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Wood Library Association Reimagines Services in Canandaigua

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Wood Library Association Reimagines Services in Canandaigua

The Wood Library Association held its annual meeting on Monday, January 25, 2021. Three trustees were unanimously re-elected to serve three-year terms: Deborah Gregory of Rileys Run, Suzanne O’Connor of Lakeview Ln. and Heather Whiting of Bristol St. The Association’s officers for 2021 are: Jill Werth, President; Leslie Mast, Vice President; Suzanne O’Connor, Treasurer; and Kathy Shay, Secretary. Erin VanDamme will serve as the at-large representative on the Library Board’s Executive Committee.

In addition, the Association welcomed new Trustees who were appointed to fill vacancies on the Board: Jill Ehrlinger of Meadowbrook Ln, David Plante of Opal Dr, and Andy Thomas of Silvernail Dr. Outgoing President Laurie Riedman presented a report that included many heartfelt references to the teamwork exhibited by trustees and staff to manage and overcome obstacles in a year marked by pandemic and uncertainty. “Gratitude and agility are words that come to mind as I reflect on the past year,” stated Riedman in a presentation that took place virtually.

“We had to act quickly to discuss and approve policies and a contingency budget, plan for the safe reopening of the library, and adopt new practices,” stated Riedman. “Although our building was forced to close for a period of time, the library was ‘open for business’ offering digital library cards and free WiFi. We invested in more ebooks and downloadable audiobooks, and migrated hundreds of programs to online platforms that attracted thousands of participants.”

“We established curbside service which continues today, and secured funding for the necessary PPE and supplies so that staff could return to work and welcome patrons back to the building safely.” She continued, “I am grateful for the staff’s ‘can do’ attitude and willingness to learn new skills and reach out to community partners so that people in our community could continue to access the life-enriching and life-sustaining services offered by Wood Library.”

Riedman noted the importance of continued community support for Wood Library, “There was much uncertainty surrounding the vote for community-based funding this past Spring. Yet, with more than 18,000 absentee ballots mailed to qualified voters, 71% approved of an increase in library funding.” She continued, "Our donors stepped up too. Despite tough economic times for everyone, our fundraising goals were met and gifts to the library surpassed every expectation.”

Riedman noted that this would be her last report as President of the Wood Library Board of Trustees: “I feel tremendous pride in the work we have accomplished together. It has been an honor to serve an organization that gives so much to our community.”

Wood Library is a full-service community library and registered 501 (c) 3 charitable organization serving everyone who resides in the Canandaigua City School District. Its mission is to provide exceptional public library service in a comfortable and safe environment where people can satisfy their curiosity, stimulate their imaginations, and connect to the local community and to the world.

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