Public Libraries of Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Otsego Counties
Below are libraries from the Four County Library System that participated in past instances of The Great Give Back! Check back soon for information about what libraries will be participating in GGB this year. Please contact libraries directly for questions regarding offered programming.
Donation Drive for Rise October 1 – 31 October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We’ll be taking donations all month for Rise, a local organization that works to support families experiencing or threatened by domestic violence.
We will be taking donations of non-perishable food and cleaning supplies. Items need to be unopened and/or new. Any food items should not be expired.
We will have collection boxes right inside our front doors, as well as by our circulation desk.
Kids’ Costume Closet October 4-28 For all ages The Cannon Free Library will offer as a staging site for a Kids’ Halloween Costume Swap. Bring in clean children’s costumes from October 4-28 and “shop” from other contributor’s donations. No registration is required, participation limited to those in the Delhi community.
Annual Business District Clean-Up October 6, 2022 from 9:30-1:30 am For all ages We’re cleaning up the business district: cleaning out flower beds, flower pots, and picking up litter. No registration required. Starts at the library and includes Front Street, Deposit.
Help Kids Buy Books! October 1-15 We are collecting money so that all children who visit the book fair at our local school can get books! We support students, with gift certificates, who might otherwise not be able to choose a book.
RISE ShelterDonation Drive October 1-15 We will collect items at the library for the men, women, and children that reside at the shelter. These items will include winter hats, gloves, hygiene products and non-perishable food. Monetary donations can be made in lieu of physical items. Checks can be mailed to P.O. Box 393 Endicott, NY 13760. Donations can also be accepted via the link http://rise-ny.org.
Wish List Donations for the Chenango County SPCA October 5-31 The Chenango County SPCA is always in need of donated cleaning supplies and other paper goods. Donate these supplies and other items in the lobby of Guernsey Memorial Library, through the end of October, 2022. Thank you for your participation!
The Great Book Giveaway October 7-10 Nineveh Library, with donations from Barnes and Noble, is giving away free books to our community! Stop by our orange tents during regular business hours, grab a book or two (or more!) and enter your name in our drawing for a fall-themed gift basket.
The Great Give Back – Unatego Central School Backpack Program October 1-22 Join the Unadilla Public Library as we celebrate the Great Give Back Saturday, October 15th . We will be collecting donations for the Unatego Central School Backpack Program. The Library will be collecting the donations October 1- 22. Thank you for participating! Check out out our website (unadillalibrary.org) or our Facebook (Unadilla Public Library) to see the flyer with the list of items you can donate.
JC Gives Back! October 1-15 Your Home Public Library is collecting food donations for the St. James Food Pantry in Johnson City for the Great Give Back. If you would like to donate, you can drop nonperishable food items off at the Your Home Public Library between the dates of October 1, 2022 and October 15, 2022.
Community Food Drive October 6 – November 17 The Bainbridge Free Library will host a Community Food Drive to benefit the Bainbridge Food Pantry. Items such as soap and toothpaste are also welcome. Please drop off donations during library hours.
Chemotherapy Care Packages August 4-October 16 For all ages We have blank cards for people to pick up at the Library and color and write a message for chemotherapy patients. We are also collecting other items that will be added to the care packages. We are collecting: small bottles of hand sanitizer, granola bars, herbal tea bags, individually wrapped hard candy or mints, bottled water, and small packages of facial tissue. On October 16th, we will ask for volunteers to help us assemble the bags. The bags will be given to Broome Oncology to distribute to their patients. Registration not required; open to all
Help the Chenango County SPCA with their Wish List September 18 – October 16 Guernsey Memorial Library will be accepting WIsh List items for the Chenango County SPCA from September 18, 2021 to October 16. 2021.The Wish List can be found at guernseymemoriallibrary.org. Also visit chenangospca.org! Thank you for supporting your local SPCA.
Halloween Costume Swap and Fall Bookmarks Saturday, October 16 12:00-6:00 pm Destination Oneonta Harvest Party at Neahwa Park For all ages Come to HML’s table at the Destination Oneonta Harvest Party in Neahwa Park to join in on The Great Give Back: Halloween Costume Swap. Bring your gently used costumes day-of or drop them off at the library between October 4th and 15th. Swap for a “new” costume or just donate what you have. Don’t have a costume or don’t need a new one? That’s okay too! You can still participate in The Great Give Back by decorating a bookmark for a resident at the Chestnut Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Registration is not required. Guests at the Destination Oneonta Harvest Party are asked to wear a face covering and maintain social distance as appropriate to help keep our community healthy.
Keep Greene Clean! Saturday, October 16 9:00 am-1:00 pm For all ages This popular event brings our community together to help beautify the village of Greene, NY. Register on site the day of the event between 9:00am and 1:00pm.
Headstart Take-Home Bags September 16-October 15 For ages 3-adult The Nineveh Public Library is partnering with the Harpursville Central School District’s Honor Society to create take-home bags for Harpursville Headstart families. The Honor Society students are creating 70 finger puppets for the 14 families in the program. Each bag will include a fingerplay rhyme, 5 finger puppets, games and resources donated by WSKG Education, and information about their local library. Students will assemble the bags to be distributed the week of October 11th. Participation is restricted to Harpursville, NY residents
Fall Family Festival Saturday, October 30 2:00-4:00 pm Gaines Park, Sherburne NY (right next to the library) For all ages A community event for everyone to celebrate Fall, including a costume contest, games, activities and treats. The event is free but donations (canned goods or monetary) will be accepted to support the local food pantry.
Bound to Please: HomeBound Books Friday, October 15 10:00 am-12:00 pm For all ages A monthly book delivery service to homebound residents in the Vestal Central School District to provide accessibility to library materials and fulfill the library mission of outreach to our community. This is an on going services with rolling registration That will kick off on Friday, October 15. First deliveries will be made from 10AM – 12 PM.
Bound to Please: HomeBound Books is restricted to Vestal Central School District residents who are unable to come to the library in person, including but not limited to: elderly, new moms, moms with infants/toddlers, teens/tweens without access to transportation, limited mobility due to short or long term injury. Registration is required either on our website or by calling (607)-754-4243 extension 4.
Little Free Libraries Saturday, October 16 10:00 am-12:00 pm For all ages VPL is stationing two newspaper boxes in the Vestal community that will serve as Little Free Libraries. All are welcome to pick out a book from the Little Free Library, no library card required and no due date, just a free book to enjoy.
Support the Pantry October 1-16 9:00 am-2:00 pm The Village Library of Cooperstown is partnering in support of the Cooperstown Food Pantry, with a food and hygiene drive to run from October 1 through October 16. No registration required.
Animal Food Collection October 1-16 Animal food donations should be dropped off at the library when we are opened. Tues, Wed, Thurs. from 10 am to 6 pm, Fri. 12 to 5 pm and Sat. 10 am to 2 pm. Donations will be given to Super Heroes in Ripped Jeans, an animal shelter in Oneonta ,NY.
Spread Some Smiles October 17 from 9 am – 1 pm For youth who are Afton residents Share a smile by making a pumpkin picture and dropping it off at the Afton Free Library to be given to residents of our local adult home.
BCPL Cares September 21 – October 19 We are collecting non perishable food for CHOW, hand made hats, scarves and mittens for the Union Endicott Elementary Schools, and notes, pictures and cards for the residents of Willow Point Nursing Home. You can drop off your donations at the Library during the hours we are open.
2020: Fall Cleanup October 16 from 11 am-12 pm Deposit Business District For children & teens The Deposit Free Library will sponsor a Fall Cleanup of the Deposit Business District on October 16, 2020 (Rain date: 10/19/20). We have invited patrons/families to help with the annual cleanup of the Front Street garden areas. This will include weeding, trimming, cleaning out flower containers, and general preparation for winterization of the flowering shrubs and perennials. Registration is not required. Please bring gardening gloves.
2020: Help us make “Happy Birthday Bags” October 1-10 from 11:00 am-3:00 pm We are collecting donations which will be assembled into “happy birthday bags.” These will be a birthday-in-a-bag to be donated to our local food pantry and benefit kids in our community. All ages are welcome to donate. Donation drop off will be at the front desk.
Keep Greene Clean! October 17 from 9 am-12 pm For all Ages. Minors to be accompanied by adult. Teams will choose quadrants within the village. Litter clean-up. Gloves, masks and trash bags provided. Social distancing in place. Register at the library.
Halloween Festival October 24 from 2-4pm at Gaines Park For families The Sherburne Public Library is hosting a Halloween Festival in Gaines Park as a way to show our appreciation for the community. The main event will be a pumpkin carving contest where free will donations will be accepted to benefit the Sherburne Cooperative Nursery School. We will have several family activities available as well including a scavenger hunt, trick or treat tables, a costume contest, crafts, and more. Everything will be organized with social distancing in mind.