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High School Equivalency Preparation, ESOL, & Job Training Orientation

Sep 15th, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Are you interested in getting your high school diploma, learning English, or changing careers? The Gates Public Library is working in partnership with Monroe 2 BOCES to deliver high school equivalency preparation, English as a second language instruction, TABE testing, and job training at the library with a schedule that is flexible enough for even the busiest individuals.

If you are interested furthering your adult education at little to no cost, please contact Greg Benoit at (585) 429-8298 or gbenoit@libraryweb.org with your name, phone number, and the program you are interested in enrolling in. Deadline for submissions is Friday, September 26th.

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Meet the Staff: Aubrey

Sep 12th, 2014 at 9:00 AM

What do you do at the Gates Public Library?

I'm the Holds and Interlibrary Loan Clerk so I handle all the requests for our materials from other libraries as well as the materials coming in from other libraries that have been requested by our patrons. I also help out with managing the day to day concerns in the Circulation Department.

What book has changed your life and how?

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I first read it as a teenager and it really impressed upon me the importance of the free exchange of ideas and how much we should value such freedoms in our culture. From that point on it became important to me to not just go along with banning or dismissing something because of popular opinion, but to look at it, become informed and decide for myself.

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

The Story of Ferdinand by Leaf Munro.

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

What kind of horrible question is this?! As long as my husband and my animals made it out, everything else is replaceable.

What is your spirit guide animal?

Well, the sorting hat put me in Ravenclaw so I think I'm supposed to say eagle.

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

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Fall Library Programs

Sep 8th, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Come checkout the latest crop of fall events at the Gates Public Library! Space is limited, so be sure to register early. You view a complete list of our upcoming events and register online by visiting our events calendar, or by calling (585) 247-6446.

Children's Programs

  • Preschool Dance Party: Put on your dancing shoes and come and dance, march, ans wiggle with us! Friday, Sept. 12, 10:00am - 10:30am. Ages 1 - 5.
  • Sign-Up Saturday: September is Library Card Sign Up month! Come to the library today for a presentation by Rochester Kung Fu and Fitness and giveaways! Saturday, Sept. 13, 10:00am - 5:00pm. All ages. 
  • Talk Like a Pirate Storytime: Come celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day with songs, stories, a craft, and giveaways! Friday, Sept. 19, 10:00am - 10:30am.
  • Kindergarten - 2nd Grade Stories and More: This new program will feature stories, songs, activities, and a craft. For children in kindergarten - 2nd grade. Thursday, Sept. 25, 6:30pm - 7:15pm.

Teen Programs

  • Tween Craft: Foil Leaf Decoration: Make a foil leaf decoration. All materials provided. Ages 8 - 13. Tuesday, Sept. 16. 6:30pm - 7:30pm.
  • Tween Craft: Tied Pillow: Make a tied pillow. All materials provided. Ages 8 - 13. Tuesday, Oct. 7. 6:30pm - 7:30pm.
  • Tween Craft: Three-Dimensional Haunted House: Make a 3D haunted house. All materials provided. Ages 8 - 13. Tuesday, 21. 6:30pm - 7:30pm.
  • Introduction to Creative Writing: Jennifer Case will help you explore the basics of creative writing through a variety of activities in this two part class. Participants read and discuss a short story, respond to writing prompts, and have the opportunity to share their efforts in a safe and friendly workshop setting. Ages teen - adult. Monday, Oct. 20 and Monday, Oct. 27, 6:30pm - 8:30pm. 

Adult Programs

  • Antiques Appraisal Roadshow: Antiques expert H. Price Prazar will offer a verbal appraisal of your special family heirloom or treasure during this program. Mr. Prazar has done individual appraisals since 1984 and has worked with WXXI on their Antique Road Show program. Thursday, Sept. 18th. 2:00pm - 4:00pm.
  • A Woman's Guide to Money Matters: We'll discuss preparing for retirement, living in retirement, and paying for a child's education expenses from a woman's point of view. Thursday, Sept. 18th. 6:30pm - 8:00pm.
  • EmPower New York: Save Energy, Save $$$: Get information on low-cost and no-cost energy efficiency measures for homes and apartments. Monday, Sept. 22. 6:30pm - 8:00pm.
  • Introduction to Creative Writing: Jennifer Case will help you explore the basics of creative writing through a variety of activities in this two part class. Participants read and discuss a short story, respond to writing prompts, and have the opportunity to share their efforts in a safe and friendly workshop setting. Ages teen - adult. Monday, Oct. 20 and Monday, Oct. 27, 6:30pm - 8:30pm.
  • Planning Your Wedding: Ask Questions and learn from wedding planning professionals; we'll be joined by a photographer, a florist, a D. J., bakery representatives and bridal shop experts. Registration is requested. Sunday, Sept.28. 2:00pm - 4:00pm.

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Remembering Pushp

Sep 5th, 2014 at 10:55 AM

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of former library clerk Pushp Bansal. Pushp worked for the library for 23 years. She was the type of person who brightened the day with her presence.  Her smile was beautiful and genuine, and her laugh came often and was infectious. She always worked with utmost care to insure each patron was acknowledged and helped. As bookkeeper, she kept track of the library’s finances. When she became the Adult Services clerk, she ordered and processed all of the adult books for the library, a very important job in our library, with our large and diverse collection. In addition, she took part in many other staff events and committees. Kind and generous of spirit, she was an integral and loved member of our library family, and we shall miss her deeply and always.

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