About FOCL

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 Friends of the Central Library Author Series, the largest library-related lecture series in the country. For more than 27 seasons, Friends of the Central Library has invited more than 150 world-famous authors to Syracuse to entertain, inform and inspire our Central New York audience.

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

Kal Alston
Angela Bernat, President
Connie Bull
Dane Dell
Beth Drew
Haley Dubnoff
Jacki Goldberg
Marcelle Haddix
Baird Hansen
Tammy Kiesa
George Kilpatrick, Jr.

Kara Krueger, Secretary
Linda Lowen
Anna O’Neil
Ginny Biesiada O’Neill, Vice President
Elizabeth Fallon Quilter
Darshini Roopnarine
Laiza Semidey
Heather Smith, Treasurer
Elaine Walter
Lucia Whisenand

Christian Zabriskie – OCPL Executive Director
Maria Mahar – OCPL Liason
Kim Schellinger – FOCL Executive Director