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 also 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 and promotes the Rosamond Gifford Lecture Series, the largest library-related lecture series in the country. In its twenty-three seasons, the Gifford Lecture Series has brought 138 world-famous authors to Syracuse to entertain, inform and inspire Central New York audiences.

Friends of the Central Library Board of Directors

Sandra Barrett- FOCL Executive Director
Angela Bernat
Leah Caldwell
Linda Clark
Susie Dahline, Treasurer
Jeremy DeChario

Peggy Fabic, President
Theodore Hanousek
Marcia Hayden-Horan
Steven Kulick, Past President
Janice Liddell
Suzanne McAuliffe

Terry Morris, Secretary
Marilyn Pinsky
Elaine Walter
Virginia Biesiada – OCPL Liaison
Janet Park – OCPL Executive Director