Monroe County Library System Archived Events

Below are libraries from the Monroe County 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 GGB this year. Please contact libraries directly for questions regarding offered programming.


Brighton Memorial Library

Mendon Public Library

Collection for Wild Wings: Birds of Prey Facility and Nature Center
October 1st-31st from 9:00am-8:00pm
All ages
Collection of the following items at the Mendon Public Library during the month of October:
Aspen Shavings for bedding*, Bird Seed – Sunflower, Safflower, Thistle*, Bluebird Nuggets
Ecoearth and Forest Floor bedding, 13 Gallon Trash Bags, 55 Gallon Trash Bags*, Gift Cards (Lowes and Home Depot), Hand Sanitizer*, Hydrogen Peroxide*, Latex Disposable Gloves*,
LED Bulbs, Mealworms (live and dried)*, Nuts – Unsalted Shelled Peanuts, Pecans, Walnuts, Cashews, and Pistachios*, Paper Towels*, Plain Non-Fat Greek Yogurt*, Peanut Pickouts*, Salt for Walkway, Stamps, Suet, Venison*, Wax Worms, Work Gloves/Garden Gloves, Ziploc Bags (sandwich, quart and gallon)
(Items with * are used A LOT)
No registration required

Monroe County Library System

Western NY Coalition of Farmworker Serving Agencies
August 1st – October 1st
MCLS staff are donating books, school supplies, and clothes to families seeking asylum and have recently relocated to Rochester. Donations of new items or gift cards can be given to any children’s librarian in Monroe County.

Penfield Public Library


Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County

Blessing Bags
October 1-22
Library staff and friends are teaming up to help Cameron Ministries. Cameron Community Ministries is an Urban Outreach Community Center in the Lyell-Otis Neighborhood of Rochester, NY. We will collect travel size items that will be put into hygenie bags and distributed by Cameron.
Donations will be collected in the children’s center.
Items needed: feminine hygiene products, deodorant, soap, soap holder, wash cloth, shampoo, toothbrush & tooth paste. No mouth wash please.

Smiles Across the Miles
October 1 – December 1
At the Children’s Center in the Central Library
For ages 3-12 years
Children and their caregivers are invited to created greeting cards for Monroe County homebound individuals.
Registration is not required. Cards can be created in the Children’s Center or sent to the library by December 1, 2021: Central Library Children’s Center; 115 South Ave, Rochester, NY 14604
We will use all types of materials to create the cards and some will have tactile materials so they can be enjoyed through touch and/or sight.

Douglass Community Library

Food Drive to Benefit the South Wedge Food Program
October 25-29
The Frederick Douglass Community Library is hosting a food drive to benefit the South Wedge Food Program! We can accept canned goods and unopened/unused personal care items. Please call 428-8206 with questions.

Henrietta Public Library

Irondequoit Public Library

Supply Drive for Animal Service League
October 1 – November 1

For the Great Give Back, the Irondequoit Public Library is collecting supplies for Animal Service League. ASL helps homeless animals in our community.

You can help by donating new/sealed items from the list below. Drop off your donation at IPL anytime during open hours from October 1 to November 1.

HE laundry detergent
Clorox sanitizing wipes
Dawn Dish Soap
Canned cat/kitten food (we can use any kind, but prefer Friskies or Chicken Soup for the Cat/Kitten Lovers Sou or Royal Canin Kitten/BabyCat)
Cat toys
Pet beds
Clumping cat litter
Puppy Wee Wee Pads
Hand soap
KMR (kitten meal replacer)
Paper towel
Sandwich Bags
Tall kitchen trash bags
Large trash bags
Lint Rollers
Temptation Cat Treats
Toilet Paper
Disposable Rubber Gloves

Mendon Public Library

Great Give Back Bookmark & Note Distribution
October 1 – December 31
Grab & Go
The Mendon Public Library will participating in the Great Give Back during October, November and December. In October, we’ll be sharing bookmarks for patrons to decorate and then donate back. These bookmarks will be distributed to folks in need. In November, we’ll be sharing card making supplies to thank our Veterans. Patrons can decorate cards and we’ll destribute to Veterans. In December, we’ll be sharing card making supplies for Shut Ins. Patrons can decorate a holiday card and we’ll distribute locally.
No registration necessary. Supplies will be available during library open hours.

Ogden Farmers’ Library

Penfield Public Library

The Great Giveback
Saturday, October 16
10:00 am-1:00 pm
For children and families
Join the Penfield Fire Department, Rec Center, Food Shelf, and many more organizations for some fun activity stations that encourage giving back to the community. Then stay for a fun celebration with some drumming with Building Families First and cotton candy from Sugary Delights. Please bring an item for the Food Shelf.
No registration required.

Seymour Library

Making Cards for Veterans
October 4-30
For families
Stop by the Children’s Room to create handmade cards to be distributed to local Veterans here in the Brockport community through the Brockport Veteran’s Club. No registration is required.

Red Cross Blood Drive at Seymour Library
Wednesday, October 20
11:00 am-4:00 pm
For adults
Consider donating blood. You can save a life! Appointments will be required. Call the Seymour Library at 585-637-1050 for more information or contact the Red Cross.

Coat Drive for Matt’s Coats for Kids
October 18-November 19
Matthew J. Fitton lost his life in a tragic car accident at the age of 20 in August 2003. A young athlete who towered over us at 6 foot 6, his giant came not from his height, but from the size of his heart. Matt was always ready with a smile or a hug to share, and a willingness to help those in need. That’s why we know Matt would be happy that his memory is being kept alive through “”Matt’s Coats for Kids””.
Please help us keep Matt’s memory with us by dropping off your gently used or new items of winter outerwear and help keep our local kids warm this year!

Webster Public Library

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