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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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Save the Date: Gates Public Library Wine Tasting Fundraiser Presented by ACM Global Laboratories Preview Image

Save the Date: Gates Public Library Wine Tasting Fundraiser Presented by ACM Global Laboratories

Feb 11th, 2017 at 2:25 AM

The Gates Public Library Foundation is seeking donations and table aponaor for our Wine Tasting Fundraiser Presented by ACM Global Laboratories. The wine tasting will be held on Saturday, April 29th from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM at the Gates Pubic Library. Tickets will be available at the Gates Public Library checkout desk and online at in the beginning of March.

Wine samplings will be provided by A Gust of Sun Winery. The evening's events will feature a sampling of wine, hors d'oeuvres, desserts, silent auctions, and a wine pull. Live music will also be available to entertain the evening's guests. In addition to supporting a fun evening of entertainment, proceeds from the event will be given to the Gates Public Library to benefit an important early childhood literacy initiative.

Each year over 50 children in the Gates community are unable to attend preschool through the school district’s current lottery placement system. The Gates Public Library is seeking to combat this lack of opportunity by partnering with the Gates Chili Central School District to create a community education space within the library. Your support will afford 54 children in the opportunity to attend preschool at the library from 2017 onward, and countless others throughout the years. This space will host three preschool classrooms, after school activities for children and teens, and an expanded lineup of adult education classes. Everyone in the community will benefit from our efforts.

What’s more, this space will be used to greatly expand our educational and recreational programs and special events for everyone in the community, from infants to seniors, and everyone in between.

The Gates Public Library Foundation needs businesses and individuals to sponsor tables. For $300 a business or individual can sponsor a table such as the dessert table, wine pull table, silent auction table, or hors d'oeuvres table. We also need donations of wine, gifts, jewelry, gift baskets, gift certificates, collectables, and memorabilia that we can use during our silent auction and wine pull.

Additional information is available by contacting Greg Benoit at (585) 429-9298 or by emailing Greg at

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Story Time with Hannah & Mary Jo TV Show

Jan 30th, 2017 at 1:14 PM

Now you any your children can enjoy the enriching fun of our story times from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Hannah and Mary Jo have put together thirty minutes of songs, live music, fingerplays, puppets, and picture books. Individual segments can be found on our YouTube page. This episode features:

Theme song for Story Time with Hannah and Mary Jo provided by children's entertainer Mr. Loops.

"Soggy Saturday" Text copyright © 2001 by Phyllis Root. Illustrations copyright © 2001 by Helen Craig. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.

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2017 Elizabeth Hinchy Booth Poetry Contest

Jan 26th, 2017 at 2:17 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 5, 2017. 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 18, 2017. 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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Meet the Staff: Anna Preview Image

Meet the Staff: Anna

Oct 11th, 2016 at 5:17 PM

What do you do at the Gates Public Library?

I'll be working to enhance and expand library programming for adults while pursuing to further develop community partnerships.

What book has changed your life and how?

"Ten Stupid Things Women Do To Mess Up Their Lives," by Laura C. Schlessinger. I randomly pulled this book off the shelf and 256 pages later I learned to take full responsibility of my life. She keeps it real and I like that.

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

"Matilda," by Roald Dahl. I'm the youngest of 4 children and grew up with very strict parents. Her practical jokes and inner resources helped me through many of my own annoyances.

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

My fiance - he isn't actually an object but everything else can be replaced.

What is your spirit guide animal?

Apparently the owl.

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

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Job Search Center Now Open

Sep 8th, 2016 at 10:35 AM

Gates Public Library has a new Job Search Center dedicated to helping individuals find their next job. Our patrons can have extended time to fill out applications, complete a resume, take a test, or search for employment opportunities. Nearby are the shelves with resources that have web addresses for job posting sites, and workforce development training. Civil service test preparation materials, and job search guides are also located in this area. One-on-one assistance is always available from a librarian.

Thank you to New York State Senator Joe Robach, who secured funding for this center.

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