About FOCL

The Friends of the Central Library raises funds to support the Central Library, the hub of the Onondaga County Public Library system. Through our fundraising and public advocacy we work on behalf of the entire Onondaga County Library system, which includes city branches and suburban libraries. FOCL has donated over $600,000 to support library programs that promote reading, literacy, and lifelong learning throughout the community.

FOCL produces the Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series, the largest library-related lecture series in the country. Now in our twenty-forth season, the Gifford Lecture Series has brought over 130 world-famous authors to Syracuse to entertain, inform and inspire Central New York audiences.

Friends of the Central Library Board of Directors

Kyle Bass
Angela Bernat
Leah Caldwell
Linda Cohen
Susie Dahline, Treasurer
Peggy Fabic, President
Marcelle Haddix
Theodore Hanousek, Vice President
Baird Hansen

Marcia Hayden-Horan
Deborah Hole
Kara Krueger
Janice Liddell
Linda Lowen
Andrew Maxwell
Suzanne McAuliffe
Terry Morris, Secretary

Samantha Muldoon
Marilyn Pinsky
Elaine Walter
Lucia Whisenand
Virginia Biesiada O’Neill – OCPL Liaison
Janet Park – OCPL Executive Director

Joan Brooks – FOCL Executive Director