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The Children’s Department is a warm and welcoming area for children, their caregivers, teachers, daycare providers, and anyone who is interested in children’s literature. We have an extensive collection of materials for children from birth to age 12 and their caregivers. Our space features a number of puzzles, blocks, and other manipulative and imaginative toys. Our aim is to offer such a comfortable and fun environment that no one wants to leave!

Books to Babies

Books to Babies

Books to Babies is a much loved Gates program that provides parents with resources for early childhood education. Studies have shown that much of a baby’s knowledge is gained by the age of three. Reading aloud to your baby will help them acquire language skills, give them a positive experience with books and will provide you with many pleasurable shared hours. Stop in to receive a Books to Babies packet to get started on your infant’s reading adventure.

Doodles Children’s Art Club


Children in grades 4 through 6 are invited to register for our Doodles Art Club. Participants can choose between following along with a guided art project or use whatever supplies we have on hand to make whatever art they choose.

Homeschooling Resources

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Whether you’ve made the decision to homeschool or you’re still considering the option, here are resources to offer help and guidance:

Children’s News

Diaper Drive: May 13 – June 17

Did you know: 1 in 3 families in the US experience diaper need? Because of this, the Gates Public Library is once again partnering with The Junior League of Rochester Diaper Bank to host another Diaper Drive.

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Kids’ Clothing Exchange: Spring 2024

HOW DOES IT WORK? Bring in clean (washed), gently-used children’s clothes, sizes newborn through 20, or children’s shoes. Donations will be accepted at our circulation desk:
MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2024 – FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2024…

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Kitten Shower with GRASP

Get ready, ’cause Kitten Season is upon us! On Saturday, April 27th, the volunteers from Greece Residents Assisting Stray Pets (GRASP) will be here for a very special Kitten Shower…

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New Children’s Books