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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.

Special Projects

Dr. Tolley Reeves, Assistant RPL Director with new Library card recipient (left), Second Avenue ‘Game Changer’ event at Sully branch’s ‘Safe to Be Smart’ (center and right)

Safe to be Smart

One of FFRPL’s long-term special projects is the Library’s flagship after school program Safe to be Smart, housed at Central Library downtown and five City library branches. FFRPL is proud to be a founding sponsor, with Central Library and the City of Rochester, of Safe to be Smart; since 2001, we have given more than $100,000 annually to the program. For FY 2017-18, Safe to be Smart had 54,263 recorded interactions with youth: students received mentoring, educational support and career exploration help, and were able to access Library resources including books and wi-fi.

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Raising a Reader

FFRPL also supports the Raising a Reader program at Central Library; RPL is a Raising a Reader affiliate.  Raising a Reader strives to instill a love of reading in children and involve families directly in literacy activities. The program trains parents in how to develop the habit of sharing books with their children. High quality books are rotated into the home on a weekly basis for families to practice regular book sharing. Families are connected to the local library in order to sustain book borrowing and book sharing practices. Central Library currently has about 500 Raising a Reader families participating in the program.
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