FFRPL, Central Library, and all branches will be *closed* Friday, December 22; Saturday, December 23; [Sunday, December 24]; and Monday, December 25, 2023 for Christmas.
Along with the City of Rochester and Central Library, FFRPL is a founding sponsor of the Library’s flagship after school program Safe to be Smart, which launched in 2001 and 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, PlayStation and Wii gaming centers, listening stations and more.
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 them mentoring/counseling, resume assistance and job searches, homework assistance/tutorials, digital literacy, and reading help.
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 email@example.com, or call (585) 428-8321 or (585) 428-8322.