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Girls Needed for "Girls Who Code" Program Series

Jan 14th, 2017 at 3:09 AM

By 2020, there will be 1.4 million jobs available in computing related fields. United States graduates are on track to fill 29% of those jobs. Women are on track to fill only 3% of these jobs.

To combat this alarming trend, Girls Who Code is a national initiative that focuses its efforts on teaching girls between sixth grade and twelfth grade basic computer programming skills. The series will starting Wednesday, February 1st from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the Gates Public Library meeting room, and continuing each Wednesday for eight weeks.

Girls will participate in these fun programs that are designed for students with a wide range of computer science experience. No computer science experience is necessary. At the conclusion of this free eight week series, girls will develop marketable skills that will make them serious contenders for jobs in information technology, computer science, science fields, as well as college scholarships.

Participants will learn the Core4 computer science concepts that form the basis for all computer programming languages, whether you want to build a mobile app, a website, or program a robot in a fun and social environment.

For more information email program coordinator ashley.armstrong@libraryweb.org.

Registration is required. Register today! Space is limited.

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Meet the Staff: Anna

Oct 11th, 2016 at 5:17 PM

What do you do at the Gates Public Library?

I'll be working to enhance and expand library programming for adults while pursuing to further develop community partnerships.

What book has changed your life and how?

"Ten Stupid Things Women Do To Mess Up Their Lives," by Laura C. Schlessinger. I randomly pulled this book off the shelf and 256 pages later I learned to take full responsibility of my life. She keeps it real and I like that.

What book made the biggest impact on you as a child?

"Matilda," by Roald Dahl. I'm the youngest of 4 children and grew up with very strict parents. Her practical jokes and inner resources helped me through many of my own annoyances.

You wake up to find your house is burning down. You only have time to save one object. What is it?

My fiance - he isn't actually an object but everything else can be replaced.

What is your spirit guide animal?

Apparently the owl.

All of the titles under "Staff Recommendations" were selected by Anna.

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Job Search Center Now Open

Sep 8th, 2016 at 10:35 AM

Gates Public Library has a new Job Search Center dedicated to helping individuals find their next job. Our patrons can have extended time to fill out applications, complete a resume, take a test, or search for employment opportunities. Nearby are the shelves with resources that have web addresses for job posting sites, and workforce development training. Civil service test preparation materials, and job search guides are also located in this area. One-on-one assistance is always available from a librarian.

Thank you to New York State Senator Joe Robach, who secured funding for this center.

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Introducing Loan History

Aug 24th, 2016 at 3:12 PM

Loan History is a new feature that allows you to keep track of items you have checked out even after they have been returned. It is available through your online account.

To sign up for Loan History log in to your account. In your Account Summary click on "Opt-In & Notifications" and then click on "Loan History." Once you acknowledge the terms of service Loan History will be activated for your account.

Your Loan History appears in your Account Activity. It will show you items checked out from the point you activated Loan History on. You can sort your Loan History by the date items are checked out, by author, or by title.

If you need help signing up for Loan History please ask one of our clerks or librarians. Loan History is not available in the Classic Catalog. Items will remain in your Loan History for three years.

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Creative Writing Group at Gates Public Library

Aug 19th, 2016 at 6:09 PM

The Gates Creative Writing Group provides an opportunity for beginning and experienced writers to share their work and receive feedback and suggestions from fellow writers. Shared work can include stories, novels, poems, screenplays, nonfiction, and more. Group writing exercises are sometimes included to practice particular writing techniques.

The Gates Creative Writing Group meets on the third Monday each month from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. 

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Gates Public Library Foundation Seeks Members

Aug 15th, 2016 at 12:26 PM

The Gates Public Library Foundation is looking for people who feel passionately about improving their library and their community to join the Gates Public Library Foundation. The Gates Public Library Foundation is responsible for:

  • Coordinate our annual fundraising letter writing campaign.
  • Plan annual fundraising event.
  • Coordinate planned giving to build an endowment for the Gates Public Library.

The Foundation is an all volunteer group that meets once a month. Meetings are fun, include breakfast and coffee, and typically last an hour. Membership is open to any individual regardless of how much or how little fundraising experience you have. If you are interested in learning more, please call or email Greg at (585) 429-8298 or gbenoit@libraryweb.org.

Our library's continued success depends on dedicated community members like you!

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Meet the Staff: Matt

Aug 15th, 2016 at 12:14 PM

What do you do at the Gates Public Library?

I work at the circulation desk as a Library Aide. I charge, renew and discharge circulating materials and I work to help patrons to the best of my power. I've been trained to handle a variety of issues and I learn new things every day.

What book has changed your life and how?

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is my all-time favorite book, and earns the place as a book that changed my life. It isn't the most meaningful book ever, but I don't think I've ever enjoyed a book as much as this one.

What book made the biggest impact on you as a child?

I used to check out Look-Alikes by Joan Steiner all the time, each scene in the book is amazingly creative and awesome to look at. I remember it lacking in the word department, but the pictures inside completely make up for it.

You wake up to find your house is burning down. You only have time to save one object. What is it?

Assuming my family and animals made it out, I would probably grab my cell phone so I could call 911. I wouldn't worry about anything else too much, we have most important things backed up or protected in some way.

What is your spirit guide animal?

My spirit guide animal is the glorious otter, because they're awesome and they spend a ton of time just chilling on their backs in the water. If humans were more like otters, we probably wouldn't have wars (unless they were oyster-related wars).

All of the titles under "Staff Recommendations" were selected by Matt.

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Pokemon Invade Library

Jul 18th, 2016 at 7:27 PM

Are you an avid Pokemon Go player? Next time you visit the Gates Public Library be sure to add some Pokemon to your collection. The Gates Public Library is also a Pokemon Gym, so get ready to challenge the current owner to a Pokemon duel and claim the gym for your team!

We have setup a display adverting our Pokemon Gym and all of our Pokemon books. As players win duels and the gym changes hands, we will change the color of the display to reflect the winner. Genesis Pediatrics is also a Poikemon Gym and the YMCA and Total Sports Experience are PokeStops.

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Star Wars Drive-In: Friday, August 26th

Jul 12th, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Join BB-8, Han Solo, and Rey for an evening of outdoor family fun on Friday, August 26 at 9:00 PM. The Gates Public Library is partnering with the Westside Family YMCA to show the latest Star Wars film on our 17' outdoor movie screen. Free raffles and family activities will be available starting at 8:00 PM. Refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase. We encourage people to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

Thank you to our sponsor: Summit Federal Credit Union.

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Meet the Staff: Sara

Jun 3rd, 2016 at 2:41 PM

What do you do at the Gates Public Library?

I am a desk aide at the circulation desk. My main job is to basically check out various items to patrons and then return them when needed. I also do other tasks well; sometimes I have helped with designing signs that have been hung up at the library about programs or opportunities that are presented at the library.

What book has changed your life and how?

"Identical" by Ellen Hopkins, it has shown me that books can be an art form. It doesn't have to be a typical, uniformed, or average structured book, but in a more organic and expressive way. And plus, it is a great book!

What book made the biggest impact on you as a child?

It wasn't necessarily a specific book but a memory. When I was a child, my grandmother would read to be the essential children's books: Clifford, Bernstein Bears, and Rainbow Fish. It is blissful moments like that I look back on to remind myself that you have to savor the moment.

You wake up to find your house is burning down. You only have time to save one object. What is it?

Probably my sketchbooks, it has all of my sketches and drawings from over the years. You simply cannot replace that.

What is your spirit guide animal?

My spirit guide animal would probably some form of cat, wild or domestic. Cats are awesome in every way.

All of the titles under "Staff Recommendations" were selected by Sara.

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