Each year Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library (FFRPL) offer a grant opportunity for Rochester area libraries through the Harold Hacker Fund for the Advancement of Libraries.
The recipients of the 2023 Harold Hacker Grant are:
Mendon Public Library: Diverse Voices Book Discussion Kits (These kits will include 8 copies of a particular book plus discussion guides. The fiction and nonfiction books selected will present diverse voices, and will address inclusion, diversity, equity, and action. Antiracism, LGBTQIA, Immigration, and Poverty issues are among the topics that will be represented in these books.) – $1,500
Rochester Public Library: Cannabis Workforce Academy (A comprehensive curriculum to prepare legacy market members for jobs in legal dispensaries.) – $1,350
Rochester Public Library: Mobile Learning Lab Updates (Updates to laptops in the MCLS Mobile Learning Lab. These laptops are used by 6-12 libraries both town and RPL locations each year and focus on digital literacy, workforce development,
information, financial literacy, youth learning computer coding, and digital citizenship skills. The laptops are outdated and require replacement due to the increased demand of these labs.) – $2,150
Congratulations to all of the 2023 recipients and best of luck for a successful project!
The Harold Hacker Fund for the Advancement of Libraries honors Harold Hacker, former director of the Monroe County Library System and founder of the Rochester Regional Library Council and OWWL Library System.
The Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library manages the Harold Hacker Fund for the Advancement of Libraries and provides additional supplemental funds each year to enhance the impact of these grants. The Rochester Regional Library Council is the Administrative Agent.