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SparkJoy Webinar

Jun 25th, 2021 at 1:38 PM

Are you ready to Spark Joy in your home?   Learn the guiding principles of Marie Kondo's KonMari® method. Become energized and motivated to Spark Joy in your space (find more information here).   View a 60-minute recorded presentation in which participants will learn the philosophy behind the KonMari Method and discover what it means to live a life that Sparks Joy. We will dive into the guiding principles needed to tidy once and for all! This recording will be available for 48 hours begining at 6:00am on Wednesday, July 7th (6am on 7/7 - 6am on 7/9). Also, on Thursday, July 8th at 7:00pm, log in to a brief live Q&A session with Shannon Huneycutt, founder of Spark Joy Charlotte, certified KonMari® consultant. Attendees will leave feeling empowered to create the home and life they’ve always dreamed of.   The 60-minute recorded presentation will include: A folding demonstration in which attendees will practice the famous KonMari vertical folding technique. Attendees are asked to have a t-shirt and a pair of pants with them during the presentation. The folding links will be provided for attendees to download. A Spark Joy Charlotte tidying checklist that breaks apart the KonMari categories, making it easier to apply the method in your homes. I reference this checklist many times as I teach the attendees the given categories and provide helpful tips for executing the Joy check. (Plus a few of my favorite storage solutions!) One attendee will win a Free 3- hour Virtual tidying session with me to help them get started on their journey.  A Frequently asked questions section will share my insight into some of the most common pitfalls when tidying.   Please register once for the recorded presentation and once for the live Q & A session.   Register for Day 1   Register for Day 2   Register for Q & A  

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Storytimes are BACK at the Library!

Jun 22nd, 2021 at 2:12 PM

Storytimes are back at the library beginning Monday, June 28! Storytime with Mary Jo is at 10:15am, Storytime with Ms. Hannah is every Tuesday at 10:15am, and Time for Tots is every Wednesday at 10:15am. Check out our calendar for more details! 

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Big Library Read

Jun 21st, 2021 at 4:00 PM

Big Library Read is starting Monday, June 28! Visit our digital collection at to borrow the featured title ‘The Quiet Girl’ by S.F. Kosa with no waitlists or holds. On Facebook or Instagram, use #biglibraryread for a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy tablet & a signed book from the author. For more information, visit Big Library Read! The Quiet Girl Good girls keep quiet. But quiet girls can’t stay silent forever—and the consequences are sure to make some noise. When Alex arrives in Provincetown to patch things up with his new wife, Mina, he finds an empty wine glass in the sink, her wedding ring on the desk, and a string of questions in her wake. The police believe that Mina, a successful romance author, simply left, their marriage crumbling before it truly began. But what Alex finds in their empty cottage points him toward a different reality: Mina has always carried a secret. And now she’s disappeared. In his hunt for the truth, Alex comes across Layla, a young woman with information to share, who may hold the key to everything his wife has kept hidden. A strange, quiet girl whose missing memories may break them all. To find his missing wife, Alex must face what Layla has forgotten. And the consequences are anything but quiet. In her debut thriller, S.F. Kosa presents a tightly-woven book sure to inspire questions about trauma, memory, and how well we ever know the people we love.

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Summer Reading 2021: Tails & Tales

Jun 21st, 2021 at 2:00 PM

Beginning Monday, June 28, Adult, Teen and Children's Summer Reading packets will be available for pickup behind the Circulation Desk. Here's how it works: Adult Summer Reading For each book read, fill out a “review” slip for the weekly prize drawing. Be sure your name and telephone number or e-mail are on the other side to qualify for the weekly prizes. Every Monday morning there will be a drawing for prizes. Winners will be notified by telephone or e-mail. At the end of the program we will have our end-of-summer-reading celebration in the community space next door on Tuesday August 10th at 6:30PM. You will be able to register through our program calendar on our website. During the program there will be a random selection from those in attendance for a chance to win a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card. There will be two drawings. Adult End-of-Summer-Reading Party: Tuesday, August 10, 6:30pm - 8:00pm (Registration requested) Teen Summer Reading Do you have extra time on your hands? Do you have required reading for school? Do you just love to read? Whatever the reason, put that reading to work for you and earn weekly chances to win some really cool prizes! Beginning June 28th, request a Teen Summer Reading packet through our curbside pick-up service or at the circulation desk. Then, each week, using the baggies provided, deposit review slips into our book-drop or in the specially marked box in the Teen Area for chances to win prizes. The more you read, the more review slips you can hand in, the better your chances of winning a prize. Don’t miss out! Children's Summer Reading Hop, waddle, crawl, or run to the library to join the Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program! Starting on June 28, sign up to read (or be read to) 10 minutes or more per day. Each day you do your reading, add a sticker to your reading log. Come back each week for a prize and a raffle ticket for a bigger prize. Each week a new animal will be revealed on the bulletin board. Can you guess which animal will appear each week? The Summer Reading Program runs from June 28 to August 7 for people aged birth to 12.  Kids' End-Of-Summer-Reading Party: Thursday, August 12, 6:00pm - 6:45pm (Registration requested)

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Happy Father's Day

Jun 20th, 2021 at 8:00 AM

Happy Father's Day! Literature has given us so many memorable fathers and father figures! Who is YOUR favorite literary dad? Tell us on Facebook and/or Instagram!

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2020 Annual Report

Jun 18th, 2021 at 2:49 PM

The Gates Public Library 2020 Annual Report is now available to view! Although our numbers were drastically lower due to COVID-19, the library was able to add many new services for its patrons. This includes: curbside pickup, virtual programming, expanded digital resources and summer take & make kits in collaboration with the Gates Chili Central School District. Check out some of our other stats by clicking the link below! GPL 2020 Annual Report

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Learn Python with ROC Code

Jun 17th, 2021 at 2:00 PM

Learn Python programming for free, in an in-person community-wide event! Students of any age are welcome, and no prior experience is needed. Students will create a simple, fun, beginner-level project or game that will get them started on their coding journey! The one and a half hour sessions will be held in person July 2nd 2:00-3:30 and August 6th 2:00-3:30 and will be taught by experienced high school programmers from ROC Code! Be sure to register here!   Bio: Angel Tang and Vinay Pendri are students at Mendon High School. They are the founders of ROC Code, an organization striving to connect student programmers with those interested in programming to produce the next generation of computer scientists! ROC Code is partnering with the Gates Public Library to bring this programming event to the community, but also offers one on one coding sessions for those who are interested in taking a deeper dive into programming!   Note: Feel free to bring your own laptop! Otherwise, laptops will be available for use during the program.

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Genealogy Computers Now Available!

Jun 15th, 2021 at 10:23 AM

Genealogy computers are now available to use at the Gates Public Library! Access Ancestry, Heritage Quest and many other genealogy resources on our genealogy computers. Discover your family history and start your family tree today! Discover your family history and start your family tree. Access billions of genealogy records including Census, Social Security Death Index, and Military records. must be accessed using a computer at the Gates Public Library. HeritageQuest   A powerful and popular genealogical resource that includes the Federal Censuses, over 25,000 family and local histories, bank and military records, and genealogical and local history sources. Provided by the Monroe County Library System.

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Chess Club for Kids

Jun 14th, 2021 at 2:07 PM

Don't forget! Chess Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month from 6:30 to 8:00 PM, in the Community Space. This club is for kids under the age of 18 who know how to play chess! All chess players are welcome, from beginners to masters. Our club is informal. Kids can come and go at any time during club hours. Parents are welcome to watch the games. In order to maintain social distancing conventions, space is limited. Masks covering nose and mouth will be worn throughout and registration is required for each session.

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June In-Person Storytimes at Westgate Park

Jun 7th, 2021 at 5:36 PM

Don't forget! We still have three weeks left of our Westgate Park Storytimes! And we have added a third day (Mondays) to the last three weeks! That's right! You now have three opportunities to come to the park to sing, read, and dance with Mary Jo and Miss Hannah! Call or stop in today to reserve your spot!

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CANCELLED: Virtual Poetry Share

Jun 3rd, 2021 at 9:00 AM

Announcing The Friends of the Gates Public Library K-12 Virtual Poetry Share! Deadline to register: May 28, 2021 Students in grades Kindergarten to 12 are invited to register.  The Poetry Share will be held over Zoom on Tuesday, June 8th starting at 7:00 pm.  Random prizes will be drawn from student participants, who must attend virtually to win.  Prizes will be $15.00 gift cards to local pizza, burger and ice cream restaurants. For more information or to register, visit: {CCM:BASE_URL}/poetry

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June Book Sale

Jun 1st, 2021 at 2:56 PM

We're having a BOOK SALE, sponsored by the Friends of the Gates Public Library! Members Day (for Friends of the Gates Public Library Members) begins Friday, June 11th at 3PM - 6PM. You may renew or join at the door for $5. Sale for the General Public begins Saturday, June 12th at 10AM - 3PM. Don't forget to bring your own bag!

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