This year's summer reading program theme is Building a Better World. We are again running segments for children, teens, and adults that run from June 26th to August 5th. For the first time we are also running a collaborative program between all age levels.
Children participate by reading at least ten minutes each day. As they read, they can move their construction worker around a game board, collect bricks to add around a door in the children's room, and win prizes.
Teens and adults will have the opportunity to enter raffles as they read and listen to audiobooks.
Based on the number of books read by all three age groups, we will use sponsored donations to give money to four different charities that support the efforts to Build a Better World. The charities that have chosen are: Doctors without Borders; Water for South Sudan; Society for the Protection and Care of Children, and the Verona Street Animal Society.
The four levels of sponsorship are $250, $500, $750, and $1,000. Our sponsors and readers will be acknowledged at the August 18th Family Drive-In Movie.
Stop into the library for more information and sign up today!
For sponsorship information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are excited to announce Hoopla Digital: a new digital media streaming service, through which you may enjoy: movies, TV show, music albums, downloadable audiobooks , ebooks, comics, and graphic novels.
Available on your computer, tablet or Smartphone! On a mobile device, content may be temporarily downloaded and accessed offline or, in either the app or on a computer, all borrowed content may be enjoyed while connected to the internet by streaming.
As a Gates Public Library resident, you may borrow up to four titles per month. To register Hoopla Digital for free, please download the Hoopla Digital app from the Apple Appstore or Google Play. On a computer, you may visit hoopladigital.com and select the Gates Public Library.
In May 2015, WestSide Express, a volunteer transportation service for seniors was launched in the Gates and Chili communities. This ambitious, and much needed initiative was coordinated by Lifespan in partnership with The Chili Senior Center, Chili Public Library, Gates Public Library, Gates Recreation, Dunn Tower, and more than half a dozen churches including Trinity Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Parkminster Church, St. Christopher's Church, St. Theodore Church, and the churches in the Gates Catholic Community. This program pairs volunteer drivers with seniors who need rides to important appointments.
It's been a highly successful and very busy two years, but we always need more help. In recent years, the Gates-Chili Community has seen an increase in seniors who are finding themselves unable to drive due to poor health or financial constraints. Having reliable transportation to medical appointments, the grocery store, and other essential commitments helps seniors maintain their health as well as their quality of life.
Can you help? If you have a couple of hours a week, or even a couple of hours a month, please consider being a volunteer driver. When you give a ride to a medical appointment or to the pharmacy, you are helping your neighbors live happier, healthier lives in their own homes. You can select your geographic area and the times you wish to drive. You will be provided training, and supplemental liability insurance. To learn more about becoming a volunteer driver, call Sr. Anne Guerin at 244-8400, ext. 142, or by email.
Not interested in driving? WestSide Express also has a need for volunteers to answer phones to help coordinate drivers with clients. This can be as many or as few hours as you wish to commit. For more information on how to help in this way, please contact Robert Jackson at 889-1615 or by email.
The Monroe County Library System has a new mobile app! MCLS TO GO replaces our previous mobile app. MCLS TO GO is available in the Apple Appstore and Google Play now. If you have the old MCLS Mobile app installed on your phone, you will need to delete it and replace it with the new MCLS TO GO app.
Opening the MCLS TO GO app takes you to a landing page where you can search the catalog, download digital content, find library hours and locations, and see events at libraries throughout Monroe County.
The MCLS TO GO app also provides you access to your account and a digital copy of your library card that you can use when you check out items.
While you’re in your account you can check on the status of your holds, view what you have checked out and renew items, manage your saved lists, and pay overdue fines.
The MCLS TO GO app is a work in progress. Future enhancements will include personalized reading recommendations, the ability to filter and sort search results, and access to saved searches, title ratings, and reviews.