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Friends & Foundation of RPL offers annual or frequently-occurring programs organized by volunteer committees.


Books Sandwiched In  programs are free, lunchtime book reviews by exciting local experts and celebrities that are offered in the Fall and Spring.

The Spring 2019 Books Sandwiched In reviews will begin March 26.


Tuesday Topics programs are free, lunchtime presentations about current issues in science, the arts, the economy, health care and government. Presenters are well-known professionals on these issues.


 Rundel River to Roof Tours

 Behind-the-scenes tours of the Rundel Memorial Building from bottom to top.



Learn more here

Sokol High School Literary Awards, Central Library, Kate Gleason Auditorium. The best poetry and prose from young local writers as judged by nationally-known authors. For information and to view winning entries from previous years, click here. The 2019 entries will be posted here after the Awards Ceremony.


 Rochester Children’s Book Festival

Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library has
long been the Fiscal Sponsor of the Rochester Children’s Book Festival, which
takes place the first Saturday of November at Monroe Community College.

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The Friends & Foundation accept gifts and bequests to benefit the library and to create innovative programming.

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