BOOKS, MOVIES, MUSIC, AND MORE! READY FOR CURBSIDE PICKUP
As of Monday, June 1st, curbside pickup service will be available! Library staff are very excited to get the collection back into the hands of avid readers, learners, and patrons of the Gates community.
Curbside Pickup Hours: Monday - Friday | 10 AM - 4 PM
HOW IT WORKS:
Monday - Friday from 10 am - 4 pm.
1. Have your library card ready and prepare your requests ahead of time with title, author, and format.
2. Call or email the library providing your library card number and phone number with the item requests and staff will check the shelves to see if the items are available for check out.
3. Staff will call you back with an update on your requests and have your items checked out and ready for pick up.
4. Arrive at the library for curbside pickup and let us know you're here. Pop your trunk or lower the window of your backseat and library staff will deliver the items to your vehicle! Please do not leave your vehicles.
It is recommended to visit the library's online catalog to preview availability.
Please let us know if you or someone you know needs internet access. We have a limited number of Mi-fi hotspots available to loan!
Library staff will be wearing masks and gloves to ensure the safety of each other and the community. Rest assured, we will be handling library materials according to hygiene and sanitation requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Health (DOH).
Library materials are currently being accepted through the book drop. (Accessible around the back of the building facing east.)
Did you know we have teamed up with the Gates Chili Central School District to bring you Fun Fridays every Friday until the end of the school year? Join us every Friday during GCSD meal distribution at either the Middle School, Paul Road or Walt Disney between 11am and 1pm to pick up your very own Take & Make Craft! For more information about the free meals program, please visit this website.
This Friday, May 29, we're celebrating a special Spartan Spirit Fun Friday! Spartacus wants to see your your best homemade Spartan armor, too: helmets, shields, shin guards, body armor like breast plates and back plates, bracelets and your robe. Use items from around home or even nature to design the most creative, colorful Spartan-wear out there! Recyclables, cardboard boxes, old toys, face paint, dress-up clothes, you name it, get your gear on! Students and their families are welcome to submit individual or group photos. Upload a picture sporting your armor by May 29 at gateschili.org/SpartanChallenge.
You can also dress up and see Spartacus live on Friday, May 29 during Gates Chili Central School District meal distributions: Middle School 11am, Paul Road 11:45am, & Walt Disney at 12:25pm. Did we mention PRIZES? Prizes will be provided by the Gates Public Library and awarded for the best submissions! #GCPride #SpartanSpirit #FunFridays
We hear you. We see you. We know you want the library back and we are looking forward to it! Before we do, we have to make sure library staff are properly equipped and trained with the safety of community and staff being the first priority. Stay tuned for more info coming soon!
Loans have been extended and library items are now due back on June 29th. We continue to ask patrons to keep library materials until bookdrops re-open at a later date.
Manage your account at www.libraryweb.org
Did you know all students of the Gates Chili School District have access to Sora? In collaboration with Monroe BOCES 2 and GCSD, Sora is a FREE collection of ebooks and audiobooks for independent, self-directed, or teacher-assigned reading. Students can read or listen to these books using a Chromebook, desktop computer, or personal mobile device.
Below are downloadable directions from the Gates School District:
Sign into the Sora App
Visit https://soraapp.com/welcome and follow the instructions to get started!
While you’re staying indoors, why not do a little digging into your family history? For a limited time, ancestry.com (in partnership with the National Archives and Records Administration) is providing FREE access to nearly 500 million records! All you have to do is set up a FREE account with ancestry.com when prompted!
Additionally, ancestryk12.com has temporarily made many of their educational resources free!
Records from the National Archives: https://www.ancestry.com/cs/nara
During these uncertain times, we wanted to remind you to make sure you fill out the census! For the first time, in 2020 the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online. The process will be quick and secure. You can respond to the census in less time than it takes to finish your morning coffee. You’ll still be able to respond by mail. To learn more about what to expect, visit 2020census.gov.
Like many other libraries across the county, we have increased the number of ebook and audiobook titles in OverDrive! You can choose a contemporary title, or browse the thousands of newly added classic titles. If you're going to be staying home for a while, why not catch up one those classics you've always wanted to read but have never had time for?
Visit https://libraryweb.overdrive.com/ to get started!
Don't have a library card? Don't worry! You can apply for an E-Card! You just need a valid e-mail address and reside in Monroe County. Follow the link here to get started! https://libraryweb.org/using_the_libra…/e-card-registration/
If you already have a physical library card, you do not need an e-card!
Attention Hoopla users! We have exciting news!
In order to provide relief to libraries and to provide more content to patrons during this difficult time of sheltering at home, Hoopla Digital has curated the Hoopla Bonus Borrows Collection! This list of more than 1000 top titles will be FREE to libraries - PLUS each patron will be debited ZERO borrows when they borrow any of the included titles!
In addition to these titles, patrons will also continue to have access to hoopla's full collection of over 750,000 eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, music, comics, and more. The collection will be free to libraries and patrons through 4/30/20.
If you’re using the mobile site, you can make sure you’re borrowing from the Bonus Borrows Collection by clicking on a format and looking for “Bonus Borrows” under the genres heading. If you’re viewing Hoopla on your browser, look for Bonus Borrows on the scrolling banner.
At this point, the libraries that are subscribed to Hoopla are Gates, Central, Greece, and Pittsford. You must be a resident of these towns or the City of Rochester to use the service.
For more information or to get started, visit https://www.hoopladigital.com/
We are still here for you! If you have a general reference question, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org! We will be checking and answering reference questions Monday through Friday from 9 am until 5 pm.
And remember, you can always check on the status of your library account at https://libraryweb.org/