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Creative Writing Group at Gates Public Library

Aug 19th, 2016 at 6:09 PM

The Gates Creative Writing Group provides an opportunity for beginning and experienced writers to share their work and receive feedback and suggestions from fellow writers. Shared work can include stories, novels, poems, screenplays, nonfiction, and more. Group writing exercises are sometimes included to practice particular writing techniques.

The Gates Creative Writing Group meets on the third Monday each month from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. 

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Gates Public Library Foundation Seeks Members

Aug 15th, 2016 at 12:26 PM

The Gates Public Library Foundation is looking for people who feel passionately about improving their library and their community to join the Gates Public Library Foundation. The Gates Public Library Foundation is responsible for:

  • Coordinate our annual fundraising letter writing campaign.
  • Plan annual fundraising event.
  • Coordinate planned giving to build an endowment for the Gates Public Library.

The Foundation is an all volunteer group that meets once a month. Meetings are fun, include breakfast and coffee, and typically last an hour. Membership is open to any individual regardless of how much or how little fundraising experience you have. If you are interested in learning more, please call or email Greg at (585) 429-8298 or gbenoit@libraryweb.org.

Our library's continued success depends on dedicated community members like you!

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Meet the Staff: Matt

Aug 15th, 2016 at 12:14 PM

What do you do at the Gates Public Library?

I work at the circulation desk as a Library Aide. I charge, renew and discharge circulating materials and I work to help patrons to the best of my power. I've been trained to handle a variety of issues and I learn new things every day.

What book has changed your life and how?

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is my all-time favorite book, and earns the place as a book that changed my life. It isn't the most meaningful book ever, but I don't think I've ever enjoyed a book as much as this one.

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

I used to check out Look-Alikes by Joan Steiner all the time, each scene in the book is amazingly creative and awesome to look at. I remember it lacking in the word department, but the pictures inside completely make up for it.

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

Assuming my family and animals made it out, I would probably grab my cell phone so I could call 911. I wouldn't worry about anything else too much, we have most important things backed up or protected in some way.

What is your spirit guide animal?

My spirit guide animal is the glorious otter, because they're awesome and they spend a ton of time just chilling on their backs in the water. If humans were more like otters, we probably wouldn't have wars (unless they were oyster-related wars).

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

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Pokemon Invade Library

Jul 18th, 2016 at 7:27 PM

Are you an avid Pokemon Go player? Next time you visit the Gates Public Library be sure to add some Pokemon to your collection. The Gates Public Library is also a Pokemon Gym, so get ready to challenge the current owner to a Pokemon duel and claim the gym for your team!

We have setup a display adverting our Pokemon Gym and all of our Pokemon books. As players win duels and the gym changes hands, we will change the color of the display to reflect the winner. Genesis Pediatrics is also a Poikemon Gym and the YMCA and Total Sports Experience are PokeStops.

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Star Wars Drive-In: Friday, August 26th

Jul 12th, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Join BB-8, Han Solo, and Rey for an evening of outdoor family fun on Friday, August 26 at 9:00 PM. The Gates Public Library is partnering with the Westside Family YMCA to show the latest Star Wars film on our 17' outdoor movie screen. Free raffles and family activities will be available starting at 8:00 PM. Refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase. We encourage people to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

Thank you to our sponsor: Summit Federal Credit Union.

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