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Celebrate Black History Month

Feb 4th, 2021 at 2:00 PM

February is Black History Month and Gates Public Library is recognizing the role of African Americans in the history of the United States of America.

Celebrate and honor the rich history of African Americans by reading titles written by black authors, support a local black owned business, or learn more on your own!

Book lists of black authors

  • Children's book titles
  • Teen book titles
  • Adult book titles

Black Men in White Coats Discussion Panel: The documentary, Black Men in White Coats, which dissects the systemic barriers preventing black men from becoming medical doctors and the consequences for society at large, will be viewable to the public on February 15-19. View now

The Rochester Public Library (RPL) has gathered a panel of local doctors and medical professionals as a companion to the documentary. Join this Zoom panelist discussion on February 19 at 6:30 PM. More info

Businesses and Organizations to Support:

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National Bird Feeding Month

Feb 4th, 2021 at 1:06 PM

February is National Bird Feeding Month! Stop in the library to check out the display and pick up bags of birdseed to enjoy the seasonal journeys of birds passing through. 
Included is the display are:
  • information about local birding groups
  • feeder report sheets
  • list of common backyard birds
  • instructions on how to make a milk jug birdfeeder and an entry to win a birdseed birdhouse
  • and more!
Live presentation on local hotspots for birders will be presented by Mike Bergin, founder of the 10,000 birds website. 
Wednesday, February 24th at 6:30 PM.

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Take Your Child to the Library Day

Feb 3rd, 2021 at 4:38 PM

Saturday February 6th is Take Your Child to the Library Day!

Library staff are excited to celebrate with you with an open invitation to stop by the Gates Public Library on Saturday!

There will be a full day, drop-in Library Word Hunt (with sharks!) much like the Turkey Word Hunt we did back in November. There will be 10 sharks hidden around the building with library themed words! Pick up a word sheet and record all 10 words with their corresponding sharks. Once you’ve done this, stop at the front desk to claim your prize!
This program does not require registration and will be going on the whole day!

To keep the fun going, there will be a magnetic fishing game set up in the atrium with prizes for all the brave fishermen and fisherwomen! The best part yet, our very own library shark, Phinneas, will be making an appearance around 2 pm! Stop by to give him a high five and take a photo or two! He can’t wait to see you!

We are looking forward to celebrating Take Your Child to the Library Day with all of you!

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Winter Accessories Donation Drive

Feb 2nd, 2021 at 3:39 PM

For the love of winter, the library will be hosting a donation drive for the entire month of February. The Town of Gates community has been so responsive to support others in need and we thank you for that. This month we will be collecting NEW mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves for the Center for Youth Services. 

Items can be dropped off at the front desk or the marked bin near the stairs inside our atrium here at the Gates Public Library!

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Upcoming Book Clubs

Feb 2nd, 2021 at 2:53 PM

Join the library's club of avid readers and connect over books! There are four monthly book clubs in store this year. 

Nonfiction Readers - Coming soon!

Discover a new kind of book club and join our Facebook Group, Nonfiction Readers! Books will be chosen by members with monthly Facebook polls, opportunities to engage in postings about the book’s author, topic, and trivia will take place all month long. For more information, contact Betsy Dobles, Book Club moderator, at
Meetings held every third Tuesday of each month starting Tuesday, March 16. 

Art of Adaptation - Coming soon!

A unique virtual book/film discussion series exploring movie adaptations of books. Meets the second Tuesday of each month. More info coming soon!

Ideas 'N' Authors

Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month from 7:00-8:30PM. For more information, contact Heidi Jung, Teen Services Librarian, at 585-247-6446.
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#Readwomen Authors

Read Women book club is rebooting! There will be a re-introductory meeting to discuss and choose the types of books and genres the group wishes to read. 
More info

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Roc to Work Series

Feb 1st, 2021 at 4:27 PM

In partnership with RochesterWorks, the Monroe County Library System presents “Getting ROC to Work” A series of skill-building workshops to help you start your job search or get back into the workforce. 

Coming up:

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Library Closed

Jan 18th, 2021 at 9:21 AM

The library is closed today on Monday, January 18th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

We will reopen at 10 am on Tuesday, January 19th.

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Recruiting Library Board of Trustees

Dec 10th, 2020 at 12:32 PM

A Library Board Trustee is a service position within your community who provides a voice in charting the direction of your local public library while helping to make decisions for the library’s future. All interested candidates may submit a letter of interest and résumé for consideration to the library director by mailing it in, dropping it off during open hours, or emailing it to The library director will forward all interested applications to the president of the board by December 31.

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Submit applications to Library Director, Anna Souannavong.



Mail directly to: 902 Elmgrove Road, Rochester, NY 14624

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Holiday StoryWalk

Dec 4th, 2020 at 3:32 PM

Come visit our StoryWalk located outside the Gates Public Library on the front windows! This month's StoryWalk features The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore with illustrations by Loren Long. Fun for the whole family!

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GCCC Supports the Community for the Holiday!

Nov 18th, 2020 at 1:34 PM

Beginning December 1st through December 20th, the Gates Public Library & the Chili Public Library will begin accepting donations on behalf of the Gates Chili Chamber of Commerce. This year's donations will be supporting Linda’s Cupboard at Hope Hall and the Pirate Toy Fund! Donations can be brought to either the Chili Public Library or Gates Public Library. Drop-off boxes will be placed just inside each library entrance from December 1st - December 20th.

The Pirate Toy Fund is the only nonprofit organization in the country dedicated to distributing new toys year-round to children-in-need throughout the Greater Rochester region. Founded by local children's entertainer, Gary The Happy Pirate, the Pirate Toy Fund has distributed over 250,000 toys since 1995 and continues to actively pursue new avenues to expand our mission. Gary was inspired to found this endeavor by a special friend, Christie Simonetti. New and unwrapped toys can be dropped off at either library.

Linda’s Cupboard- Linda’s Cupboard opened in October 2010 in loving memory of Sister Diana Dolce’s sister, Linda Foster. Linda was a beloved member of the Hope Hall family and served as our Development Staff for many years until her passing. All donations go to Hope Hall families who struggle to make ends meet. Families are chosen based on their income level and family size.

Currently, Linda’s Cupboard is in need of the following non-perishable items:

  • Cereal (no sugar added)
  • Peanut Butter, Grape Jelly, & Tuna Fish
  • Canned or Boxed Soups
  • Ground Coffee
  • Rice, Pasta, Instant Mashed Potatoes
  • Dish Soap & Paper products (paper towel, napkins, toilet paper)
  • Body Wash, Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Toothpaste & Toothbrushes

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