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RPL Fall 2023

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

Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Monday, October 9
Staff Training Day: Friday, October 20
Veterans’ Day (Observed): Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11
Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 23

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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

Central Safe to Be Smart – Link Art Project planning with local artist Chloe Smith 2019 (left); STBS Founding Director Derrick Coley with completed mural 2019 (center); Graduation (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 FY2022-23, Safe to be Smart offered 129 Group Programs serving 1,244 youth. The Group Programs included Arts and Crafts, Book/Reading Groups, Coding Groups, History & Science Discussions, Movies, Board and Card Games, Career Exploration, Social Mixers and Cooking Classes.

In FY2022-23, Safe to be Smart staff also provided 5,564 1-on-1 interactions with youth, including mentoring/counseling, resume assistance and job searches, homework assistance/tutorials, digital literacy, and reading help.

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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. As of February 2023, Central Library has 755 Raising a Reader families participating in the program. 
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Understanding Black Experiences

Central Library & FFRPL Celebrate Black History Month

Archived Black History Month programs, events, and resources