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Pokemon Invade Library

Jul 18th, 2016 at 7:27 PM

Are you an avid Pokemon Go player? Next time you visit the Gates Public Library be sure to add some Pokemon to your collection. The Gates Public Library is also a Pokemon Gym, so get ready to challenge the current owner to a Pokemon duel and claim the gym for your team!

We have setup a display adverting our Pokemon Gym and all of our Pokemon books. As players win duels and the gym changes hands, we will change the color of the display to reflect the winner. Genesis Pediatrics is also a Poikemon Gym and the YMCA and Total Sports Experience are PokeStops.

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Star Wars Drive-In: Friday, August 26th

Jul 12th, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Join BB-8, Han Solo, and Rey for an evening of outdoor family fun on Friday, August 26 at 9:00 PM. The Gates Public Library is partnering with the Westside Family YMCA to show the latest Star Wars film on our 17' outdoor movie screen. Free raffles and family activities will be available starting at 8:00 PM. Refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase. We encourage people to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

Thank you to our sponsor: Summit Federal Credit Union.

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Meet the Staff: Sara

Jun 3rd, 2016 at 2:41 PM

What do you do at the Gates Public Library?

I am a desk aide at the circulation desk. My main job is to basically check out various items to patrons and then return them when needed. I also do other tasks well; sometimes I have helped with designing signs that have been hung up at the library about programs or opportunities that are presented at the library.

What book has changed your life and how?

"Identical" by Ellen Hopkins, it has shown me that books can be an art form. It doesn't have to be a typical, uniformed, or average structured book, but in a more organic and expressive way. And plus, it is a great book!

What book made the biggest impact on you as a child?

It wasn't necessarily a specific book but a memory. When I was a child, my grandmother would read to be the essential children's books: Clifford, Bernstein Bears, and Rainbow Fish. It is blissful moments like that I look back on to remind myself that you have to savor the moment.

You wake up to find your house is burning down. You only have time to save one object. What is it?

Probably my sketchbooks, it has all of my sketches and drawings from over the years. You simply cannot replace that.

What is your spirit guide animal?

My spirit guide animal would probably some form of cat, wild or domestic. Cats are awesome in every way.

All of the titles under "Staff Recommendations" were selected by Sara.

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Sign Up for Text Message Notifications

May 9th, 2016 at 4:20 PM

The Monroe County Library System now offers text message notification. You can sign up to get a text message reminding you about items you have checked out that are due back soon. You can also sign up to receive a text message notification when an item you have on hold is ready to be picked up.

You can sign up online by logging in to your library account. Make sure your cell phone number is entered correctly in your Contact Information, choose your cell phone service provider from the drop down menu, and click "Save." Then click on "Opt-In & Notifications," choose the notifications you’d like, and click "Save" again.

You can also sign up at the circulation desk or by calling the library at 247-6446.

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Meet the Staff: Kim

Apr 20th, 2016 at 2:08 PM

What do you do at the Gates Public Library?

I am one of the two referral clerks whose primary responsibility is working with patrons. I perform "library triage" – I can tell you who can answer your questions, where you can find the items you need, help you with account and billing issues etc. I oversee the workflow on the circulation desk and back up the aides when things get busy, and carry out a wide variety of other tasks as necessary.

What book has changed your life and how?

"1984" by George Orwell. It opened my eyes to what can happen if we don't stand up for what we believe in, and also introduced me to the dystopian genre which remains my favorite fictional area to this day.

What book made the biggest impact on you as a child?

The "Famous Five" series by Enid Blyton. Wait, what? Kids can go off alone and have adventures and live alone on islands and catch burglars and foil smuggling rings and not have curfews? I lived vicariously through the Famous Five, in particular Georgina, for several years.

You wake up to find your house is burning down. You only have time to save one object. What is it?

Assuming the people and dogs can get themselves out, my camera bag. All the photographs I've taken since going digital in 2007 plus a vast amount of scanned family photographs going back to the 1960's are in there on flash drives and SD cards.

What is your spirit guide animal?

I don't believe in spirit guides but I like otters so I'll go with the otter. Or maybe the octopus. They're really smart. Or okapis. They're one of nature's oddballs. Actually I'd pretty much settle for any animal that begins with "O."

All of the titles under "Staff Recommendations" were selected by Kim.

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