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Book Discussions

Ideas 'n' Authors

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.

Nonfiction Readers Book Club

Discover a new kind of book club and join our new Facebook Group, Nonfiction Readers! The first month in March will be an open discussion meeting to determine how the group wants to select the next book title. Don't miss it and join us today! To keep it fun and engaging for all, books will be chosen by members with monthly Facebook polls and postings about the book’s author, topic, and trivia will take place all month long.

Live discussion will be in the Facebook group at 7:00 pm on the third Tuesday every month. Come as you are - No webcams required! All titles will be available in digital format from our Hoopla catalog, but for those who prefer traditional print, there will be physical copies at the Circulation Desk. Why not join today and see what all the excitement is about? Please click here to join the private Facebook group.

Betsy Dobles is our Nonfiction Readers moderator and welcomes your questions and feedback. Contact her at


Join us for the book club that exclusively reads female authors.  The book selection for April (postponed from March) will be The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare. The book is available to pick up at the Gates Public Library or you can try and get the title through our Overdrive system as an audiobook or e-book.

In 2014 Joanna Walsh, author and journalist, founded #ReadWomen to promote and support books written by women. Any genre. Any length. Any kind. We hope to keep up the momentum.

Registration with a valid email address is required and a Zoom link will be sent to registrants either the day before or the day of the event.

The Art of Adaptation

The Gates Public Library is excited to launch The Art of Adaptation, a unique monthly book/film series. It begins April 14 with a discussion of the 1963 movie "The Haunting" and its source, Shirley Jackson's 1959 book "The Haunting of Hill House."

The series explores movie adaptations of books. Each month, participants will read a designated book and then watch the movie version. On the second Wednesday evening of the month at 7:00 p.m., we will gather by Zoom for an informal discussion, exploring how the adaptation stacked up, and the strengths and weaknesses of different storytelling media. The books and movies are available to borrow free from Gates Public Library, or to download/stream from the library’s OverDrive and Hoopla services.

For more information, see our webpage at:

YMCA/Senior Living Communities

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 Paula Blackburn, Adult Services Librarian. 

Notary Public

Gates Public Library offers free notary services. Please call ahead to ensure that our notary is in.

Tech Tutor

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 at (585) 247-6446 to book a tech tutor appointment.

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.

Adult News

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Book Discussion Kits

Jul 28th, 2021 at 2:16 PM

Interested in starting your own Book Club in the community? We have over 30 Book Discussion Kits for your small group! Each kit has 8-9 copies of a single book and book discussion guides, all in a handy easy-to-carry bag. Be sure to check out this section (which can be found to the right of the upstairs Reference Desk). Check out your next book discussion kit today!

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One-on-One Computer Training

Jul 8th, 2021 at 5:10 PM

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 at (585) 247-6446 to book a tech tutor appointment.

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Adult Take & Makes

Jul 8th, 2021 at 12:56 PM

Looking for something fun to do this summer? Adult take & makes are still available for pickup! This month's adult craft is a DIY Beach Frame (while supplies last). No registration is required. Pick up your craft today at the Circulation Desk!


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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.


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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We're Seeking Immigrant Stories!

Apr 24th, 2021 at 3:01 PM

Are you a foreign born Gates resident? Do you know someone who is? We need your help!

The Library and Gates Historical Society are partnering on a program to explore the diversity of our community, and are seeking stories from foreign-born Gates residents. If you're an immigrant -- whether you arrived in Gates recently or many years ago -- the library would love to hear your story. Stories will be recorded and shared in a virtual program to be presented later this summer.

To get involved, please email and we will send more information.

We look forward to hearing your story!

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