Are you a newcomer to the world of computers and tablets? Are you someone who just wants to brush up on their skills?
The Gates Public Library offers one-on-one-computer, tablet, and e-reader training. Please contact Cathleen Carstens or Susan Spratling at (585) 247-6446 to book a tech tutor appointment.
Gates Public Library offers free notary services. Please call ahead to ensure that our notary is in.
What to Read Next
Don't know what to read next? Try checking out the recommendations in our book lists. You can also search your favorite author or book in Novelist Plus and find recommended read-a-likes. Lastly, feel free to stop by the library and ask one of our librarians for help selecting your next book.
When you read a great book (or even a lousy one) you always want to tell someone about it. Come to the Gates Public Library's book discussion group, Ideas 'n' Authors, and discuss books with people who love reading as much as you do. Ideas 'n' Authors takes place the first Monday of each month from September to June at 7:00 P.M. in the library meeting room. Copies of the current book the group is reading are available to check out at the circulation desk.
We also host book discussion groups at the YMCA and various senior living communities in Gates. If you are interested in having the Gates Public Library host a book discussion at your organization, please contact Greg Benoit.
Once a month we present Live-n-Learners, our travelogue series. Live-n-Learners is on a Monday and starts at 2:00 PM. If you would like to speak at one of our Live-n-Learners, please contact Heidi Jung.
Learn New Hobbies & Skills
Our "How To..." series will teach you a variety of new skills and hobbies, from cooking, to dog training, and home improvement. One weekend a month we bring an expert into the library to teach you everything you need to know to get acquainted with a new hobby.
In May 2015, WestSide Express, a volunteer transportation service for seniors was launched in the Gates and Chili communities. This ambitious, and much needed initiative was coordinated by Lifespan in partnership with The Chili Senior Center, Chili Public Library, Gates Public Library, Gates Recreation, 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. This program pairs volunteer drivers with seniors who need rides to important appointments.
It's been a highly successful and very busy two years, but we always need more help. In recent years, the Gates-Chili Community has seen an increase in seniors who are finding themselves unable to drive due to poor health or financial constraints. Having reliable transportation to medical appointments, the grocery store, and other essential commitments helps seniors maintain their health as well as their quality of life.
Can you help? If you have a couple of hours a week, or even a couple of hours a month, please consider being a volunteer driver. When you give a ride to a medical appointment or to the pharmacy, you are helping your neighbors live happier, healthier lives in their own homes. You can select your geographic area and the times you wish to drive. You will be provided training, and supplemental liability insurance. To learn more about becoming a volunteer driver, call Sr. Anne Guerin at 244-8400, ext. 142, or by email.
Not interested in driving? WestSide Express also has a need for volunteers to answer phones to help coordinate drivers with clients. This can be as many or as few hours as you wish to commit. For more information on how to help in this way, please contact Robert Jackson at 889-1615 or by email.
The Gates Creative Writing Group provides an opportunity for beginning and experienced writers to share their work and receive feedback and suggestions from fellow writers. Shared work can include stories, novels, poems, screenplays, nonfiction, and more. Group writing exercises are sometimes included to practice particular writing techniques.
The Gates Creative Writing Group meets on the third Monday each month from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.
The library now has complete Book Club Discussion Kits to borrow! Each kit contains 8 copies of each title (including 3 large print copies) and 8 discussion guides to go along with them. The guides contain discussion questions, information about the author, and a list of similar books for more reading. Everything is kept in one bag, so all your book club needs to do is come pick one up! The kits can be borrowed for up to 8 weeks. The titles we currently have are: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple, Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, and Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. Come check one of these out, and keep a look out for more titles to be added soon!
Following in the tradition of our popular children and teen take and make crafts, beginning this month adults who visit the Gates Public Library can pick up a free craft to make at home. We provide all the materials. You can find the adult take and make crafts on the staff picks shelf by the new non-fiction. This month we are featuring a clothespin cat for Halloween.