Public libraries of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Putnam and Ulster Counties
Below are libraries from the Mid-Hudson Library System that participated in past instances of The Great Give Back! Return to the previous page for information about what libraries will be participating in the GGB this year. Please contact libraries directly for questions regarding offered programming.
“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.
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.
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.
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 Lifesavers
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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*
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
“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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Local Food Drive September 1 – October 17 The Beekman Library will be collecting food donations from September 1st through October 17th. All items will be donated to the St. Vincent dePaul food pantry to support local families in need. Visit www.beekmanlibrary.org for more information.
Items to donate Canned: Progresso/Chunky Soups, Tuna, Rice, Pasta Sides, Salt & Pepper, Mayo, Ketchup, Mustard Dessert Mixes: Brownie, Cake, Muffin, Jello, Pudding Household: Paper Towels, Toilet Paper, Laundry Detergent, Toothpaste, Tooth Brushes, Deodorant Men & Women, Shampoo
Great Give Back: Food Drive for Fishkill Food Pantry October 1 – November 18 Blodgett Memorial Library will be holding a food drive for the Fishkill Food Pantry. Beginning Thursday, October 1st, 2020 and ending Wednesday, November 18th, any person that contributes at minimum one non-perishable food item, will be entered into a raffle. The winning raffle ticket will win food for a Thanksgiving Dinner for a family of four. The bin for the food drive will be in front of our circulation desk. If you donate at least one non-perishable item and wish to be entered into the raffle, please go to the circulation desk and a staff member will give you your raffle ticket. Thank you to all participants and our wonderful Fishkill community!
The Great Give Back Food Drive September 1 – October 17 The Brewster Public Library will be participating in The Great Give Back 2020 by collecting food for the local food pantry. From September 1st to October 17th, patrons are encouraged to drop off non-perishable items when they pick up library materials.
Food for Thought October 2 – December 25 Food for Thought is a coordinated effort between the Cairo Library, the Greene County Office for the Aging Meals on Wheels program, and some local Quilters’ Guild members of the Cairo Piecemakers. The Library is giving away reading material, puzzles, and information on various topics and the Piecemakers group is providing hand sewn tote bags. They are delivered by the Meals on Wheels volunteers who also pass on to the library any requests. Anyone who lives in Cairo and participates in the Meals on Wheels program is eligible to participate.
Food Drive September 8 – October 31 The Chatham Public Library is pleased to host its first Food Drive, as part of the Great Giveback Program sponsored by the Mid Hudson Library System. Donated items will benefit the Ghent Food Pantry and the Chatham Silent Pantry. Items may be dropped off at the lower level of the Chatham Public library, 11 Woodbridge Avenue, Chatham, NY through October 31st, 2020. All shelf stable, non-expired items are welcome, in addition to selected other products, such as diapers, cleaning supplies, pet food and paper goods. Samples and travel sized products, (such as soaps and shampoos) in their original wrapped condition, are also welcome. A list of items that are specifically requested may be found on http://chatham.lib.ny.us/.
Food for Local Food Pantries October 1 – December 31 We will be collecting food for local food pantries throughout the fall and the holiday season.
Food for local pantries, Coats for local shelters October 5 – December 31 On October 17, 2020 libraries from across the Hudson Valley will be participating in The Great Give Back, a state-wide initiative to provide a day of opportunities for library patrons to participate in meaningful community service experiences.
This year the Claverack Free Library will be collecting donations of shelf-stable, unexpired food items to benefit local food pantries in our area.
We will also be collecting donations of clean, gently used winter coats to be distributed to various shelters nearby.
During library hours, food items can be placed in designated food bins. Coats must be in plastic bags and placed in the designated coat bins.
The Great Give Back October 1- 17 Every October, public libraries across NY State encourage their patrons to give back to their local community through the Great Give Back event. This year, Clinton Community Library will collect pet food and supplies for animals in need on behalf of the Dutchess County SPCA. Please stop by the library or visit the library’s website for the DCSPCA wish list. Donations can be dropped off anytime the library is open from October 1st to October 17th.
Riverkeeper Sweep – Garrison Landing October 17 10:00 am – 1:00 pm For ages 8 – adult Meet at the Library to pick up your grab and go trash bags and gloves before heading to the nearby Garrison Landing. The Desmond-Fish Public Library is partnering with Riverkeeper to host a River Sweep at the Garrison Landing. Registration is required at https://www.riverkeeper.org/news-events/events/9th-annual-riverkeeper-sweep/
Food in Lieu of Fines for the Food Pantry September 24 – October 17 Do have library fines? You can have Heermance Memorial Library fines forgiven by brining in something for the Coxsackie Food Pantry. Here’s your opportunity! We’ll remove them. For every item brought in, we will waive $5 from your record. It’s not for library fines from other libraries, or for billed items, we can only forgive our own library’s fines. You’ll bring in a few things for the food pantry, bring your overdue books back and we’ll be all squared up. All food donations are accepted, if you want to drop off items for the Food Pantry, please check expiration dates, no old outdate items, please. It’s a good cause, we welcome your donations. Please drop off during our current open library hours. See our website for details: heermancelibrary.org.
Stitchin’ for the Kitchen October 1 – November 13 Stichin’ for the Kitchen A Community Hat and Scarf Drive for Beacon Community Kitchen and Fareground
Get out your hooks and needles to warm the heads and necks of our neighbors while the Beacon Community Kitchen and Fareground warms their bellies. Between October 1st and November 13th, the Howland Public Library is asking community members to donate new, hand-made, hats and scarves for distribution through Beacon Community Kitchen and Fareground. Donated creations should be placed in individual zipper seal bags with the sized indicated and placed in the Big Red Bin at the library.
Great Give Back: Supporting the Women’s Resource Center of Putnam/Northern Westchester Counties October 1 – 17 From October 1st through October 17th, the Kent Public Library will be collecting donations in support of the Women’s Resource Center of Putnam/Northern Westchester Counties. Physical items from the wishlist can be dropped off in a designated donation bin at the Kent Library during regular curbside-pickup hours. Items can also be purchased from an Amazon wish list provided by the Women’s Resource Center. For complete details, visit the Kent Library website (kentlibrary.org) or call 845-225-8585. ALL DONATED ITEMS MUST BE NEW. Donations of new materials will be accepted from Kent and non-Kent residents. No registration is required.
Food Fight October 1-17 2020 has been a tough year, to say the least. As a way to lift our spirits, let’s all work together to help our neighbors and those in need by fighting food scarcity! This year, we are once again participating in The Great Giveback, a chance for public libraries to rally their communities to help each other. We’re collecting non-perishable food donations from October 1-October 17, the day of the official Great Give Back. A box will be located outside the Library front door for accepting food items. Donations will go to our local food pantries and families in need. Giving back has never felt so good!
Dreaming of a Chance Chicken Sponsor Drive September 17 – October 17 This program is completely virtual and will be done on our social media sites – Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The site to donate is dreamingofachance.com; links will be provided For all ages Help the chickens in your community! Farms in the Hudson Valley have been hit hard in the wake of COVID-19, so let’s do our part and chip in! The Dreaming of a Chance Farm Animal Sanctuary is part of the Lilymoore Alpaca Farm in northern LaGrange, and they could use our help. Follow the sponsor drive on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to meet four special chickens and choose one (or more!) to sponsor. The chicken with the most sponsorships on October 17th will be crowned the King or Queen of the Chickens, and the human who donated the most will win a giant chicken plushie! All donations go towards the care of the wonderful animals at the sanctuary. Find out more at dreamingofachance.com. Registration not required
Food and Flag Collection October 17 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Adult Garden at Mahopac Public Library (outdoor event) all ages Mahopac Public Library is partnering with local girl and boy scout troops to hold a food and flag collection event on the day of The Great Give Back – October 17. Donations of non-perishable food items will be contributed to a local food pantry; damaged American flags will be collected and delivered to the VFW or American Legion for proper disposal. Registration is not required; participation is not restricted.
The Great Give Back Food Drive October 5 – 17 As part of the Great Give Back this fall, libraries all over New York State will be connecting patrons with opportunities to help their neighbors through donation drives, environmental clean-up events, and other community service projects. Given the rise in food insecurity in our community over the past 6 months, as part of the Great Give Back, the Marlboro Free Library will be focusing on collecting and distributing food to help feed our neighbors from October 5 to October 17. All items will be donated to Marlboro’s local food pantry at St. Mary’s Parish, who will distribute donations to the people in need in our community. The Great Give Back helps highlight some of the changing ways our library helps support our community every day. We’re stronger together, and any contribution you can make to this food drive helps.
If you’d like to help, you can drop off nonperishable, non-expired food items at the Library from October 5 to October 17 during in-library and curbside hours. Please check our website for updated hours, as they are subject to change.
Kind Cards for Seniors October 1 – 17 for ages 3-17 Come to the library between October 1st and October 17 and decorate a card for the residents of the Fountains. We will have cards and supplies available in our children’s room. These cards will go to long term residents at the Fountains, a local retirement community. No registration required, just drop by.
The Great Give Back Food Drive October 1 – 31 The Millbrook Library will be collecting donations of non-perishable food for the Lyall Memorial Federated Church Food Pantry. Donations will be collected through the month of October. Help us fight hunger and food insecurity in our community!
Riverkeeper Sweep October 17 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Rhinecliff Dock For all ages Our community led by Morton Memorial Library, Backyard to Table, and the Rhinebeck Grange 896 have proposed a river sweep cleanup, and planting at the Rhinecliff dock. Registration is required and restricted to district residents to make sure that we can accommodate the proper social distancing and number of volunteers allowed during the pandemic.
Mid-Hudson Library System “Food Fight” October 1 – 17 Help Morton win the Food Fight with your donations of non-perishable (and non-expired) food items for local food pantries. Sounds like a messy fight, but this is a clean competition with other libraries in the Mid-Hudson Library System.
Please bring food items to Morton for us to donate to the Church of the Messiah and Dutch Reformed Church in Rhinebeck.
We have a lot of programs, and we suggest food as your admission price. When you visit the library, simply put your non-perishable items in the containers. If you have overdue fines on your record but food items in your hand, let’s talk!
Ulster County Food Fight October 1 – 17 Food Fight is a food collection contest held in cooperation with numerous libraries throughout Ulster County from October 1 to October 17. The “Food Fight” is part of the Great Give Back that is happening on October 17 throughout New York State.
Senior Grab -N- Go Breakfast October 17 – 24 10:00 am – 11:00 am For seniors Patterson seniors are welcome to an on the go breakfast curbside. Drive in and get a to go bagged breakfast. Registration is required.
Make Masks and Save Lives October 3-10 Please note: Our mask making program has been ongoing since June. Participants work at home donating their time and materials. There is no set date and time for the program, which had to be indicated in this form. For the date and time, we would use the term “ongoing.” Also, this is not an actual virtual or grab-and-go program. We were uncertain how to classify this program and listed it as being virtual.
The Pawling Library is partnering with our friends at the Pawling Resource Center for The Great Give Back, a day in which libraries offer our patrons the opportunity to help people in their community.
To assist those during the pandemic we are asking for volunteers to donate their time and talent to make protective cloth face masks. There is not a set amount of masks we ask you to make; a few or many are equally welcomed.
Normally, our programs are conducted at the library but this is not possible until a vaccine for Covid-19 is made available. We so very much appreciate your generosity and compassion and thank you for safely working from home. Donated masks will be distributed by the Pawling Resource Center.
Finished cloth masks can be inserted into ziplock bags and either placed in our book drop bin or delivered in person at the circulation desk up until Saturday, October 3. Please include your name and contact information in the bag, along with the masks.
They will be donated to the Pawling Resource Center on Saturday, October 10.
For those interested making cloth masks, please contact Donald at email@example.com.
NOTE: If you would prefer to purchase face masks to donate, you may do this as well.
Thank you so very much.
The Pawling Resource Center is located at 126 East Main Street, in the carriage house of the John Kane House. Phone: 845-855-3459.
See the link below for directions on how to sew a face mask.
For those who would like to make or donate masks: please contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is not required. This program is offered to people in Pawling and nearby communities.
Adoption Day With Everlasting Hope Animal Rescue October 17 10:00 am – 12:00 pm For all ages The Philmont Public Library will be hosting an adoption day with Everlasting Hope Animal Rescue of Hillsdale, NY. Come and play with some amazing pets that are looking for their forever homes! No registration is required. No restrictions.
Everlasting Hope Animal Rescue Donation Collection October 1 – 31 The Philmont Public Library will be collecting donations (pet food, toys, cat litter, etc.) for Everlasting Hope Animal Rescue of Hillsdale, NY during the month of October. No registration. No restrictions
Willow Roots Food Drive October 5 – November 25 For the Great Give Back, we will be taking donations of dry and canned goods for Willow Roots Food Pantry here in Pine Plains. No registration required. Dry and canned goods will be accepted any time we’re open between October 5th and November 25th.
Ulster County Food FIght October 1 – 17 Donate non-perishable food items at the library for local pantries. The common goal is to “spread food all over Ulster County” by filling up the shelves of local food pantries and to putting an end to hunger in our communities.
Food Fight! October 1 – 17 The Pleasant Valley Library will be joining many of its fellow libraries in the county in a friendly competition to collect the most food donations for its local food pantry. We will have a collection box in the library and on October 19th when we close at 6 we will count up and report the donated items and bring them over to our local food panty down the road.
Coat Drive October 1 – 17 The library is partnering with Dutchess Outreach to collect Winter Coats (and hats, scarves etc) for residents.
Canned Food Drive October 1 – 17 The library will be collecting Non-perishable food and personal hygiene items items to then be donated to our local food pantry.
Book Drive for the Red Hook Residential Center October 1 – 20 Red Hook Residential Center serves youth ages 12 – 18 who have been placed at the OCFS campus by the NYS Family Courts. The library is collecting new and like new books from a list of requested titles created by residents and educators. See the list on Red Hook Public Library’s blog or email Amy@redhooklibrary.org for a copy. Bring donated books to the library during open hours. Contactless drop-off options are also available.
Roe Jan Kill and Park Clean Up October 17 1:00 – 4:00 pm at Roe Jan Park and Roe Jan Library For all ages The Roe Jan Library is partnering with libraries throughout New York State for a day of giving back to the community and with Riverkeepers, which is a Great Giveback partner for 2020, to clean up the Roe Jan Kill and Roe Jan Park. Come prepared to get dirty! Rubber boots, even hip waders, encouraged, if you have them. We will be clearing the Roe Jan Kill of debris and cleaning up the surrounding park land in order to keep our rivers clean. Call the library to register.
Ulster County Food Fight October 1 – 17 We are collecting food for the Rosendale Food Pantry. Please bring non-perishable, non-expired food items to the bin at the library during normal library hours. Our goal is to fill the pantry shelves with wholesome food for members of our community experiencing food insecurity.
School Supply Drive Sepbember 8 – October 30 The Sarah Hull Hallock Free Library (the Milton Library) is collecting specific school supplies most needed by families as they attend Marlboro Elementary School on-line. The library asks community members to bolster the learning process with their donations of new supplies. In 2020, the library is requesting items that teachers believe will be most needed by families with young learners, especially those starting school for the first time: Crayons Expo markers Sheet protectors Scissors (primary) Pencils Two-color counting disks PlayDoh – small individual containers
The School Supply Drive runs from after Labor Day through October. Donors are asked to bring supplies inside the library building during browsing hours: Monday through Friday, 1:30 to 6:30. Donations should not be put in the outside drop-box (crayons and PlayDoh, for instance, melt).
Be Paw-some October 1 – 17 Every October, public libraries across NY State encourage their communities to engage with each other through volunteering with The Great Give Back. This year, we are partnering with The Saugerties Animal Shelter to fill their shelves. From October 1 to October 17, please drop off at the library: cat food, cat litter, bedding, sheets, towels, blankets, cat & dog toys, paper towels, wipes. Alternately, consider a monetary donation.
Close the Book on Hunger Food Drive: A Project of the 2020 Great Give Back to Benefit the Food Pantry at the Stanford Grange October 1 – 17 Please join the Stanford Free Library as we collect food to help support the Food Pantry at the Stanford Grange. Non-perishable food items may be dropped off at the library during out open hours (Monday and Wednesday 9:00am – 12:00pm and 2:00pm – 8:00pm, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 2:00pm – 8:00pm, and Saturday 9:00am – 2:00pm)
Feeding Rhinebeck Food Drive September 21 – October 17 As our local food pantries have put out a call for more help, we hope to gather supplies for their shelves. Please drop-off items in the designated box located in our lobby.
Most requested items include Pasta sauce, Chickpeas, white and black beans, Brown rice, Peanut butter, Water packed canned white meat tuna and white meat chicken breast, Cereal/Oatmeal. Hygiene Items include Toothbrushes, Toothpaste and Laundry detergent.
The Cannes Food Festival September 28 – October 17 Join us for this fall’s “Cannes Food Festival” canned food drive at the Tivoli Free Library. For every item donated, your name will be entered into our raffle to win a Cannes Film Festival award winning movie DVD. The more donations made, the greater your chance to win! Canned and shelf stable donations will be accepted at the library during open hours. In partnership with Red Hook Responds, all proceeds benefit the The Local Food Exchange: providing food and personal care items to regional food pantries. Registration is not required.
The Great Give Back Food Drive October 17 9:00 am – 12:00 pm For all ages Please help the Town of Ulster Public Library collect food items for the community. Drop off donations at the table in the library’s parking lot. All items will be delivered and donated to People’s Place.
Share with the Community! Donate to the Valatie Food Pantry at the Valatie Free Library! October 12 – 17 For adults and kids The Valatie Free Library will coordinate a community drive to assist the Valatie Food Pantry in providing food and personal supplies for community members in need of them. Registration is not required. Any community member or other individual or group is welcome to help by bringing non-perishable food, paper products or toiletries to the Valatie Free Library during the week of October 12 through October 17, 2020. Monetary donations are also appreciated. The Library will provide envelopes and stamps for mailing. Library Staff and Volunteers will deliver supplies to the Food Pantry.