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The Gates Public Library will continue to be a friendly, creative learning center where the staff engage with the public to develop a variety of collections, resources, and programs that will encourage education, literacy, personal enjoyment and professional growth.

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Save the Date: Friday, May 18th 8:00 PM Preview Image

Save the Date: Friday, May 18th 8:00 PM

Feb 23rd, 2018 at 2:05 PM

On the evening of Friday, May 18th The Gates Public Library and Writers & Books will host an evening food, beer tasting, and auction prizes. What's more, nationally recognized author Tim Wendel will speak to the attendees about his newest book, "Cancer Crossings: A Brother His Doctors, and the Quest for a Cure to Childhood Leukemia", and writing in general.

Tickets will go on sale shortly and will be available at the library and online. Like last year, they will be $25 for one or $40 for two. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Gates Public Library Foundation and Writers and Books.

Tim Wendel, a Western New York Native, is the author of 13 books (novels and narrative nonfiction) and a writer-in-residence at Johns Hopkins University.

His books include the "Summer of '68," "High Heat," "Red Rain" and "Castro's Curveball." His writing has appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic, Gargoyle, Washingtonian, GQ and Esquire. Pulitzer Prize winner David Maraniss calls Wendel's work "a winning mix of science, biography and mythology." The New York Times, in an Editor's Choice Selection, describes his writing as "sensitive and scrupulous."

His new book, "Cancer Crossings: A Brother, His Doctors and the Quest for a Cure to Childhood Leukemia," will be released in Spring 2018 and follows the story of a doctors at Roswell Park as they race to find a cure for childhood leukemia.

Kyle Semmel, executive director of Writers & Books, is a writer and literary translator whose work has appeared in numerous publications. He has translated 12 books, including, most recently, Thomas Rydahl's The Hermit. He is the recipient of numerous grants from the Danish Arts Foundation and a 2016 NEA Literary Translation Fellow.

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Gates Public Library Celebrates African-American History Month

Feb 3rd, 2018 at 4:14 PM

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.

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Elizabeth Booth Hinchey Poetry Contest

Feb 2nd, 2018 at 8:45 AM

$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

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Gates Chili Chamber Announces Annual Scholarship Award

Jan 31st, 2018 at 9:03 AM

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.

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DVDs & Blu-rays Now Renewable

Oct 31st, 2017 at 4:06 PM

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 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.

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