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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.

About the Phillis Wheatley Community Library

The library is named for Phillis Wheatley (c. 1753- December 5, 1784), the first published African American woman and the first published African American poet.

The Phillis Wheatley Community Library is a branch of the Rochester (NY) Public Library, serving a predominantly African American population and the multicultural historic Corn Hill and Plymouth/Exchange neighborhoods bordering the library. The Wheatley branch significantly impacts the community with children’s literacy, afterschool programs for youth, 28 computers with internet access and free tech  support,  a read-and-play Storywalk, a community food shelf, Books By Bike at neighborhood events, and a community meeting room. Library programs include Family Literacy Monday, Science Wednesday, Book Review Friday, and storytimes on facebook.    https://roccitylibrary.org/location/phillis-wheatley/

The library was built in 1971 in the organic modernism style of architect James H. Johnson. It is fully accessible.

Historical Images

Below (left) is the March 1969 “plot plan” drawing by architect James. H. Johnson.

Below (right) is a photo of the original architectural model of the Phillis Wheatley Community Library (initially named the Genesee Branch).

50th Anniversary Community Appreciation Party!

Wednesday, August 25th, 3pm-5pm (rain or shine)

Phillis Wheatley Library has been serving the south west Rochester community for 50 years.

We would like to give back to the community with a party and everyone is invited!

Free ice cream provided by Lugia’s Ice Cream Truck from 3:30-4:30pm

African drumming and dancing with Womba African Drumming

Surprise giveaways for the first 50 people!

Masks must be worn in the library building. Social distancing is encouraged. We will follow any other Covid restrictions in place at that time.

For more information, call 428-8212.


Donate to Wheatley in support of the branch’s 50th Anniversary