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Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library

The Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library is a not-for-profit organization of people who love libraries. Donations are used to support Rochester Public Library programs and services which could not otherwise be obtained through public library funding. The Friends & Foundation sponsor many programs each year that encourage an interest in the library and enrich our cultural community.


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Books Sandwiched In programs are free, lunchtime book reviews by exciting local experts and celebrities that are offered in the Fall and Spring. 

      Muslim Journeys Reading & Discussion Program


Muslim Journeys Reading & Discussion Program is a five-session, facilitated group discussion to increase understanding of the Muslim community, gender issues, faith and culture.

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Great Decisions Series with United Nations Association of Rochester takes you beyond the headlines by providing a look at eight of the most significant challenges facing the world. Readings, maps and an informational DVD support the facilitated group discussion.

The 2014 series will begin with an orientation on Friday, March 14 at noon.

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Tuesday Topics programs are free, lunchtime presentations about current issues in science, the arts, the economy, health care and government. Presenters are well-known professionals on these issues.

Human Library 

Human Library  

Check out a 'book' for a half-hour and have an informal, one-on-one conversation with someone you might not otherwise have the chance to meet.

Co-organized with the River Campus Libraries of the University of Rochester. Click to see photos of the event at Central Library on Saturday, January 25, 2014.

Plans will be underway to hold another Human Library in the fall of 2014.


Thursdays with Geva Theatre Center, February 13 and March 6, 2014, noon - 1pm, Central Library, Kate Gleason Auditorium  

Come for noontime discussions with cast members of upcoming Geva plays.


 If All of Rochester 

If All of Rochester Read the Same Book Reading and Book Signing by Eowyn Ivey, author of 'The Snow Child', Thursday, March 20, 2014, noon - 1pm, Central Library, Kate Gleason Auditorium. Join in this community-wide read for 2014. Offered in partnership with Writers and Books.

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Edible Books Festival and Competition, Sunday, April 6, 2014, 2 - 4pm, Central Library, Kate Gleason Auditorium. Imagine an event where books look good enough to eat - and can be! Offered with Monroe Community College's Hospitality Program, Foodlink and Hurd Orchards.


Sokol High School Literary Awards, Thursday, May 1, 2014, 4 - 5:30pm, Central Library, Kate Gleason Auditorium. Join us for readings and performances of the best poetry and prose from young local writers as judged by nationally-known authors. For information on the 2014 Sokol Contest click here for details.




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The Friends & Foundation accept gifts and bequests to benefit the library and to create innovative programming.


Now, more than ever, Libraries Need Your Support!  


Please print and mail this form to help support the Central Library. 


Or contact:

Ned Davis, Executive Director
585.428.8321 ~
Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library
115 South Avenue, Rochester NY 14604

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