The Gates Public Library is excited to announce the debut of our 2019 - 2022 Strategic Plan. Created with input from community surveys, library user focus groups, staff focus groups, and the library board of trustees, this new strategic plan outlines in how library services can be expected to evolve over the next three years. Some of the highlights include: a continued focus on developing community partnerships, new collections and services for specific demographics in the Gates community, and a streamlining of procedures to make your library experience even better!
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Enter our costume contest by coming dressed as your favorite video game character or internet meme!
Join Ralph and Vanellope on Friday, August 9th for a night of family friendly fun! Fun, food, and festivities start at 7:30 PM. Video game character and internet meme costume contest at 8:50 PM. Movie starts at 9:00 PM.
Video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz must risk it all by traveling to the World Wide Web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope's video game, "Sugar Rush." In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet -- the netizens -- to help navigate their way!
Wednesday, July 24 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Is your little one ready to take on preschool? Join us for our Partial Day Preschool Open House where you can get a tour, see our preschool space, enjoy drinks and snacks, and meet some of the teachers. This will also be an open forum to answer any questions you may have. This forum will take place in the YMCA Library space, which is located beside the Gates Public Library.
For more information on partial day preschool, please contact Melissa Allen at (585) 429-1260 or visit the Westside Family YMCA website..
Customizable Legal Forms
Gale Legal Forms offers a wide selection of essential state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms that may be customized for most common legal procedures. Many forms are ideal for supporting legal tasks relevant to business owners, such as filing for copyrights, patents and trademarks, articles of incorporation, licenses, and more.
Small Business Resource Center
Small Business Resource Center helps you with the four key business stages—plan, fund, start and manage, this resource covers all major areas of starting and operating a business, including financing, management, marketing, human resources, franchising, accounting, and taxes. More than 850 business plans are included from the Business Plans Handbook series, with new business plans added monthly.
Biography in Context is an engaging database of contextual information on the world's most influential people. Over 650,000 biographical entries cover a range of historically significant figures and present-day newsmakers.
Children Summer Reading
Sign up for ages 0-12 will begin on Monday, June 24th and ends on Saturday, August 10th. Come into the library and contract to read, or be read to, at least 10 minutes a day. You'd get lots of cool stuff to take home and mark your reading progress. Once a week, come back and get a prize, and move your spaceship around our bulletin board.
Teen Summer Reading
Sign up for ages 9-18 will begin Monday, June 24th and ends on Saturday, August 3rd. Come into the library and pick up a summer reading packet and hand in your registration card. Fill out and hand in a review card for every book you read (deposit box is on the Teen Services Librarian's Desk, on the second floor). Hand in review cards by 5:00 pm, Saturday of each week to be eligible for prize drawings which will take place each Monday. Winners will be notified by phone or e-mail.
Adult Summer Reading
Sign up will begin on Monday, June 24th and ends on Saturday, August 10th. You can choose whatever you want to read, whether they are books, books on CD, MP3s or e-books from the library or your own personal copies. Come into the library and pick up a summer reading packet and hand in your registration slip. Each packet has booklist recommendations and 5 review slips. Review slips can be returned into the box which will be put on top of atrium table. Prizes will be awarded each week.
Saturday, June 15th
Gates Library Foundation will be hosting their 3rd annual fundraiser with true crime author and journalist, Gary Craig and guest host, Nikki Rudd on the evening of Saturday, June 15th at 6:30 PM. Gary will discuss one of the most infamous heists in America, Rochester's unsolved Brink's armored car robbery of 1993. Registration is required for free general registration tickets and for the $25 VIP tickets.
Schedule of Events
- 6:30 PM: VIP Meet & Greet with Gary Craig and Nikki Rudd featuring selection of food from Agatina's Restaurant.
- 6:30 PM: VIP and free ticket holders can enjoy bidding on silent auction prizes, wine pull, 50/50 raffle, free food and drinks.
- 8:00 PM: Bidding closes. Gary Craig presentation begins.
- 9:00 PM: Raffle and auction winners announced.
Free General Registration Tickets
- Author presentation
- Silent auction
- 50/50 raffle
- Wine pull
- Book sales
- Commemorative t-shirt sales
$25 VIP Meet & Greet Tickets
- All benefits of general registration tickets
- Sit down with Author & Journalist Gary Craig & Journalist Nikki Rudd
- Free commemorative t-shirt
- Food and specialty cocktail
- Limited to 50 people
Sponsored in part by: General Code, Tractleads, The Harley School, Heritage Packaging, Stantec. Proceeds will benefit the Gates Public Library and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
A short, non-fiction piece written by Gates Public Library Board of Trustees member Melanie Savidis is featured Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandparents. This collection is full of stories by grandparents about being a grandparent, and grandchildren about their grandparents. Personal stories about legacies and traditions, a grandparent's wisdom and lessons from grandchildren as well as the joys and challenges of grandparenting will touch the heart and tickle the funny bone.
Check out a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandparents from the Gates Public Library today!
What is Linux? Linux is an operating system used to power a multitude of systems from your smartphone to your wireless router. In desktop computing terms Linux provides an alternative to commercial operating systems such as Windows or Mac OS. Linux is free, customizable, runs great on old PCs, and is easy to both maintain and use.
Join us on Saturday, April 20th from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM to learn the basics of Linux. The workshop is open to students in grades 6 -12. Sunnking has donated 15 older desktop computers, so each participant receives a computer installed with Linux.
Workshop is sponsored in part by New York State Senator Joseph Robach.
$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
Poems may be written in any style, rhymed or unrhymed. Maximum length: 25 lines. Entries are due by April 5, 2019. 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 16, 2019. 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
The Gates Public Library Board of Trustees has named the library's main meeting room in honor of former Town Supervisor Mark Assini. During Mark Assini's tenure as Town Supervisor he made numerous contributions to the quality of life in the Town of Gates including the construction of the library's current building located at 902 Elmgrove Road. Mark has been a steadfast supporter of the library and our efforts to help people of all ages learn and grow.