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.
Join us for a free classic Halloween event, complete with trivia, a Frankenstein-themed escape challenge, special effects makeup, tarot card reading, monster horror movies, a doughnut eating contest, and so much more! This event is for adults ages 21 and up.
The evening will begin at 9:00 pm with trivia starting at 10:00 pm. An Eventbrite ticket will ensure your spot at trivia. Click here to reserve your free ticket.
This event is part of the Libraries After Dark, a series of themed after-hours social events for adults made possible through the Harold Hacker Fund for the Advancement of Libraries.
Do you know the Double Initial Killer? Rochester-native true-crime author Michael Benson will be here, discussing the unsolved 1971-1973 murders of Carmen Colon, Wanda Walkowicz, and Michelle Maenza, the crimes that shocked our community and terrified our children. There will be a slide-show presentation followed by a Q&A. New info. New suspects. Special guests.
Two sessions will be offered on Saturday, October 13th, 2018.
Join us for the first meeting of the book club that exclusively reads female authors. This Month we are reading Cherry by Mary Karr. Copies of the book are available at the check out desk. We will meet on Thursday, June 28th at 6:30 PM to discuss the book. Registration is appreciated. Register online or by calling (585) 247-6446.
In 2014 Joanna Walsh, author and journalist, founded #ReadWomen to promote and support books written by women. Any genre. Any length. Any kind. We hope to keep up the momentum.
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!