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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.


Juried Shows

Art of the Book (left and center), Rochester Edible Books Festival and Competition (right)

For many years, FFRPL has supported Central Library’s juried shows, including Annual Art of the Book exhibitions and the Rochester Edible Books Festival and Competition.

Learn more about FFRPL-supported juried shows at the Library here.

Historical Exhibits

Punjab: Land of Five Rivers was on view at the Central Library Rundel Memorial Library Building, December 1, 2021 through March 5, 2022. The exhibit explored the majestic beauty and rich culture of the northern state of Punjab, India. Once an ancient Indus Valley civilization, Punjab is now a modern society of varied religions and ancestries revered for its agricultural harvest, vibrant festivals, colorful clothing, energetic music and dance, savory cuisine, and inspirational poetry. Known as the Breadbasket of India, Punjab produces an abundance of wheat and rice that is not only life sustaining but a symbol of the renewal of the human spirit.

The exhibit was organized by the India Heritage Museum, located at the Vinod and Vinay Luthra India Heritage Center in Macedon.
See photos from the exhibit, and learn more about the India Heritage Museum’s donation to the Library here.

Thrift Style was on display at Central Library from May 17 – June 21, 2021. The exhibit explored the reuse of feed sacks to make clothing and other household objects and illuminates how the “upcycling” of these bags mutually benefited twentieth-century consumers and businesses. With forty-one works from patterns to garments, it served as an example of past ingenuity that can inform today’s efforts towards sustainability.The artifacts in the exhibition demonstrated a mutual goal of sustainability, with local businesses—mills and feed and seed operations—tailoring product design and marketing campaigns to attract customers; and consumers using their imaginations and practical skills to tailor clothing, aprons, quilts, dolls, and more out of the industry’s byproduct: feed sack cotton. The exhibition offered a snapshot of domestic life during this time, when recycling was as critical as it is today, and it provides one of the best examples of up-cycling in our nation’s history.

Central Library Celebrates the National Museum of African American History and Culture With An Online Smithsonian Poster Exhibit

Central Library is proud to present this online version of the Smithsonian’s exhibit A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture in place of the traveling version originally scheduled for Black History Month (February 2021).

Learn more about the Smithsonian poster exhibition here

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s exhibit, Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race was on view at Central Library from March through September 2020 (extended due to COVID-19) and was sponsored by Central Library, FFRPL, the William & Sheila Konar Foundation, and the Israel & Helen Wortman Memorial Fund of The Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester.

FFRPL worked with Central to offer two free online programs in conjunction with the Deadly Medicine exhibit: Eugenics Under the Nazis and The Complicity of Physicians.

Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism, August – November 2019

In 2019, FFRPL was proud to support Central Library’s exhibit Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism. The exhibition drew upon handicraft to express hope, voice dissent, critique the curtailment of civil rights, comment politically and restore dignity to the human experience in the U.S.

Learn more about the Crafting Democracy exhibit here

Stonewall: 50 Years Out – 2019

In 2019, FFRPL sponsored Central Library’s exhibition Stonewall: 50 Years Out, commemorating the anniversary of the uprising that sparked the gay liberation movement and exploring the history of Rochester’s LGBTQ+ communities, organized by the Local History & Genealogy Division.

Learn more about the Stonewall exhibit here

Because Of Women Like Her – 2017

In 2017, FFRPL sponsored Central Library’s exhibit, Because of Women Like Her … Winning the Vote in New York State as part of the NYS Suffrage Centennial Celebration.

Al-Mutanabbi Street: Start the Conversation – 2014

In 2014, FFRPL sponsored Al-Mutanabbi Street: Start the Conversation at Central Library, an international exhibit of over 260 artist’s books and broadsides that was organized by Letterpress and Book Artists, in response to the car bombing in Iraq, that targeted Al-Mutanabbi Street, which was populated by hundreds of bookstores, publishers, printers, bookstalls and cafés, and had served as the booksellers’ street in Baghdad for hundreds of years.  The exhibit sought to educate and enlighten our community about the ‘silent consequences’ of war, including censorship, freedom of speech and free access to ideas.

Partners: Central Library, The City of Rochester Sister Cities, Empire State College State University of New York, Monroe Community College, Nazareth College’s School of Education, Writers & Books, the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education, the Rochester Brainery and Visual Studies Workshop.

Pride & Passion: the African American Baseball Experience – 2013

In 2013, FFRPL sponsored Central Library’s Pride & Passion: the African American Baseball Experience exhibit, which celebrated the story of black baseball players in the U.S. over the previous century and a half.