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 2020! As The Great Give Back draws nearer, details about libraries’ individual events will be added. Please contact libraries directly for questions regarding offered programming.
Special multi-library event: Ulster County Food Fight! October 1st – October 17th 7:00 am – 8:00 pm All ages welcome The Ulster County “Food Fight”” is a food collection contest held in cooperation with six 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. 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. The library that collects the highest average of food 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. It sounds like a messy fight, but this is a clean competition with other libraries in Ulster County. The following libraries will be participating:
Please 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. Thanks for your help in this worthy fight! No registration required
Local Food Drive September 1st – October 17th All day – drop off items at the library 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. No registration required 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 1st – November 18th 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 1st – October 17th 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 2nd – 25th Home delivery for seniors/people with disabilities 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. A small pilot project of this program was successfully done this past April.
Food Drive September 8th – October 31st 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 Pantries, Coats for Local Shelters October 1st – December 31st FOOD FOR LOCAL PANTRIES COATS FOR LOCAL SHELTERS 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. M, W, F, 2:00 – 5:00 pm and Sat, 11:00 -2:00 pm
The Great Give Back October 1st – 17th 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 17th 10:00 am-1:00 pm The Desmond-Fish Public Library is partnering with Riverkeeper to host a River Sweep at the Garrison Landing. Meet at the Library to pick up your grab and go trash bags and gloves before heading to the nearby 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 24th – October 17th 10:00 am-2:00 pm For all ages 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. For patrons of the Heermance Memorial Library, who are looking to support the Coxsackie Food Pantry or have fines waived in exchange for food pantry donations.
Stichn’ for the Kitchen October 1st – November 13th For all ages 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. No registration required.
Great Give Back: Supporting the Women’s Resource Center of Putnam/Northern Westchester Counties October 1st – 17th 11:00 am-4:00 pm For all ages 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 1st -17th 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! Food drop off at the library curbside table from 10:00 am-2:00 pm No registration required
Dreaming of a Chance Chicken Sponsor Drive September 17th – October 17th 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. 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
Food and Flag Collection October 17th, 10:00 am-2:00 pm At the Adult Garden at Mahopac Public Library (outdoor event) For 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 5th – 17th 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. https://marlborolibrary.org/
Kind Cards for Seniors October 1st – 17th 10:00 am-4:00 pm 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 1st – 31st 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 17th, 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.
Ulster County Food Fight (scroll to top of page for details)
Senior Grab-N-Go Breakfast October 17th – 24th, 10:00 am-11:00 am At the Patterson library Patterson seniors are welcome to a on the go breakfast curbside. Drive in and get a to go bagged breakfast. Senior residents of Patterson only, registration required
Make Masks and Save Lives Ongoing through October 3rd For adults 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. https://www.nytimes.com/article/how-to-make-face-mask-coronavirus.html Registration is not required. This program is open to people in Pawling and nearby communities
Aduption Day with Everlasting Hope Animal Rescue October 17th, 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 1st – 31st 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 is required. No restrictions.
Willow Roots Food Drive October 5th – November 25th 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.
Coat Drive October 1st – 17th For all ages The library is partnering with Dutchess Outreach to collect Winter Coats (and hats, scarves etc) for residents. No registration necessary, just stop by any time we’re open with your donations.
Canned Food Drive October 1st – 17th The library will be collecting Non-perishable food and personal hygiene items items to then be donated to our local food pantry. No registration necessary, just drop your donated items by any time we’re open.
Ulster County Food Fight (scroll to top of page for details)
Book Drive for the Red Hook Residential Center October 1st – 20th 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. Email Amy Smith at email@example.com for more information
Roe Jan Kill and Park Clean Up October 17th, 1:00-4:00 pm 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 518-325-4101 to register.
Ulster County Food Fight (scroll to top of page for details)
Sarah Hull Hallock Free Library School Supply Drive September 8th – October 30th 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. Note: 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 1st -17th At the library & virtual For all ages 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: http://www.saugertiesanimalshelter.com/donate.shtml
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 1st – 17th 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 21st – October 17th For all ages 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 28th – October 17th 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.
The Great Give Back Food Drive October 17th, 9:00 am-12:00 pm The Town of Ulster Public Library- The Great Give Back Food Drive- Saturday, October 17th, 9:00AM – 12:00 PM. 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 12th – 17th 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.