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 …
- Summer 2019: A Day in the Garden, ‘Mix and Mingle’ – Ice Cream Sundaes and Sandwiches, ‘Bling your Flip Flops and T-shirts’ art project
- Spring 2019: Trip to the movies to see Avengers: Endgame, Star Wars Day, PlayStation Game Day, Trip to the Lilac Festival, Poetry Slam
- Winter 2019: ‘Mix and Mingle’ – Taco in a bag, Candle Wax Art, Fiber Art
- Fall 2018: ‘Mix and Mingle’ – National Cheese pizza day, Tween Tuesdays (crafts, games and other activities)
- Summer 2018: Harry Potter birthday party, raising and releasing Butterflies, trip to Seabreeze, the Traveling Farm visits the library, Lava Lamp art project
- Spring 2019: Celebration of National Poetry Month, Gaming event, Pi Day
- Winter 2019: Black History Trivia night
- Fall 2018: Trip to the Rochester Museum and Science Center, ‘Mix and Mingle’ – Harvest Festival, trip to SkyZone, College Connect program
- Summer 2018: community camp youth help present a mock trial, Gaming, Fencing instruction
- Summer 2019: Reading Program ‘Why Voting is on Tuesdays’
- Spring 2019: Youth Reading Club, Coup Card Game event
- Winter 2019: ‘100 Facts about MLK, Jr.’ event, special screening of Selma movie
- Fall 2018: Percussion practice, DMV Study session, STEM Program ‘Ice vs. Salt’
- Summer 2018: Second Avenue Learning at Sully Branch for a special ‘Game Changer’ gaming/programming event, Superhero Reading Group
- Spring 2019: Spelling Bee, field trip to VeRacity VRcade
- Winter 2019: viewing of Hidden Figures movie was for Black History and follow-up discussion
- Fall 2018: building a Nintendo LABO robot
- Summer 2018: LEGO Mindstorms building project, STEM Nintendo LABO building of model fishing poles, a house, piano and motorcycle
- Spring 2019: field trip to Gamer’s Nostalgia, cooking demonstration and hands-on prep, viewing of Spiderman in the Spiderverse, building a Nintendo LABO robot
- Winter 2019: viewing of College Road Trip and discussion; viewing of The Hate You Give (emotional scenes led to a post movie discussion on how to behave when in contact with a cop, what racism looks like, what it means to be a good citizen and other topics); creation of African American ‘People of Interest’ fact sheets and scavenger hunt
- Fall 2018: Group trip to the third annual ‘A Call to Women of Color’ event at Trillium Health, Nintendo Switch programs, UNO tournament
- Summer 2018: special classes with ROC Fencing, Gaming, sySTEMic science session with Naomi (cool carbon dioxide chemical reactions), cooking program with The Storybook Cook (including a make-your-own meal)
- Summer 2019: Link Art Project planning with local artist Chloe Smith, Melora Miller Retirement Party, ‘Defeat Mr. J’ Ping Pong Tournament, literacy challenge (win gift cards or do push-ups), Graduation celebrations for 60+ STBS teens from Central!
- Spring 2019: Teen Appreciation event, interviewing ‘Achieving Teens’ project, chess instruction, Prom guidance and help
- Winter 2019: Library staff helped the Teens apply for jobs, including putting together interview outfits, and practicing interview skills; art projects, creation and display of Black History sheets
- Fall 2018: Ping Pong and Gaming Tournaments, Homework Helpers, ‘Relaxing in Coloring,’ Creation of Marvel’s Stan Lee tribute display, ‘Name That Song,’ Work and Study Group, PS4 Injustice Tournament, Thanksgiving dinner Feast
- Summer 2018: Ping Pong games and tournaments
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (585) 428-8321 or (585) 428-8322.