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Meet the Staff: Cathy

Sep 23rd, 2015 at 8:39 PM

What do you do at the Gates Public Library?

Everything to do with computers, as well as about 50% on the reference desk. Maintaining staff and public computers, doing a lot of the technical work for building the virtualized public computer system, helping patrons and staff with computer questions, teaching patrons to use computers, familiarizing myself with new technologies, proctoring exams, E-Rate, determining the need for new equipment and purchasing it, and pretty much anything else computer-related.

What book has changed your life and how?

This is tough. I have read so many good books. I love all of Jane Austen, but my life outside the library revolves largely around animals and agriculture. A book that gave me a lot of new insight into my relationship with my horses was Centered Riding. As a child I read all of the Black Stallion books. Honestly, changes in my life don't come suddenly, but gradually, as I slowly gain new insights. What really has changed me is working at the Gates Public Library. Helping library patrons, especially teaching computer skills, has been tremendously rewarding, and I hope that I have learned patience and compassion.

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

This is also a tough one. As you can imagine, I read a lot of horse books as a child. I always liked the books by Marguerite Henry, especially White Stallion of Lipizza, the story of a young person who gets the chance to study at the Spanish Riding School of Vienna. I suppose that this was something I wished I could do. The only picture book I remember from childhood is Kiki Dances, about a little girl who takes ballet lessons.

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

First I would focus on getting the dogs and house cat out safely. They are not objects, though. The object I would save is our wedding picture.

What is your spirit guide animal?

I have no idea, but I suppose that anyone who knows me would say the horse, specifically the Arabian horse. But I love all animals, and have cared for a great many different species. Many of them have been rescued and we adopted them. These include rabbits, iguanas, farm pigs, a potbellied pig, goats, dogs, cats, horses, chickens, ducks, and geese.

All of the titles under "Staff Recommendations" were selected by Cathy


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Fall Book Sale: September 9th - September 12th

Aug 24th, 2015 at 9:35 AM

Friends of the Gates Public Library Book Sale

Come choose from top quality hardcover books, paperbacks, children's books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, games, magazines, and VHS tapes. Over 9,000 items to choose from.

The book sale will be located that he Gates Town Hall, 1605 Buffalo Road, Rochester, NY 14624 in the Gates Recreation Room. All proceeds benefit the Gates Public Library.

  • Wednesday, September 9th: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Friends Members Preview Day. Everyone is welcome to join for $5.00 at the door. 
  • Thursday, September 10th: 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Friday, September 11th: 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, September 12th: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM "Two-Bucks-a-Bag Sale."

For more information email or call (585) 247-6446.

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Meet the Staff: Sarah

Jul 31st, 2015 at 9:00 AM

What do you do at the Gates Public Library?

I am a Reference Librarian for the Gates Public Library

What book has changed your life and how?

One book that has changed my life is 'Ender's Game' by Orson Scott Card. It showed me that life is not simply black and white, or good vs. bad but a series of choices that you make.

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

The book that made the biggest impact on me as a child was 'Tuck Everlasting' by Natalie Babbitt.

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

If my house was burning down and I only have time to save one thing it would be my cat.

What is your spirit guide animal?

My spirit animal is the platypus.

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

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Dinner Auction Pre-Bidding to Benefit Gates Library

Jul 23rd, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Register for the dinner auction in support of the Gates Public Library today! The Gates-Chili Chamber of Commerce will host a dinner auction at the scenic Brook Lea Country Club on August 3rd at 5:00 PM. The evening will feature a buffet of gourmet food and drinks, entertainment by 10 NBC's Rich Caniglia, as well as raffles and auctions. Registration is $40, and all proceeds benefit the Gates Public Library and the Chili Public Library.

You can also support the Gates Public Library by pre-bidding on the auction items in the atrium at the Gates Public Library and the Chili Public Library. Bidding will resume at the dinner auction on Monday, August 3rd.

Auction Items Include:

  • A Brewster cohiba futon with mattress donated by Sleep City. Value: $800.
  • A Canadian lakefront weekend retreat on a private lake. Donated by Duane & Mary Lou Krueger. Value: $650.
  • A one-of-a-kind handmade quilt. The quilt measures 70" x 70" and is truly a work of art. Made and donated by a member of the Friends of the Chili Public Library. Value: Priceless.
  • Two glasswork date night packages. Donated by Rochester Arc and Flame. Rochester Arc and Flame will provide everything to make a unique and memorable evening: an entertaining instructor, hors d'oeuvres, wine and all the materials necessary to make hearts, roses and animals keepsakes from glass. Value: $150 each.

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"Big Hero 6" Drive-In Movie: Friday, August 14th

Jul 18th, 2015 at 10:33 PM

Join us on Friday, August 14th for a free outdoor showing of Disney's Big Hero 6. The movie will be shown on a 24' movie screen in the Gates Public Library parking lot at 902 Elmgrove Road. We will begin selling concessions at 8:00 PM and the movie will begin at 9:00 PM. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and your friends!

Robotics prodigy Hiro lives in the city of San Fransokyo. Hiro's closest companion is Baymax, a robot whose sole purpose is to take care of people. When a devastating turn of events throws Hiro into the middle of a dangerous plot, he transforms Baymax into a high-tech super hero.

Big Hero 6 is presented by the Gates Public Library, the Westside Family YMCA, and the Friends of the Gates Public Library. Call 247-6446 for more information.

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Beanstack Comes to Children's Room

Jun 30th, 2015 at 7:49 PM

The Gates Library launched an exciting new service called Beanstack. Beanstack is an online service that helps you find books for your children – and setting up an account is easy! All you have to do is answer a few quick questions about your child’s interests and reading level. After that, you can start exploring the website.

You will receive a weekly book recommendation in your email which comes with a learning tip and a link to our catalog to locate the book. There are other fun features like app recommendations and learning guides, which are lists of books, crafts, activities and more based on a theme.

Beanstack also allows you to log your child’s reading so you can keep track of what books they have read. Logging books allows your child to earn badges that they will be able to pick up in sticker form at the library. Beanstack is a wonderful way to encourage and reward reading!

Visit today!

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Summer Reading Programs

Jun 24th, 2015 at 11:34 AM

Children's Summer Reading Program

To kickoff our children's summer reading program, we are having a party on Thursday, June 26th at 6:30 PM with stories, make your own superhero masks, and make your own ice cream sundaes.

This year's theme is "Every Hero Has a Story". Sign up for your Summer Reading Program starting Thursday, June 26th! Children ages 2 to 12 commit to read at least 10 minutes a day, and each week meet a new member of The Library League, an awesome group of superheroes with incredible powers. You will also receive a prize, a raffle ticket, and a cool superhero image to put up in the children's area. The program begins tonight and runs through August 7.

Teen Summer Reading Program

Your reading this summer can earn you weekly prizes and raffle tickets! Registration packets are available beginning Monday, June 29, for this year's "Unmask" themed program. The more you read, the better your chances of winning a prize. The program runs through August 8th. For ages 9 - 18.

Adult Summer Reading Program

This year's theme is "Escape the Ordinary!" Your reading this summer will earn you a review slip for every book you read . These slips will be drawn weekly for prizes. There are no limits, and you choose to read whatever you want.

Registration packets are available at the Circulation Desk, beginning Monday, June 29, so stop by and pick up your packet. The more you read, the better your chances of winning a prize. The program runs through August 14th. Mark your calendar for Monday evening, August 24th, the end-of-summer Party for adult readers! For ages 18 and up.

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Recycling Craft Challenge

Jun 22nd, 2015 at 1:16 PM

Create a unique object or idea that promotes recycling in your own backyard! Just use 100% recyclable or re-purposed material! Everything from gardens to bird feeders! We have made a display of recycling crafts and recycling project books to get your creative juices flowing.

Applications can be picked up at the Gates Public Library or the Gates Town Hall. Submit your application, a picture and a description of your project to the Gates Town Hall by July 31st. Presented by the Gates Conservation Advisory Board.

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Free Notary Public Services

Jun 15th, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Gates Public Library is excited to announce that we are now offering free notary services. Please call ahead to ensure that our notary is available at the day and time you plan to come to the library to have documents notarized.

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