Are you a newcomer to the world of computers and tablets? Are you someone who just wants to brush up on their skills?
The Gates Public Library offers one-on-one-computer, tablet, and e-reader training. Please contact Cathleen Carstens or Susan Spratling at (585) 247-6446 to book a tech tutor appointment.
Gates Public Library offers free notary services. Please call ahead to ensure that our notary is in.
What to Read Next
Don't know what to read next? Try checking out the recommendations in our book lists. You can also search your favorite author or book in Novelist Plus and find recommended read-a-likes. Lastly, feel free to stop by the library and ask one of our librarians for help selecting your next book.
When you read a great book (or even a lousy one) you always want to tell someone about it. Come to the Gates Public Library's book discussion group, Ideas 'n' Authors, and discuss books with people who love reading as much as you do. Ideas 'n' Authors takes place the first Monday of each month from September to June at 7:00 P.M. in the library meeting room. Copies of the current book the group is reading are available to check out at the circulation desk.
We also host book discussion groups at the YMCA and various senior living communities in Gates. If you are interested in having the Gates Public Library host a book discussion at your organization, please contact Greg Benoit.
Once a month we present Live-n-Learners, our travelogue series. Live-n-Learners is on a Monday and starts at 2:00 PM. If you would like to speak at one of our Live-n-Learners, please contact Heidi Jung.
Learn New Hobbies & Skills
Our "How To..." series will teach you a variety of new skills and hobbies, from cooking, to dog training, and home improvement. One weekend a month we bring an expert into the library to teach you everything you need to know to get acquainted with a new hobby.
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.
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone number, and the program you are interested in enrolling in. Deadline for submissions is Friday, September 26th.