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.
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.
Programs & Exhibits
FFRPL organizes, hosts, and helps fund:
- Legacy Programs, including Books Sandwiched In, Tuesday Topics and the Sokol High School Literary Awards
- Special Events, including Rundel River to Roof Tours, Spooky Stories in the Stacks, June Jazz Combos & The Jazz Starts Here
- Community Partnerships, including those with the KeyBank Rochester International Fringe Festival, Writers & Books’ Rochester Reads, and the Rochester Children’s Book Festival
- Exhibits, including thematic, historical large-scale exhibitions such as Stonewall: 50 Years Out and Because of Women Like Her – NYS Suffrage Centennial, and the annual International Art of the Book Juried show.
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.
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.
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.