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.
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 www.hoopladigital.com and select the Gates Public Library.
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.
$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 5, 2017. 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 May 18, 2017. 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
What do you do at the Gates Public Library?
I'll be working to enhance and expand library programming for adults while pursuing to further develop community partnerships.
What book has changed your life and how?
"Ten Stupid Things Women Do To Mess Up Their Lives," by Laura C. Schlessinger. I randomly pulled this book off the shelf and 256 pages later I learned to take full responsibility of my life. She keeps it real and I like that.
What book made the biggest impact on you as a child?
"Matilda," by Roald Dahl. I'm the youngest of 4 children and grew up with very strict parents. Her practical jokes and inner resources helped me through many of my own annoyances.
You wake up to find your house is burning down. You only have time to save one object. What is it?
My fiance - he isn't actually an object but everything else can be replaced.
What is your spirit guide animal?
Apparently the owl.
All of the titles under "Staff Recommendations" were selected by Anna.
Gates Public Library has a new Job Search Center dedicated to helping individuals find their next job. Our patrons can have extended time to fill out applications, complete a resume, take a test, or search for employment opportunities. Nearby are the shelves with resources that have web addresses for job posting sites, and workforce development training. Civil service test preparation materials, and job search guides are also located in this area. One-on-one assistance is always available from a librarian.
Thank you to New York State Senator Joe Robach, who secured funding for this center.
Loan History is a new feature that allows you to keep track of items you have checked out even after they have been returned. It is available through your online account.
To sign up for Loan History log in to your account. In your Account Summary click on "Opt-In & Notifications" and then click on "Loan History." Once you acknowledge the terms of service Loan History will be activated for your account.
Your Loan History appears in your Account Activity. It will show you items checked out from the point you activated Loan History on. You can sort your Loan History by the date items are checked out, by author, or by title.
If you need help signing up for Loan History please ask one of our clerks or librarians. Loan History is not available in the Classic Catalog. Items will remain in your Loan History for three years.
The Gates Creative Writing Group provides an opportunity for beginning and experienced writers to share their work and receive feedback and suggestions from fellow writers. Shared work can include stories, novels, poems, screenplays, nonfiction, and more. Group writing exercises are sometimes included to practice particular writing techniques.
The Gates Creative Writing Group meets on the third Monday each month from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.
The Gates Public Library Foundation is looking for people who feel passionately about improving their library and their community to join the Gates Public Library Foundation. The Gates Public Library Foundation is responsible for:
- Coordinate our annual fundraising letter writing campaign.
- Plan annual fundraising event.
- Coordinate planned giving to build an endowment for the Gates Public Library.
The Foundation is an all volunteer group that meets once a month. Meetings are fun, include breakfast and coffee, and typically last an hour. Membership is open to any individual regardless of how much or how little fundraising experience you have. If you are interested in learning more, please call or email Greg at (585) 429-8298 or email@example.com.
Our library's continued success depends on dedicated community members like you!