Central Library SPRING hours 2023 — Mon./Wed.: 9am-8:30pm; Tues./Fri.: 9am-6pm; Thurs.: 11am-6pm. *OPEN* Sat., 10am-5pm; *CLOSED* Sun.
FFRPL, Central Library, and all branches will be *CLOSED* for Memorial Day (Monday, May 29); Juneteenth (Monday, June 19) and Independence Day (Tuesday, July 4).
Thank you to MCLS/RPL Library Director Patricia Uttaro and our Sokol Chair, Andrew Iserson; our Committee Members: David Hou, Cynthia Dana, Mary Heveron Smith, Emily Hessney Lynch, Chad Cunningham, and Iditi Fruitwala; and our three Judges: Joshua Pettinger (Performance); Prof. Kristen Gentry (Prose) and Charles Cote (Poetry).
1st place ($300): Flesh Eating Ants, Shamil Canbolat, 12th grade, Pittsford Sutherland High School
2nd place ($200): The Alaskan Choice, Myles Able-Kehoe, 10th grade, School of the Arts
3rd place ($100): The Family Tree, OlaRose Ndubuisi, 10th grade, Our Lady of Mercy High School
1st Place ($300): Surrounded, Nicholas Cutaia, 10th grade, School of the Arts
2nd Place ($200): Returning, Lydia McCamant, 12th grade, Pittsford Sutherland High School
3rd Place ($100): For everyone who doesn’t know where they come from, Elani Spencer, 12th grade, School of the Arts
(only one prize given: $300): Cities, Elani Spencer, 12th grade, School of the Arts
A special note to Elani, winner in two Sokol categories this year (and a winner last year as well). Great job, Elani!
About the Sokol Awards
Since 1958, the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library has sponsored a creative writing contest for Monroe County high school students in grades nine through twelve.
Entries from public, private, charter schools and Home Schools are welcome!
In 1985, Mr. & Mrs. Eli and Mildred Sokol established an endowment, through the Community Foundation, that makes it possible for us to award monetary prizes to the winners and honoraria to the judges. We are pleased to offer a special performance prize in addition to the traditional prose and poetry prizes. Through the Sokols’ foresight and generosity, the Friends & Foundation of RPL will be able to encourage young writers for generations to come.
$1,500 in cash prizes are awarded: $300 for first prize (Prose and Poetry); $200 for second prize (Prose and Poetry); $100 for third prize (Prose and Poetry); and one $300 prize for Performance. If a group wins the performance prize, the prize is equally divided by the number of people in the group.
Thanks to our partners at The College at Brockport, the complete collection of Sokol award winning entries (2015 through 2022) can be viewed and downloaded here.
Since 2015, winning entries have been collectively viewed and downloaded 2,006 times from 55 countries!