The Gates Public Library and the Westside Family YMCA are excited to announce a partnership to educate preschool children, which is the first of its kind in the Western New York region and one of only a few in the United States and Canada.
The numbers of families with children seeking a preschool education exceeds the space available through the services offered by Gates and Chili. As a result, dozens of potential students are being turned away each year. In collaboration with the YMCA, Gates Public Library will be providing two classrooms in an adjacent building that will be used to educate well over 100 children annually who may not otherwise have access to a preschool education or before- and after-school care.
The YMCA has been offering preschool classes, as well as before- and after-school care, for children for more than 30 years, making the organization a natural partner in this critical endeavor. The YMCA is Monroe County’s largest childcare provider, and offers scholarships and a sliding-payment scale for families. Information on reduced tuition can be fond on the YMCA’s website at bit.ly/Westsidechildcare.
“By sharing our best-in-class resources we can provide the best possible childcare and preschool education to the children of our community,” said Chris Mangone, district vice president of Westside Operations for YMCA of Greater Rochester. “This unique partnership between a town and a YMCA presents a tremendous opportunity for education.”
An additional benefit to the community is this program will not cost the Town of Gates taxpayers any extra money. It is being paid for by a combination of a $229,330 grant, private donations gathered through fundraising, and capital reserve funds. When the Gates Public Library was built in 2011, 7,400 people attended to a library program. In 2016 that number grew to 33,300, outpacing existing ability to meet the current demand for educational library programs for all ages.
“A failure to educate these children today will result in a future where America can no longer out-innovate other countries,” said Gates Public Library Director Greg Benoit. “For centuries the world has looked to the United States for technology developments such as the electricity, air travel, medical treatments, and technological wonders that bring humanity together like the internet and smartphones. If we wish to retain our leadership position in the world, we must educate these children. Our future depends on it.”
You may have heard of Robert Peary, but do you know the name of the African American explorer who discovered the North Pole with him? How about the name of the first African American woman to enlist in the United States Army?
Now that it is February, the Gates Public Library is excited to celebrate Black History Month! We have assembled an in-house history walk to share information with you about twelve lesser known African Americans who have done incredible things. Twelve stations have been placed on both floors of the library. Each station has three different features. First, there is a picture and short summary of the individual's achievements. With this feature, we encourage you to read more about each person and view historical documents pertaining to his or her achievements. Finally, each station lists the location of the next station. This way, you can make sure you visit all twelve stations!
You can start at any of the twelve stations and work your way through the library. Before you leave, make sure you stop at our atrium display table and leave us a comment about something you learned or were inspired by. This display will be in place throughout the entire month of February.
$50 First Prizes and $25 Runner-Up Prizes.
A special $25 Prize will be awarded for a poem based on a Gates theme.
The Friends of the Gates Public Library is sponsoring a poetry contest open to all students attending Gates schools, or Gates students attending schools elsewhere. The contest prizes will be awarded in three divisions:
- Kindergarten - 5th Grade
- Middle School
- High School
Poems may be written in any style, rhymed or unrhymed. Maximum length: 25 lines. Entries are due by April 11, 2016. They must be accompanied by the entrant's name, address, phone number, school attended and grade. Students may submit up to two poems.
The winners will be announced at the Friends Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 17, 2018. The Gates Public Library will close early on that day so that the awards can be given out in the library atrium on the main floor. The contest is named after Elizabeth Hinchey, the wife of Franklin Hinchey and a multi-talented woman who wrote poetry. Entries should be mailed to:
Friends Poetry Contest
Gates Public Library
902 Elmgrove Road
Rochester, New York 14624
Gates Chili Chamber of Commerce recently announced its sixth annual college scholarship award to recognize high school students who demonstrate outstanding achievement in a business and marketing program and plan to pursue a business or marketing degree at the college level after graduation.
Gates Chili Chamber will award a $1,000 scholarship to one student at Gates Chili High School and one student at Churchville-Chili Senior High School.
To be eligible, students must be a senior enrolled at Gates Chili High School or Churchville-Chili Senior High School, enroll in business/marketing course in the fall and/or spring and complete three units in business/marketing by the end of the current school year.
Students selected for recognition will demonstrate academic achievement, character, leadership and service to their school and/or community.
Applications are due to school guidance offices by April 13. Contact guidance offices or high school business departments for an application.
Visit gcchamber.com for information.
Effective immediately we are raising the limits on our movies! You can now check out 10 DVDs per card per visit. You can check out 7 Blu-Rays per card per visit. Our Red Hot Express movies are limited to 2 per card per visit.
In addition, we are working on making more items renewable! Our DVDs and Blu-Rays are now renewable and over the course of the next month we will be changing over our other media items (such as CDs) to be renewable as well. This means you will be able to renew movies and CDs up to two times (as long as there are no holds). Our Red Hot Express movies will not be renewable.
You can renew items in person, over the phone, or online at libraryweb.org or through the MCLS-To-Go app. If you renew online check to make sure that your items have renewed. If your items have not renewed give us a call at 247-6446 and we can check on the status of your items.
Don't miss out on the exciting educational and recreational programs at the Gates Public Library. Sign up for our bimonthly Constant Contact and you will find out about:
- Craft programs for all ages, including children, teen, and adults.
- Cooking tutorials with samples.
- Jewelry making classes.
- Movie showings.
- Science demonstrations for all ages.
- Book discussion groups.
- Health and wellness seminars.
- Money management seminars.
- Discussions on important issues impacting the Gates community.
- Field trips to historic locations in the Rochester area.
- First aid and home alone safety guidelines for teens.
- Practice SAT and ACT tests.
- Baby story times.
- Story Time Yoga.
- Our creative writing group.
- Technology seniors.
- Book sales.
- Fundraising Efforts.
- Our ever popular story times and dance parties for children.
- And so much more!
The Gates Public Library is a proud member of the Gates Chili Chamber of Commerce.
Each month the Chamber of Commerce arranges education seminars and luncheons on wide ranging topics from local economic development efforts, new businesses moving into the Gates and Chili communities, local and state government initiatives, workforce development, career mentorship lectures, emerging educational trends in secondary schools and academia, ribbon cuttings for newly opened businesses, as well as many other commerce and community related topics.
As a member of our community, you are welcome to attend any and all of these events. Please consider signing up for the free Gates Chili Chamber of Commerce email newsletter to stay current with all of these exciting developments that are impacting and improving the quality of life in our town.
We are excited to announce Hoopla Digital: a new digital media streaming service, through which you may enjoy: movies, TV show, music albums, downloadable audiobooks , ebooks, comics, and graphic novels.
Available on your computer, tablet or Smartphone! On a mobile device, content may be temporarily downloaded and accessed offline or, in either the app or on a computer, all borrowed content may be enjoyed while connected to the internet by streaming.
As a Gates Public Library resident, you may borrow up to four titles per month. To register Hoopla Digital for free, please download the Hoopla Digital app from the Apple Appstore or Google Play. On a computer, you may visit hoopladigital.com and select the Gates Public Library.
The Monroe County Library System has a new mobile app! MCLS TO GO replaces our previous mobile app. MCLS TO GO is available in the Apple Appstore and Google Play now. If you have the old MCLS Mobile app installed on your phone, you will need to delete it and replace it with the new MCLS TO GO app.
Opening the MCLS TO GO app takes you to a landing page where you can search the catalog, download digital content, find library hours and locations, and see events at libraries throughout Monroe County.
The MCLS TO GO app also provides you access to your account and a digital copy of your library card that you can use when you check out items.
While you’re in your account you can check on the status of your holds, view what you have checked out and renew items, manage your saved lists, and pay overdue fines.
The MCLS TO GO app is a work in progress. Future enhancements will include personalized reading recommendations, the ability to filter and sort search results, and access to saved searches, title ratings, and reviews.