About FOCL

The Friends of the Central Library raises funds to support the Central Library, the hub of the Onondaga County Public Library which includes branches and suburban libraries. Since 1997, FOCL has donated over $650,000 to support library programs by purchasing books and materials.

FOCL produces and promotes the Rosamond Gifford Author Series, the largest library-related lecture series in the country. Now in its 26th season, the Friends of the Central Library has invited 150 world-famous authors to Syracuse to entertain, inform and inspire our Central New York audience.

The Friends of the Central Library believes that libraries are critical to the vibrancy of a community. Libraries afford residents opportunities to job search, research historical and genealogy records, educate, and entertain. FOCL supports and funds literacy efforts and resources.

Learn more about the Central Library here

Friends of the Central Library Board of Directors

Kyle Bass
Angela Bernat, President
Leah Caldwell
Linda Cohen
Haley Dubnoff
Peggy Fabic
Marcelle Haddix
Baird Hansen

Deborah Hole
Tammy Kiesa
Kara Krueger, Secretary
Linda Lowen
Andrew Maxwell
Samantha Muldoon, Treasurer
Anna O’Neil
Ginny Biesiada O’Neill, Vice President

Elizabeth Fallon Quilter
Elaine Walter
Lucia Whisenand

Babette Morgan-Baker – OCPL Liaison
Christian Zabriskie – OCPL Executive Director

Kim Schellinger – FOCL Executive Director