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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. 




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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.

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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.





Conversations on Race   

Conversations on Race and Conversations on Race with Poverty are free, facilitated conversations about race and its impact on all of us. Each conversation is unique and everyone participates. Offered with community partners at libraries throughout the Monroe County Library System.


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Rochester Reads Reading and Book Signing, Central Library, Kate Gleason Auditorium. Join in this community-wide read and meet the 2016 author, Sonja Livingston, at Central Library on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 12 noon. Offered in partnership with Writers and Books.

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Edible Books Festival and Competition, Central Library, Kate Gleason Auditorium. Saturday, April 2, 2016, 2pm - 4pm. Imagine an event where books look good enough to eat - and can be! Offered with Monroe Community College's Hospitality Program and Foodlink. 


Sokol High School Literary Awards, Central Library, Kate Gleason Auditorium. The best poetry and prose from young local writers as judged by nationally-known authors. For information and photos from the 2015 Sokol Awards Ceremony and Reception, click here .





Venture down to the upper stacks of the Rundel Memorial Building and hear Central Library staff stories of ghastly happenings in old Rochester. Offered on two Fridays: October 23 and 30, 2015 

4pm – 5:30pm

$20 preregistration is required and includes a “Is the Central Library Haunted?” booklet.

 Click here to register. 



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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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