Download the COVID-19 Preparedness Plan Developed by the City of Rochester’s REAL (Race, Equity And Leadership) Rapid Response Team (RRRT), in partnership with the County of Monroe.
Connect with a Librarian via Central’s Librarian Live Chat Reference Service, providing real-time information to patrons (funded by FFRPL). Central’s Library chat is staffed from 10 am – 5 pm, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays).
Watch presentations by RPL/MCLS Director Patricia Uttaro (Library pivots to online programs/services during COVID); FFRPL Executive Director Ned Davis (FFRPL: A Decade of Growth) and patrons (how your donations helped during the pandemic).
We’ll post weekly pre-recorded Tuesday Topics presentations to YouTube at ‘Rochester Public Library NY’ beginning on January 19. Hear talks on the most critical topics of the year.
In November 2019, The Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives welcomed 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, National Book Award recipient and Founding Director of American University’s Antiracist Research & Policy Center, Ibram X. Kendi, to Rochester for a (sold out) ‘How To Be An Antiracist’ lecture and panel discussion at Hochstein Performance Hall. FFRPL & RPL sponsored the event, and purchased 700+ simultaneous e-book downloads of How to Be an Antiracist in support of the program.
Thanks to Dr. Kendi for allowing us to make his talk available (for free) to the general public as part of our antiracist resource guide offerings.
Note: online book sales temporarily suspended due to continued delays with the USPS; updated January 2021
Call for entries! Deadline for our Sokol High School Literary Awards contest: January 31. $1,500 in cash prizes!