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FFRPL, Central Library and all City Branches will be closed:

Memorial Day: Monday, May 27

Juneteenth: Wednesday, June 19

Independence Day: Thursday, July 4

note: in addition, (just) Central Library will be closed Thursday, May 9 for staff training

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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

StbS 2023 highlights: Wheatley mother/mother-figure crafts (left); Sully 3D robot DIY and VR career exploration (center panels); Wheatley craft from Tik-Tok video (right)

Safe to be Smart

One of FFRPL’s long-term special projects is support of the Library’s flagship after school program Safe to be Smart, housed at Central Library downtown and five City branches: Wheatley, Lincoln, Sully, Maplewood, and Arnett. FFRPL is a founding sponsor of StbS, along with Central Library and the City of Rochester. Learn more.

Raising a Reader

FFRPL also supports the Raising a Reader program at Central Library; RPL is a Raising a Reader affiliate.  Learn more.

Understanding Black Experiences

Central Library & FFRPL Celebrate Black History Month

Archived Black History Month programs, events, and resources