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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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Remembering Pushp

Sep 5th, 2014 at 10:55 AM

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of former library clerk Pushp Bansal. Pushp worked for the library for 23 years. She was the type of person who brightened the day with her presence.  Her smile was beautiful and genuine, and her laugh came often and was infectious. She always worked with utmost care to insure each patron was acknowledged and helped. As bookkeeper, she kept track of the library’s finances. When she became the Adult Services clerk, she ordered and processed all of the adult books for the library, a very important job in our library, with our large and diverse collection. In addition, she took part in many other staff events and committees. Kind and generous of spirit, she was an integral and loved member of our library family, and we shall miss her deeply and always.

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New Program Series Launching This Fall

Jul 29th, 2014 at 7:37 PM

We are excited to announce that this fall we will be launching a new series of free library programs called "Lifelong Learners" targeted to today's active and inquisitive seniors.

  • The series will kickoff on September 18th with Antiques Appraisal Roadshow, where antiques expert H. Price Prazar will offer a verbal appraisal of your special family heirloom or treasures. Mr. Prazar has done appraisals since 1984 and has worked with WXXI on their Antique Road Show program.
  • On Thursday, October 16th and Thursday, October 23rd we are offering a two part class on Self-Defense for Seniors and Home Safety for Seniors. Both classes will be lead by martial arts expert Matt Dorsey. He will instruct attendees in the basics of personal self-defense adapted to the specific needs of the senior population. At the second class he will provide techniques for securing your home from break ins and burglaries.
  • Just in time for Thanksgiving, we will be hosting a Family Recipe Potluck on Saturday, November 15th! Come with your appetite and a dish to pass from your family's cookbook, and leave with some new ideas for you next Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Save time this Christmas season and help raise money for the Gates Public Library by having your holiday gifts wrapped by one of our volunteers on Saturday, December 13th.
  • Get in on that popular trend of Scrapbooking on Thursday, January 15th. Jen Jacob will lead a class on how to preserve your photographs and keepsakes in a stylish scrapbook. We will provide all materials. You provide the photographs.
  • Just in time for Valentine's Day! Thursday, February 12th learn the basics of Flower Arranging from a professional florist and make a bouquet that is as unique as you are.

Register online or by calling (585) 247-6446.

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Library Benefit Golf Tournament & Dinner Auction

Jul 17th, 2014 at 2:30 PM

There is still time to register for the 18th annual Gates Chili Chamber of Commerce golf tournament and dinner auction. Proceeds will be split between the Friends of the Gates Public Library and the Friends of the Chili Public Library, and will help support library services and events that we might otherwise not be able to offer.

The event will be held on August 4th, 2014 at the Brook Lea Country Club. Range practice and breakfast will begin at 9:30 am, golfing begins at noon, and the dinner auction begins at 6:00 pm.

A single golf package is $175 and includes lunch, 18 holes of golf, a cart, access to the range, and dinner. Foursome packages are available for $600 and also include 18 holes of golf, a cart, access to the range, and dinner. If you only wish to attend the dinner auction you may do so for $40. Register online at the Gates Chili Chamber of Commerce website.

The dinner auction will be hosted by WBEE's Steve Hausmann, and auction items include a futon of your choosing from Sleep City, autographed sports memorabilia, and gift baskets with gift certificates to some of Rochester's most popular restaurants and entertainment venues. 

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Summer Reading Program

Jul 1st, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Our summer reading programs for children, teens, and adults are in full swing. The themes this year all relate to science. Please stop by our checkout desk to register. Also, be sure to check out our summer library program schedule. We have added additional programs for people of all ages to accommodate increased demand.

Children's Summer Reading

The theme for the children's summer reading program is "Fizz, Boom, Read!" Children who participate will receive a prize each week. We have several science related programs for children including Food Science, Making Glow in the Dark Slime, a Science of Snow Storytime, and Science is a Blast! with the Wondermakers.

Teen & Tween Summer Reading

The theme for this summer's teen and tween reading program is "Spark a Reaction." Teen and tweens are encouraged to read books of their choosing and will be entered into a weekly raffle drawing with multiple prize winners. Teens and tweens can enjoy the science related library programs Tween Craft: Tissue Paper Turtle and Slime Creations.

Adult Summer Reading

Adult are encouraged to read science related books from our science book list, but are welcome to read any books of their choosing. Participants will be entered into a weekly drawing for prizes. There will be multiple winners selected each week. Adults can enjoy the science related programs Three Dimensional Bookbinding and Beer Making.

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New "How-To" Program Series

Jun 24th, 2014 at 11:11 AM

We've added new programming to help you start a new hobby, learn some skills and get help planning life events.  They are all offered on the weekend, at 2:00 pm.  Registration is requested for each program. Click here for more information and to sign up.

Sunday, June 22 - Easy Meals for Busy People

  • Wegmans staff will prepare fast easy and yummy dishes.

Sunday, July 27 - Beer Making

  • A local brewery will teach techniques of beer making.

Sunday, August 24 - First Time Home Buying

  • Meet a realtor and attorney who have advice for novices.

Sunday, September 28 - Planning Your Wedding

  • Learn and ask questions from a variety of wedding planning professionals.

 Saturday, October 11 - Dog Training

  • See the Clicker Training teach dogs basic commands.

Sunday, November 9 - Home Winterization

  • Learn how to winterize your home for cold weather.

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New Friday Night Film Series

Jun 19th, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Check out our new series of bimonthly movies! Films are shown every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month at 8:00 PM, in our meeting room. Themes for this year are:

  • June: Science Fiction
  • July: John Hughes films
  • August: Cool 80s Action Teens!
  • September: Comedy
  • October: Horror
  • November: Sports
  • December: Christmas

 Check our program calendar for more details.

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Golf Tournament and Dinner Auction

Jun 18th, 2014 at 3:24 PM

The Gates-Chili Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 18th annual golf tournament. This year proceeds will be split between the Friends of the Gates Public Library and the Friends of the Chili Public Library. This year's tournament will be held at Brook Lea Country Club on Monday, August 4th. Shotgun start at noon, cocktails will be served at a cash bar at 5:00 PM, followed by dinner, golf awards, and raffle at 6:00 PM. WBEE's Steve Hausmann will be hosting the evening's auction.

You can register to golf or join us for the dinner auction at the Gates-Chili Chamber of Commerce website. 

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