Children's Summer Reading Program
To kickoff our children's summer reading program, we are having a party on Thursday, June 26th at 6:30 PM with stories, make your own superhero masks, and make your own ice cream sundaes.
This year's theme is "Every Hero Has a Story". Sign up for your Summer Reading Program starting Thursday, June 26th! Children ages 2 to 12 commit to read at least 10 minutes a day, and each week meet a new member of The Library League, an awesome group of superheroes with incredible powers. You will also receive a prize, a raffle ticket, and a cool superhero image to put up in the children's area. The program begins tonight and runs through August 7.
Teen Summer Reading Program
Your reading this summer can earn you weekly prizes and raffle tickets! Registration packets are available beginning Monday, June 29, for this year's "Unmask" themed program. The more you read, the better your chances of winning a prize. The program runs through August 8th. For ages 9 - 18.
Adult Summer Reading Program
This year's theme is "Escape the Ordinary!" Your reading this summer will earn you a review slip for every book you read . These slips will be drawn weekly for prizes. There are no limits, and you choose to read whatever you want.
Registration packets are available at the Circulation Desk, beginning Monday, June 29, so stop by and pick up your packet. The more you read, the better your chances of winning a prize. The program runs through August 14th. Mark your calendar for Monday evening, August 24th, the end-of-summer Party for adult readers! For ages 18 and up.
Create a unique object or idea that promotes recycling in your own backyard! Just use 100% recyclable or re-purposed material! Everything from gardens to bird feeders! We have made a display of recycling crafts and recycling project books to get your creative juices flowing.
Applications can be picked up at the Gates Public Library or the Gates Town Hall. Submit your application, a picture and a description of your project to the Gates Town Hall by July 31st. Presented by the Gates Conservation Advisory Board.
Gates Public Library is excited to announce that we are now offering free notary services. Please call ahead to ensure that our notary is available at the day and time you plan to come to the library to have documents notarized.
Are you interested in displaying your art at the Gates Public Library? Each month the Gates Public Library will feature the artwork of a local artist or photographer on the library atrium display wall. This month's featured artist is Sara Standeven.
We'd love to have you participate! Contact Greg Benoit to have your art submitted for consideration.
Gates Public Library is exploring new fundraising options; help us better understand the public's willingness to donate to a non-profit organization by completing this short survey. Click here to take the survey. At the end of the anonymous survey you will be directed to a page where you can enter the raffle.
The May Gates-Chili Community Newsletter is now available. You can also opt to receive monthly email updates on events happening at the Gates Public Library, Gates Recreation, Chili Recreation, the Chili Public Library, the Westside YMCA, Episcopal Senior Life Communities at Seabury Woods, and Gates-Chili Continuing Education by clicking here.
The Early Learning Center is now open. Thank you to General Code, Gates-Chili School District Superintendent Kimberle Ward, Town Supervisor Mark Assini, the Gates Town Board, County Legislator It is Tucciarello, State Senator Joe Robach, and the children from the YMCA Preschool for joining us at our grand opening!
The Early Learning Center is designed to promote the activities identified as those necessary for children to enter kindergarten ready to read. These activities are: playing, talking, singing, reading, and writing. It is our hope that parents and children will explore the center together, and have fun while learning. The center is open whenever the library is open, and has been made possible by substantial funding from State Senator Joseph Robach, as well as support from the Gates-Chili Chamber of Commerce, The Friends of the Gates Public Library, the Gates Lions Club, the Gates-Chili Rotary Club, and General Code.
Stay up to date with what is happening in the Gates-Chili community by signing up for the Gates-Chili Events Newsletter. Each month you will receive an email newsletter about events at the Chili Public Library, Chili Parks & Recreation, Episcopal Senior Life, Gates-Chili Continuing Education, Gates Public Library, Gates Recreation & Parks, and the Westside YMCA. Click here to sign up for our monthly newsletter.
What do you do at the Gates Public Library?
I am the Adult Services Librarian at the Gates Public Library. I order all of the Adult print materials, literacy materials, and run most of the adult programming.
What book has changed your life and how?
The book that most changed my life was "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll because for the first time I placed myself in a different world and allowed my mind to be opened to the possibility of an author's imagination.
What book made the biggest impact on you as a child?
The books that made the biggest impact on me as a child were the "I See Sam" series. I was two-years-old and I taught myself how to read using those books and it led to my life-long love of reading (and eventually working in a library).
You wake up to find your house is burning down. You only have time to save one object. What is it?
If I could only save one object from a house fire it would be my cell phone because it has pictures, memories, and even books on there.
What is your spirit guide animal?
I've taken several spirit animal quizzes and the majority of them seem to lead to the Owl being my spirit animal, so I'll go with Owl.
All of the titles under "Staff Recommendations" were selected by Paula.
$50 First Prizes and $25 Runner-Up Prizes in three divisions:
- Kindergarten - 5th Grade
- Middle School
- High School
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.
Poems may be written in any style, rhymed or unrhymed. Maximum length: 25 lines. Entries are due by April 1, 2015. 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 13, 2015.
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