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The Friends of RJCL raise funds for library programs and equipment, and provide volunteer support for programs and events. We have been actively supporting our community library since its founding in 1998. The Friends of the Red Jacket Community Library is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization.



We are currently working with the school and public library staff and a library designer on a plan to replace some of the library's heavy tables and chairs with lightweight, stackable chairs and smaller, collapsible tables. This will give us more flexibility to meet patron needs by letting us easily reconfigure the rooms to suit different purposes.

Our goal is to raise $20,000 to furnish the rooms that are in most need of updating: the “Fish Bowl” (the small glass-enclosed classroom located in the children’s section) and the larger Langton Conference Room (near the Elementary School entrance).  Any donation is welcome and appreciated!




Meetings are usually the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the library. Check the events calendar for up-to-date information each month. 





What we do
How we support the Red Jacket Community Library

The Friends of RJCL have raised $25,000 over 14 years to support a wide range of programs and purchases.


Equipment and Supplies

We supplement the library budget with purchases of: 


  • ADA accessible door opener
  • Books
  • Cameras and a projector
  • Computers and printers
  • 3D printer
  • Coffee maker for patrons
  • Baby changing table
  • Furniture purchases and refurbishing
  • Folding chairs with storage rack
  • Picnic tables
  • Shelving for books and DVDs
  • Signs for events and promotions
  • Rolling book cart



We fund a range of programs and activities for patrons of all ages, including:

  • Concerts and music programs
  • Storytellers, magicians and other activities
  • License for public showing of movies
  • Summer reading programs for children, teens and adults
  • Transportation to the book fair


Grant matches

We provide matching funds for grants earned by the library, including:

  • Libre Foundation grant - for books
  • Gates Foundation grant - for computers



How we work

Here are our bylaws.



Get involved

Want to help a great cause? Join the Friends!





We support the library by buying equipment such as this 3D printer for patrons to use.


We support programs including visits from Sparks the Reading Dog, a great listener helping young readers build confidence.


Proceeds from the sale of these sturdy canvas book bags help us fund library programs.



Red Jacket Community Library - 7 Lehigh Avenue, P.O. Box 370 - Shortsville, NY 14548 - phone (585) 289-3559 - email