Public libraries of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Putnam and Ulster Counties
Check back often for updates on libraries in the Mid-Hudson Library System that will be participating in The Great Give Back 2019! As The Great Give Back draws nearer, details about libraries’ individual events will be added. Please contact libraries directly for questions regarding offered programming.
The Great Give Back – Pajama Program Saturday, October 19th 10:00 am-12:00 pm For families and adults Help sort donated books and pajama sets for The Great Give Back. We will be organizing donations for distribution to local charities. Each bag will contain a book and pajamas that are matched for a specific age — teen, toddler, pre-schooler, etc. All ages are welcome to attend. pajamaprogram.org.
Puss ‘n Books Saturday, October 19th 10:00 am-2:00 pm For all ages Give a can/box of pet food and get a coupon for a free book, movie, music CD or game/puzzle at that day’s Book Sale. No registration required
Food for Fines Saturday, October 19th – Friday, November 22nd 10:00 am-5:00 pm For all ages We’ll be collecting non-perishable goods for the Philipstown Food Pantry starting Saturday, October 19th and running through Friday, November 22nd for a donation ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday! Drop off shelf-stable foods, paper goods, personal hygiene products and cleaning supplies, at the Library anytime during this period and get $1 off any library fines for each item you donate! No registration necessary
Clothing Swap & Winter Coat Donation Saturday, October 19th 11:00 am-3:00 pm For all ages Join us for a Clothing Swap and winter coat drive! During the week of October 14th, people are welcome to drop off clean, quality clothing and winter coats in good shape. On Saturday, October 19th from 11-3 pm our meeting room will be open for people to browse through the clothes and pick up a gently used winter jacket if needed. All are welcome to attend. All donations will receive a reduction in library fines up to $10 as a thank you! No registration required.
Book Drive for Incarcerated People in the Hudson Valley Saturday, October 12th – Friday, November 1st After 12 pm any day the library is open For all ages The Howland Public Library in Beacon will be holding a book drive for incarcerated people in the Hudson Valley. Drop off new and gently used books to be donated and distributed to those in need through the Mid-Hudson Library System. The Library is requesting recent popular adult fiction and adult and YA graphic novels. The library is especially hoping to receive donations of graphic novels as these books are in high demand. Paperbacks preferred. Donors can drop off books inside the library after 12pm any day the library is open from October 12th- November 1st. For more details and a full list of acceptable and unacceptable items go to www.beaconlibrary.org/book-drive.No registration required.
The Great Give Back at Hunter Public Library Saturday, October 19th 12:00-4:00 pm For all ages We will be collecting socks, microwavable bowls, can openers, deodorant, soap, shampoo, tampons, toothbrushes, toothpaste & wipes for the homeless in Greene County. No registration required
The Great Give Back Community Event Saturday, October 19th 1:00-4:00 pm For all ages Hyde Park Library will be collecting pet food, toys and supplies for the DCSPCA. The event will feature a presentation by Humane Law Enforcement Officer Brian Levy, followed by a local artist providing hands-on demonstration on preparing a rock sculpture garden at the library. (We will also be accepting donations for the SPCA throughout the month of October.) No registration required
The Great Give Back at Kinderhook Memorial Library Saturday, October 19th 1:00-4:00 pm For teens We’re looking for teen volunteers to help us assemble care packages for soldiers overseas to make their holidays a little brighter. Teens can earn volunteer hours and know that they helped make the world a better place! Come to our first meeting in September to learn more, and then put packages together on October 19th!
Food Drive Saturday, October 19th 11:00 am-5:00 pm For all ages Join us in celebrating the Great Community Give Back, a day of participating in meaningful, service-oriented experiences! Bring a non-perishable food item to the Library on Saturday, October 19th from 11:00am-5:00pm, to be donated to a local food pantry in time for the holidays! No registration required
Great Give Back ~ Local food pantry Saturday, October 19th 10:00 am-6:00 pm For all ages Drop off at the Mountain Top Library in Tannersville any canned food, cereals, or paper goods to donate to the Local Food Pantry located at the Kaaterskill United Methodist Church. For every item donated you will receive a voucher for a FREE BOOK from our Friends of the Library On-going Book Sale! No registration necessary
Community Dinner Saturday, October 19th 5:00-7:00 pm For all ages Please join us for a free dinner and entertainment… bring canned/boxed food items for our local food pantries! Call 845-657-2482 to register
PawSafe Pet Adoption: Adopt a Puppy Day! Saturday, October 19th 9:30-11:30 am For all ages PawSafe Animal Adoption will be here with their rescue pets that are available for adoption. We are also doing a pet supply drive through October 19. No registration required
Great Give Back 2019at Phoenecia Library Saturday, October 19th 10:00 am-1:00 pm For all ages Here at Phoenicia Library we will be participating in the Give Back with two opportunities – Operation Gratitude (cards and letters for new recruits in the Armed Forces) and Letters to the Elderly (cards and letters for people living in nursing homes). Everyone is encouraged to stop by between 10:00 and 1:00 to participate. At 1 pm we are hosting a free interactive music and modern poetry event with Mount Tremper Arts. No registration required
The Great Give Back at Pleasant Valley Free Library Saturday, October 19th 11:00 am-2:00 pm For all ages For the month of October, we will be collecting items for CARE of DC, a non profit pet adoption agency. Check our website for a list of items. On Saturday, October 19th, we will be holding a pet adoption event at the library! CARE of DC will be bringing dogs and puppies who are in need of homes to the library. Representatives from P.A.N.T will also be at the library with cats that need homes and to answer questions about fostering cats and kittens. If you’re looking for a new family member, come to our event and give a dog or cat a good home. No registration is required for this event. No registration required
Knit-A-Thon For adults Saturday, Oct. 19 @ 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 @ 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 @ 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 @ 10 a.m.-1 p.m. If you’ve ever wanted to give back to your community, but didn’t know how, here’s your chance! We’re hosting a Knit-A-Thon! Participants will knit a scarf to be donated to a local charity as part of as part of The Great Give Back, an event to provide patrons of NYS public libraries with the opportunity to participate in meaningful, service-oriented experiences. Refreshments will be served!
New to knitting? Join us at KnitWits to learn the basics: Saturday, Sept. 14 & Oct. 12 @ 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 & Oct. 15 @ 5-6:30 p.m.
You can also help out by donating some of the items on our Amazon wishlist.
Any color yarn will do, and all materials can also be purchased at local craft stores like Michael’s or Joann Fabrics. Please be sure to purchase the specified type of yarn and needle size. Completed scarves will be donated to Jan Peek House Shelter in Peekskill, NY, a shelter for homeless adults. Registration required. Sign up today!
Kids’ Halloween Costumes Swap! Saturday, October 19th 10:30 am-12:00 pm For families Drop off clean, wearable children’s Halloween costumes 10 am – 12 pm on Oct 1 through Oct 12. Get a voucher for every costume you drop off. The Swap is 10:30 – 12, Saturday, Oct 19. From 10:30 – 11 is voucher-holders only; after that it’s open to everyone. Call the library for more information. 845-758-3241 No registration required
The Great Give Back at Reed Memorial Library Tuesday, October 1st – Thursday, October 31st During library hours For all ages Through October we are partnering with our patrons to help The Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center. Please drop by the library with new items for the shelter or gift cards to local supermarkets/gas stations. Items most needed: Twin size bedding, Coats for women/children, baby wipes & diapers. See library flyer for complete list. No registration required
Volunteer Fair Saturday, October 12th 12:00-3:00 pm For teens and adults The Roeliff Jansen Community Library will be hosting a volunteer fair, at which local organizations will share information about the work they do and the volunteer opportunities that are available. This is a great opportunity for residents to learn more about the organizations in their community and how they can become more engaged in their community by volunteering and giving back. No registration necessary
Warm Hands, Warm Head, Warm Heart: Winter Accessory Drive Saturday, October 19th – Tuesday, November 12th During library hours Drive – for all Knitting class – for adults The Sarah Hull Hallock Free Library joins forces with libraries across New York for the Great Give Back. On Saturday, October 19, your Milton Library launches a drive to warm up winter for those in need. Please donate new (only) hats, and clean and new/gently-used gloves and scarves. The donations will be given to a local Ulster County organization for distribution. For those patrons interested in learning to crochet or knit caps, the library hosts a class with local library fan, Sarah Cohen. Registration required for knitting class, not for donation drive.
Ryan’s Case for Smiles Saturday, October 19th 10:00 am-2:00 pm For adults Ryan’s Case for Smiles provides pillowcases to children in local hospitals and other facilities to give them and their families an emotional boost while dealing with their illness. Participants can cut, sew, or iron to help create pillowcases. No registration required
The Great Give Back: Pet Adoption Event Saturday, October 19th 10:00 am-2:00 pm For all ages Meet & adopt your new best friend! The Tivoli Free Library is participating in The Great Give Back 2019, and our friends from AnimalKind will be here with some of their rescued animals looking for their new best friend. Come to the library for some coffee, donuts, and adoptable fur-friends! Donations of pet food, cat litter, dog and cat toys and accessories are encouraged and very welcome!
Adoption applications (required by AnimalKind) can be submitted ahead of time at www.animalkind.org. No registration required
Great Give Back: Reusable Bag Workshop Saturday, October 19th 12:00-3:30 pm For all ages With Ulster County’s new plastic bag ban, we all need re-usable bags more than ever! We invite all patrons to come in and cut fabric for two bags; one to take, one for the library to give away. Choose from three different fabric colors and sizes. Volunteers will be here to sew the bags. No registration required
Northern Columbia Lions Vision Screening for Preschoolers &Flu Shots given by Hannaford Saturday, October 19th 9:00 am-3:00 pm For all ages The Northern Columbia Lions will conduct vision screening for preschoolers from 9 a.m. to noon/ Hannaford will provide free flu shots for anyone with a health card from noon to 3 p.m. No registration required
Organ Donor Enrollment & Bone Marrow Registration Day Thursday, October 10th 10:00 am-6:00 pm For adults Working with LiveOnNY and Be The Match, our goal is to sign up as many Organ Donor and Bone Marrow Registry participants as we can in a single day! No registration required