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FFRPL is the 501(c)(3) charity that raises funds, presents programssupports special projectshelps create specialized spaces, and purchases supplemental materials & equipment for the Rochester Public Library.
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About FFRPL

The Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library (FFRPL) is the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that raises funds, presents programs, supports special projects, helps create specialized spaces, and purchases supplemental materials & equipment for the Rochester Public Library.

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Fundraising & Financials

FFRPL conducts fundraising for the Library and is the best way to support the Rochester Public Library. We raise funds through: gifts to an annual fundraising campaign; special project grants from charitable foundations, corporations, government sources and individuals; earnings generated by our $10.5-million endowment; planned gifts made through wills and trusts; and income from the sale of used books and library-related items through the Library Store, both onsite and online.

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Download our 2017-18 Annual Report here

Programs & Exhibits

FFRPL organizes, hosts, and helps fund:

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Special Projects

One of FFRPL’s long-term special projects is the Library’s flagship afterschool program Safe to be Smart, housed at Central Library downtown and five City library branches. FFRPL is proud to be a founding sponsor, with Central Library and the City of Rochester, of Safe to be Smart; since 2001, we have given more than $100,000 annually to the program. For FY 2017-18, Safe to be Smart had 54,263 recorded interactions with youth: students received mentoring, educational support and career exploration help, and were able to access Library resources including books and wi-fi.

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FFRPL also supports the Raising a Reader program at Central Library; RPL is a Raising a Reader affiliate.  Raising a Reader strives to instill a love of reading in children and involve families directly in literacy activities. The program trains parents in how to develop the habit of sharing books with their children. High quality books are rotated into the home on a weekly basis for families to practice regular book sharing. Families are connected to the local library in order to sustain book borrowing and book sharing practices. Central Library currently has about 500 Raising a Reader families participating in the program.
For more information about the program contact- Tonia Burton at 585-428-8151 or email tonia.burton@libraryweb.org

Learn more about the national program here

Specialized Spaces

The last few years, FFRPL has helped create and renovate numerous, large-scale, transformative projects for the Library. Highlights of new — and renovated spaces — include: the Rundel Terrace Revitalization Project (in partnership with the City of Rochester and Central Library), the Carlson Center for Intellectual Property, Central Library’s planned Technology Center, Kusler-Cox Auditorium, imagineYOU Digital Media Learning Lab, Teen Central, the Dorris Carlson Reading Garden, murals at the Arnett and Douglas branches, the Arts Division and Youth Services (Teen Central, B Hive, and Middle Ground), the Anthony Mascioli Gallery, and the Walter F. Becker Digital History Center.

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Supplemental materials and equipment

FFRPL helps funds the purchase of supplemental Library materials, including books, DVD’s, audiobooks and ebooks. This past fiscal year, FFRPL helped fund themed Toy Library learning backpacks, additional sewing machines for the Arts Division, and popular Empire Passes for free vehicle entry into NYS Parks ˗̶  all available for loan. Through the successful Retirees’ Challenge, FFRPL also raised money to help fund online Overdrive eBook purchases for MCLS.

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