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Friends of the Library

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Who We Are

We are an independent, volunteer, not-for-profit organization that was re-founded in 1986 as part of the library's 25th anniversary celebration. Our purpose is to support the many services and programs offered by the library and to promote the library’s presence in the community. We do this through communication, as well as fundraising activities that include, but are not limited to, quarterly book sales and an annual charity golf tournament. The Friends of the Gates Public Library is recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization.

Friends of the Gates Public Library Board

Officers

  • Dave Eaton, President
  • Kelly Sabetta, Vice President
  • Jen Eaton, Treasurer
  • Susan Swanton, Secretary

Board Members

  • Tom Bober
  • Connie Kaminski
  • Lee Krist
  • Adrienne Perrin
  • Cindy Ratajczak
  • Bonnie Todt
  • Sheila Wood
  • Melanie Savidis, Library Board Liaison

What We Do

By becoming and remaining a member of the Friends of the Gates Public Library, you will be helping us:

  • Raise funds for the library programs, events, and resources.
  • Sponsor the Junior Friends.
  • Advocate for the library at local, state, and national levels.
  • Be a part of library planning.
  • Support programs for children, teens, and adults including:
    • Summer reading programs
    • Story times
    • Travelogues
  • And more!

AS A MEMBER, YOU’LL ALSO BE ABLE TO

  • Receive our quarterly newsletter, event notices, and email blasts.
  • Attend members-only book sale events on special dates.
  • Participate in volunteer opportunities.

  • Know you’re supporting an important part of the community, the library!
  • Receive a tax deduction on all donations you make.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Friends of the Gates Public Library or you'd like to renew your membership, please fill out the form below or download/print our Membership Form and return a completed copy to the Gates Public Library, attn: Friends of the Gates Public Library, Membership. You may also find membership forms at the circulation desk at the Gates Public Library and near our bookstore.


Get Involved with the Friends of the Library
 Book Store
 Book Sale Events
 Golf Tournament
 Fundraising
 Newsletter
 Publicity
 Membership
 Telephoning Volunteers
 Serving as a Board Member
 Other

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Book Store

We invite you to visit our Sam & Doris Palma Memorial Book Store located in the atrium of the Gates Public Library. Our selection includes gently used books, DVDs, and more! All proceeds benefit the Gates Public Library.

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
(The 1st Thursdays of each month we open at 11 a.m.)

Friday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Book Sales

Our quarterly book sales are held in the Gates Public Library atrium on the 2nd weekend of March, June, September, and December. All proceeds benefit the Gates Public Library.


Donations

We welcome books, DVDs, CDs, and books on CD and even on cassettes! Games, puzzles, and electronic games, too. Key words are: nearly new or very gently used condition. We can also use additional paperback fiction, teen, and children’s books for the bookstore, and other media for our book sales. Please bring your bag of donations to the circulation desk at the library. Tax receipts are available upon request. We even have a volunteer who will come to your Gates home to pick up your already packed books. Please send your request to books4gatesfriends@yahoo.com.

Older books are welcome if they are in good condition with their dust jackets. No textbooks, or highlighted or marked up books, please. Email us if you have a question about what we will accept.

Without your quality donations, we could not stock the bookstore or our quarterly book sales with salable items. Sometimes your donations will be added to our library’s shelves if the librarians can use your books to augment the library’s collections. So thank you for thinking about the Friends of Gates Public Library when you wish to downsize your print or non-print materials!


Just For Friends Newsletter

Our Just For Friends Newsletter is published quarterly in relation to our Book Sale Events in March, June, September, and December. It can also be found within the Gates Public Library near our Book Store, as well as on our Facebook Page. Please stay tuned for links to our archived newsletters!


Like Us On Facebook

We invite you to “Like” us on Facebook so you can receive all of the up-to-date information we have to share. This includes upcoming events, news and publications, photos, information on how and where to donate (whether it be items for book sales or how to volunteer your time to our organization), and fun articles and tidbits we would like to share. Come "Like" us on Facebook!