Gates Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Anna Souannavong has been appointed as the library's new Director, effective February 10, 2020.
Board President, Kirk Kettinger says, "The Gates Public Library Board of Trustees is pleased to have had such a strong field from which to choose... We believe that Anna is the right person to move the GPL forward and we are looking forward to great things ahead."
Anna shares, "It is an honor to serve as Library Director in a town I have come to know and appreciate for its diversity, inclusion, and love for community. Whether you're a parent or caregiver with a toddler in tow, a business owner seeking research, applying for jobs, studying for a life-changing exam, or simply here for the enjoyment of browsing collections and connecting with neighbors, patrons are welcome here. I am proud to work alongside talented and passionate library employees dedicated to serving library patrons in all walks of life. I look forward to building on the success of the Gates Public Library and meeting the evolving needs of its community."
Anna has her MS in Information & Library Science from University at Buffalo and studied Recreation and Leisure Management receiving her BS from The College at Brockport. She has over fifteen years of library experience working in various positions across Monroe County including Fairport, Greece, and Webster, before she landed in the Town of Gates in 2016 as Assistant Director. Her success stems from many challenges like learning to speak English as a second language in primary school and independently navigating the education system working towards the American dream. She is a Laotian-American who loves to travel, getting her hands dirty in the outdoors, and connecting with friends and family around a table of food. You can find her with her Bloodhound rescue, Gunnar, watching mma sports on UFC with her husband and supporting his love for the Buffalo Bills. Currently, she is reading, Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg.
Bonnie Todt, a Friends of the Gates Public Library board member, was a tireless library advocate. She volunteered multiple times per week at the bookstore and at book sales. An avid reader, she never missed a book sale. She was an animal lover who opened her home to rescues. Bonnie was a gentle soul with an infectious smile who always put others needs before her own. She will be sorely missed.
Friday, December 6 at 6:00 PM at the Greece Barnes & Noble.
Join us for an evening of free family fun and holiday season shopping that will benefit the Gates Public Library. A portion of the total from your sales will be given to the Gates Public Library.
The evening will include:
- Polar Express Story Time
- Frozen Singalong
- Build a Snowman
- Cookie Decorating
- Meet the New Gates Chili Schools Superintendent
If you cannot join us in person, use the bookfair ID #12547337 when shopping online at Barnes & Noble between December 6, 2019 and December 11, 2019, and a portion of your total will be donated to the Gates Public Library
The Gates Public Library is excited to announce the debut of our 2019 - 2022 Strategic Plan. Created with input from community surveys, library user focus groups, staff focus groups, and the library board of trustees, this new strategic plan outlines in how library services can be expected to evolve over the next three years. Some of the highlights include: a continued focus on developing community partnerships, new collections and services for specific demographics in the Gates community, and a streamlining of procedures to make your library experience even better!
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Enter our costume contest by coming dressed as your favorite video game character or internet meme!
Join Ralph and Vanellope on Friday, August 9th for a night of family friendly fun! Fun, food, and festivities start at 7:30 PM. Video game character and internet meme costume contest at 8:50 PM. Movie starts at 9:00 PM.
Video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz must risk it all by traveling to the World Wide Web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope's video game, "Sugar Rush." In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet -- the netizens -- to help navigate their way!
Wednesday, July 24 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Is your little one ready to take on preschool? Join us for our Partial Day Preschool Open House where you can get a tour, see our preschool space, enjoy drinks and snacks, and meet some of the teachers. This will also be an open forum to answer any questions you may have. This forum will take place in the YMCA Library space, which is located beside the Gates Public Library.
For more information on partial day preschool, please contact Melissa Allen at (585) 429-1260 or visit the Westside Family YMCA website..
Customizable Legal Forms
Gale Legal Forms offers a wide selection of essential state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms that may be customized for most common legal procedures. Many forms are ideal for supporting legal tasks relevant to business owners, such as filing for copyrights, patents and trademarks, articles of incorporation, licenses, and more.
Small Business Resource Center
Small Business Resource Center helps you with the four key business stages—plan, fund, start and manage, this resource covers all major areas of starting and operating a business, including financing, management, marketing, human resources, franchising, accounting, and taxes. More than 850 business plans are included from the Business Plans Handbook series, with new business plans added monthly.
Biography in Context is an engaging database of contextual information on the world's most influential people. Over 650,000 biographical entries cover a range of historically significant figures and present-day newsmakers.
Children Summer Reading
Sign up for ages 0-12 will begin on Monday, June 24th and ends on Saturday, August 10th. Come into the library and contract to read, or be read to, at least 10 minutes a day. You'd get lots of cool stuff to take home and mark your reading progress. Once a week, come back and get a prize, and move your spaceship around our bulletin board.
Teen Summer Reading
Sign up for ages 9-18 will begin Monday, June 24th and ends on Saturday, August 3rd. Come into the library and pick up a summer reading packet and hand in your registration card. Fill out and hand in a review card for every book you read (deposit box is on the Teen Services Librarian's Desk, on the second floor). Hand in review cards by 5:00 pm, Saturday of each week to be eligible for prize drawings which will take place each Monday. Winners will be notified by phone or e-mail.
Adult Summer Reading
Sign up will begin on Monday, June 24th and ends on Saturday, August 10th. You can choose whatever you want to read, whether they are books, books on CD, MP3s or e-books from the library or your own personal copies. Come into the library and pick up a summer reading packet and hand in your registration slip. Each packet has booklist recommendations and 5 review slips. Review slips can be returned into the box which will be put on top of atrium table. Prizes will be awarded each week.
Saturday, June 15th
Gates Library Foundation will be hosting their 3rd annual fundraiser with true crime author and journalist, Gary Craig and guest host, Nikki Rudd on the evening of Saturday, June 15th at 6:30 PM. Gary will discuss one of the most infamous heists in America, Rochester's unsolved Brink's armored car robbery of 1993. Registration is required for free general registration tickets and for the $25 VIP tickets.
Schedule of Events
Free food, drinks, and desserts from Cabot Creamery, Get Caked, Cafe Macchiato, Boocha Babe Kombucha.
- 6:30 PM: VIP Meet & Greet with Gary Craig and Nikki Rudd featuring selection of food from Agatina's Restaurant.
- 6:30 PM: VIP and free ticket holders can enjoy bidding on silent auction prizes, wine pull, 50/50 raffle, free food and drinks.
- 8:00 PM: Bidding closes. Gary Craig presentation begins.
- 9:00 PM: Raffle and auction winners announced.
Free General Registration Tickets
- Author presentation
- Silent auction
- 50/50 raffle
- Wine pull
- Book sales
- Commemorative t-shirt sales
$25 VIP Meet & Greet Tickets
- All benefits of general registration tickets
- Sit down with Author & Journalist Gary Craig & Journalist Nikki Rudd
- Free commemorative t-shirt
- Food and specialty cocktail
- Limited to 50 people
Sponsored in part by: General Code, Tractleads, The Harley School, Heritage Packaging, Stantec. Proceeds will benefit the Gates Public Library and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
A short, non-fiction piece written by Gates Public Library Board of Trustees member Melanie Savidis is featured Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandparents. This collection is full of stories by grandparents about being a grandparent, and grandchildren about their grandparents. Personal stories about legacies and traditions, a grandparent's wisdom and lessons from grandchildren as well as the joys and challenges of grandparenting will touch the heart and tickle the funny bone.
Check out a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandparents from the Gates Public Library today!