Nassau Library System Event Archive

Below are libraries from the Nassau 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.

Baldwin Public Library

The Great Give Back 2021: Toiletry Drive and Book Giveaway
Saturday, October 16
11:00 am-3:00 pm
Toiletry Drive
In an effort to assist those struggling throughout Baldwin and our neighboring communities, the Library is organizing a toiletry drive, which will kick off during The Great Give Back.

The Library will be collecting unused, unopened toiletries, including soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, deodorant, hand sanitizer, lotion, and more. All item sizes are welcomed.

Book Giveaway
After dropping off your toiletry donations, come grab a BPL bag (or bring your own) and fill it for free at this outdoor event.

Toiletry donations are not required to participate in the book giveaway, but are much appreciated.

Bayville Free Library

Dobby Sock Drive
October 1-31
A pair of socks is the number one requested item at homeless shelters. Participate in Dobby’s Sock Drive to support the Long Island Coaltion for the Homeless! Donations of new mens, womens, and children’s socks will be collected at the Library and donated to the Long Island Coaltion for the Homeless. There are no restrictions, anyone can particpate in the sock drive.

Bellmore Memorial Library

The Great Give Back Food Drive and Holiday Card Writing
October 1-31
During the month of October the library will be hosting a food drive as part of The Great Give Back. The food will be donated to the Bellmore-Merrick C.H.S.D Community Cupboard.
The Cupboard is a student-run organization which helps to feed 50 families every 2 weeks. Join us on Saturday, October 16, 2021 to write Holiday Cards which will be given to local families along with the food donations. Please visit our website at and click on The Great Give Back for more information.

The Bellmore Memorial Library is providing the community with two opportunities to “Give Back” which include a month long Food Drive and a Holiday Card Writing program. Teens in grades 6-12 will be awarded with community service hours by attending the Holiday Card Writing program on Saturday, October 16th. Please visit our website at and click on The Great Give Back for more information.

Bethpage Public Library

Donation Drive for St. Mother Teresa Food Pantry & Outreach
October 1-31
The Bethpage Public Library is asking for your help to support our community. The Food Pantry is in great need of the following items: Laundry soap, Dish soap, Toilet tissue, Sugar, Ketchup, Mustard, Coffee (not K-cups), Pancake mix, Maple syrup, Grape jelly, Egg noodles, Jarred pasta sauce, Juice boxes for kids, Canned chili. They have kindly brought to our attention that there is an overabundance of soups and lack of space to store it. We thank you for you contributions! No registration is necessary. We welcome contributions from both in and out-of-district. Please drop donations in the box provided in the library’s lobby during the month of October. Thank you!

Bryant Library

Messages of Gratitude (for Operation Gratitude)
October 16 – November 11
For families
Participants will write letters, create cards, or draw pictures for deployed troops, veterans, first responders, recruit graduates, wounded heroes and their caregivers, and military families.
Registration is not required. All are welcome!

Help Families INN Need (Food Drive)
October 16 – November 15
During the months of October and November, the Bryant Library will be collecting nonperishable foods to benefit the Interfaith Nutrition Network (“The INN”) in Hempstead, NY. The collected foods will be given to the INN’s residents.

East Meadow Public Library

Birthday Wishes of Long Island Donation Drive
October 10-31

Birthday Wishes is an organization that makes a difference in the lives of homeless children and their families by bringing them the joy of a birthday party.
We are collecting the following items in order to make “birthdays in a box” for children living in shelters. All items must be unopened.

• juice boxes
• small pack of plates and napkins (themed, please no solids)
• packs of party hats
• packs of balloons
• decorations such as banners, streamers etc.
• packs of blowers

Other items they are in need of include:
• new fuzzy blankets
• new pajamas size 18 months – 14/16
• unopened crayon packs- 24 count

Please place all items in the donation box located in the lobby of the library.

Color a Smile
October 10-31
Color A Smile is a nonprofit organization that distributes cheerful drawings to senior citizens, our troops overseas, and anyone in need of a smile. Stop by the children’s room to pick up your coloring sheet. Take it home to color or color it with our supplies here at the library. We will mail the completed drawings to put a smile on someone’s face.

East Rockaway Public Library

Great Give Back ER
Saturday, October 16
10:00 am-5:00 pm
For all ages
The East Rockway library is hosting a non-perishable food, hygiene products, and new sock drive for the INN, a not-for-profit, volunteer-based
organization, that provides a broad variety of essential services to
assist those challenged by hunger, homelessness and profound
poverty. Stop by and drop off your donations!

East Williston Library

Create a feel good book mark for our senior friends at the Sandspoint Center in Port Washington
October 4-16
For all ages
This year we will making feel good bookmarks and adding them to treat bags for our Friends at the Sandspoint Center in Port Washington.

Elmont Memorial Library

Birthday Wishes of Long Island – Donation Drive
October 4-25
The Elmont Library is partnering with Birthday Wishes of Long Island. This organization supplies everything needed to make a birthday celebration special for a child who is living in a homeless shelter. To help with needed supplies Elmont Library will be hosting a juice box drive and toy drive. Please refer to the Birthday Wishes website regarding the specific needs if donating toys.

Birthday Wishes of Long Island – Box Wrapping
Saturday, October 23
10:00 am-2:00 pm
For Kindergarten – Grade 6
Elmont Library is partnering with the organization Birthday Wishes of Long Island. With the help of teen volunteers, children in Kindergarten through Grade 6 will wrap boxes. These special boxes are used to bring birthday supplies to children living in homeless shelters. The children receive everything they need to make their birthday celebration memorable and fun.
Registration is required and begins for residents on October 9. Non-residents can register starting 1 week later.

Birthday Wishes of Long Island – Teen Volunteers
Saturday, October 23
11:00 am-12:00 pm
For Teens (grades 7 – 12)
Teens will participate by helping children wrap birthday boxes. These special boxes are used to bring birthday supplies to children who live in homeless shelters. They’re filled with everything that is needed including a gift to make the birthday celebration fun and memorable.
Registration for residents only is ongoing for teens in grade 7 – 12 until 10:00 AM October 23, 2021.

Farmingdale Public Library

Birthday Wishes Toy Drive
October 16-31
We’re collecting new, unwrapped toys for homeless children living in shelters. Toddler toys and teen gifts are especially needed. All donations will be given to the Birthday Wishes organization (
Please keep in mind that gifts should be appropriate for children who may not have access to a computer, yard, bath tub, oven, or window/sills of their own. If a toy requires batteries, please include them with your donation.
No stuffed animals, electronics of gift cards can be accepted.

Floral Park Public Library

“Get Kids Ready For Winter”
October 1-31
The Great Give Back – It’s October, a month of giving. Join us for Floral Park Library’s “Get Kids Ready for Winter” donation drive to benefit Anna House.
Please donate new pajamas, socks, hats, scarves, or gloves for newborns to children 12 years old. Donation bin is located in the Library’s lobby.

Franklin Square Public Library

The Great Give Back
Saturday, October 16
Join us for our 3rd annual Great Giveback. This event allows you the opportunity to participate in meaningful, service oriented experiences.
Children-Owl-tober event. Kids can hear silly owl stories followed by an adorable owl craft. You will have the opportunity to purchase a stuffed animal, with all proceeds going to the adoption of 1 of the Wildlife center’s ambassadors. (mask required)
Teens-Take and make – They can partake in making cards for operation gratitude. The cards will be distributed to the Military and 1st responders, so they can write home to loved ones.
Adults-Can bring donations for Long Island Cares-Harry Chapin Food Bank. This will run the entire month of October.
No registration needed.

Freeport Memorial Library

Community Art Show
October 11-16
For all ages
Patrons take home a blank lawn sign and decorate it with a positive message to the community. They return completed sign by Oct. 9 and we will post signs on front lawn the week.
No registration is required.

Garden City Public Library

The Great Give Back: Cards for Hospitalized Kids
October 4-16
For all ages
Volunteer and make handmade cards for Cards for Hospitalized Kids as part of The Great Give Back at the Garden City Public Library. Patrons can either make cards at home the week leading up to the Great Give Back or participate at the Library on Saturday, October 16.

Cards for Hospitalized Kids is an internationally recognized charitable organization that spreads hope, joy and magic to hospitalized kids across America through uplifting, handmade cards. Individuals and groups across the United States, and world, donate time and creativity to make handmade cards and send them to Cards for Hospitalized Kids for distribution in hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses across the nation.

Cards made at home can be submitted beginning Monday, October 4 until Saturday,
October 16. Instructions and requirements for the cards will be available at the Library beginning October 4 until October 16. Tweens and Teens in Grades 6-12 who submit 10 handmade cards will receive community service credit; they must submit their 10 cards with a volunteer form, which will be available at the Library beginning October 4 until October 16.

On Saturday, October 16, patrons can stop by the Library and make cards while supplies last. There will also be a card-making session for Tweens and Teens in Grades 6-12 to participate in for community service on Saturday, October 16 at 3PM.

There is no registration required to make cards at home and submit them at the Garden City Public Library between October 4-October 16.

There is no registration to stop by the Garden City Public Library and make cards throughout the day on October 16, while supplies last.

To participate in the card-making session at the Garden City Public Library on Saturday, October 16 at 3PM for tweens and teens in Grades 6-12, participants must register.

Registration will begin on Tuesday, October 5 at 10AM online via Eventkeeper ( Space is limited. Registrants will need a barcode from a library card from a Nassau County library in order to register.

For more information, please contact the Garden City Public Library at 516-742-8405 x5230.

Glen Cove Public Library

Super Socktober
October 1-16
Human service organizations have stated that socks are a highly requested item – so we’re going to ‘sock’ it to them. The Glen Cove Library will be collecting new-socks and donating them to the Society of St. Vincent De Paul Glen Cove.

Gold Coast Public Library

The Great Give Back
Saturday, October 16
1:00-4:00 pm
The mission of The Great Give Back is to provide a day of opportunities for the patrons of New York State libraries to participate in meaningful, service-oriented experiences. Drop off your donations, participate in making a volunteer service craft and pick up your community service certificate. There will also be opportunities to sign up for Tech Buddies, Community Service Club and the Teen Advisory Board, as well as
win raffle prizes!

Great Neck Library

Cards for Hospitalized Kids
Thursday, October 14
6:30-7:30 pm
For grades 6-12
Use our Cricut to design cards that will be donated to hospitalized children.
Registration is required. Space is limited to maximize social distancing.

Hempstead Library

Day of Service: No-Sew Blankets For Youth Homeless Shelter
Saturday, October 16
11:00 am-4:00 pm
For ages 13-18
Join us as we hope to make the cold days a bit warmer for Homeless Youth Shelters. Space is limited. Please call the Children’s Room 516-481-6990×5

Henry Waldinger Memorial Library

Get Well Cards for Kids
Saturday, October 16
10:00 am-4:00 pm
Drop by the library to make a get well card or two for a child in the hospital. The cards will be given to the Little Saint Nick Foundation and one will be included in each gift bag they donate to children in hospitals. No registration required. Stop by at any time during library hours to make a card or make your cards at home and drop them off at the library!

Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library

Great Give Back – Troupons
September 15 – November 11
For all ages
Donate manufacturer’s coupons, in HWPL’s Children’s Room, to be sent to active duty military and their families around the country. Teen volunteers will help cut and sort the coupons.
Please fill out our volunteer form, on if you would like to register to volunteer.

Great Give Back – Long Island Cares Food Drive
October 1-31
During the month of October, the HWPL is joining forces with Long Island Cares to host a food drive at the library. We encourage you to give back to our community by donating throughout the month. The most requested items are canned meat; canned vegetables; cereal; cooking oil; low-fat, boxed, non-refrigerated milk; pasta; peanut butter; tomato
sauce; and white rice. Household paper products, pet supplies, and baking mixes are also good selections. (Please only donate non- perishable items that are in boxes, cans, or plastic bottles.) Glass jars will not be accepted. Look for the donation box in the library lobby.

Hicksville Public Library

Prom Night Donations
Saturday, October 16
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Bring lightly used or new prom night attire and accessories to the Hicksville Library. The items will later be donated to teens during a Prom Night program at the Library.

Bookmarks for Seniors
Saturday, October 16
9:00 am-5:00 pm
For all ages
Bookmarks will be available at the Library. Participants can join us in-person, or take the bookmarks as a grab-and-go craft. Completed bookmarks will be donated to senior citizens and homebound patrons in the community. No registration required.

Hillside Public Library

Ronald McDonald House
September 27 – October 30
During the month of October, the library will be collecting donations for the local Ronald McDonald house. The following items are urgently needed: paper towels, Lysol, disinfecting wipes, all purpose cleaning sprays, disposable diapers, bottled water, zip lock bags, non-perishable foods, and gift cards (CVS, Stop & Shop, Target)

Island Park Public Library

Food Drive and Color-A-Smile
Saturday, October 16, 2021
10:00 am-4:00 pm
For all ages
Stop by the Library to “Color A Smile” for folks in need of some hope and cheer, and bring a non-perishable food item to donate to our collection for the Sacred Heart Outreach Pantry.
No registration required.

Island Trees Public Library

NYS Assembly “Women of Distinction” Awards Ceremony
Saturday, October 16
11:00 am-2:00 pm
For adults/families
Hosted by NYS Assemblyman John K. Mikulin, this ceremony honors local women from the 17th Assembly District who have made outstanding contributions by giving back their time and energy to their communities, making them deserving of special recognition.
Registration Required. Please contact the Office of NYS Assemblyman John K. Mikulin 516-228-4960/ for tickets and more information.

Jericho Public Library

The Great Give Back
October 16-18
In House or Take and Make
Create Hope for Others at the Jericho Library
For All Ages
Jericho residents please join us at the library to decorate stars with messages of hope and love…and take home a JPL bag!

Can’t be here to decorate with us? Pick up a kit between 9 AM & 5 PM on October 16th.
Decorate your star at home and return it to us by 9 PM on Monday, October 18th.
You can make a difference by Giving Back!

‘Stars of Hope’ is a healing arts program designed to give hope where it’s needed all over the world.’

Jericho cardholders only. No registration required.

Lakeview Public Library

Lakeview Gives Back
Saturday, October 16
11:00 am-4:00 pm
Lakeview Community Clean-Up and Food Drive. Join us to keep Lakeview looking beautiful. Wear your mask and bring gloves for the clean up. Donations of canned goods will be accepted at the library in the month of October. Cans must be unexpired and not dented.
Registration is appreciated so we can organize the clean up effectively. All are welcome.

Levittown Public Library

The Great Give Back
October 1-31
The Reference Department will be collecting toiletries for the Mary Brennan Inn, a not-for-profit organization that provides the largest soup kitchen on Long Island, emergency shelters, long-term housing, and more. Suggested donations: Toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, disposable razors, shaving cream, hair brushes and combs, mouthwash, shampoo and conditioner, soap, lip balm, tissues, new washcloths and hand towels, and new socks. A bin will be located inside the Library’s main entrance.

The Children’s, Media, and Young Adult Departments will be hosting a toy drive to benefit Birthday Wishes, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that provides birthday parties for children ages 1-18 years who are staying in domestic violence safe shelters, hotels, and scattered sites. They are collecting the following items: Crayons, children’s coloring books, adult coloring books, gel pens, headphones, board games for teens (ages 12+), new popular books for children and teens. No wrapped gifts please. A bin will be located inside the Library’s main entrance.

The Circulation Department will be collecting new/unopened products for Last Hope Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation. Suggested donations: Dog or cat food, dog or cat treats (no rawhide), toys (no rawhide), leashes, and paper towels. At this time, the shelter does NOT need: blankets, towels, collars, or anything rawhide. A bin will be located inside the Library’s main entrance.

Locust Valley Library

The Great Give Back
Saturday, October 16
9:30 am-4:30 pm
Each year participating libraries pick a cause that helps make the world a little bit better. For this year’s Giveback, Locust Valley Library has chosen to collect unwanted denim that will be transformed into sustainable building insulation materials. Please donate your denim! It can be unwashed, ripped, stained, and/or embellished! Donation box is located just inside the Children’s Entrance. Visit for more information. TEENS: Volunteer to help organize and pack donated denim on Sunday October 24th from 2-4. Please visit the calendar on that day to register!

The Great Giveback: Teen Volunteer Opportunity!
Sunday, October 24
2:00-3:00 pm
Come help sort and pack donated denim which will be turned into sustaintable building insulation. You will earn an hour of service credit! To learn more about this helpful action please visit Grades 6-12.
Registration is required.

Long Beach Public Library

Sock Drive
October 4-16

We are pleased to announce that the Long Beach Public Library will be participating in The Great Give Back, which is a community service initiative created by the Suffolk County Public Library Directors Association and the Suffolk Cooperative Library System, in conjunction with the Nassau Library System. The mission of The Great Give Back is to provide a day of opportunities for the patrons of the Public Libraries of New York State to participate in meaningful, service-oriented experiences.

For this year’s give back, we will be collecting new unused socks to donate to a local homeless shelter. Socks are the most needed article of clothing for the homeless and disaster victims, yet they rarely get donated. People often throw away used socks rather than donate them, so there is a real sock shortage in shelters and charities. Brand new socks are a necessity, and our goal is to collect and provide a warm new pair to as many needy people as possible.
We will be having a sock storycrafter on Saturday, October 16th at 9:00am. Registration required.

Lynbrook Public Library

Book Giveaway
Saturday, October 16 (Rain date Saturday Oct. 23, 2021)
10:00 am-3:00 pm
For all ages
Come to the Lynbrook Public Library Parking Lot and browse a collection of free books that need a new forever home. Participants will receive an LPL bag (or 2) that they can fill with free books to build their own home library.
The Great Give Back is a community service initiative created by the Suffolk County Public Library Directors Association and the Suffolk Cooperative Library System, in Conjunction with the Nassau Library System.
Please note the library parking lot will be closed for the day. When attending the event or the library that day the municipal parking lot, next to the library, will be open for free parking. Please park in a legal spot. Vehicles parked illegally will be subjected to a ticket and/or towing at the owner’s expense.
No Registration. Just come to the Lynbrook Library on Oct. 16!

Malverne Public Library

Snack Bags for the Mary Brennan Inn
October 1-16
The Malverne Public Library is collecting items to make snack bags to donate to the Mary Brennan INN, an organization that serves hungry and homeless Long Islanders. Donations of individually wrapped snacks, fruit cups, water bottles and juice boxes are appreciated and can be placed in the box in our front lobby from October 1-16.

Teen volunteers will have the opportunity to earn community service hours by decorating and assembling the snack bags on Oct. 16. Please call 516-599-0750 x309 or email to register for this event.

Manhasset Public Library

Healthy Food Drive for Island Harvest
October 16-24
We are collecting donations of non-perishable food and toiletries for the Island Harvest Food Bank. Collection boxes will be in the Library lobby Saturday, Oct. 16-Sunday, October 24 for drop-off during library hours: Monday-Thursday: 9 am-9 pm; Friday: 9 am-6 pm; Saturday: 9am-5 pm; Sunday: 12-5 pm

Massapequa Public Library

Great Give Back Collection for Long Island Cares
October 4-18
“The Massapequa Public Library will be collecting for Long Island Cares. We’ll have boxes at both locations (Bar Harbour & Central Avenue) and would appreciate donations of any of the following: nut butters, beans (canned or dried), canned stews, cereal, rice, pasta and any other healthy foods.

Teens in grades 6-12 who make donations can earn 2 hours of community service if they email with a list of their donations.
Registration is not required and all may participate.

Merrick Library

Birthday Wishes of Long Island
October 1-29
Please bring unwrapped toys, unopened birthday decorations, wrapping paper, cake mixes, icing etc…. to the library throughout the month of October. These items will be distributed to help homeless children on Long Island celebrate their birthdays. Birthday Wishes makes a difference in the lives of homeless children and their families by bringing them the joy of a birthday party. Birthday parties provide the opportunity for reflection, celebration, and hope. They are a common event in the lives of most families, but for children experiencing homelessness, families may be unable to maintain their routines and rituals.
Please check out our website for library hours all are welcome to stop in and donate.

Mineola Memorial Library

Winter Pajama Drive for Birthday Wishes of Long Island
October 1-23
The Mineola Library will be running a winter pajama drive to benefit Birthday Wishes of Long Island. Birthday Wishes of Long Island makes a difference in the lives of homeless children by bringing them the joy of a birthday party in a box. The library will be collecting winter pajamas for boys and girls in sizes 2T-4T only. Donations must be new with tags.
No registration. Drop off during library hours. A collection box will be in the lobby.

North Bellmore Public Library

Cards for Veterans and Active Military; Food Drive for Long Island Harvest
Saturday, October 16
11:00 am-2:00 pm
For all ages
Patrons will be able to show their support for our military members and veterans by making cards and painting mini flags on 10/16. We will also host a food drive for Long Island Harvest for the entire month of October.
This is an in-person program. Patrons are welcome to drop by the library any time between 11am-2pm. Registration is not required. Donations for Long Island Harvest will be accepted throughout the month.

North Merrick Public Library

Pick a Pumpkin – Pack a Pantry
Saturday, October 16
11:00 am-12:30 pm
For all ages
Help us give back to the community at our fall food drive! Bring in a non-perishable item(s) and exchange it for a pumpkin from our pumpkin patch! While supplies last. One pumpkin per household please.

Oceanside Library

Capes for Kids
Saturday, October 16
11:00 am-4:00 pm
For grades 6-12
As part of The Great Give Back through Nassau Library System, join us to participate in this day of service! Choose one session to attend to make a cape for a child in need. Capes will be sent to the Enchanted Makeovers organization and later given to children in shelters. Earn 1 hour of community service.
Registration is required. Please visit our Events Calendar to register.

Oyster Bay-East Norwich Public Library

Coat Drive
October 4-16
As part of the annual Great Give Back, we are collecting GENTLY USED coats that will be donated to The Youth and Family Counseling Agency of Oyster Bay-East Norwich. All coats will go to families in need. There will be a collection box at the library starting 10/4.
Thank you for your support!

Peninsula Public Library

Inspirational Stones Project
Sunday, October 17
2:00-4:00 pm
On PPL’s front lawn/sidewalk
For Kindergarten & up
Children will be painting stones, designing them with pictures and inspirational messages. The goal of this program is to spread positivity around the community. Once created these stones can be distributed throughout neighborhoods for another person to find and enjoy.

This event will be outside, (weather permitting), on PPL’s Front Lawn. In case of rain this event will be will be held in the PPL Bentley Room.
Registration is required. This program is open to all.

The Giving Table
Sunday, October 17
2:00-4:00 pm
PPL’s Front Lawn & Sidewalk
For Kindergarten & up
Both adults and children are welcome to donate and take items from our Giving Table. One can make a donation of food, (such as canned goods, crackers, granola bars, etc.) We are also accepting clothing, shoes, unopened toiletries as well as new crayons, backpacks and notebooks for children.
Registration is not required. This program is open to all.

Plainedge Public Library

The Great Give Back 2021
Saturday, October 16
9:00 am-5:00 pm
For Children & Young Adults
Plainedge Public Library is proud to be participating again in The Great Give Back! On Saturday, October 16th Plainedge Public Library will have kits available to make cat toys and/or ‘adopt me’ bandanas for dogs. You can come to the library to pick up the kit. Everything you need to make them will be in the kit, including instructions. Make them at home and then return them to the library. The cat toys and ‘adopt me’ bandanas will be donated to the Babylon Animal Shelter. One hour of community service will be given to each child or teen who participates.
No registration is required. Plainedge residents only, please!

Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library

The Great Give Back
October 1-15
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library is participating in the Great Give Back again this year! In collaboration with the Mid-Island Y JCC’s Rudman Family Pantry and the Last Hope Animal Rescue in Wantagh, we are collecting donations to help support our local communities. Donations will be collected from Friday, October 1 to Friday, October 15, 2021. Please visit our website for donation details for each organization. (

Port Washington Public Library

The Great Give Back-Community Service Project
October 11-16
For teens (grades 7-12)
The mission of The Great Give Back is to provide a day of opportunities for library patrons to participate in meaningful service-oriented experiences. In honor of The Great Give Back, teens are invited to make get well cards for children that are in the hospital and could use a little cheer. All cards will be given to The Little St. Nick Foundation and will be included in the special bags the foundation delivers to children in the hospital. Port Washington Teens will receive 2 hours of community service for 10 cards. Cards should be delivered to TeenSpace by October 16.
Port Washington Teens can register at beginning October 11.

Rockville Centre Public Library

The Great Give Back – Lunch for Bethany House
October 1-31
Help Long Islanders in need by donating new, unopened
“lunch box” items for Bethany House, a local women’s
shelter. We’re collecting juice boxes, fruit cups, snack-size
chips, granola bars etc., in the Children’s Room.

Roosevelt Public Library

Socks and Gloves Drive
October 5-18
Socks & Gloves Drive for Adults & Children: It’s time to give back to the community. Bring NEW socks or gloves for men, women or children to the library. Your donation will be given to local adults and children.

The Sea Cliff Village Library

Nosh Needs Now!
September 30 – October 16
NOSH – part of the North Shore Soup Kitchen- suffered a devastating fire recently and its pantry is in desperate need of replenishment . Please drop off at Sea Cliff Library any of the following :Pasta/ Peanut Butter /Canned Beans/ Canned Tuna / Small Bags of Rice/Boxes of Mac and Cheese. Please drop items off during regular library hours.

Seaford Public Library

Shelter Rock Public Library

Great Give Back Toiletry Drive and Food Collection with Community, Teen and Children Helpers
October 4 – November 6
During October through early November for The Great Give Back the library will be hosting a Toiletry Drive for the Mary Brennan Inn, and also a Food Drive for the Long Island Cares/Harry Chapin Food Bank. Teens will write cards, notes and draw pictures with positive messages in the library for the INN on October 13 at 4:30 pm and also on October 23 at 2 pm. Children will also be doing a drop in craft for the INN on October 23. These notes, the craft, along with the toiletries will be brought to the INN on October 25. For the Long Island Food Bank, Teens will meet in the library on November 3 at 6:30 pm and November 6 at 2 pm to write and draw Thanksgiving Cards for those in need at the Food Bank. Thanksgiving cards, along with the food donations will be picked up by Long Island Cares/ Harry Chapin Food Bank in early November. Please visit our website at for more information. Registration for the Teen Programs is required on our website and is restricted to Shelter Rock Library Patrons.

Syosset Public Library

The Great Give Back: Inspirational Tote Donation
Saturday, October 16
For grades 6-12
The Great Give Back: inspirational tote donation. Saturday, October 16, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Teens will create a tie dye tote bag using sharpies that will be filled with non-perishable food items. Completed bags will be donated to food banks throughout Long Island. Please bring in one or two non-perishable items from home to donate. Together we can help a hungry family with food and positive thoughts. Registration for SSD residents begins Monday, September 20. Presented by Green Earth Crafts.
Registration is required at Registration for Syosset School District residents begins Monday, September 20; all others one week later.

Uniondale Public Library

Food for Fines
October 18-23
Help the Uniondale Library support Island Harvest in The Great Giveback, a public library initiative that encourages patrons to participate in meaningful, service orientated experiences.
We are offering a, “Food for Fines” program, Monday, October 18th- Saturday, October 23th. One food item donations will replace one book fine on Uniondale Library items.

The Great Garden Giveback
Saturday, October 16
10:00 am-4:00 pm
Take home kit, while supplies last
For all ages
Start your own vegetable garden with heirloom seeds and a garden kit.
While you are here, ‘check out’ our gardening books and our gardens!
No registration necessary. Take home kit; while supplies last.
No registration required

Scarves for Charity
October 12-16
For teens
Kit pickup begins October 1st. Scarves can be handed in Tuesday, October 12th through The Great Give Back on Saturday, October 16th.
Teens will be provided with yarn and hook to crochet a scarf to be donated to a local homeless shelter. A instructional video can be found on the library’s website and YouTube channel. Teens are also welcome to crochet additional scarves. Other community members are welcome to donate scarves as well.
Registration for Teens wanting kits begins October 1st.
A collection box will be set up in Teen Space. Junior Friends will be awarded community service hours for their participation.

Wantagh Public Library

Fall Festival Food Drive
October 15-16
For all ages
Attend our Fun Fall Festival and drop off a donation to our food drive to help Long Island Families in need.
Registration is required to attend the Festival. Food donations will be accepted regardless of registration status.

West Hempstead Public Library

Family Art Walk About
October 16-18
11:00 am-4:00 pm
For all
A community art walk around the library building. Community members can pick up a poster/foam board to decorate (return by 10/13)and then be displayed outside (weather permitting).
Participation is limited to local community members.

Westbury Memorial Public Library

Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter Donations
September 7-October 16
Donations to the North Hempstead Animal Shelter will be accepted September 7th-October 15th at the Children’s Library. On October 15th at 3:30pm, teens will be making homemade dog treats and on October 16th from 12pm to 3pm, children will stop and write an encouraging card to the shelter animals and adopt a stuffed animal pal.
All are welcome to donate! Registration is required for the Teen Treat program and the Children’s Adopt-a-Pal program is while supplies last. Please see our website for a list of acceptable donations,

Williston Park Library

LI Cares Pet Supply Drive
October 16-30
The Williston Park Library is collecting pet food and other pet supplies for LI Cares.

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