Books and Bears


Join the City’s “Books and Bears” brigade!

Big things often start in small ways - like the smile of an innocent child. Now you can help bring those smiles to places where they're needed most.

Give a bear hug or a quiet moment of reading to our youngest residents by donating new books or stuffed Teddy bears  to the Rochester Police Department. These small gifts will then be offered to small children who experience or witness domestic violence or some other traumatic event.

How to give

Bring a new book or a stuffed animal in original packaging - or gift cards to a book store or toy store - to the Office of the Mayor, 307A, 30 Church St.

To learn more about Books and Bears or to donate, contact Tracey Miller at (585) 428-7045, or via email at