Don't miss out on the exciting educational and recreational programs at the Gates Public Library. Sign up for our bimonthly Constant Contact and you will find out about:
- Craft programs for all ages, including children, teen, and adults.
- Cooking tutorials with samples.
- Jewelry making classes.
- Movie showings.
- Science demonstrations for all ages.
- Book discussion groups.
- Health and wellness seminars.
- Money management seminars.
- Discussions on important issues impacting the Gates community.
- Field trips to historic locations in the Rochester area.
- First aid and home alone safety guidelines for teens.
- Practice SAT and ACT tests.
- Baby story times.
- Story Time Yoga.
- Our creative writing group.
- Technology seniors.
- Book sales.
- Fundraising Efforts.
- Our ever popular story times and dance parties for children.
- And so much more!
The Gates Public Library is a proud member of the Gates Chili Chamber of Commerce.
Each month the Chamber of Commerce arranges education seminars and luncheons on wide ranging topics from local economic development efforts, new businesses moving into the Gates and Chili communities, local and state government initiatives, workforce development, career mentorship lectures, emerging educational trends in secondary schools and academia, ribbon cuttings for newly opened businesses, as well as many other commerce and community related topics.
As a member of our community, you are welcome to attend any and all of these events. Please consider signing up for the free Gates Chili Chamber of Commerce email newsletter to stay current with all of these exciting developments that are impacting and improving the quality of life in our town.
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 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.