Below is a list of the Suffolk County libraries that participated in the first annual Great Give Back! While the date has passed, some libraries’ charitable drives are ongoing. Head over to the photos and videos page to check out your library’s event!
Announced events appear below the name of the library holding them. All listed programs take place on Saturday, October 14 unless otherwise stated. Some events may be open only to cardholders of the hosting library. Please contact the library if you have questions about whether you are eligible to participate.
Thank You Letter Campaign: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Write an unexpected note to a person deserving of praise and applause. Maybe you want to say thank you for a small kindness, maybe for a big sacrifice. Maybe your note is for a public figure, maybe an unsung hero. Give back with a special thank you. This opportunity is for everyone. Community service hours available to teens. Collaboration encouraged!
Food Drive: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm/12:00 pm – 2:00 pm/2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
We will be hosting a Food Drive on October 14 to help the St. Martin of Tours Food Pantry. To make our Food Drive a success, we are asking our local Teens and Tweens (Grades 5 to 12) to donate 2 hours of your time on that day. If you feel that this is something you would like to be involved in, then please sign up with us for one of the following time slots: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 12 to 2 p.m., or 2 to 4 p.m. using code AMY700.
Operation Gratitude – Saying “Thank You” to All who Serve: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
In the Library’s Community Room
We will provide the materials for you and your family to write letters of thanks to our troops. We are also seeking donations of new or gently used Beanie Babies to send to those far from home.
Food Drive:October 14th – 21st
The Bay Shore-Brightwaters Public Library will be running a Food Drive from October 14th – 21st to help local organizations fill their food pantries.
Teens who would like to help and earn community service can stop by the YA and Children’s Department or call for more information. (631-665-4350)
Items really needed include:
Toiletries (mini or regular size)
Paper products *toilet paper*
The Great Give Back at Bayport-Blue Point Public Library: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The mission of The Great Give Back is to provide a day of opportunities for patrons of Suffolk County to participate in meaningful, service-oriented experiences. We here have decided to help our local church, Our Lady of the Snow with wash kits. You will help make soap and put together wash kits for the church to handout. An hour and a half of community service will be given out. Please bring a non-perishable food item to this program. Please register for this event. BPY643
The Great Give Back at Brookhaven Free Library: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join us to participate in the first county-wide day of service and make a difference in our community! Stop in anytime between 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. to make slime kits for Birthday Wishes, an organization dedicated to putting a smile on the faces of children in need. Registration required.
Center Moriches Kindness Rocks: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
For teens. Spread kindness to unsuspecting recipients in your community. A few simple words or a happy picture can change someone’s entire day! All the materials you need will be provided for you to paint rocks and spread kindness in your community. #TheKindnessProject
Drop-In Crafts: 10:30 am – 12:30 PM
For children of all ages and their families. Drop in to paint housewarming gifts for Habitat for Humanity home recipients or picture frames for Little Shelter new pet owners. Teens may earn community service credit.
Kindness Rocks: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Help us to spread kindness through our community by painting kindness rocks- symbols of peace and harmony that will be spread throughout the town. Teens may earn community service credit.
Baby Supply Drive – October 14th – 21st
The Commack Public Library will be running a Baby Supply Drive from October 14th – 21st to help the Helping Hand Rescue Mission of Huntington build their newly formed Baby Pantry. All baby items welcomed – diapers, wipes and baby food are much appreciated. The Helping Hand Rescue Mission serves the entire Huntington Township, and any family in need may use their food pantry and new Baby Pantry, which will be open twice a month for new and expectant mothers. Please bring your new supplies to our drop-off bin in the front of the library.
50th Anniversary Celebration: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
No registration required for non-volunteer participation
Teens who are Comsewogue Library members must register in advance to participate in volunteer opportunities, and will receive community service credit.
Activities will take place throughout the library and grounds for the duration of the program. Activities will include lawn games, crafts, exhibits and information tables, a selfie station, face painting, balloon animals, farm animals, music and more! A local Scout Troop will serve the community through the offering of a flag ceremony during the Welcome Kickoff, beginning at 11:00 am.
Food will be available for purchase.
The Great Give Back Connetquot Public Library
Join us in giving back to our troops by bringing in small snacks, puzzle books, DVDs, small games, toiletries, drink packets, hard candies, etc. We will pack your donation into boxes to send to troops overseas via Boots On the Ground LI. Notebooks will also be available for you to decorate and write a letter of encouragement to a soldier or veteran.
Teen Halloween Costume Drive Volunteers: 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Donate your time taking in and distributing children’s Halloween costumes! Costumes will be sorted and distributed to the public. All volunteers will be eligible for community service hours.
Halloween Costume Drive: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Come down to browse and bring home the perfect costume for your little one or elementary aged child. Selection is limited based on what is donated. Donations will also be accepted on this day.
The Great Give Back Scavenger Hunt: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Families, join us for a community scavenger hunt! The object is to solve clues that will take you on an adventure through the neighborhoods of Cutchogue & New Suffolk. By the end of the day, bring your completed worksheet back to the Library to enter it into a raffle for a Family Fun Prize Basket. Sign-Up Info: Please reserve your family’s spot by signing up in the Children’s Room in advance. We ask that you donate one of the following when you sign up: a non-perishable food item, a new pair of socks, or unopened pet food. Donations will be distributed to Maureen’s Haven, CAST and North Fork Animal Welfare League
The Great Give Back Community Breakfast: 10:00 – 11:00 am
Stop int he Library for coffee and a continental breakfast and chat with some of the local civic and charitable organizations that make the North Fork better for all of us. Learn what these organizations do for our community and find out details on how you can get involved.
The Great Give Back “ADOPT ME” Portraits: 11:30 am – 12:30 am
Grades 5 and up are invited to paint a portrait of an adoptable shelter animal from Southold Animal Shelter. All pictures will be displayed at the shelter to help promote adoption. One hour of community service will be granted for this program.
The Great Give Back at Deer Park Public Library: 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
Join the Suffolk Library System in “The Great Give Back”! Earn one hour of community service by helping with a craft that will be donated to the community
Sheriff’s Department Program, Friday, October 13th, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
A representative from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department will be distributing senior ID cards and yellow dot decals, and will have a disposal for prescription drugs that are no longer needed.
Food Drive, Saturday October 14th, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
We will be collecting food to help stock the shelves of the East Hampton food pantry.
Bird Feeders: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ages 4+: Children will make several easy bird feeders to help feed our feathered friends.
The Great Give Back at East Islip Public Library
We will engage our patrons in activities to create items to benefit local residents!
12:00-12:30 pm: Grades 2-6. Create autumn door hangers to be donated to the residents at Momentum Nursing Home. East Islip Public Library cardholders may register 9/13/17.
12:00-1:00 pm: Grades 7-adult. Assemble items to be given out with Thanksgiving baskets by St. Mary’s Outreach program. East Islip Public Library cardholders may register 9/1/17.
2:15-3:30 pm: Grades 7-adult. Work with the EIPL Knitting & Crocheting Club to create decorative pom-poms that will be attached to winter hats of all sizes and donated to residents in need. East Islip Public Library cardholders may register 9/1/17.
For those that cannot attend that day but still want to participate in The Great Give Back, we are in need of yarn and individually wrapped candy donations to be dropped off by October 7th, 2017.
Food and Baby Products Drive: Elwood Public Library is taking part in this county-wide event by hosting a food and baby products drive in collaboration with Long Island Cares. Collection boxes will be in the front lobby of the Library from October 1st through November 1st. This collection is also open to non-district patrons. For more information, call the Library at 631-499-3722
The official kick-off of our Pet Food Drive will start on that date (and run through the end of the month). And we have a special community service opportunity for 5th and 6th grade students to make dog toys to be donated to various animal rescue organizations”.
No-Sew Pillows: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Give back to your community by creating a no-sew pillow. Teens will create pillows with kids and one to be donated to the Huntington Senior Center.
The Great Give Back at Hampton Bays Public Library: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
For families. The mission of The Great Give Back is to provide a day of opportunities for the community to participate in meaningful, service-oriented experiences. We will be putting together craft kits for children in local hospitals. Please stop by between the hours of 12:00 and 2:00 pm to help. Additionally, please drop off any of the following to the Children’s Room Department: a new pet toy, dog or cat food (dry or canned), peanut butter, bird seed, treats for cats or dogs, new or gently used blankets or towels, dog beds, cat carriers, Kongs or other supplies. Your participation and donations help shelter animals feel happier and more comfortable while they are waiting to be adopted!
The Great Give Back Southampton Animal Shelter Drive – Ongoing
Please drop off any of the following to the Teen Department: a new pet toy, dog or cat food (dry or canned), peanut butter, bird seed, treats for cats or dogs, new or gently used blankets or towels, dog beds, cat carriers, Kongs or other supplies.
The following activities are open to all, no registration required.
Art Supplies for Survivors: all day
During operating hours we will be collecting much-needed art therapy supplies to be donated to the Retreat in East Hampton, a safe haven for survivors of domestic abuse. A list of desired supplies can be found on the Retreat website (http://www.theretreatinc.org) and obtained for the Adult Reference Desk.
Beach Cleanup: official start time 9:30 am; drop by any time until about 12:00
An event for the whole family! We would like to encourage and invite everyone to meet us at the Ocean Road Beach, where we will provide gloves, trash bags and good company as we clean up one of our community’s most beloved members.
Little Free Library Painting: 12:00 pm
Teens can help paint Little Free Libraries that will be placed around our community.
The Great Give Back at Harborfields Public Library: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Stop by Teen ‘Scape and decorate greeting cards for those in need of cheer. Earn one hour community service.
Great Give Back Volunteers HPY2626: 10:30-11:30
Join us in celebrating this county-wide day of volunteering by helping make cat and dog toys for local animal shelters. 1 hour service credit. Registration is required. Out-of-district patrons will be placed directly on a waitlist and invited to the program based on availability.
The Great Give Back at Huntington Public Library
Be a part of this county-wide event by visiting Youth & Parent Services to make a greeting card or thank you card for a veteran, the elderly or hospital patient or stop by the library’s donation bins and donate food to Long Island Cares or pet food/toys to the local animal shelters.
The Great Give Back: Call for Food Pantry Donations – September 15th – October 7th
To prepare for the Great Give Back, The John Jermain Memorial Library will be collecting food items for the Sag Harbor Food Pantry. Please help by bringing food items (non-perishable, non-expired, no glass) to the main circulation desk between September 15 and October 7. On the day of The Great Give Back, Suffolk County libraries will provide opportunities for patrons to participate in service experiences. Kids at our library will celebrate by decorating reusable bags and filling them with food to give to families at the food pantry (see below).
The Great Give Back: Make a Food Pantry Bag – 2:30 pm
Ages 5-9. Celebrate The Great Give Back, when we do nice things for our local community by making a bag for the food pantry. Kids at John Jermain will decorate reusable bags and fill them with food to give to families at the food pantry. We will talk about recycling and nutrition as we sort the donated food to make sure each family has balanced meals.
Help Our Local Animals! 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Join some of our local rescue organizations to learn more about their work in our community. Bring in your pet donations as well as create something nice to give to the shelter. Long Island Rabbit Rescue, The Babylon Animal Shelter as well as Shelter Link will be here with some of their very cute and very furry friends! No registration required.
Cards for Veterans: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Grades 1-8. Stop by the library to give back to our local veterans. Create cards that speak from your heart that will be donated to the local veteran’s organization. Community service available for children in grades 6-12. No registration required.
Cards for Hospitalized Kids: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Help us make holiday cards for children in the hospital. All cards will be sent to Cards for Hospitalized Kids (http://www. cardsforhospitalizedkids.com) who will distribute them to children’s hospitals nationwide.
Food Drive: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Stop by the farmer’s market or the library to donate non-perishable food items for Long Island Cares to distribute to our neighbors in need. The top 10 most needed items are low-fat, boxed & non-refrigerated milk; white rice; canned vegetables & fruit; cooking oil;cereals; pasta; tomato sauce; canned meat; poultry; or fish; peanut butter; jelly, jam, or spreadable fruit. No glass jars, please. Thank you!
Donations for the Homeless: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
All ages. Stop in for a list of clothing and toiletries to be donated to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Lindenhurst. Community service available to children in grades 6-12. No registration required.
The Great Give Back at Longwood Public Library: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Teens in grades 7-12. Join us for Community Service Creation Stations, where we will be working on a variety of different service projects including cat toys for the animal shelter, no-sew fleece blankets, and more to donate to local organizations. Registration begins September 23rd. Participants will receive a certificate for 1.5 hours of community service.
Stuff a Truck: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Help us Stuff a Truck with non-perishable items for local food pantries and collect items to be distributed to veterans, such as gently used clothing and toiletries. Go to http://www.listateveteranshome.org/docs/WishList.pdf for a complete list.
The Great Give Back at Mattituck-Laurel Library
We are collecting pantry items for the Ronald McDonald House. Starting October 1st items can be dropped off. We have flyers of the requested items. On Saturday the 14th we will hold a reception on the Front Lawn of the library with refreshments and activities. During 1 – 3 p.m. we have invited officers from the Southold Town Police Department to stop by and our patrons can thank them.
Little Free Library Opening Ceremony: 11:00 am at the Selden Dog Park
This opening ceremony will celebrate the installation of Middle Country Public Library’s Little Free Library, constructed by Middle Country teen volunteers, at the Town of Brookhaven’s Selden Dog Park on Boyle Road. Open to Middle Country residents.
No-Sew Blankets & Dog Beds: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Centereach Branch
For families. Join the MCPL Teen Advisory Council, Mutt Club and Green Teens for a fun-filled afternoon of community service! Families are invited to drop in to help make no-sew blankets and dog beds to be donated to local shelters. Open to Middle Country residents.
Great Give Back at Montauk Library: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Please visit the library any time from 10 am to 5 pm and donate items for The Great Give Back! The Montauk Library will collect items on behalf of these local organizations:
-Used Eyeglasses Drive: For The Montauk Lions Club
-Personal Care & Hygiene Items: for The Retreat Toiletries, requesting items such as shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, sanitary napkins, tampons, and new unused undergarments.
-Non Perishable Food Items: for The Montauk Food Pantry, requesting items such as canned soup, tuna, spam, peanut butter, jelly and diapers (sizes 4, 5, & 6).
-Pet Food, Towels and Toys – for ARF, the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons.
Boxes will be set up for donations to each of these organizations.
Health Fair / Feria de Salud – Friday, October 13, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
FREE. At the library:
Cholesterol Screenings, Flu Shots, Blood Pressure Checks, HIV tests
Make appointments for Mammography & PAP Smears
Meet MEDICARE representatives
Get more information about Stress Relief Circles, Hudson River Health Care and PROJECT Warmth (emergency funds for heating), THE RETREAT Women’s Shelter
Provided by Town of East Hampton Human Services Program
Pet Drive: October 1st – 31st
North Babylon is requesting the donation of pet treats, new toys, clean collars, and clean dog and cat beds. All items will be donated to the Babylon Animal Shelter.
The events listed below are limited to North Babylon Young Adult cardholders.
Family Story Time Helpers: 9:00 am -11:00 am
Help Miss Marylou with her Family Story Time.
Card for Veterans: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Create cards to thank local veterans. All cards will be donated to Liberty Village in Amityville.
Game Hour: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Help senior citizens with the Wii, or challenge them in a game of chess or checkers.
Book Swap: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Help at the Library’s book swap table.
Reading Buddies: 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Read a story to a child and have them read one to you, then help them with a fun craft.
Friends of the Library Used Book Sale: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Drawing and Sketching your Favorite Feline! 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Using pencils and charcoals, the instructor will teach you artist drawing techniques. The instructor will have available photographs of cats, or bring a photo of your own. Registration for this program begins on 10/2 for NSPL cardholders, 10/5 for non-residents, space permitting.
New York Blood Center Blood Drive: 11:00 am – 3:30 pm
Drop in at NSPL or click on “Donate” on the New York Blood Center Homepage: www.nybloodcenter.org to schedule an appointment. For eligibility requirements go to www.nybloodcenter.org or call (800) 688-0900.
Community Give Back Day: TAG Cat Food & Paper Towel Drive: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Teen Advisory Group will be collecting canned cat food of any kind and paper towels to donate to Kent Animal Shelter.
Caring for your Cat: 2:00 pm
Useful tips for new cat parents, and for those looking to brush up on their pet care skills presented by Kent Animal Shelter. Registration for this program begins 10/2 for NSPL cardholders, 10/5 for non-residents, space permitting.
Saturday, October 14, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Northport Public Library
Speak with representatives from local organizations that are actively seeking volunteers as well as engage in hands-on volunteer activities at the Library. Open to all – no registration required.
Community Give Back Craft: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Northport Public Library
For children in grades K-5, adults and siblings welcome. Come anytime during the Volunteer Fair to create and decorate tea bag cozies for Atria Senior Living residents. Open to all – no registration required.
Teen Volunteer Opportunities:
Kindness Rocks Volunteers: The Great Give Back Volunteer Fair, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Northport Public Library
Pass on a positive message and give someone a reason to smile. Decorate rocks with kind words and colorful designs and earn service credit. Open to NENPL patrons only – registration begins October 3.
Crafty Teens: The Great Give Back Volunteer Fair
You may choose one session:
Session 1: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Session 2: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Session 3: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Session 4: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Assist children with a craft for The Great Give Back and earn volunteer credit. Open to NENPL patrons only – registration begins October 3.
The Great Give Back Cemetery Cleanup: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Our library is participating in this county-wide volunteer event! Meet us at the Lakeview Cemetery to help make a difference! Earn community service hours and make our town even more beautiful.
Port Jefferson will be holding a food collection drive all day for local food pantries. Also, between the hours of 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, we will be making cards for the elderly. Students in grades 4-12 receive community service hours for their efforts (4 cards = 1 hour of service).
You Can Help Give Back: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Join Quogue Library as we partner with The Retreat Domestic Violence Services Agency to help lighten the burden of purchasing personal care needs for those fleeing from physical and emotional abuse by hosting a collection station at our library from October 1st-14th. If you would like to contribute by donating personal care items simply drop them off in our receptacle bin in the library during hours of operation. On October 14th, 6:00 – 7:30 pm we will host a public service packaging event where patrons and their children can participate in packing personal care kits from collected items for shelter residents.
Items needed are: Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Body Wash and Cologne, Perfume, Hairbrushes, Make-up Bags, Make-up, Shampoo and Conditioner, Hairspray, Face wash, Washcloths, Nail Polish.
The Retreat provides domestic violence and sexual assault services on Eastern Long Island with education programs and supportive services in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. For more information, visit: http://www.theretreatinc.org
The Great Give Back at Riverhead Free Library: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
-Pet adoption agencies will be here with dogs and cats that are looking for their forever homes!
-Pet Food Drive
-Doctors Without Borders Coat Drive: requesting gently used coats for donation
-Warm Feet Happy Hearts Sock Drive: donate socks for those in need at Maureen’s Haven
-Yellow Dot Program: sponsored by the Sheriff’s office, free kits are available, designed to help first-responders provide life-saving medical attention after a crash or other emergency.
Southampton Animal Shelter Adopt-A-Thon: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Join Southampton Animal Shelter for a visit to Rogers Memorial Library on October 14th (Rain Date: 10/15 from 1pm-3pm) to meet and spend time with adoptable dogs and cats! Fall in love? Fill out an application and get the adoption process started right away! All are welcome!
The Great Give Back at Rogers Memorial Library: 10:00 pm – 4:00 pm
On this day, libraries all around Suffolk County are going to be offering community service opportunities to show just how much we can accomplish when we all work together. Drop by the teen department any time during the day to participate in community service projects.
Lake Ronkonkoma Cleanup: 9:30am – 12:00pm at Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Park on Lake Shore Road
Program code: SAT366
Meet at Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Park on Lake Shore Road. All cleaning materials and supplies will be provided, but you must provide your own transportation. Registration is required. All ages are welcome; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
The Great Give Back: Day of Service @ Sachem Library!
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Stop by the library from 1-4 pm and help us make cheerful cards for veterans and/or hospital patients, simple bead bracelets for juvenile hospital patients, patriotic pins, assist with a garden clean-up and pick up a ‘fairy house’ (one per family, please) to decorate and return to brighten up our garden in the spring. We will also be collecting new, unused items such as lip balm, deodorant, batteries and sunscreen to donate to ‘Boots on the Ground’. All ages welcome, no registration required.
Loops of Love: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
For adults. Loops of Love is a non-profit organization based in Lynbrook that donates knitted and crocheted items to facilities in need including the Wounded Warriors organization and many area hospitals and they have started a Sayville Satellite Group that will meet at the library. If you have basic knitting or crocheting skills and would like to help out, please bring your own yarn as well as your own knitting or crocheting needles.
Make Bake & Bark: 2:00 pm – 3:oo pm
Grades 6 and up. Be a part of The Great Give Back along with libraries all over Suffolk County. Come to the library to mix up a batch of dog biscuits with The Baking Coach, take them home to bake, and then return the finished treats to the library so that we can donate them to a local animal shelter! **A certificate for community service will be awarded to each teen upon return of their treats.
Clothing Drive: October 14th – 30th
Shelter Island will run a Winter Coat, Scarf and Mitten Drive to benefit the Cloathing Room at Maureen’s Haven. Look for a donation box and posters created by local kids! Maureen’s Haven will open its clothing room for winter clothing to their guests on November 1st.
St. Johnland Nursing Center Visit (YA): 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Earn community service and brighten up someone’s day by playing board games with the residents of the St. Johnland Nursing Center in Kings Park. Teens must have a parent or guardian sign a permission slip, which will be located at the reference desk, in order to participate. Teens also must have their own transportation to and from the nursing center. If you are exhibiting any symptoms of a cold or flu on the day of the program, please do not attend.
Cards for Veterans: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Stop by to create a card as a way of saying “thank you for serving” to our veterans. No registration required.
Pennies for Paws: September 1st – October 14th Drop by the Circulation Department and make a donation to be split among local animal rescue organizations. Donations will be collected from September 1 to October 14.
Pet Drive: October 1st – October 14th
Please stop by the Main Hall between October 1 and October 14 and drop off the following items to be donated to a local animal rescue organization.
Cat/Dog Treats: all day October 14th
We will be collecting homemade Dog and Cat treats. Please bake the treats using the recipes provided. Once baked, drop them off at the library in a seal-able plastic bag on October 14.
Sweetbriar Nature Center Backyard Wildlife: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
What lives in your backyard? You will meet a variety of animals that might live in your neighborhood right here on Long Island. This presentation will help you to realize the importance of looking after our resident wildlife and how we can be better neighbors. Drop by from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm and see a Box turtle, an opossum, a rabbit, a screech owl, and maybe a surprise guest or two.
Dog and Cat Toy Making: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
We will have tables set up in the Main Hall for you to drop by and help us to make cat and dog toys (while supplies last) to be donated to the local animal rescue organizations.
In the Children’s Room on 10/14:
Color a Dog House, Color Animal Safety Coloring Sheets, Get a Pet Care Bookmark
Food Drive for Long Island Cares
Patrons are invited to drop off non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Long Island Cares food bank (no glass jars, please).
Coat Drive – October 14th – 28th
Gently used children’s coats will be collected and donated to the Family Service League for children in need of a warm coat this winter. Coats will be collected in the Children’s Library from Oct. 14-28.
No-Sew Fleece Dog Toys: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Teens will create toys for furry friends at the local animal shelter. Participants will earn community service credit.
Crochet Chemo Caps: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Patrons can make caps for patients undergoing treatment that will be donated to a local hospital. Cap patterns will be available, and crochet instructor Joanne Cohen will be on hand to assist. Participants shouldbring cotton or cotton/acrylic yarn (worsted or bulky weight) and a crochet hook in size H, I or J. Knitters are also welcome. Experienced knitters and crocheters who cannot attend may donate finished caps.
The Great Give Back at Southold Free Library
Please join the library and First Presbyterian Church in collecting items to make up 3 types of kits that will be delivered to flood and hurricane victims of Harvey. Drop off donations of these items to go either in a hygiene kit, a school kit, or a cleanup bucket any time between now and 10/14. On Saturday, October 14th, help us assemble these kits for delivery — drop in any time between 9:30 am and 5:00 pm.
Items are specific to these kits:
Sponges, assorted sizes
Reusable cleaning towels (easy wipes)
Dry laundry detergent
Liquid household cleaner (Lysol)
Dish soap (like Dawn)
Trash bags (30-45 gal)
Insect repellent (not aerosol)
Nail clipper or emery boards
Blunt (rounded tip) scissors
70 count spiral notebooks
Hand held pencil sharpeners
Crayons 24 count box
The Great Give Back at West Babylon Public Library: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Join us while we do our part in a county wide effort to give back. Drop by the Library anytime between 11 am and 2 pm to do some community service and volunteer projects for our community! No registration required.
The Great Give-back Letters to Service Members: 2:30 pm -3:30 pm
As a part of the Suffolk County Library System’s Great Give-Back Day, teens all over the county will be volunteering at their local libraries. West Islip teens will be making cards and writing letters to service members of the United States Armed Forces showing our support.
Halloween Costume Drive: Last day for drop off is Saturday, October 14th. We are collecting new and used (in good condition) Halloween costumes. All costumes will be distributed to children through various Long Island charitable organizations.
West Islip Public Library is collecting new socks for our local shelters. We will be collecting socks until the end of November.
The Great Give Back at Westhampton Free Library: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Westhampton Free Library, along with many other libraries in Suffolk County, is participating in “The Great Give Back,” a way of sharing what you can do for your community and what your community can do for you. We would like to invite everyone to come to the Gazebo on the Green that day and join in! As part of your organization you can host a booth about what your organization does as well as a project in which others can participate. As an individual, you can volunteer for a few hours with one of the represented organizations and sign up for further volunteer opportunities. Popcorn, cotton candy, hot cider and music will be available to keep your energy and spirits up. For more information about hosting a booth, call the Westhampton Free Library at 631-288-3335 x4.
Give Back, No-Sew Throw Pillow: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
We’re joining other Suffolk County libraries in a day of giving back to our communities. Participate in something meaningful and service oriented by creating throw pillows for the homeless and ill.