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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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Friends of the Library Book Sale

Feb 26th, 2015 at 12:54 AM

Wednesday, March 4 - Saturday, March 7 at the Gates Town Hall, 1605 Buffalo Road.

Come find a great selection of books for every taste, as well as DVDs, CDs, records, and puzzles at the semi-annual Friends of the Gates Public Library book sale. Email for additional information.

  • Wednesday, March 4: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Friends of the Library members night; join at the door for $5.
  • Thursday, March 5: 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Friday, March 6: 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, March 7: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, $2.00-a-bag. 

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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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New Learning Station in Children's Room

Jan 16th, 2015 at 1:03 PM

With hundreds of games divided into seven categories such as Science and Nature, Reading, Words and Phonics, and Music and Art, our new AWE Early Literacy Computer Station provides hours of learning and fun for children from toddlers to 4th grade. There are games as simple as Giggles Toddler ABCs and 123s, and as advanced as Know Your USA. So come in and give our new addition a try!

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Group Seeks to Build Transportation Service for Seniors

Jan 2nd, 2015 at 9:00 AM

In recent years, the Gates-Chili Community has seen an increase in seniors who are unable to find reliable transportation to doctor appointments, church services, or social functions. Many seniors are finding themselves unable to drive due to poor health or financial constraints. To combat this growing trend, a local group is seeking to create a volunteer based ride sharing program that would pair drivers with seniors who need transportation to important appointments.

This ambitious, and much needed initiative is being coordinated by Lifespan in partnership with the Chili Senior Center, Chili Public Library, Gates Recreation, Gates Public Library, Dunn Tower, and more than half a dozen churches including Trinity Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Parkminster Church, St. Christopher’s Church, St. Theodore Church, and the churches in the Gates Catholic Community.

In order to appropriately respond to this growing need, the coordinators are asking seniors who are in need of transportation and individuals who are interested in providing rides to take a short survey. Surveys can be found at any of the coordinating organizations or online at

If you are a member of a civic organization or church that is interested in joining the coordinating partnership, please contact Sr. Anne Guerin at

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Cooking Classes Coming in 2015

Dec 29th, 2014 at 1:14 PM

The Gates Public Library will be offering cooking classes each month in 2015. This new series will kickoff on Saturday, January 10th at 3:00 PM with "Healthy Seafood." Library users can look forward to a new class each month. Classes will be held on Saturdays, and topics will include healthy meals, quick meals, and ethnic foods.

Register for "Health Seafood" online, or by calling 585-247-6446. The monthly cooking classes are sponsored by the Friends of the Gates Public Library.

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