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Ideas 'n' Authors

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.

Nonfiction Readers Book Club

Discover a new kind of book club and join our new Facebook Group, Nonfiction Readers! The first month in March will be an open discussion meeting to determine how the group wants to select the next book title. Don't miss it and join us today! To keep it fun and engaging for all, books will be chosen by members with monthly Facebook polls and postings about the book’s author, topic, and trivia will take place all month long.

Live discussion will be in the Facebook group at 7:00 pm on the third Tuesday every month. Come as you are - No webcams required! All titles will be available in digital format from our Hoopla catalog, but for those who prefer traditional print, there will be physical copies at the Circulation Desk. Why not join today and see what all the excitement is about? Please click here to join the private Facebook group.

Betsy Dobles is our Nonfiction Readers moderator and welcomes your questions and feedback. Contact her at gatesreference@libraryweb.org.

The Art of Adaptation

The Gates Public Library is excited to launch The Art of Adaptation, a unique monthly book/film series. It begins April 14 with a discussion of the 1963 movie "The Haunting" and its source, Shirley Jackson's 1959 book "The Haunting of Hill House."
The series explores movie adaptations of books. Each month, participants will read a designated book and then watch the movie version. On the second Wednesday evening of the month at 7:00 p.m., we will gather by Zoom for an informal discussion, exploring how the adaptation stacked up, and the strengths and weaknesses of different storytelling media. The books and movies are available to borrow free from Gates Public Library, or to download/stream from the library’s OverDrive and Hoopla services.
For more information, see our calendar at: bit.ly/artofadaptation

YMCA/Senior Living Communities

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 Paula Blackburn, Adult Services Librarian. 


Notary Public

Gates Public Library offers free notary services. Please call ahead to ensure that our notary is in.


Tech Tutor

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 at (585) 247-6446 to book a tech tutor appointment.


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.


Adult News

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Nonfiction Readers Book Club: April's Selection

Mar 26th, 2021 at 10:30 AM

It's time to pick up (or download) our next title for Nonfiction Readers Book Club!

Live discussion will be in the Facebook group at 7:00 pm on the third Tuesday every month. Next month, we'll be meeting on Tuesday, April 20th. Come as you are - No live webcams, just fun conversations!

April's title selection is, "The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies," by Jason Fagone.

Click here to join the private Facebook group. All titles will be available in digital format from our Hoopla catalog as an ebook and audiobook, but for those who prefer traditional print, there will be physical copies at the Circulation Desk available for check out.

"See" you there!

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Late Night Halloween Party: Monster Ball

Sep 13th, 2018 at 8:00 AM

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.

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The Double Initial Murders: Nightmare in Rochester

Aug 21st, 2018 at 9:07 AM

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.

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#ReadWomen Book Club

May 30th, 2018 at 9:22 AM

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.

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Creative Writing Group at Gates Public Library

Aug 19th, 2016 at 6:09 PM

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. 

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