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Remembering Linda and Joan

Jan 7th, 2016 at 2:18 PM

The Gates Public Library lost two important family members this past week. Both individuals have left a tremendous impact on the Gates Public Library and the Gates Community. They will both be missed terribly.

Linda Tribotte served on the Library Board of Trustees from 2000 until 2012. She was an expert in analyzing finances and created financial reports and budget projection analysis templates that we still use to this day. She was instrumental in getting the new library built at 902 Elmgrove Road. Linda also played an integral role at the Gates Fire District and the Gates Ambulance.

Joan Bawden was a member of the Friends of the Gates Public Library board for twenty years, serving as president for one year, and treasurer for eighteen years. During her time with the Friends of the Gates Public Library she raised tens of thousands of dollars to provide library users with equipment and programs that the library would have otherwise not had. Joan was also a member of the Gates Historical Society and an usher at the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Support Needed for Innovative After School Program

Dec 15th, 2015 at 2:40 PM

Last spring, our children's librarians visited students at Neil Armstrong Elementary School to promote the library's summer reading program. They were so inspired by the students' excitement and enthusiasm for reading and learning. But that inspiration turned to concern when one of the teachers told us more than half his class said they couldn't get transportation to our public library.

This spring, the Friends of the Gates Public Library are partnering with the library and the Gates Chili Central School District to make our beautiful, new, program-rich library accessible to these eager learners. And we're doing it through the launch of a new after school pilot program for Neil Armstrong elementary students.

And best of all, this program is totally free to families - and even includes transportation from the school, overcoming the barrier we heard about last spring.

But it won't happen without your support. The library is committed to developing and delivering this all-new program, but it does come at a cost. Your tax-deductible contribution will help fill that gap, and cover the cost of art supplies, learning materials, and staff for the program

Your support will make this program possible!

  • $25 will fund one month of the program for a child
  • $50 will provide for art supplies for an entire class to use in the program
  • $250 will fund an iPad for students to use to improve their technological literacy
  • $500 will allow an entire Neil Armstrong class to participate in the program
  • Your contribution in any amount makes a difference

Donate online or by mailing a check made out to the Friends of the Gates Public Library to Friends of the Gates Public Library, 902 Elmgrove Road, Rochester, NY 14624. Your donation is tax-deductible.

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Book Sale December 4th and 5th

Nov 21st, 2015 at 10:30 PM

The Friends of the Gates Public Library will be hosting a book sale in the library's atrium and meeting room on Friday, December 4th and Saturday, December 5th. It will feature like new books, DVDs, and CDs that are perfect stocking stuffers for any book lover. All proceeds will go to support and fund library programs, crafts, and guest speakers for people users of all ages.

The sale will run from 9:00 Am to 5:00 PM on Friday, December 4th and from 10:00 AM 0 5:00 PM on Saturday, December 5th. For more email Jen Eation at books4gatesfriends@yahoo.com.

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Food for Fines

Nov 12th, 2015 at 3:47 PM

The Gates Public Library has partnered with the Gates Conservation Board to collect donations for those in need. Between November 16th and December 10th $1.00 of late fines will be waived for each canned good, toiletry or 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.

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Meet the Staff: Ashley

Nov 10th, 2015 at 9:00 AM

What do you do at the Gates Public Library?

I'm here to help you. Need to learn how to download an ebook? Want to know which paranormal romance novel to read next? Planning a trip and want to know the weird roadside attractions along the way? Just ask. If I can't find the answer, I'll direct you to someone who can.

What book has changed your life and how?

It's hard to narrow it down to one book, but the first book that I recall changing my life was Cherry by Mary Karr. Karr says it was her response to the lack of female coming-of-age novels. And that's how it read to me. In this book I found the female counterpart to Holden Caulfield. And it was the first time I saw myself and other young women around me represented in literature in an authentic way.

What book made the biggest impact on you as a child?

The Lonely Doll series by Dare Wright. It's the perfect amount of creepy and absurd.

You wake up to find your house is burning down. You only have time to save one object. What is it?

My signed copy of Richard Hell's I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp. Or my hat. It's a great hat.

What is your spirit guide animal?

I throw around the term "spirit animal" more than I should. Anyone from Jem to Patti Smith to Joan Didion has been hash tagged spirit animal. But I think my true spirit guide animal would be a crow.

All of the titles under "Staff Recommendations" were selected by Ashley.

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Pasta Dinner Rotary Fundraiser

Nov 2nd, 2015 at 1:43 PM

Help the Gates-Chili Rotary Help Libraries and Others!
Rotary Club Italian Pasta Dinner - Sunday, November 15, 2015
at the Italian American Community Center, 150 Frank DiMinio Way.
Continuous serving: 1:00pm - 5:00pm - $7 adults, $4 children 10 and under.


Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Chili Public Library and the Gates Public Library checkout desks. The Gates-Chili Rotary Club will donate $1 to the libraries for each ticket sold in advance at the libraries. Each year the Gates-Chili Rotary provide financial support to local organizations like Chili Public Library and Gates Public Library, as well give high school students college scholarships, and fund initiatives to provide developing nations with Polio vaccines and clean drinking water.

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Meet the Staff: Cathy

Sep 23rd, 2015 at 8:39 PM

What do you do at the Gates Public Library?

Everything to do with computers, as well as about 50% on the reference desk. Maintaining staff and public computers, doing a lot of the technical work for building the virtualized public computer system, helping patrons and staff with computer questions, teaching patrons to use computers, familiarizing myself with new technologies, proctoring exams, E-Rate, determining the need for new equipment and purchasing it, and pretty much anything else computer-related.

What book has changed your life and how?

This is tough. I have read so many good books. I love all of Jane Austen, but my life outside the library revolves largely around animals and agriculture. A book that gave me a lot of new insight into my relationship with my horses was Centered Riding. As a child I read all of the Black Stallion books. Honestly, changes in my life don't come suddenly, but gradually, as I slowly gain new insights. What really has changed me is working at the Gates Public Library. Helping library patrons, especially teaching computer skills, has been tremendously rewarding, and I hope that I have learned patience and compassion.

What book made the biggest impact on you as a child?

This is also a tough one. As you can imagine, I read a lot of horse books as a child. I always liked the books by Marguerite Henry, especially White Stallion of Lipizza, the story of a young person who gets the chance to study at the Spanish Riding School of Vienna. I suppose that this was something I wished I could do. The only picture book I remember from childhood is Kiki Dances, about a little girl who takes ballet lessons.

You wake up to find your house is burning down. You only have time to save one object. What is it?

First I would focus on getting the dogs and house cat out safely. They are not objects, though. The object I would save is our wedding picture.

What is your spirit guide animal?

I have no idea, but I suppose that anyone who knows me would say the horse, specifically the Arabian horse. But I love all animals, and have cared for a great many different species. Many of them have been rescued and we adopted them. These include rabbits, iguanas, farm pigs, a potbellied pig, goats, dogs, cats, horses, chickens, ducks, and geese.

All of the titles under "Staff Recommendations" were selected by Cathy

 

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Fall Book Sale: September 9th - September 12th

Aug 24th, 2015 at 9:35 AM

Friends of the Gates Public Library Book Sale

Come choose from top quality hardcover books, paperbacks, children's books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, games, magazines, and VHS tapes. Over 9,000 items to choose from.

The book sale will be located that he Gates Town Hall, 1605 Buffalo Road, Rochester, NY 14624 in the Gates Recreation Room. All proceeds benefit the Gates Public Library.

  • Wednesday, September 9th: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Friends Members Preview Day. Everyone is welcome to join for $5.00 at the door. 
  • Thursday, September 10th: 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Friday, September 11th: 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, September 12th: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM "Two-Bucks-a-Bag Sale."

For more information email books4gatesfriends@yahoo.com or call (585) 247-6446.

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Meet the Staff: Sarah

Jul 31st, 2015 at 9:00 AM

What do you do at the Gates Public Library?

I am a Reference Librarian for the Gates Public Library

What book has changed your life and how?

One book that has changed my life is 'Ender's Game' by Orson Scott Card. It showed me that life is not simply black and white, or good vs. bad but a series of choices that you make.

What book made the biggest impact on you as a child?

The book that made the biggest impact on me as a child was 'Tuck Everlasting' by Natalie Babbitt.

You wake up to find your house is burning down. You only have time to save one object. What is it?

If my house was burning down and I only have time to save one thing it would be my cat.

What is your spirit guide animal?

My spirit animal is the platypus.

All of the titles under "Staff Recommendations" were selected by Sarah.

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