You may have heard of Robert Peary, but do you know the name of the African American explorer who discovered the North Pole with him? How about the name of the first African American woman to enlist in the United States Army?
Now that it is February, the Gates Public Library is excited to celebrate Black History Month! We have assembled an in-house history walk to share information with you about twelve lesser known African Americans who have done incredible things. Twelve stations have been placed on both floors of the library. Each station has three different features. First, there is a picture and short summary of the individual's achievements. With this feature, we encourage you to read more about each person and view historical documents pertaining to his or her achievements. Finally, each station lists the location of the next station. This way, you can make sure you visit all twelve stations!
You can start at any of the twelve stations and work your way through the library. Before you leave, make sure you stop at our atrium display table and leave us a comment about something you learned or were inspired by. This display will be in place throughout the entire month of February.
$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 11, 2016. 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 Thursday, May 17, 2018. 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
Gates Chili Chamber of Commerce recently announced its sixth annual college scholarship award to recognize high school students who demonstrate outstanding achievement in a business and marketing program and plan to pursue a business or marketing degree at the college level after graduation.
Gates Chili Chamber will award a $1,000 scholarship to one student at Gates Chili High School and one student at Churchville-Chili Senior High School.
To be eligible, students must be a senior enrolled at Gates Chili High School or Churchville-Chili Senior High School, enroll in business/marketing course in the fall and/or spring and complete three units in business/marketing by the end of the current school year.
Students selected for recognition will demonstrate academic achievement, character, leadership and service to their school and/or community.
Applications are due to school guidance offices by April 13. Contact guidance offices or high school business departments for an application.
Visit gcchamber.com for information.
Effective immediately we are raising the limits on our movies! You can now check out 10 DVDs per card per visit. You can check out 7 Blu-Rays per card per visit. Our Red Hot Express movies are limited to 2 per card per visit.
In addition, we are working on making more items renewable! Our DVDs and Blu-Rays are now renewable and over the course of the next month we will be changing over our other media items (such as CDs) to be renewable as well. This means you will be able to renew movies and CDs up to two times (as long as there are no holds). Our Red Hot Express movies will not be renewable.
You can renew items in person, over the phone, or online at libraryweb.org or through the MCLS-To-Go app. If you renew online check to make sure that your items have renewed. If your items have not renewed give us a call at 247-6446 and we can check on the status of your items.
Don't miss out on the exciting educational and recreational programs at the Gates Public Library. Sign up for our bimonthly Constant Contact and you will find out about:
- Craft programs for all ages, including children, teen, and adults.
- Cooking tutorials with samples.
- Jewelry making classes.
- Movie showings.
- Science demonstrations for all ages.
- Book discussion groups.
- Health and wellness seminars.
- Money management seminars.
- Discussions on important issues impacting the Gates community.
- Field trips to historic locations in the Rochester area.
- First aid and home alone safety guidelines for teens.
- Practice SAT and ACT tests.
- Baby story times.
- Story Time Yoga.
- Our creative writing group.
- Technology seniors.
- Book sales.
- Fundraising Efforts.
- Our ever popular story times and dance parties for children.
- And so much more!