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Meet the Staff: Paula

Mar 16th, 2015 at 3:28 PM

What do you do at the Gates Public Library?

I am the Adult Services Librarian at the Gates Public Library. I order all of the Adult print materials, literacy materials, and run most of the adult programming.

What book has changed your life and how?

The book that most changed my life was "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll because for the first time I placed myself in a different world and allowed my mind to be opened to the possibility of an author's imagination.

What book made the biggest impact on you as a child?

The books that made the biggest impact on me as a child were the "I See Sam" series. I was two-years-old and I taught myself how to read using those books and it led to my life-long love of reading (and eventually working in a library).

You wake up to find your house is burning down. You only have time to save one object. What is it?

If I could only save one object from a house fire it would be my cell phone because it has pictures, memories, and even books on there.

What is your spirit guide animal?

I've taken several spirit animal quizzes and the majority of them seem to lead to the Owl being my spirit animal, so I'll go with Owl.

All of the titles under "Staff Recommendations" were selected by Paula.

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The Elizabeth Booth Hinchey Poetry Contest

Feb 5th, 2015 at 3:27 PM

$50 First Prizes and $25 Runner-Up Prizes in three divisions:

  • Kindergarten - 5th Grade
  • Middle School
  • High School

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.

Poems may be written in any style, rhymed or unrhymed. Maximum length: 25 lines. Entries are due by April 1, 2015. 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 May 13, 2015.

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

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New Learning Station in Children's Room

Jan 16th, 2015 at 1:03 PM

With hundreds of games divided into seven categories such as Science and Nature, Reading, Words and Phonics, and Music and Art, our new AWE Early Literacy Computer Station provides hours of learning and fun for children from toddlers to 4th grade. There are games as simple as Giggles Toddler ABCs and 123s, and as advanced as Know Your USA. So come in and give our new addition a try!

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Group Seeks to Build Transportation Service for Seniors

Jan 2nd, 2015 at 9:00 AM

In recent years, the Gates-Chili Community has seen an increase in seniors who are unable to find reliable transportation to doctor appointments, church services, or social functions. Many seniors are finding themselves unable to drive due to poor health or financial constraints. To combat this growing trend, a local group is seeking to create a volunteer based ride sharing program that would pair drivers with seniors who need transportation to important appointments.

This ambitious, and much needed initiative is being coordinated by Lifespan in partnership with the Chili Senior Center, Chili Public Library, Gates Recreation, Gates Public Library, Dunn Tower, and more than half a dozen churches including Trinity Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Parkminster Church, St. Christopher’s Church, St. Theodore Church, and the churches in the Gates Catholic Community.

In order to appropriately respond to this growing need, the coordinators are asking seniors who are in need of transportation and individuals who are interested in providing rides to take a short survey. Surveys can be found at any of the coordinating organizations or online at

If you are a member of a civic organization or church that is interested in joining the coordinating partnership, please contact Sr. Anne Guerin at

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Cooking Classes Coming in 2015

Dec 29th, 2014 at 1:14 PM

The Gates Public Library will be offering cooking classes each month in 2015. This new series will kickoff on Saturday, January 10th at 3:00 PM with "Healthy Seafood." Library users can look forward to a new class each month. Classes will be held on Saturdays, and topics will include healthy meals, quick meals, and ethnic foods.

Register for "Health Seafood" online, or by calling 585-247-6446. The monthly cooking classes are sponsored by the Friends of the Gates Public Library.

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Meet the Staff: Jen

Dec 16th, 2014 at 4:19 PM

What do you do at the Gates Public Library?

I am a library clerk in technical services, processing children and teen books. I also work at the circulation desk a few times a week.

What book has changed your life and how?

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. This is a very thoughtful and insightful book that made me think about life in a different way. My favorite Richard Bach quote is: "The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each others life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof."

What book made the biggest impact on you as a child?

I loved and still love all books by Chris Van Allsburg. My favorite is The Mysteries of Harris Burdick because I loved looking at the illustrations and reading the short descriptions and thinking about my own stories behind the illustrations.

You wake up to find your house is burning down. You only have time to save one object. What is it?

I would rescue my dog first, but I would probably grab my cell phone right after that!

What is your spirit guide animal?


All of the titles under "Staff Recommendations" were selected by Jen.

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Thank You Bob & Peter

Dec 10th, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Thank you to Bob Renehan and Peter Derry for their many years of service and leadership on the Gates Public Library Board. Both Bob and Peter served as board president and were instrumental in getting the new library built.

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Kindle Fire Raffle Winner

Dec 7th, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Congratulations to Jillian, who won a Kindle Fire for completing our survey about library programs! Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback by filling out a survey. All Gates Public Library users can look forward to seeing an improvement on our already popular library programs and special events.

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Chamber of Commerce Makes Donation to Library

Nov 24th, 2014 at 6:18 PM

The Gates-Chili Chamber of Commerce raised $10,000 at their 2014 annual golf tournament and dinner auction at Brook Lea Country Club. The proceeds were split between the Friends of the Gates Public Library, the Friends of the Chili Public Library, and the Gates-Chili Chamber of Commerce. Chamber leaders presented each library with a check for $4,453.83. This money will be used to buy the Gates Public Library 11 iPads which will be used in technology instruction classes, programs where children create digital works of art, as well as made available for public use throughout the library. Without the financial support provided by the Gates-Chili Chamber of Commerce, we would not have been able to make these much needed additions to our library's services.

The Gates Public Library and the Chili Public Library will again be the beneficiaries of the Gates-Chili Chamber of Commerce's 2015 golf tournament and dinner auction fundraiser. The date will be August 3rd, 2015 and the event will be held at the Brook Lea County Club. Details on how to purchase tickets will be forthcoming.

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Book Club To Go

Nov 20th, 2014 at 6:30 PM

The library now has complete Book Club Discussion Kits to borrow! Each kit contains 8 copies of each title (including 3 large print copies) and 8 discussion guides to go along with them. The guides contain discussion questions, information about the author, and a list of similar books for more reading. Everything is kept in one bag, so all your book club needs to do is come pick one up! The kits can be borrowed for up to 8 weeks. The titles we currently have are: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple, Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, and Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. Come check one of these out, and keep a look out for more titles to be added soon!

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