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Mar 5th, 2021 at 12:45 PM

Gates Public Library has been working to remove barriers and reach equitable access for the patrons we serve. In this effort, the library will no longer charge $.50 hold fees for items requested to be picked up at the Gates Public Library.

To encourage efficient use of placing holds on library materials, there will be a $1 fine charged to the patron's account for any hold item that is not picked up within seven days.

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Purses For Willow Domestic Violence Center

Mar 2nd, 2021 at 4:24 PM

Gates Public Library will continue to host donation drives this year supporting a different organization each month. In honor of Women's History Month, we will be working with Willow Domestic Violence Center to be the recipient for March's community donation drive.

For the month of March, please consider donating new or gently used purses filled with toiletry and useful items you would have wished to receive had you been in need of support. Include a small note of encouragement to lift our community up! Filled purses can be brought to the Gates Public Library and placed in the donation box in the atrium of the library.


  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Body Wash
  • Perfume
  • Tampons/Pads
  • Feminine Wipes
  • Eyeshadow
  • Lipstick/Lipgloss/Chapstick
  • Body/Face Lotion
  • First Aid Kit

Other Items:

  • A book you love
  • Journal
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Adult coloring book
  • Reusable water bottle

Note of Encouragement:

  • Your purse must include a short and sweet handwritten note to the woman who receives your donation. This note is important as it gives the opportunity for women to build each other up and to personalize the experience of donating a purse to a woman who needs it

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Tax Information & Resources

Mar 2nd, 2021 at 3:48 PM

State Tax Questions - VISIT WWW.TAX.NY.GOV
Federal Tax Questions - VISIT WWW.IRS.GOV

C.A.S.H. (Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope)
Coalition operates free, high quality tax preparation assistance throughout Monroe County for income eligible persons.
For more information, call 585-242-6485 or visit the CASH website at

Monroe County Library System Website
For more information visit the Monroe County Library System Tax Information page at

The AARP Tax Aide Program
Provides income tax preparation for seniors. To find a site near you, call 1-888-687-2277 | Toll-Free Spanish 1-877-342-2277 or check out their site,

State Tax Help available online at
Personal Income Tax Refund Info – 518-457-5149
Personal Income Tax Info Center – 518-457-5181
Family Tax Relief Credit – 518-485-1057

Library staff cannot provide tax help or advice but will be happy to help you locate tax forms in paper and online and find local tax assistance.


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Library Launches Book-to-Film Series

Feb 18th, 2021 at 2:41 PM

The Gates Public Library is excited to launch The Art of Adaptation, a unique monthly book/film discussion series starting in April. 

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 diverse books cover the period 1939 to 2010, and the movie versions encompass a variety of genres, including drama, musical, horror, and works based on true stories.

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.

The series starts on April 14 with the 1963 movie The Haunting, based on Shirley Jackson's 1959 book The Haunting of Hill House.

To see the complete list of titles, download our PDF Schedule.


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Emergency Weather Alert

Feb 15th, 2021 at 7:35 PM

Due to the local weather emergency alert, the library will be open from 3pm to 7pm on Tuesday, February 16th. 

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Celebrate Black History Month

Feb 4th, 2021 at 2:00 PM

February is Black History Month and Gates Public Library is recognizing the role of African Americans in the history of the United States of America.

Celebrate and honor the rich history of African Americans by reading titles written by black authors, support a local black owned business, or learn more on your own!

Book lists of black authors

  • Children's book titles
  • Teen book titles
  • Adult book titles

Black Men in White Coats Discussion Panel: The documentary, Black Men in White Coats, which dissects the systemic barriers preventing black men from becoming medical doctors and the consequences for society at large, will be viewable to the public on February 15-19. View now

The Rochester Public Library (RPL) has gathered a panel of local doctors and medical professionals as a companion to the documentary. Join this Zoom panelist discussion on February 19 at 6:30 PM. More info

Businesses and Organizations to Support:

Additional Resources

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National Bird Feeding Month

Feb 4th, 2021 at 1:06 PM

February is National Bird Feeding Month! Stop in the library to check out the display and pick up bags of birdseed to enjoy the seasonal journeys of birds passing through. 
Included is the display are:
  • information about local birding groups
  • feeder report sheets
  • list of common backyard birds
  • instructions on how to make a milk jug birdfeeder and an entry to win a birdseed birdhouse
  • and more!
Live presentation on local hotspots for birders will be presented by Mike Bergin, founder of the 10,000 birds website. 
Wednesday, February 24th at 6:30 PM.

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Take Your Child to the Library Day

Feb 3rd, 2021 at 4:38 PM

Saturday February 6th is Take Your Child to the Library Day!

Library staff are excited to celebrate with you with an open invitation to stop by the Gates Public Library on Saturday!

There will be a full day, drop-in Library Word Hunt (with sharks!) much like the Turkey Word Hunt we did back in November. There will be 10 sharks hidden around the building with library themed words! Pick up a word sheet and record all 10 words with their corresponding sharks. Once you’ve done this, stop at the front desk to claim your prize!
This program does not require registration and will be going on the whole day!

To keep the fun going, there will be a magnetic fishing game set up in the atrium with prizes for all the brave fishermen and fisherwomen! The best part yet, our very own library shark, Phinneas, will be making an appearance around 2 pm! Stop by to give him a high five and take a photo or two! He can’t wait to see you!

We are looking forward to celebrating Take Your Child to the Library Day with all of you!

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Winter Accessories Donation Drive

Feb 2nd, 2021 at 3:39 PM

For the love of winter, the library will be hosting a donation drive for the entire month of February. The Town of Gates community has been so responsive to support others in need and we thank you for that. This month we will be collecting NEW mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves for the Center for Youth Services. 

Items can be dropped off at the front desk or the marked bin near the stairs inside our atrium here at the Gates Public Library!

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Upcoming Book Clubs

Feb 2nd, 2021 at 2:53 PM

Join the library's club of avid readers and connect over books! There are four monthly book clubs in store this year. 

Nonfiction Readers - Coming soon!

Discover a new kind of book club and join our Facebook Group, Nonfiction Readers! Books will be chosen by members with monthly Facebook polls, opportunities to engage in postings about the book’s author, topic, and trivia will take place all month long. For more information, contact Betsy Dobles, Book Club moderator, at
Meetings held every third Tuesday of each month starting Tuesday, March 16. 

Art of Adaptation - Coming soon!

A unique virtual book/film discussion series exploring movie adaptations of books. Meets the second Tuesday of each month. More info coming soon!

Ideas 'N' Authors

Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month from 7:00-8:30PM. For more information, contact Heidi Jung, Teen Services Librarian, at 585-247-6446.
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#Readwomen Authors

Read Women book club is rebooting! There will be a re-introductory meeting to discuss and choose the types of books and genres the group wishes to read. 
More info

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