Throughout the month of June the Gates Public Library will be collecting donations on behalf of SupportOurTroops.org. These donations will be given to American servicemen and servicewomen who are deployed overseas. Donations can be left in the red, white, and blue box near the coffee bar, or dropped off at the "Ask Here" desk. The following items are needed:
- Phone Cards*
- Visa and MasterCard Gift Cards*
- iTunes Gift Cards*
- Ear Buds
- USB Flash Drives
- AA and AAA Batteries
- CDs and DVDs
- Beef Jerky and Slim Jims
- Powdered Drink Mix (To flavor local water)
- Gum, Breath Mints, and Candy
- Personal Care Items (Men's and Women's Razors, Feminine Products, Lip Balm, Dental Floss, Lip Balm, Foot Powder, Etc.)
* These items should be left at the "Ask Here" desk.
Join us for the first meeting of the book club that exclusively reads female authors. This Month we are reading Cherry by Mary Karr. Copies of the book are available at the check out desk. We will meet on Thursday, June 28th at 6:30 PM to discuss the book. Registration is appreciated. Register online or by calling (585) 247-6446.
In 2014 Joanna Walsh, author and journalist, founded #ReadWomen to promote and support books written by women. Any genre. Any length. Any kind. We hope to keep up the momentum.
Presented by ACM Global Laboratories: On the evening of Friday, May 18th from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, The Gates Public Library and Writers & Books will host an evening of food, an assortment of beer tasting provided by Beers of the World, and silent auction prizes. What's more Nationally recognized author Tim Wendel will speak to attendees about his newest non-fiction book, "Cancer Crossings: A Brother, His Doctors, and the Quest for a Cure to Childhood Leukemia," and writing in general.
"Cancer Crossings" is a deeply personal book about the doctors whose research at Roswell Park in Buffalo, New York changed the survival rate for childhood leukemia from 10 percent in 1966 to 90 percent, what it is today.
Tickets are on sale online at the drop-down menu below, and will be mailed to you. They will also be available at the checkout desk starting Wednesday, March 28th. One ticket is $25.00, and two tickets are $40.00
The Gates Public Library and the Westside Family YMCA are excited to announce a partnership to educate preschool children, which is the first of its kind in the Western New York region and one of only a few in the United States and Canada.
The numbers of families with children seeking a preschool education exceeds the space available through the services offered by Gates and Chili. As a result, dozens of potential students are being turned away each year. In collaboration with the YMCA, Gates Public Library will be providing two classrooms in an adjacent building that will be used to educate well over 100 children annually who may not otherwise have access to a preschool education or before- and after-school care.
The YMCA has been offering preschool classes, as well as before- and after-school care, for children for more than 30 years, making the organization a natural partner in this critical endeavor. The YMCA is Monroe County’s largest childcare provider, and offers scholarships and a sliding-payment scale for families. Information on reduced tuition can be fond on the YMCA’s website at bit.ly/Westsidechildcare.
“By sharing our best-in-class resources we can provide the best possible childcare and preschool education to the children of our community,” said Chris Mangone, district vice president of Westside Operations for YMCA of Greater Rochester. “This unique partnership between a town and a YMCA presents a tremendous opportunity for education.”
An additional benefit to the community is this program will not cost the Town of Gates taxpayers any extra money. It is being paid for by a combination of a $229,330 grant, private donations gathered through fundraising, and capital reserve funds. When the Gates Public Library was built in 2011, 7,400 people attended to a library program. In 2016 that number grew to 33,300, outpacing existing ability to meet the current demand for educational library programs for all ages.
“A failure to educate these children today will result in a future where America can no longer out-innovate other countries,” said Gates Public Library Director Greg Benoit. “For centuries the world has looked to the United States for technology developments such as the electricity, air travel, medical treatments, and technological wonders that bring humanity together like the internet and smartphones. If we wish to retain our leadership position in the world, we must educate these children. Our future depends on it.”
You may have heard of Robert Peary, but do you know the name of the African American explorer who discovered the North Pole with him? How about the name of the first African American woman to enlist in the United States Army?
Now that it is February, the Gates Public Library is excited to celebrate Black History Month! We have assembled an in-house history walk to share information with you about twelve lesser known African Americans who have done incredible things. Twelve stations have been placed on both floors of the library. Each station has three different features. First, there is a picture and short summary of the individual's achievements. With this feature, we encourage you to read more about each person and view historical documents pertaining to his or her achievements. Finally, each station lists the location of the next station. This way, you can make sure you visit all twelve stations!
You can start at any of the twelve stations and work your way through the library. Before you leave, make sure you stop at our atrium display table and leave us a comment about something you learned or were inspired by. This display will be in place throughout the entire month of February.