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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.

News Highlights


RPL/MCLS Library Director Patricia Uttaro was featured in the September/October 2021 issue of American Libraries as the recipient of the Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children. Read the full American Library Association press release

March / April 2021

Patty says, “Libraries are the third place where you can visit, stay a while, see your neighbors and walk out with a bag full of books and other materials that will keep you occupied and engaged for weeks, all for free.”

FFRPL is proud to help support all of Patty’s efforts — and the efforts of the team Patty describes as “the most dynamic and creative sets of library leaders in Monroe County libraries that I have seen in my 35-year career” — in order to bring valuable programs, services, and resources to the Rochester community.

RPL/MCLS Library Director Patricia Uttaro was (former) Mayor Lovely Warren’s “spotlight” feature profile April 2021

Thanks to Carol White Llewellyn, for the wonderful article on the Monroe County Library System, posted Jan. 16, 2020 on the BeyondTheNest.com online entertainment calendar

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FFRPL’s Executive Director, Ned Davis, was honored with the New York Library Association’s 2018 Intellectual Freedom Award!  Read the press release here







FFRPL was featured in 585 Magazine! Read the ‘Creating Community’ article in 585 Magazine here

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