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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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Library Board Seeks to Add Two New Trustees

May 24th, 2016 at 2:03 PM

The Gates Public Library Board of Trustees are seeking Gates residents to fill two vacancies on the Library Board. Prospective Library Trustees should be regular library users and active within the Gates community. Special consideration will be given to candidates who have personal or professional relationships with organizations that provide services to seniors or individuals with special needs.

Library Trustees are responsible for advocating for the library and its mission within the community, overseeing library finances including approving the library's annual budget, providing guidance on and approving library policies, providing guidance on and approving the library's strategic plan, evaluating the library director, as well as participating in occasional library events and special meetings.

The Library Board of Trustees is an all volunteer board that meets once a month, typically for an hour. Trustees can serve up to a maximum of two five year terms. Interested candidates should email their resume and a brief letter in interest to Greg Benoit at by June 3rd.

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Star Wars Drive-In Movie: Friday, August 26

May 16th, 2016 at 11:30 AM

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. Refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase.

The Gates Public Library and Westside Family YMCA are looking for businesses to help sponsor this high profile and exciting event. Please contact Greg Benoit at or (585) 429-8298 for rates and to find out more about how your business can reach tens of thousands of YMCA and library users.

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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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