We won’t let anything stop us from summer reading!
All programs will begin on Monday, June 29th.
Here is everything you need to know about this year's Adult, Teen, and Children's Summer Reading Programs:
Adult Summer Reading | For Ages 18
Starting on Monday, June 29th, call or email the Gates Public Library and ask to have a registration packet ready for you to pick up via curbside pickup service. Each time you read an entire book or magazine or finish an audiobook, fill out a review slip. Once a week, put your review slip in the provided baggie and drop it off in the 24-hour book drop at the back of the building. Adult Services Librarian, Paula will collect your slips and pull names each week to win a special prize. Winner will be contacted by Paula and your prizes will be available to pick up through the library's curbside service!
Teen Summer Reading Program | For Ages 9-18
Starting on Monday, June 29th, call or email the Gates Public Library and ask to have a registration packet ready for you to pick up via curbside pickup service. Each time you read an entire book or magazine or finish an audiobook, fill out a review slip. Once a week, put your review slip in the provided baggie and drop it off in the 24-hour book drop at the back of the building. Teen Services Librarian, Heidi will collect your slips and pull names each week to win a special prize. Winners will be contacted by Heidi and your prizes will be available to pick up through the library's curbside service!
Children's Summer Reading Program | For Ages 2-12
It's time to dream, to wonder, to let your imagination run free with this year's Summer Reading Program at the Gates Public LIbrary! This year, we will be doing things a little differently. Each week, starting Monday, June 29th, we will be highlighting a different folk tale. Each folk tale will have a kit prepared that you can pick up at the library. The kits will contain a short retelling of the story, activities, a craft, and a prize. While we will not be tracking the time you read, we hope our kits will inspire you to share stories and fun times exploring and reading with your family. The program runs for six weeks, with new kits available each Monday from June 29th to August 3rd. Starting on Monday, June 29th call or email the Gates Public Library and ask to have a kit ready for you to pick up via curbside service.
As always, keep an eye on our Facebook/Instagram for any changes or updates. We appreciate your support as things change in the blink of an eye, and can't wait to get you all started on your summer reading journeys!
I MISS YOU!
I MISS YOU MORE!
NO, I MISS YOU MORE!
The library staff misses seeing and interacting with all of its GPL patrons! Please take a few minutes to tell us what you miss most about the Gates Public Library and let us know what resources and services you'd like to see in the future! Click on the button below to be directed to the survey!
What do you miss?
We took titles from various booklists we have seen circulating this week, and made these lists so you can start figuring out how to get your hands on them. We see books as a form of art, and as Alice Walker said, “If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for?”
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.
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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.