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

Joan Brooks, FOCL Executive Director
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
Debordah Hole
Kara Krueger
Steven Kulick, Past President
Janice Liddell
Linda Lowen
Andrew Maxwell
Suzanne McAuliffe

Terry Morris, Secretary
Samantha Muldoon
Marilyn Pinsky
Elizabeth Fallon Quilter
Elaine Walter
Lucia Whisenand
Virginia Biesiada O’Neill – OCPL Liaison
Janet Park – OCPL Executive Director