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Non-Profit Report: The Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library

The Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library raises public and private funds, enhances marketing and public relations services, and provides timely and innovative programming to support the Rochester Public Library—the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County.

In May 2013, FFRPL finalized the merger of the Friends of the Rochester Public Library (formed in 1953) and the Rundel Library Foundation Inc. (formed in 1988). FFRLP is running a five-year $3.5-million capital campaign, From Collections to Community, to renovate and rejuvenate the Central Library.

FFRPL carries on the tradition of programming the Friends of the Rochester Public Library have provided the community for decades (Books Sandwiched In, Tuesday Topics and the Sokol High School Literary Awards) as well as newer programs such as the Edible Books Festival and Competition, the Human Library and community-wide events like 2013’s Pride and Passion: the African American Baseball Experience.

Some of FFRPL’s programs include:

  •  Books Sandwiched In: A series of free lunchtime reviews of nationally acclaimed, recently published books. Reviewers are local experts and celebrities. Each series, which runs in the spring and fall, presents eight reviews.
  •  Tuesday Topics: A series of free lunchtime presentations from local professionals about current issues in science, the arts, the economy, health care and government. This winter program series presents eight topics.
  •  Human Library: A living library of “human books” representing populations that have been marginalized by society. This biannual event makes human books available for informal, half-hour, one-on-one conversations with patrons to break down stereotypes and prejudices.
  •  Edible Books Festival and Competition: A family-friendly event featuring book-themed food creations that are judged for prizes.
  •  Sokol High School Literary Awards: This event celebrates the best in high school student writing, judged by nationally known authors.
  •  Conversations on Race: Free, facilitated conversations on race and its impact on the community, which are offered periodically in various public libraries throughout the Monroe County Library System.
  •  Rundel River to Roof Tours: A collaboration with the city of Rochester to offer the public a backstage tour of the Rundel Memorial Building of Central Library, including the lower stacks over the mill race, “haunted” upper stacks, Local History Division and roof of the building.
  •  Ghost Tours: Tales of the ghosts of old Rochesterville and public tours of the “haunted” upper stacks of the Rundel Memorial Building of Central Library. Presented in October.
  •  “If All of Rochester Read the Same Book …”: A collaboration with Writers & Books to bring the author of the annual community read to Central Library for discussion and book signing.
  •  The Library Store: A retail gift shop in Central Library that offers new and used books, CDs and DVDs, Rochester souvenirs, jewelry, gifts for readers, postage stamps and more.

FFRPL, which has its headquarters at Rundel Memorial Building, 115 South Ave., has six employees who are led by Executive Director Ned Davis. The organization has an online presence through the Monroe County Library System website at

Financial Record    Year ended June 30, 2014   
Revenue    %
Contributions, gifts and grants    $2,480,509    80
Other    636,426    20
Total revenue    $3,116,935    100

Expenses    %
Grants    574,451    53
Salaries and benefits    333,992    30
Office expenses    75,935    7
Investment fees    48,758    5
Other    49,422    5
Total expenses    $1,082,558    100
Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses    $2,034,377

Board of Directors

Sharon Salluzzo, president
David Hou, vice president
Peg Glisson, secretary
John Lovenheim, treasurer
Lois Giess, past president
Donna Benjamin
Marcia Birken
Rosalind Clancy
Charles Fallon
June Glaser
Donna Goldberg
Richard Hamilton
Andrew Iserson
Kate Kressmann-Kehoe
Henry McCartney
Brian McLaughlin
Justin Runke
Gary Squires
Kristen Storey
Patty Uttaro
George Wolf

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