One-time Special Events
Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be An Antiracist (2019)
The Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (headquartered at Central Library) welcomes 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, National Book Award recipient, New York Times Best-Selling author and Founding Director of American University’s Antiracist Research & Policy Center, Ibram X. Kendi, to Rochester. Nettie Washington Douglass and Kenneth B. Morris, Jr., Co-Founders of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives and direct descendants of both Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington, will be in attendance.
Libraries After Dark Series (2018)
In 2018 the Monroe County Library System presented a special Libraries After Dark series of themed after-hours social events, sponsored by FFRPL through The Harold Hacker Fund for the Advancement of Libraries. (Harold Hacker was the Director of the Monroe County Library System and the Rochester Public Library for 24 years and was instrumental in developing the ‘one county, one card’ system we have today.)
The first Libraries After Dark event, May the 4th Be With You, was held on May 4th and featured a variety of Star Wars activities, including Jedi combat training, a Death Star themed escape room, hair and make-up demos, and screenings of rare, Star Wars inspired movies and TV specials.
The other Libraries after Dark events included the Henrietta Public Library’s Game of Thrones event in August, Central Library’s Carnival as part of Fringe Festival in September, and Gates Public Library’s Monsters Ball in October.
Rochester Maker Faire (November 2018)
FFRPL was proud to help sponsor the Rochester Maker Faire, described by organizers as a venue for ‘makers’ of all disciplines — engineers, artists, scientists and crafters — to showcase their hobbies, experiments and projects at a family-friendly event highlighting invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. The Faire had a record-breaking year in 2018: 150+ makers and 5,000 people attended the event at the Riverside Convention Center. FFRPL also funded the creation of a special, large-scale book-themed balloon sculpture which Airigami assembled at the Maker Faire and then subsequently hung in Central’s lobby.
Jennifer Pharr Davis (April 2018)
FFRPL funded and hosted a lecture and book-signing with award-winning adventurer Jennifer Pharr Davis at Central Library, in connection with the publication of her new book The Pursuit of Endurance. Pharr Davis is a hiker, author, speaker, and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year who has covered over 14,000 miles of long distance trails on six different continents. She has written six books, articles for the New York Times, Outside magazine, Backpacker, and Trail Runner, and has been featured in the Washington Post, the New York Times, NPR’s Talk of the Nation and the CBS Early Show. She is also the founder and owner of Blue Ridge Hiking Company, a guiding service that strives “to make the wilderness accessible and enjoyable” for hikers of all ages, genders, and ability levels.
In celebration of Jennifer Pharr Davis’ visit to Central Library, FFRPL also purchased 6 Empire Passes to NYS parks, available for loan with a Monroe County Library System card.
Rick Riordan (October 2017)
FFRPL, RPL and 1,700 teen readers and their families welcomed Young Adult fiction superstar and NYT bestselling author Rick Riordan to Rochester at the Kodak Center on October 11, 2017. The SOLD OUT Rick Riordan Ship of the Dead Tour: Rochester, NY was a collaboration between the Monroe County Library System; Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library; Kodak Center; and Barnes & Noble Pittsford. With FFRPL’s support, free tickets were distributed among the libraries. Riordan is the #1 NYT bestselling author of more than 20 novels for young readers, including the Percy Jackson series, the Kane Chronicles, the Magnus Chase series, the Trials of Apollo, the Gods of Asgard, and The 39 Clues. He is also the author of the award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.