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Meet the Staff: Sara

Jun 3rd, 2016 at 2:41 PM

What do you do at the Gates Public Library?

I am a desk aide at the circulation desk. My main job is to basically check out various items to patrons and then return them when needed. I also do other tasks well; sometimes I have helped with designing signs that have been hung up at the library about programs or opportunities that are presented at the library.

What book has changed your life and how?

"Identical" by Ellen Hopkins, it has shown me that books can be an art form. It doesn't have to be a typical, uniformed, or average structured book, but in a more organic and expressive way. And plus, it is a great book!

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

It wasn't necessarily a specific book but a memory. When I was a child, my grandmother would read to be the essential children's books: Clifford, Bernstein Bears, and Rainbow Fish. It is blissful moments like that I look back on to remind myself that you have to savor the moment.

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

Probably my sketchbooks, it has all of my sketches and drawings from over the years. You simply cannot replace that.

What is your spirit guide animal?

My spirit guide animal would probably some form of cat, wild or domestic. Cats are awesome in every way.

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

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Sign Up for Text Message Notifications

May 9th, 2016 at 4:20 PM

The Monroe County Library System now offers text message notification. You can sign up to get a text message reminding you about items you have checked out that are due back soon. You can also sign up to receive a text message notification when an item you have on hold is ready to be picked up.

You can sign up online by logging in to your library account. Make sure your cell phone number is entered correctly in your Contact Information, choose your cell phone service provider from the drop down menu, and click "Save." Then click on "Opt-In & Notifications," choose the notifications you’d like, and click "Save" again.

You can also sign up at the circulation desk or by calling the library at 247-6446.

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Meet the Staff: Kim

Apr 20th, 2016 at 2:08 PM

What do you do at the Gates Public Library?

I am one of the two referral clerks whose primary responsibility is working with patrons. I perform "library triage" – I can tell you who can answer your questions, where you can find the items you need, help you with account and billing issues etc. I oversee the workflow on the circulation desk and back up the aides when things get busy, and carry out a wide variety of other tasks as necessary.

What book has changed your life and how?

"1984" by George Orwell. It opened my eyes to what can happen if we don't stand up for what we believe in, and also introduced me to the dystopian genre which remains my favorite fictional area to this day.

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

The "Famous Five" series by Enid Blyton. Wait, what? Kids can go off alone and have adventures and live alone on islands and catch burglars and foil smuggling rings and not have curfews? I lived vicariously through the Famous Five, in particular Georgina, for several years.

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

Assuming the people and dogs can get themselves out, my camera bag. All the photographs I've taken since going digital in 2007 plus a vast amount of scanned family photographs going back to the 1960's are in there on flash drives and SD cards.

What is your spirit guide animal?

I don't believe in spirit guides but I like otters so I'll go with the otter. Or maybe the octopus. They're really smart. Or okapis. They're one of nature's oddballs. Actually I'd pretty much settle for any animal that begins with "O."

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

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Genealogy Center Now Open

Mar 16th, 2016 at 3:49 PM

Do you really know who your family is? Television shows like 'Finding Your Roots' and 'Who Do You Think You Are?' have turned researching family history into a popular hobby. Now you can discover your roots at the Gates Public Library's brand new Genealogy Center!

The Genealogy Center offers free access to Ancestry, Family Tree Maker, and hundreds of books on local history and genealogical research.

To kick off the grand opening of the Genealogy Center, the Gates Public Library is hosting a free class on how to use the popular family history website,, on Thursday, March 24th at 2:00 PM. Call 247-6446 to register or register online.

The Genealogy Center was funded in part by financial support secured by State Senator Joseph Robach, and by donations made in memory of Richard Robillard. The Genealogy Center is located on the second floor of the library and is open during normal operating hours.

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Wireless Printing Now Available

Mar 3rd, 2016 at 1:36 PM

Don't have a printer? No problem! Thanks to financial support from State Senator Joseph Robach, you can upload documents, files, and photos through our website and pickup the printed copies at the Gates Public Library. Our wireless printing system does not require any special software or drivers. You can even submit prints from home. Click here for more details! If you have a smartphone or tablet, you can upload print jobs using the iOS or Android app.

Print jobs will only be available the day they are submitted, and cost $0.15 per page for black and white, or $1.00 per page for color.

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Blastoff! to Literacy Fundraiser a Success

Feb 23rd, 2016 at 3:01 AM

Thank You For Your Support!

Members of our community who care about promoting literacy and critical thinking skills to children are as generous as they are numerous.

Our community raised over $3,400 to finance the after school pilot program with Armstrong Elementary School. These funds will provide for equipment and activities that promote science, technology, literacy, and most importantly the unconstrained excitement of satisfying a child's curious mind! This first of its kind program in the Greater Rochester area will help school-aged children develop a sense of wonder and a lifelong love of learning that will help prevent the "summer slide."

We look forward to sharing the excitement and success of this innovative program with the individuals who donated funds, our supportive community members, parents, grandparents, and caregivers. Once Blastoff! to Literacy is in full effect we will invite the community, our benefactors, and the news media to attend an open house so that they can share in the excitement of an vibrant public library as it produces future innovators, leaders, artists, and educators.

Thank you again for your support and patronage. Your support changes lives.

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The Elizabeth Booth Hinchey Poetry Contest

Jan 28th, 2016 at 12:01 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 1, 2016. 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 May 19, 2016. The Gates Public Library will close early on that day so that the awards can be given out in the library atrium on the main floor. 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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Minecraft at Gates Public Library

Jan 19th, 2016 at 11:59 AM

Library users can now play the popular sandbox game Minecraft on the four computers located in the library's Teen Section. Games like Minecraft help children and teens build rudimentary computer coding skills through the immersive and highly adaptable video game environment.

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Meet the Staff: Greg

Jan 17th, 2016 at 3:59 AM

What do you do at the Gates Public Library?

Hello, I am the library director. I am employed by the seven member Library Board of Trustees. I am responsible for hiring the library staff, working with the staff to create and adapt the workflow to ensure that the library operates efficiently. I propose library policy additions and revisions to the Library Board of Trustees. Additionally, I build strategic relationships with like-minded organizations in the Gates Community that may help the library operationally, or vice versa. I am tasked with guiding the creation of the library's strategic plan with the input of key stakeholders. Each month I report to the Library Board of Trustees on the progress of the strategic plan as well as the overall financial health of the library.

I also recently established a nonprofit organization called the Gates Public Library Foundation with the help of some community volunteers. The Gates Public Library Foundation is tasked with building an endowment to supplement the library's taxpayer finances to ensure long-term financial stability. I also report monthly to another nonprofit organization called the Friends of the Gates Public Library. The Friends of the Gates Public Library raise funds through their semi-annual book sales and charity golf tournament that is coordinated with help from the Chili Public Library and the Gates-Chili Chamber of Commerce. The proceeds from these fundraising activities finance materials, special events, and technology that the library would not otherwise be able to afford. Lastly, computer technology is a personal interest of mine, so I enjoy setting up the technology in the library.

In addition to my obligations at the library, I am also on the board of directors at the Gates-Chili Chamber of Commerce. I serve on the Westside Family YMCA Board of Management, the Gates-Chili Rotary Club, the Gates-Chili Central School District Foundation Steering Committee, and the Monroe County Library System's Emerging Technology Committee. I'm a busy person. I never sleep.

What book has changed your life and how?

"The Iron" by Henry Rollins. The short essay is from a book called "The Portable Henry Rollins." It is about Henry Rollins' personal physical and psychological transformation through rigorous weightlifting. When I was a teenager I was extremely skinny, and I was very self-conscious about my appearance. I used this short essay to keep me motivated to exercise during the early days of lifting weights. Back when I encountered this essay, I relied on a cheap K-Mart weight set; the kind where the weight plates are filled with sand. This book gave me the confidence to push myself beyond my comfort zone, and it is the single most important book that I have ever read. Everything I have in life I have because of the confidence I gained through the discipline of lifting weights.

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

This is a tough one, but I guess I would have to say, "Make Way for Ducklings." When I was very young with I visited Boston Commons after reading the "Make Way for Ducklings," and I saw sculptures of the ducks from the books. It blew my mind because it turned something fictional into something tangible. It's the closest thing to meeting a celebrity that I ever got to experience at a young age. 

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

I probably wouldn't save anything. I would also use the opportunity to fake my death, change my name, and leave town forever. Three months later a mysterious man named Gregario Benito appears in Key West, Florida and sets up shop repairing outboard motors...

What is your spirit guide animal?

On a good day it is a three legged dog. Three legged dogs are tenacious animals, and they don't gripe about the troubles that beleaguer them. Be a three legged dog. However, if I am being honest, my spirit guide animal is probably Matthew McConaughey's character from HBO's "True Detective." I am only one personal tragedy away from being the true detective. 

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

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Remembering Linda and Joan

Jan 7th, 2016 at 2:18 PM

The Gates Public Library lost two important family members this past week. Both individuals have left a tremendous impact on the Gates Public Library and the Gates Community. They will both be missed terribly.

Linda Tribotte served on the Library Board of Trustees from 2000 until 2012. She was an expert in analyzing finances and created financial reports and budget projection analysis templates that we still use to this day. She was instrumental in getting the new library built at 902 Elmgrove Road. Linda also played an integral role at the Gates Fire District and the Gates Ambulance.

Joan Bawden was a member of the Friends of the Gates Public Library board for twenty years, serving as president for one year, and treasurer for eighteen years. During her time with the Friends of the Gates Public Library she raised tens of thousands of dollars to provide library users with equipment and programs that the library would have otherwise not had. Joan was also a member of the Gates Historical Society and an usher at the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

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