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.

Reliant Community Credit Union Donates Books and Bears to City, Invites Community to Match Gift

 (Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016) – Reliant Community Credit Union made a donation of $1,000 worth of new children’s books and stuffed animals to Mayor Lovely A. Warren’s Books and Bears program today and announced the start of a one-month campaign for community members to make their own donations at local Reliant branches.

“The Books and Bears program is a wonderful example of how a small gesture can lead to great things – which is the essence of community policing,” said Mayor Warren. “When officers take the time during a busy and hectic event to acknowledge the presence of young children, they are showing those children that they are not invisible, that they matter and that we care about them. I want to thank the Reliant Community Credit Union for supporting this wonderful program. This gift will make a huge impact in the lives of our most vulnerable children.” Learn more>> 

(Friday, Dec. 9, 2016) – Reliant Community Credit Union completed its November campaign to collect items for Mayor Lovely A. Warren’s Books and Bears program, resulting in the donation of more than 1,000 new books and stuffed animals to the program. Learn more>> 

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