Join us on Tuesday, October 31st from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM for our annual Trick or Treat Around the Library celebration! We will have stories and games, followed by trick or treating around the library where children will receive candy in a safe and fun environment. Open to children of all ages with their caregivers. Costumes for children and adults strongly encouraged. No registration necessary.
The Children's Department is a warm and welcoming area for children, their caregivers, teachers, day care providers, and anyone who is interested in children's literature. We have an extensive collection of materials for children from birth to age 12 and their caregivers. Our space features a number of puzzles, blocks, and other manipulative and imaginative toys. Our aim is to offer such a comfortable and fun environment that no one wants to leave!
$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
Join us on Friday, August 14th for a free outdoor showing of Disney's Big Hero 6. The movie will be shown on a 24' movie screen in the Gates Public Library parking lot at 902 Elmgrove Road. We will begin selling concessions at 8:00 PM and the movie will begin at 9:00 PM. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and your friends!
Robotics prodigy Hiro lives in the city of San Fransokyo. Hiro's closest companion is Baymax, a robot whose sole purpose is to take care of people. When a devastating turn of events throws Hiro into the middle of a dangerous plot, he transforms Baymax into a high-tech super hero.
The Gates Library launched an exciting new service called Beanstack. Beanstack is an online service that helps you find books for your children – and setting up an account is easy! All you have to do is answer a few quick questions about your child’s interests and reading level. After that, you can start exploring the website.
You will receive a weekly book recommendation in your email which comes with a learning tip and a link to our catalog to locate the book. There are other fun features like app recommendations and learning guides, which are lists of books, crafts, activities and more based on a theme.
Beanstack also allows you to log your child’s reading so you can keep track of what books they have read. Logging books allows your child to earn badges that they will be able to pick up in sticker form at the library. Beanstack is a wonderful way to encourage and reward reading!
Visit gateslibrary.beanstack.org today!
The Early Learning Center is now open. Thank you to General Code, Gates-Chili School District Superintendent Kimberle Ward, Town Supervisor Mark Assini, the Gates Town Board, County Legislator It is Tucciarello, State Senator Joe Robach, and the children from the YMCA Preschool for joining us at our grand opening!
The Early Learning Center is designed to promote the activities identified as those necessary for children to enter kindergarten ready to read. These activities are: playing, talking, singing, reading, and writing. It is our hope that parents and children will explore the center together, and have fun while learning. The center is open whenever the library is open, and has been made possible by substantial funding from State Senator Joseph Robach, as well as support from the Gates-Chili Chamber of Commerce, The Friends of the Gates Public Library, the Gates Lions Club, the Gates-Chili Rotary Club, and General Code.