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.
Understanding Black Experiences
- In 2020, when challenging events gripped the nation and ushered in a new era of reckoning, a diverse team of librarians and staff collaborated to curate this collection of print and digital materials to serve as an educational resource for the community. FFRPL helped create and promote the online resource guide, Understanding Black Experiences.
- Monroe County Library System’s Racial Equity & Justice Initiative Team compiled the Black Lives Matter: An Anti-Racism Resource Page.
Central Library & FFRPL Celebrate Black History Month