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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.

Raising a Reader

Tonia Burton, Central Library’s children’s services consultant (left), Raising A Reader participants (center and right)

FFRPL provides significant support to the Raising a Reader program at Central Library. Raising a Reader (RAR) is a data-driven, national family reading program which provides weekly bags of books to parents of children zero to five. The Rochester Public Library is a Raising a Reader affiliate.

Raising a Reader instills a love of reading in children and trains parents 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.

“RAR gives parents/caregivers the opportunity to change the culture of reading in their home and transform their lives,” explains Tonia.

For more information about the program contact Tonia Burton: 585-428-8151 or tonia.burton@libraryweb.org

Learn more about the national program