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Safe to Be Smart at Central and Branches

Safe to Be Smart serves youth at Central Library and the Wheatley, Lincoln, Sully, Maplewood and Arnett branches.

The branch libraries play a crucial role in supporting the mission of the Rochester Public Library by delivering services to neighborhoods throughout the City. They provide safe havens for children and youth and are often the only educational and cultural resource available beyond the schools.

At Central and the branches, the Safe to Be Smart Library staff provide teens with counseling and mentoring, as well as assistance with homework, employment searches and retention, resume writing and the Internet. The program also provides a safe social environment, with Internet service, games, Playstations and Wii gaming centers, listening stations and more.

In addition to these ongoing services, some recent Safe to Be Smart highlights include …

Wheatley branch

Wheatley Safe to Be Smart – Day in the Garden 2019 (left) Traveling Farm 2018 (center) and Seabreeze trip 2018 (right)

Lincoln branch

Lincoln Safe to Be Smart – gaming 2018 (left), fencing instruction 2018 (center), trip to SkyZone 2019 (right)

Sully branch

Sully Safe to Be Smart – Percussion Practice 2018 (left, center), ‘Game Changer’ event 2018 (right)

Maplewood branch

Maplewood Safe to Be Smart – trip to VeRacity VRcade 2019 (left and center), building a Nintendo LABO robot 2018 (right)

Arnett branch

Arnett Safe to Be Smart – Nintendo LABO project 2018 (left), trip to Trillium Health’s ‘Women of Color’ 2018 event (center, right)

Central Library

Central Safe to Be Smart – Link Art Project planning 2019 (left) and 2019 H.S. Graduations (center, right)

In addition to operational funding, support is always needed for cultural and literacy related field trips, life skills programming, community service activities and guest speakers.

FFRPL continually seeks support for the Safe to be Smart program. To give a gift today, complete the Special Projects Donation Form and mail to FFRPL, email ndavis@libraryweb.org, or call (585) 428-8321 or (585) 428-8322.