On Tuesday (August 4th) Leadership Greater Rochester’s Class of 2015 will celebrate the completion of the Rochester Mini Library Program, their community impact project coordinated through the leadership development program by the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce.

A family-friendly community event will be held at noon at the Peace Plaza Information Booth, which will include the installation of a downtown mini library and a check presentation of program funds to the Rochester Public Library who will be taking over future responsibility for the Mini Library Program.

Event Schedule:

12:15pm - Downtown Mini Library Ribbon Cutting

12:20pm - Presentation to Rochester Public Library

12:25pm - Children’s Storytime with Mayor Ardell Brede

12:40pm - Closing Remarks

Leadership Greater Rochester’s Class of 2015 has completed the construction and installation of  40 mini libraries throughout Rochester neighborhoods with the help of donors and program sponsors.  The Rochester Mini Library Program’s goal is to increase book access for youth who currently have little or no access due to geographic, language or financial barriers.  $181,803.74 was raised between cash and in-kind donations with a large portion of the total amount coming from in-kind promotional marketing donated by local media companies.  The remaining money after all expenses will be presented to the Rochester Public Library at the August 4th event so that they may continue the goals of the program with library book refills and possible future program expansion.

Community interest and support has been strong with approximately 100 host family applications and over 5,000 books donated through city-wide book drives.  The success of this community impact project will grow proficient and avid readers in Rochester, raising literacy rates and bringing neighborhoods together around reading. For more information on the Rochester Mini Library Program, visit http://rochesterminilibrary.org.