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Kindle Fire Raffle Winner

Dec 7th, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Congratulations to Jillian, who won a Kindle Fire for completing our survey about library programs! Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback by filling out a survey. All Gates Public Library users can look forward to seeing an improvement on our already popular library programs and special events.

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Chamber of Commerce Makes Donation to Library

Nov 24th, 2014 at 6:18 PM

The Gates-Chili Chamber of Commerce raised $10,000 at their 2014 annual golf tournament and dinner auction at Brook Lea Country Club. The proceeds were split between the Friends of the Gates Public Library, the Friends of the Chili Public Library, and the Gates-Chili Chamber of Commerce. Chamber leaders presented each library with a check for $4,453.83. This money will be used to buy the Gates Public Library 11 iPads which will be used in technology instruction classes, programs where children create digital works of art, as well as made available for public use throughout the library. Without the financial support provided by the Gates-Chili Chamber of Commerce, we would not have been able to make these much needed additions to our library's services.

The Gates Public Library and the Chili Public Library will again be the beneficiaries of the Gates-Chili Chamber of Commerce's 2015 golf tournament and dinner auction fundraiser. The date will be August 3rd, 2015 and the event will be held at the Brook Lea County Club. Details on how to purchase tickets will be forthcoming.

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Book Club To Go

Nov 20th, 2014 at 6:30 PM

The library now has complete Book Club Discussion Kits to borrow! Each kit contains 8 copies of each title (including 3 large print copies) and 8 discussion guides to go along with them. The guides contain discussion questions, information about the author, and a list of similar books for more reading. Everything is kept in one bag, so all your book club needs to do is come pick one up! The kits can be borrowed for up to 8 weeks. The titles we currently have are: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple, Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, and Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. Come check one of these out, and keep a look out for more titles to be added soon!

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Introducing Adult Take & Make Crafts

Oct 21st, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Following in the tradition of our popular children and teen take and make crafts, beginning this month adults who visit the Gates Public Library can pick up a free craft to make at home. We provide all the materials. You can find the adult take and make crafts on the staff picks shelf by the new non-fiction. This month we are featuring a clothespin cat for Halloween.

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Email Newsletter

Oct 11th, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Sign up for our email newsletter, and each month you will receive updates about library news, educational programs, and special special events for children, teens, and adults. 

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New Gates-Chili Community Events Newsltter

Oct 9th, 2014 at 9:45 PM

We are excited to announce a new partnership with the Westside YMCA, Gates-Chili School District Continuing Education, the Chili Public Library, Gates Recreation, and Chili Recreation. 

Once a month we will be publishing a community newsletter that has upcoming events for people of all ages at various organizations within the Gates-Chili Community. 

You can view the newsletter here, and be sure to share it with your friends and neighbors!

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High School Equivalency Preparation, ESOL, & Job Training Orientation

Sep 15th, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Are you interested in getting your high school diploma, learning English, or changing careers? The Gates Public Library is working in partnership with Monroe 2 BOCES to deliver high school equivalency preparation, English as a second language instruction, TABE testing, and job training at the library with a schedule that is flexible enough for even the busiest individuals.

If you are interested furthering your adult education at little to no cost, please contact Greg Benoit at (585) 429-8298 or gbenoit@libraryweb.org with your name, phone number, and the program you are interested in enrolling in. Deadline for submissions is Friday, September 26th.

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Meet the Staff: Aubrey

Sep 12th, 2014 at 9:00 AM

What do you do at the Gates Public Library?

I'm the Holds and Interlibrary Loan Clerk so I handle all the requests for our materials from other libraries as well as the materials coming in from other libraries that have been requested by our patrons. I also help out with managing the day to day concerns in the Circulation Department.

What book has changed your life and how?

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I first read it as a teenager and it really impressed upon me the importance of the free exchange of ideas and how much we should value such freedoms in our culture. From that point on it became important to me to not just go along with banning or dismissing something because of popular opinion, but to look at it, become informed and decide for myself.

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

The Story of Ferdinand by Leaf Munro.

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

What kind of horrible question is this?! As long as my husband and my animals made it out, everything else is replaceable.

What is your spirit guide animal?

Well, the sorting hat put me in Ravenclaw so I think I'm supposed to say eagle.

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

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Fall Library Programs

Sep 8th, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Come checkout the latest crop of fall events at the Gates Public Library! Space is limited, so be sure to register early. You view a complete list of our upcoming events and register online by visiting our events calendar, or by calling (585) 247-6446.

Children's Programs

  • Preschool Dance Party: Put on your dancing shoes and come and dance, march, ans wiggle with us! Friday, Sept. 12, 10:00am - 10:30am. Ages 1 - 5.
  • Sign-Up Saturday: September is Library Card Sign Up month! Come to the library today for a presentation by Rochester Kung Fu and Fitness and giveaways! Saturday, Sept. 13, 10:00am - 5:00pm. All ages. 
  • Talk Like a Pirate Storytime: Come celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day with songs, stories, a craft, and giveaways! Friday, Sept. 19, 10:00am - 10:30am.
  • Kindergarten - 2nd Grade Stories and More: This new program will feature stories, songs, activities, and a craft. For children in kindergarten - 2nd grade. Thursday, Sept. 25, 6:30pm - 7:15pm.

Teen Programs

  • Tween Craft: Foil Leaf Decoration: Make a foil leaf decoration. All materials provided. Ages 8 - 13. Tuesday, Sept. 16. 6:30pm - 7:30pm.
  • Tween Craft: Tied Pillow: Make a tied pillow. All materials provided. Ages 8 - 13. Tuesday, Oct. 7. 6:30pm - 7:30pm.
  • Tween Craft: Three-Dimensional Haunted House: Make a 3D haunted house. All materials provided. Ages 8 - 13. Tuesday, 21. 6:30pm - 7:30pm.
  • Introduction to Creative Writing: Jennifer Case will help you explore the basics of creative writing through a variety of activities in this two part class. Participants read and discuss a short story, respond to writing prompts, and have the opportunity to share their efforts in a safe and friendly workshop setting. Ages teen - adult. Monday, Oct. 20 and Monday, Oct. 27, 6:30pm - 8:30pm. 

Adult Programs

  • Antiques Appraisal Roadshow: Antiques expert H. Price Prazar will offer a verbal appraisal of your special family heirloom or treasure during this program. Mr. Prazar has done individual appraisals since 1984 and has worked with WXXI on their Antique Road Show program. Thursday, Sept. 18th. 2:00pm - 4:00pm.
  • A Woman's Guide to Money Matters: We'll discuss preparing for retirement, living in retirement, and paying for a child's education expenses from a woman's point of view. Thursday, Sept. 18th. 6:30pm - 8:00pm.
  • EmPower New York: Save Energy, Save $$$: Get information on low-cost and no-cost energy efficiency measures for homes and apartments. Monday, Sept. 22. 6:30pm - 8:00pm.
  • Introduction to Creative Writing: Jennifer Case will help you explore the basics of creative writing through a variety of activities in this two part class. Participants read and discuss a short story, respond to writing prompts, and have the opportunity to share their efforts in a safe and friendly workshop setting. Ages teen - adult. Monday, Oct. 20 and Monday, Oct. 27, 6:30pm - 8:30pm.
  • Planning Your Wedding: Ask Questions and learn from wedding planning professionals; we'll be joined by a photographer, a florist, a D. J., bakery representatives and bridal shop experts. Registration is requested. Sunday, Sept.28. 2:00pm - 4:00pm.

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