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Summer Reading Programs for All Ages

Jun 19th, 2019 at 4:48 PM

Children Summer Reading

Sign up for ages 0-12 will begin on Monday, June 24th and ends on Saturday, August 10th. Come into the library and contract to read, or be read to, at least 10 minutes a day. You'd get lots of cool stuff to take home and mark your reading progress. Once a week, come back and get a prize, and move your spaceship around our bulletin board.

Teen Summer Reading

Sign up for ages 9-18 will begin Monday, June 24th and ends on Saturday, August 3rd. Come into the library and pick up a summer reading packet and hand in your registration card. Fill out and hand in a review card for every book you read (deposit box is on the Teen Services Librarian's Desk, on the second floor). Hand in review cards by 5:00 pm, Saturday of each week to be eligible for prize drawings which will take place each Monday. Winners will be notified by phone or e-mail.

Adult Summer Reading

Sign up will begin on Monday, June 24th and ends on Saturday, August 10th. You can choose whatever you want to read, whether they are books, books on CD, MP3s or e-books from the library or your own personal copies. Come into the library and pick up a summer reading packet and hand in your registration slip. Each packet has booklist recommendations and 5 review slips. Review slips can be returned into the box which will be put on top of atrium table. Prizes will be awarded each week.

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Unsolved Rochester: True Crime Fundraiser

May 18th, 2019 at 10:57 AM

Saturday, June 15th

Gates Library Foundation will be hosting their 3rd annual fundraiser with true crime author and journalist, Gary Craig and guest host, Nikki Rudd on the evening of Saturday, June 15th at 6:30 PM. Gary will discuss one of the most infamous heists in America, Rochester's unsolved Brink's armored car robbery of 1993. Registration is required for free general registration tickets and for the $25 VIP tickets.

Schedule of Events

Free food, drinks, and desserts from Cabot Creamery, Get Caked, Cafe Macchiato, Boocha Babe Kombucha.

  • 6:30 PM: VIP Meet & Greet with Gary Craig and Nikki Rudd featuring selection of food from Agatina's Restaurant.
  • 6:30 PM: VIP and free ticket holders can enjoy bidding on silent auction prizes, wine pull, 50/50 raffle, free food and drinks.
  • 8:00 PM: Bidding closes. Gary Craig presentation begins.
  • 9:00 PM: Raffle and auction winners announced.

Reserve Tickets

Free General Registration Tickets

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

$25 VIP Meet & Greet Tickets

  • All benefits of general registration tickets
  • Sit down with Author & Journalist Gary Craig & Journalist Nikki Rudd
  • Free commemorative t-shirt
  • Food and specialty cocktail
  • Limited to 50 people

Sponsored in part by: General Code, Tractleads, The Harley School, Heritage Packaging, Stantec. Proceeds will benefit the Gates Public Library and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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Library Board Member Featured in New Book

May 3rd, 2019 at 1:11 PM

A short, non-fiction piece written by Gates Public Library Board of Trustees member Melanie Savidis is featured Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandparents. This collection is full of stories by grandparents about being a grandparent, and grandchildren about their grandparents. Personal stories about legacies and traditions, a grandparent's wisdom and lessons from grandchildren as well as the joys and challenges of grandparenting will touch the heart and tickle the funny bone.

Check out a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandparents from the Gates Public Library today!

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Linux Workshop for Teens

Apr 2nd, 2019 at 1:15 PM

What is Linux? Linux is an operating system used to power a multitude of systems from your smartphone to your wireless router. In desktop computing terms Linux provides an alternative to commercial operating systems such as Windows or Mac OS. Linux is free, customizable, runs great on old PCs, and is easy to both maintain and use.

Join us on Saturday, April 20th from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM to learn the basics of Linux. The workshop is open to students in grades 6 -12. Sunnking has donated 15 older desktop computers, so each participant receives a computer installed with Linux.

Registration is required.

Workshop is sponsored in part by New York State Senator Joseph Robach.

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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

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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