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Your donations to FFRPL help support the Library’s community impact through:

Legacy programs


  • Books & materials, e-books, DVD’s

Unique Resources for Loan

  • Framed artwork, ukuleles and sewing machines at Central Library
  • Thousands of toys at the Lincoln Branch’s Toy Library
  • Empire Passes for FREE entry at NY State Parks
  • A portable document reader that can magnify materials up to 131x
  • Pre-loaded GoChip Beam movies with wifi hotspots (with support from the Reynolds Library Board)

Creation of Special Spaces

  • imagineYOU Digital Media Learning Lab for teens
  • Renovation of Central Library’s newly named Kusler-Cox Auditorium (2018)
  • Health Central – volunteer medical professionals screen blood pressure, body mass index and glucose levels for patrons at no charge

Community Collaborations

  • Terrace Revitalization Project (2019), in partnership with the City, County, key community stakeholders, Board and Art committee members, donors and patrons: renovation of infrastructure, large-scale public art, community gathering spaces and site-specific historical information
  • Safe to be Smart youth program at Central Library and five city branches (since 2000)
  • Partnership with Writers & Books in support of Rochester Reads
  • Sponsorship of Greater Rochester Teen Read author Laurie Halse Anderson (2018)

Special Events

  • Young Adult fiction superstar Rick Riordan (Oct. 2017)
  • Annual Publishers’ Circle Library Celebration Dinner
    • Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Amy Goldstein (Nov. 2017)
    • Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston (Nov. 2018)
  • Award-winning adventurer Jennifer Pharr Davis (April 2018)
  • Libraries After Dark: May the 4th Be With You (May 2018)
  • Libraries After Dark: Fringe Carnival @ Central Library (Sept. 2018)

Free Computer Access

  • Support for Ancestry.com, health and business database subscriptions at Central Library
  • Computer classes at Central Library in English and Spanish