The Groundbreaking for the Rundel Terrace Revitalization Project was held March 5, 2020, with art installations to be completed Spring 2021. Learn more here
Construction began on Central Library’s new Technology Center, with meeting/conference areas and makerspaces for creation and collaboration, and the Center opened (with COVID restrictions in place) by early Fall 2020.
FFRPL continued our long-standing support of Central Library’s Carlson Center, as it celebrated its 20th Anniversary as a Patent & Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) of the US Patent & Trademark Office. The Center honors Chester F. Carlson, patent attorney and inventor of xerography, and is now named The Carlson Center for Intellectual Property. Learn more.
FFRPL began planning and fundraising for the Downtown Central Library’s Rundel Terrace Revitalization Project will transform a long-closed area into a new park-like public riverfront terrace, designed with spaces, pathways and seating for engagement, education and reflection.
Before the end of this fiscal year, FFRPL exceeded our $1.4 million fundraising goal for the Library’s From Collections to Community Capital Campaign, supplementing additional funds from Library, City, County and NY State Partners. The final phase of the project, slated for Winter 2020, will be a Technology Center, with meeting/conference areas and makerspaces for creation and collaboration.
In March 2018, renovations began on the former Rundel Auditorium, and when completed in October 2018 the space was renamed the Kusler-Cox Auditorium, in recognition of Alan Kusler and William H. Cox, Jr., two librarians with distinguished careers at RPL who left the FFRPL its second-largest bequest in our organization’s history. The extensive work included a new ceiling, lighting, carpet and window shades; a new, single room partition; new AV systems for the main room and partitioned rooms; asbestos abatement and removal; HVAC upgrades; new tables and chairs; and repaired/refreshed wood finishes.
FFRPL continued to help maintain and improve the Library’s specializes spaces, such as Teen Central, the imagineYOU Digital Media Learning Lab and the Dorris Carlson Reading Garden (which we are able to help maintain thanks to the expertise and efforts of our volunteer Master Gardener).
With funds raised by FFRPL, the Rochester Public Library renovated ~16,000 sq. ft. of space at Central Library in the Arts Division and ~11,000 sq. ft. of space dedicated to Youth Services (Teen Central, B Hive and Middle Ground).
The renovations in the Arts Division included March 2018’s creation of the Anthony Mascioli Gallery in Harold Hacker Hall, the space where Central Library’s 2019 Stonewall: 50 Years Out exhibition was held and the annual Art of the Book exhibition are now mounted each year.
In 2015, Central Library’s Local History & Genealogy Division dedicated the Walter F. Becker Digital History Center. Made possible by a generous donation from Robert & Georgianna Becker to FFRPL in memory of Robert Becker’s father, the Becker Center transformed a space that had been a passive study area into an interactive, collaborative center where people can discover, create, preserve and share local and family history in ways never before possible.
In the Walter F. Becker Digital History Center, Library users now have access to digital microfilm/microfiche readers and scanners, high-resolution document and photograph scanning equipment, analog-to-digital video conversion tools, and an interactive collaboration station for viewing/hearing documentaries and oral histories.