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The Ruby M. Jefferson Memorial Book Fund

The Ruby M. Jefferson Memorial Book Fund

In 2011, the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library was delighted to receive a heartfelt donation from the estate and family of a longtime library volunteer to establish the Ruby M. Jefferson Memorial Book Fund.

In the 1960s, Ruby M. Jefferson volunteered at the Wheatley and Winton branches, and was married to Frederick Douglass Jefferson, a prominent minister and theologian who taught at Colgate Rochester Divinity School and was Pastor of Trinity Emmanuel Presbyterian Church.

The aim of the Ruby M. Jefferson Memorial Book Fund at the Rochester Public Library is ‘to promote literacy and build self-esteem in elementary school-age children in the City of Rochester’, by annually buying books and giving them at no cost to children in need.

The Rochester Public Library currently has several programs that do just that: they include Family Science Day, PreK and First Grade to College at St. John Fisher and Nazareth Colleges, the Rochester Children’s Film Festival, School #52 Library Card Program and the Buffalo Bills Literacy Training Camp. 

The Ruby M. Jefferson Memorial Book Fund is a permanently restricted endowment fund whose annual earnings help the Library continue supporting kids and literacy in the City of Rochester, and is the first step towards creating a larger, lasting fund that will be used to give away books to future generations of children striving to achieve literacy proficiency.


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Please consider contributing to the 

Ruby M. Jefferson Memorial Book Fund 

and supporting the children of Rochester and 

the Rochester Public Library. 


Call the Friends & Foundation of RPL for more information: 

Ned Davis ~ ned.davis@libraryweb.org or 585.428.8321

Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County | 115 South Avenue | Rochester, NY 14604

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