Mid-Hudson Library System Archived Events

Public libraries of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Putnam and Ulster Counties

Below are libraries from the Mid-Hudson Library System that participated in The Great Give Back 2021! Return to the previous page for information about what libraries will be participating in GGB 2022. Please contact libraries directly for questions regarding offered programming.

Special multi-library event: Ulster County Food Fight!
October 1-16

“The Ulster County Food Fight is an annual food collection contest held in cooperation with 12 libraries throughout Ulster County from Wednesday, September 1 to Saturday, October 16. The library that collects the highest number of food items during this period wins the Food Fight and receives a winners’ certificate. Help your library win the Food Fight with your donations of non-perishable (and non-expired) food items for local food pantries.”
The following libraries are participating:
Gardiner Library
Highland Public Library
Hurley Library
Kingston Library
Milton Library – Sarah Hull Hallock Free Library
Morton Memorial Library in Pine Hill
Olive Free Library
Phoenicia Library
Plattekill Library
Rosendale Library
Stone Ridge Library
West Hurley Public Library.
Contact your local library to find out what local food pantry they are supporting and all the details of how you can donate food items.

Beekman Library

The Great Give Back Donation Drive for the Grace Smith House
September 1 – October 16
Join the Great Give Back and help your community. We are collecting a specific list of items that will be donated to the Grace Smith House. The Grace Smith House supports victims of domestic violence.

General Needs: Items from our general needs list must be NEW and UNOPENED. See www.beekmanlibrary.org for the general needs list.

Cairo Public Library

The Great Giveback
September 13-October 16
In addition to donating books, puzzles, and audiobooks to a local high school and nursing home, the library reached out to the Cairo community for donations of new or nearly new towels, sheets, and umbrella strollers—items much needed by a local shelter.

Chatham Public Library

Working Together to Support Cancer Patients in Columbia County
September 15-October 16
The Columbia County Libraries Association is partnering with Our Community Cares Columbia County to collect and distribute clothing, supplies, and cards to help support cancer patients from September 15 to October 16. Items collected will be donated to Our Community Cares, who will distribute them in Comfort Bags for hospitals in our community.

If you’d like to help, please drop off any of the items in the Comfort Bag Wish List below at any Columbia County library from September 15 to October 16 during regular library hours.

Comfort Bag Wish List
Lap Blankets
Hats, Fuzzy Socks, Mittens, Gloves
Crayons/Colored Pencils, Adult Coloring Books, Pens
Unscented Lotion
Lip Balm
Drinking Cups with Straws
Travel-size Tissues
Inspirational items such as cards, books, magnets, and memo pads
Puzzle Books, Playing Cards, Crossword Books, Journals
Emery Boards
Chewing Gum

In addition to the donation drive, several County libraries are organizing crafting events to help patrons create handmade blankets, clothing, and cards for the Comfort Bag project and hosting informational programs with Our Community Cares CC Volunteers. Please visit individual library websites for more information on upcoming events.

Claverack Free Library

Our Community Cares: Cancer Patient Care Boxes
September 18 – October 16
Collecting of materials to offer comfort to people undergoing cancer treatment. Our Fiber Arts Circle is creating lap blankets, hats, mittens and slippers for the boxes.

Clinton Community Library

Support Our Community SPCA partnership
September 7-October 16
Clinton Community Library is pleased to be partnering with the Dutchess County SPCA for the Great Give Back, which is October 16th this year.
There is a large collection bin in the Clinton town hall to collect the items that they need. Pick up a few items on your next grocery or pet store trip and leave them at the library this month. And thank you for your support of SPCA and the Great Give Back!
The SPCA wishlist can be found here: https://dcspca.org/how-you-can-help/donate/#toggle-id-1
The SPCA is also in need of volunteers; if you are interested you can complete the online form here: https://dcspca.org/how-you-can-help/volunteer/
No registration required, items can be donated anytime the library is open.
1215 Centre Rd. Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Monday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Friday: 10:30am – 6:30pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Dover Plains Library

The Center of Compassion Food Drive
September 20 – October 16
Community food drive benefitting The Center of Compassion food pantry in Dover Plains, NY. Donations will be accepted during normal Library hours. Look for the collection bin in the lobby.

East Fishkill Community Library

Great Give Back Food Drive
October 1-31
Help your neighbors in need by dropping off items for our indoor and outdoor food pantries. Food, personal hygiene, and pet items are welcome.

Donations should be brought in to the library, any time we are open. If we get more than we can use (and we hope we do!), items will be given to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Food Pantry.

Please check for past sell-by dates, open packages, or damaged/dented items – we won’t accept those due to safety concerns. Shelf-stable items only- we do not have refrigeration available.

Gardiner Public Library

Ulster County Food Fight (scroll to top of page for details)

Grinnell Library

Food Drive
October 4-25
Collection of non-perishable food for local food bank. Food can be dropped off during library business hours.

Heermance Memorial Library

Support Hope’s Mission Backpack Program
October 1-30
For all ages
As a participant in the Great Give Back program, the library will be collecting food items to support Hope’s Mission Backpack Program. This program provides children in the community with breakfast and lunch items over the weekend. Suggested items that can be donated include: cereal, soup, mac & cheese, granola bars, fruit snacks, cookies, crackers, canned fruit, nuts, toothbrushes & toothpaste. For each item brought in, you will receive a $5 credit towards your current Heermance Library late fees. For Heermance Memorial Library Borrowers.

Highland Public Library

Ulster County Food Fight (scroll to top of page for details)

Howland Public Library (Beacon)

Stichin’ for the Kitchen
October 1 – November 15
Grab your hooks and needles Stichin’ for the Kitchen is Back!
As part of the Great Give Back, the Howland Public Library is collecting handmade hats and scarves to donate to Fareground and the Beacon Community Kitchen. Crafters can donate a set or individual items. Donations should be placed in individual plastic-zip bags and dropped off in the Big Red Bin at the library.

Hudson Area Library

Hunter Public Library

Fall into Socktober
October 1-31
During the month of October, the Hunter Public Library will be accepting donations of NEW socks to be donated to Greene County Community Action in Catskill and distributed to the homeless in Greene County. We focus on socks because they are one of the most requested items. In addition to socks, we will also be accepting donations of the following items: soap, shampoo, tampons, wipes, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, can openers, and microwavable bowls.

Hurley Library

Ulster County Food Fight (scroll to top of page for details)

Jula L. Butterfield Memorial Library

The Great Give Back Riverfront Cleanup
Saturday, October 16
9:00-11:00 am
Cold Spring Riverfront
For all ages
Join us to clean up trash along the riverfront from Dockside to West Point Foundry Preserve.
Please register: https://events.getlocalhop.com/the-great-give-back/event/CR8pwDUfeH/
Please wear gloves. We will supply bags, coffee, and doughnuts.

Kent Public Library

Putnam Humane Society Donation Drive
October 1-30
During the month of October, the Kent Library will be collecting donations to benefit the Putnam Humane Society. A donation bin, accessible 24/7, will be located on the library back porch all month long. For an updated list of desired items, visit the Putnam Humane Society wishlist page (http://www.puthumane.org/how-you-can-help/wish-list/). Please donate wishlist items ONLY.

Kinderhook Memorial Library

Comfort Bags for Our Community Cares
September 15-October 16
All ages welcome
This year, we’re participating in The Great Giveback with all of the other Columbia County Libraries! Along with Our Community Cares, we’re gathering donations to make up comfort bags for cancer patients in our county. Drop off your donations in the bin in the library foyer anytime during library open hours. For hours and a list of acceptable donation items, check the list on our website: www.kinderhooklibrary.org

Kingston Library

Ulster County Food Fight (scroll to top of page for details)

LaGrange Association Library

Donation Drive & Social Media Initiative with HVARS
September 20 – October 16
Donations will be received in the library, but keep an eye on our social media for info about some furry friends up for adoption!
The LaGrange Association Library is partnering with the Hudson Valley Animal Rescue and Sanctuary for the Great Give Back this year for a donation drive and social media initiative to help gather supplies and encourage adoptions.

Marlboro Free Library

The Great Give Back Food Drive
October 1-31
As part of the Great Give Back this fall, the Marlboro Free Library will be collecting non-perishable food items during the month of October. All items will be donated to Marlboro’s local food pantry. Non-perishable, non-expired food items can be dropped off at the Library during open hours from October 1-31.
The mission of the Great Give Back is to provide a day of opportunities for patrons of public libraries in New York State to participate in meaningful, service-oriented experiences.

Millbrook Library

The Great Give Back Teen Food Drive
October 1-30
For ages 11-19
Teens can help teens during The Great Give Back!
Help provide food for Midway, a supervised transitional living program for adolescents aged 16- 21 who are homeless and in need of support. They provide crisis intervention, counseling, educational support, life skills training, and more.
These youth are often juggling school and work and don’t have a lot of time to cook or eat. That is where you can help! They are looking for healthy shelf-stable food that can be eaten on the go: for example, granola bars, fruit cups, apple sauce, and mixed nuts. As young people, you know what appeals to you! So load up on some of your favorite healthy snacks that can be eaten on the go and donate them at the Millbrook Library.

Great Give Back – Grace Immigrant Outreach
October 1-30
The library is partnering with Grace Immigrant Outreach for a food drive to benefit the La Mesa Food Distribution site that primarily serves our Hispanic community. We will be collecting donations throughout the month. This is a culturally informed food drive so please review the list of needed foods below and bring them by the library for collection! Thanks for giving back to the community!

Food List: Maseca, Dry beans, Canned beans, Fruits (canned and fresh), Vegetables (Canned and Fresh), Rice, Pasta, Vegetable oil, Cereal (cold and hot), Oatmeal, Soup, Juice (Canned and Frozen), Herbs/Spices

A Good Yarn – Millbrook Fiber Arts Club Knitting for The Linus Project
October 18-25
For all ages
For the month of October as part of the Great Give Back, the knitting group will be creating no sew fleece blankets for the Dutchess Putnam Chapter of The Linus Project, which donates blankets to children in hospital and other causes.

Pre-teens, teens, and adults come on down to the library for our knitting club — all fabric arts from crochet to embroidery welcome! You can even drag in a sewing machine. This is an informal club chance to work on projects and chat with community members, but there will also be experienced knitters on hand to help instruct any newcomers hoping to pick up a relaxing hobby. The library will provide basic materials (yarn and needles) to those without any.

This group will meet either in the Bennett Room or on the porch depending on the weather. Please reach out with any questions!
Registration preferred.

Milton Library – Sarah Hull Hallock Free Library

Ulster County Food Fight (scroll to top of page for details)

Morton Memorial Library & Community House

Milkweed Marathon
October 16
10:00 am-2:00 pm
Multiple locations: Morton, Rhinecliff dock, Staatsburg Library, solar farm, Burger Hill
Help us plant a pollinator pathway and monarch waystations as we celebrate with a Milkweed Marathon. We will be planting milkweed at the Staatsburg and Morton/Rhinecliff Libraries, a local solar farm, and will then complete our adventure with a great milkweed release at Burger Hill.
We will be looking for volunteers at the various sites. Registration at the Staatsburg Library and Morton Memorial Library in Rhinecliff. Registration is requested to allow for social distancing.

Ulster County Food Fight (scroll to top of page for details)

Newburgh Free Library

North Chatham Free Library

Our Community Cares
September 15 – October 16
From September 15, to October 16, 2021 the North Chatham Free Library and the Columbia County Libraries are collecting items for cancer patients in partnership with Our Community Cares. There is a drop off box inside the library for Comfort items.

NorthEast-Millerton Library

Oblong Books, Webutuck Teachers’ Association and NorthEast-Millerton Library Clothing, Toy and School Supplies Giveaway
Saturday, October 16
10:00 am-12:00 pm
For ages 0-18 and caregiver
The Library will be hosting its 3rd Annual Great Give Back Event in partnership with the Webutuck Teachers’ Association and Oblong Books.

Community members are invited to come to the Library between Saturday, October 16, 10 AM – 12 PM to pick up free clothing, toys and household goods, provided by the Webutuck Teachers’ Association.

Free books will also be available, provided by Oblong Books.

A limited number of brand new school supplies and winter gear may be available, courtesy of donations from community members.

Items will be given away in the Library’s back yard. Masks are suggested but not required.

Guidelines for donating and inclement weather

1) We ARE NOT accepting donations of clothing, toys, household goods or books from the public. No exceptions can be made on this.

We ARE accepting new school supplies and winter items: please go to the shopping lists below or call the Library for more information*

School Supplies:


Winter Gear:


2) In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held in the Library Annex, and masks will be required for all children and adults ages 2 and up

Olive Free Library

Ulster County Food Fight (scroll to top of page for details)

Patterson Library

Halloween Fall Fest
Saturday, October 23
10:00 am-1:30 pm
For all ages
Join us for our fantastic Halloween Fall Fest on our beautiful grounds. Enjoy wonderful music, food, a costume Halloween Hunt for prizes for the little ones and free pumpkins from our spooky pumpkin patch. We are asking for a suggested donation of a can of food for our local Food Pantry from attendees. *Donation not required.
We ask that children be registered to attend the Halloween Hunt Halloween Hunt
Saturday, October 23
Ages up to 7 @ 10:30 AM
Ages 8 and up @ 11:30 AM
Register at www.pattersonlibrary.org and click on calendar

Pawling Library

The Great Give Back: Helping Our Community
October 1-15
The Pawling library is partnering with our friends at the Pawling Resource Center who are in need of your help.

They are especially in need of the products listed below.

We are asking that you please donate whatever items you can to our library. Donations will be accepted from Friday, October 1, until Friday, October 15.

Items needed:

Toiletries – shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, deodorant
Paper products – toilet paper, tissues, paper towels
Baby diapers and wipes

Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity.

Phoenicia Free Library

Ulster County Food Fight (scroll to top of page for details)

Plattekill Library

Ulster County Food Fight (scroll to top of page for details)

Pleasant Valley Free Library

“Thank You to Our Community Helpers” Cards and Letters Drive
Saturday, October 16
10:00 am-2:00 pm
For all ages – adults, teens and children
We are so fortunate that there are so many people who are helpers in our “Thank You to Our Community Helpers” Cards and Letters Drive
Saturday, October 16
10:00 am-2:00 pm
For all ages – adults, teens and children
We are so fortunate that there are so many people who are helpers in our community – especially during these “scary” times of the past couple of years. Medical workers, first responders, firefighters, teachers, postal workers, veterans and more have done so much to help out in so many ways.
For this year’s Great Give Back, we’d like to thank the helpers in our community by creating Thank You cards and letters to send to them. We hope you’ll join us at the Pleasant Valley Library on Saturday, October 16th, from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm, to write or make cards and letters with messages of gratitude for everything they do.
We will provide all needed materials – blank cards and letter paper, mailing envelopes with addresses and stamps, pens, pencils, markers, and more. Just come on in and bring your thoughts of thanks for your favorite helpers in our area!
*This Great Give Back program is for all ages and abilities. Registration is not required – patrons can just walk in during library hours

Poughkeepsie Public Library District

The Great Give Back to Benefit DCSPCA
October 18 – November 12
This year, the Library District has partnered with DCSPCA as part of the annual Great Give Back (a state-wide public library event) to collect much-needed food and supplies for the animals in their care. Donation bins will be available at both library locations during library hours.

Did you know that the DCSPCA:

  • Is not affiliated with ASPCA and is its own independent nonprofit.
  • Relies solely on donations from the community.
  • Is a no-kill shelter, meaning they will never euthanize an animal due to lack of space.
  • Is the only shelter in Dutchess County chartered to enforce the Humane Law.
  • Works with Grace Smith House to help the pets of victims of domestic violence.

Click here for a full list of items needed.

Learn more at dcspca.org

Putnam Valley Library

Donate to Local Animal Shelters
October 1-16
As part of the Great Give Back, the library is collecting items for Two local shelters. Donation boxes are by our side door.
Items accepted at both locations are listed on our website at putnamvalleylibrary.org.

Red Hook Public Library

Committee Sampler
Saturday, October 23
10:30 am-12:00 pm
For adults
Weather permitting the program will be on the front lawn of the library. Otherwise it will be in the Parish Hall at St Paul’s Lutheran Church one block south of the library.
Meet and learn from members of municipal committees. Find out what they do and whether joining a Town or Village committee might be something you’d enjoy. There’s committees on parks and trails, conservation, community events, human relations, communication and a lot more!
Registration is not required.

Reed Memorial Library

The Great Give Back to the Women’s Resource Center
October 1-31
The Great Give Back to the Women’s Resource Center

Roeliff Jansen Community Library

Our Community Cares Drive
September 15 – October 16
The Roeliff Jansen Community Library, in collaboration with other Columbia County libraries, will be collecting items for Our Community Cares, which is making bags for cancer survivors.
Items requested will be posted on the library website, and collection will run from September 15 to October 16.

Rosendale Library

Ulster County Food Fight (scroll to top of page for details)

Saugerties Public Library

Help the Saugerties Animal Shelter!
October 1-16

Stanford Free Library

Grace Smith House Donation Drive
October 1-30
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Stanford Free Library is collecting personal hygiene items, infant & toddler care items, and other items to be donated to Grace Smith House. Please see our website (stanfordlibrary.org) for a full list items needed.
Registration is not required. Please see our website (stanfordlibrary.org) for a full list of items needed. Items may be dropped off at the library from October 1st through October 30th during our open hours.

Stone Ride Library

Ulster County Food Fight (scroll to top of page for details)

Tivoli Free Library

Food & Supply Drive for People & Pets
Saturday, October 23
10:00 am-1:00 pm
For all ages
Food & Supply Drive for People & Pets!
Needed for People: Shelf-stable food (coffee, cereal, prepared canned meals, etc.) and personal care items (soap, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.) to benefit Red Hook Responds (redhookresponds.org).
Needed for Pets: Unopened dog & cat food, pee-pads, treats, toys, etc. to benefit Perfect Pets Rescue (perfectpetsrescue.org).
Prizes! Raffle fundraiser to benefit both organizations.
Perfect Pets Dog Ambassadors will be there to cuddle with and human ambassadors from both organizations will be there with information.
Can’t make it to the event? Bring your donations to the Tivoli Free Library by October 23rd. Call the library at 845-757-3771 for information.

Free coffee & donuts for all attendees while supplies last!

Town of Ulster Public Library

The Great Give Back Pet Food Drive
September 22 – October 18
The Town of Ulster Public Library will be collecting new pet food items for the Ulster County SPCA from Wednesday, September 22, 2021 through Monday, October 18, 2021. You can drop off the items during business hours. There will be a box inside the entrance of the library. We will also be donating homemade cat and dog toys that the children and adults from the library will be making.
The Town of Ulster Public Library will be collecting new pet food items for the Ulster County SPCA from Wednesday, September 22, 2021 through Monday, October 18, 2021. You can drop off the items during business hours. There will be a box inside the entrance of the library. We will also be donating homemade cat and dog toys that the children and adults from the library will be making.

Valatie Free Library

Comfort Bags for Columbia County Cancer Patients
September 15 – October 16
The Valatie Free Library is collecting items for comfort bags to be distributed to patients in Columbia County cancer treatments centers by Our Community Cares Columbia County. Also part of this project will be a card-making workshop on Wednesday, October 6th to make cards to be included in the comfort bags.

West Hurley Public Library

Ulster County Food Fight (scroll to top of page for details)

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