:45 AM
Omar El Akkad, author of this year’s Rochester Reads selection American War, will be at Wood Library to read from, discuss, and sign his book.