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Gates Public Library Celebrates African-American History Month

Feb 3rd, 2018 at 4:14 PM

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 With this feature, we encourage you to read more about each person and view historical documents pertaining to his or her achievements.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.

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Elizabeth Booth Hinchey Poetry Contest

Feb 2nd, 2018 at 8:45 AM

$50 First Prizes and $25 Runner-Up Prizes. A special $25 Prize will be awarded for a poem based on a Gates theme. The Friends of the Gates Public Library is sponsoring a poetry contest open to all students attending Gates schools, or Gates students attending schools elsewhere. The contest prizes will be awarded in three divisions: Kindergarten - 5th Grade Middle School High School Poems may be written in any style, rhymed or unrhymed. Maximum length: 25 lines. Entries are due by April 11, 2016. They must be accompanied by the entrant's name, address, phone number, school attended and grade. Students may submit up to two poems. The winners will be announced at the Friends Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 17, 2018. The Gates Public Library will close early on that day so that the awards can be given out in the library atrium on the main floor. The contest is named after Elizabeth Hinchey, the wife of Franklin Hinchey and a multi-talented woman who wrote poetry. Entries should be mailed to: Friends Poetry Contest Gates Public Library 902 Elmgrove Road Rochester, New York 14624

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