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Save the Date: Double-Initial Murders Fundraiser Preview Image

Save the Date: Double-Initial Murders Fundraiser

Mar 14th, 2019 at 2:04 PM

On the evening of Saturday, May 4th, 2019, the Gates Library Foundation will be hosting a free event featuring true crime author, Michael Benson and guest host, Nikki Rudd. Michael will discuss new information on Rochester's most infamous cold case, the double-initial murders. Free ticket reservation for the author presentation will be opening soon!

Proceeds will benefit the Gates Public Library and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Free General Registration Tickets

  • Author presentation
  • Silent auction
  • 50/50 raffle
  • Wine pull
  • Wine tastings
  • Desserts
  • Book sales
  • Commemorative t-shirt sales

VIP Meet & Greet Tickets

  • $25.00 tickets in advance
  • Limited to 50 people
  • All benefits of general registration tickets
  • Free commemorative t-shirt
  • Food and specialty cocktail
  • Sit down with Author Michael Benson & Journalist Nikki Rudd

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Elizabeth Booth Hinchey Poetry Contest

Feb 11th, 2019 at 2:37 PM

$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, 2019. 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 16, 2019. 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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Meeting Room Named in Honor of Mark Assini

Jan 26th, 2019 at 1:56 PM

The Gates Public Library Board of Trustees has named the library's main meeting room in honor of former Town Supervisor Mark Assini. During Mark Assini's tenure as Town Supervisor he made numerous contributions to the quality of life in the Town of Gates including the construction of the library's current building located at 902 Elmgrove Road. Mark has been a steadfast supporter of the library and our efforts to help people of all ages learn and grow.

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We Need Your Input!

Dec 19th, 2018 at 7:13 PM

The Gates Public Library is in the process of writing a new strategic plan that will guide how the library evolves over the next three years. We need input from Gates residents to help ensure that the library remains responsive to the community's changing needs. Please help us by taking this short survey.

Take Our Survey!

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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 Preview Image

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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