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Apr 17th, 2020 at 9:05 AM

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 and follow the instructions to get started!

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Apr 10th, 2020 at 9:58 AM

While you’re staying indoors, why not do a little digging into your family history? For a limited time, (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 when prompted!

Additionally, has temporarily made many of their educational resources free!

Records from the National Archives:

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Census 2020

Apr 8th, 2020 at 10:23 AM

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

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Have You Checked Overdrive Lately?

Apr 6th, 2020 at 11:35 AM

Like many other libraries across the county, we have increased the number of ebook and audiobook titles in OverDrive! You can choose a contemporary title, or browse the thousands of newly added classic titles. If you're going to be staying home for a while, why not catch up one those classics you've always wanted to read but have never had time for?

Visit to get started!

Don't have a library card? Don't worry! You can apply for an E-Card! You just need a valid e-mail address and reside in Monroe County. Follow the link here to get started!…/e-card-registration/

If you already have a physical library card, you do not need an e-card!

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Exciting News About Hoopla!

Apr 3rd, 2020 at 3:12 PM

Attention Hoopla users! We have exciting news!

In order to provide relief to libraries and to provide more content to patrons during this difficult time of sheltering at home, Hoopla Digital has curated the Hoopla Bonus Borrows Collection! This list of more than 1000 top titles will be FREE to libraries - PLUS each patron will be debited ZERO borrows when they borrow any of the included titles!

In addition to these titles, patrons will also continue to have access to hoopla's full collection of over 750,000 eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, music, comics, and more. The collection will be free to libraries and patrons through 4/30/20.

If you’re using the mobile site, you can make sure you’re borrowing from the Bonus Borrows Collection by clicking on a format and looking for “Bonus Borrows” under the genres heading. If you’re viewing Hoopla on your browser, look for Bonus Borrows on the scrolling banner.

At this point, the libraries that are subscribed to Hoopla are Gates, Central, Greece, and Pittsford. You must be a resident of these towns or the City of Rochester to use the service.

For more information or to get started, visit

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Mar 20th, 2020 at 4:21 PM

The library will be closed to the public and staff starting 5pm today, Friday, March 20, 2020.

We are here to help during library closure!
  • Contact a Librarian Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm at
  • Loan periods extended! All items checked out on February 3, 2020 or later will have a due date of May 18, 2020. During this time, our bookdrop is closed and we ask patrons to hang on to library materials until further notice.
  • Manage your library account online at
  • Enjoy granted digital access to BookPage!
  • We've compiled a list of helpful Online Educational Resources to get you through this difficult time! Visit the list at And don't forget, our Databases are available for use at home. Just have your library card handy and you're good to go! You can see our databases here:
  • Monroe County Library System has robust Educational Resources for Families. View list at
  • Download Libby, Overdrive, and Hoopla and use your library card number for complete access to our subscriptions and digital content
  • Watch for live stream storytimes with Miss Hannah and Miss Mary Jo scheduled for Mondays and Tuesdays at 10:15 am.
  • Stay tuned for more information about our Minecraft Party on Thursday, March 26 from 6:00 - 7:00 PM!

Please check our website for continued updates on library services available during this time. We will get through this, together!

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Closed Until Further Notice

Mar 16th, 2020 at 8:54 AM

Effective Monday, March 16, the Gates Public Library will be closed to public entry and assembly until further notice. This decision was made in partnership with the town and Library Board of Trustees, and please know we did not take the decision lightly. We will continue to monitor and assess the situation and adjust services accordingly.

For those of you who have borrowed Library materials in your possession, need not worry of due dates and fines – we are working to extend loan periods at this time.

For more information, please read the Letter to our Community here:

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Elizabeth Booth Poetry Contest

Mar 9th, 2020 at 1:35 PM


$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
Middle School
High School

Poems may be written in any style, rhymed or unrhymed. Maximum length: 25 lines. Entries are due by April 15, 2020. 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 21, 2020.

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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