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Food for Fines

Nov 26th, 2018 at 9:21 AM

The Gates Public Library has partnered with the Gates Conservation Board to collect donations for those in need. Between November 16th and December 16th $1.00 of late fines will be waived for each canned good, toiletry, cosmetic product, or household cleaning supply you bring to the library. Up to $5.00 in late fines will be waived per person. We are also collecting winter clothing for men, women, and children. Please call Greg at (585) 429-8298 for more information.

All proceeds will be donated to the Open Door Mission Coldwater Road Women and Children Residential Home here in Gates.

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2018 Holiday Book Sale: Dec. 6th - 8th

Nov 16th, 2018 at 3:50 PM

Join us December 6th - December 8th at the Gates Public Library for a large selection of books, DVDs, Blu-rays, games, puzzles, and more! All proceeds support the Gates Public Library!

Thursday, December 6th, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

  • Members preview day. Open to members of the Friends of the Gates Public Library. Join at the door for $5.00!

Friday, December 7th, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM.

Saturday, December 8th, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM.

  • We will have free cookies, cider, and kids crafts from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM!

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Late Night Halloween Party: Monster Ball

Sep 13th, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Join us for a free classic Halloween event, complete with trivia, a Frankenstein-themed escape challenge, special effects makeup, tarot card reading, monster horror movies, a doughnut eating contest, and so much more! This event is for adults ages 21 and up.

The evening will begin at 9:00 pm with trivia starting at 10:00 pm. An Eventbrite ticket will ensure your spot at trivia. Click here to reserve your free ticket.

This event is part of the Libraries After Dark, a series of themed after-hours social events for adults made possible through the Harold Hacker Fund for the Advancement of Libraries.

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2018 Girls Who Code Program

Sep 6th, 2018 at 1:31 PM

Girls Who Code is a nonprofit organization which aims to support and increase the number of women in computer science. The organization is working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does.

Our after school club is open to girls in grades 6 – 12. We will meet every Thursday (except November 22nd) from 4:00 to 5:00 PM at the Gates Public Library. The club will start on September 20th and end on December 20th.

To register please fill out this form.

The girls will learn the concepts of loops, variables, conditionals, and functions that form the basis for all programming languages. They will also work in teams to design a website that solves real world problems the girls care about.

For more info please checkout our Google Slides Presentation on the program.

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The Double Initial Murders: Nightmare in Rochester

Aug 21st, 2018 at 9:07 AM

Do you know the Double Initial Killer? Rochester-native true-crime author Michael Benson will be here, discussing the unsolved 1971-1973 murders of Carmen Colon, Wanda Walkowicz, and Michelle Maenza, the crimes that shocked our community and terrified our children. There will be a slide-show presentation followed by a Q&A. New info. New suspects. Special guests.

Two sessions will be offered on Saturday, October 13th, 2018.

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Summer Reading 2018: Libraries Rock!

Jun 21st, 2018 at 9:06 AM

It's summertime and Libraries Rock! Whether you are a kid or a grown up, we have reading prizes, library programs, and summer fun for you. You were going to read something this summer anyway, right? Why not register and enjoy a prize or two?

Children ages birth to 12 can read or be read to at least 10 minutes a day. Tweens and teens ages 9 - 18 just tell us what book or books they read and what they thought about it. And yes, ages 9 to 12 can choose to do both programs! Adults of all ages also tell us what they read, and are eligible for great prize drawings.

Come to our Circulation Desk and we'll help you get started on our summer reading program!

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June Kindness Project: Support Our Troops

Jun 5th, 2018 at 1:32 PM

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.

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#ReadWomen Book Club

May 30th, 2018 at 9:22 AM

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.

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ACM Global Laboratories Presents: Beer Tasting Fundraiser: Friday, May 18th

Mar 26th, 2018 at 10:35 AM

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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

Beer Tasting Tickets

Tim Wendel, a Western New York Native, is the author of 13 books (novels and narrative nonfiction) and a writer-in-residence at Johns Hopkins University.

His books include the "Summer of '68," "High Heat," "Red Rain" and "Castro's Curveball." His writing has appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic, Gargoyle, Washingtonian, GQ and Esquire.

Pulitzer Prize winner David Maraniss calls Wendel's work "a winning mix of science, biography and mythology." The New York Times, in an Editor's Choice Selection, describes his writing as "sensitive and scrupulous."

His new book, "Cancer Crossings: A Brother, His Doctors and the Quest for a Cure to Childhood Leukemia," will be released in Spring 2018.

Kyle Semmel, Executive Director of Writers & Books, is a writer and literary translator whose work has appeared in numerous publications. He has translated 12 books, including, most recently, Thomas Rydahl's The Hermit. He is the recipient of numerous grants from the Danish Arts Foundation and a 2016 NEA Literary Translation Fellow.

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Gates Public Library & YMCA Preschool Partnership

Mar 25th, 2018 at 1:27 PM

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.” 

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