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The Gates Public Library will continue to be a friendly, creative learning center where the staff engage with the public to develop a variety of collections, resources, and programs that will encourage education, literacy, personal enjoyment and professional growth.

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Early Learning Center Now Open! Preview Image

Early Learning Center Now Open!

Apr 22nd, 2015 at 3:55 PM

The Early Learning Center is now open. Thank you to General Code, Gates-Chili School District Superintendent Kimberle Ward, Town Supervisor Mark Assini, the Gates Town Board, County Legislator It is Tucciarello, State Senator Joe Robach, and the children from the YMCA Preschool for joining us at our grand opening!

The Early Learning Center is designed to promote the activities identified as those necessary for children to enter kindergarten ready to read. These activities are: playing, talking, singing, reading, and writing. It is our hope that parents and children will explore the center together, and have fun while learning. The center is open whenever the library is open, and has been made possible by substantial funding from State Senator Joseph Robach, as well as support from the Gates-Chili Chamber of Commerce, The Friends of the Gates Public Library, the Gates Lions Club, the Gates-Chili Rotary Club, and General Code.

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Meet the Staff: Paula

Mar 16th, 2015 at 3:28 PM

What do you do at the Gates Public Library?

I am the Adult Services Librarian at the Gates Public Library. I order all of the Adult print materials, literacy materials, and run most of the adult programming.

What book has changed your life and how?

The book that most changed my life was "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll because for the first time I placed myself in a different world and allowed my mind to be opened to the possibility of an author's imagination.

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

The books that made the biggest impact on me as a child were the "I See Sam" series. I was two-years-old and I taught myself how to read using those books and it led to my life-long love of reading (and eventually working in a library).

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

If I could only save one object from a house fire it would be my cell phone because it has pictures, memories, and even books on there.

What is your spirit guide animal?

I've taken several spirit animal quizzes and the majority of them seem to lead to the Owl being my spirit animal, so I'll go with Owl.

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

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The Elizabeth Booth Hinchey Poetry Contest

Feb 5th, 2015 at 3:27 PM

$50 First Prizes and $25 Runner-Up Prizes in three divisions:

  • Kindergarten - 5th Grade
  • Middle School
  • High School

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.

Poems may be written in any style, rhymed or unrhymed. Maximum length: 25 lines. Entries are due by April 1, 2015. 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 13, 2015.

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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