Nassau Library System

Check back soon for a list of libraries in the Nassau Library System that will be participating in The Great Give Back 2019!

2018 Participating Libraries

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Baldwin Public Library

The library will be holding a food drive.

Bayville Free Library

The library will be hosting a Pet Food Drive during the month of October.

Bellmore Memorial Library

The library will be running a food drive for both people and pets.

Bethpage Public Library

Community food drive for St. Martin of Tours Food Pantry of Bethpage October 6th through 20th.

The Bryant Library

Volunteers of all ages are welcome to Color A Smile at The Bryant Library from 9:00am – 4:30pm in the Children’s Room on Saturday, October 13.  Color A Smile is a nonprofit organization that distributes cheerful drawings to Senior Citizens, Our Troops Overseas, and anyone in need of a smile.  Your drawings will be shared with others to help brighten their day.

East Meadow Public Library

The library will be running a food drive.

East Rockaway Public Library

Non-perishible food collection and card making for The Little St. Nick Foundation

East Williston Public Library

Collecting items for Ronald McDonald House Long Island.

Elmont Memorial Library

The library will be offering community-minded events for the entire family including letters to our active military and veterans, Cards for Hospitalized Kids, and more!

Farmingdale Public Library


Help support local food pantries! During Fandom Fest we’ll be holding a food drive for the local food pantries. Please bring in non-perishable, non-expired food and place it in our donation box.


During our Fandom Fest we’ll be collecting new crayons for the non-profit organization Color for Kids. Please place your donations in the donation box.

Floral Park Public Library

Head to the library on October 7th for a family Event creating/donating bandanas to a local shelter for pet adoption!

Franklin Square Public Library

There are many ways to Give Back at the library:

-Decorate placemats to give to Meals on Wheels

-Color bookmarks to give to seniors at the Plattduetsch Retirement Home

-Collection of travel sized toiletries for the Mary Brennan Inn (October 1st-13th)

-Purchase a bag of legos in the children’s room to “Build a Better World”. Use 20 legos to build on what other children had previously done. Money collected will be donated to the organization “Book Fairies”. (3 week program)

Freeport Memorial Library

Food for Fines – collecting food and personal items in lieu of fines owed. The items being collected will be donated to Long Island Cares.

The library will also be holding a blood drive the day before on Friday, October 12, 2018.

Garden City Public Library

Between October 6th and October 20th, please help stock the pantry shelves at Ronald McDonald House of Long Island with everyday essentials for the residents. Please stop by and bring donated items and place them in the box in the lobby. Here is a suggested list of pantry items that are on their wish list:
Snack Foods (Chips, Pretzels and Cookies — snack size/individual pre-packaged), Cereal, Oatmeal, Rice, Cooking Oil, Mayonnaise, Canned Fruit, Chef Boyardee, Peanut Butter and Jelly, Tuna Fish, Paper Towels, Paper Napkins,Paper Plates, Aluminum Trays, and Plastic Silverware

Glen Cove Public Library

Any Soldier Donation Program for Teens
Saturday, October 13 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Send good wishes and help organize donations into boxes to bring to the Post Office. All donations willingly accepted.
We will provide the materials for you and your family to write letters of thanks to our troops. Create cards that speak from the heart that will be sent overseas to our soldiers.
Community service available for children in grades 6-12.

Birthday Party Supply Drive
September 22 – October 13
The Glen Cove Public Library is taking part in the Great Give Back by hosting a Birthday Party Supply drive in collaboration with Long Island Cares. Collection boxes will be in the Library from September 22nd through October 13. Help make a child’s birthday special. Donate new, unopened birthday supplies such as cake mix, frosting, candles, paper goods, wrapping paper, gift bags, books, or unwrapped gifts.

Gold Coast Public Library

Food for Fines

Great Neck Library

Teen Craft-for-a-Cause, Tuesdays in October, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Lakeville Branch (475 Great Neck Rd.).

Volunteer and make a difference for local community organizations. Earn community service by participating in craft and writing projects for a variety of interests and abilities. Your service will impact youth, families, veterans, pets, and more. Come as often or as little as you would like. No registration needed.

Sticks-in-the-Stacks, Wednesdays in October, 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at Lakeville Branch (475 Great Neck Rd.).

Come and learn the basics, perhaps just brush up on what you already know and help us crochet and knit for a cause! All skill levels are welcome. Supplies will be provided, or bring your own from home. Please call to register at ext. 232.

Hempstead Public Library

The Great Give Back
9 am to 5 pm on Saturday, October 13

Come in anytime on Saturday, October 13th to decorate cards and write letters to honor and thank our troops, Veterans, New Recruits, or First Responders for their service to our country. We will collaborate with Operation Gratitude, and their mission to to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of the U.S. Military and First Responder communities, and express appreciation to all who serve our nation. Open to children and adults alike!

Henry Waldinger Memorial Library

Children of all ages can make decorative bookmarks to promote libraries and reading.  The bookmarks will be distributed to community groups, seniors, vets, etc.

The library will be asking the children to sign up for one of 3 different sessions – 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. – to make bookmarks.

Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library

There are two ways to give back at the library:

1) The Library will be supporting our veterans with letters and cards that children can fill out with one of our teen volunteers in the HWPL Children’s Room on Sunday, October 14 during the Arts Below Sunrise Festival. They will be delivered to veterans at the VA St. Albans Community Living Center.

2) On October 16, members of Care to Knit and other “crafty” volunteers, will be dropping off pink crocheted and knitted scarves at our Information Desk for women with breast cancer. Patterns can be picked up at HWPL.

Hillside Public Library

Help Host a Halloween party for Ronald McDonald House.

Island Park Public Library

Stars of Hope for Marshalltown, Iowa – 1PM to 4PM

All are welcome to come to the Library to paint a wooden star with a message of hope for the residents of Marshalltown, Iowa whose town was devastated by a tornado in late June.

Island Trees Public Library

For the week of Monday, October 8 to Saturday, October 13, we will hold a “Food for Fines” drive to fill the food banks of Island Harvest. For each non-perishable food item, $1.00 in Island Trees Public Library fines will be waived. Of course, any donation of non-perishable food is welcome at this time!

Jericho Public Library

Create book marks for a local nursing homes, decorate bags containing a craft for a local children’s hospitals, and quilt blocks for Safe and Warm Quilt Initiative Campaign.

Lakeview Public Library Pajama Drive: October 1st – 31st The library will be holding a pajama drive for kids and teens in need. Help give children a warm goodnight by donating new pajamas. Pajamas for teens are especially needed in sizes up to Adult XL.
On October 13 we will be making cards and bookmarks to include with the donations.

Levittown Public Library

1. The Children’s Department will host a food drive for the food pantry run by St. Bernard’s Social Ministry.

2. The Young Adult Department will host a craft program for teens grades 6-12 to decorate fabric blocks to contribute to the Safe and Warm Quilt Initiative Campaign to benefit homeless youth.

3. The Adult Department will partner with the Levittown Community Council to collect clothes and fabric for RewearAble (a recycling and job creation program committed to helping people with developmental disabilities pursue enviable lives through employment).

Locust Valley Library

Collection of food for Long Island Cares.

Long Beach Public Library

Food for Fines

October 13th-19th

In connection with “The Great Give Back,” 50 cents will be deducted from a patron’s library fines for each non-perishable food item donat-ed at any of Long Beach Library’s branches during the week of October 13-19. Donated food will be given to the Long Beach Soup Kitchen.

Rules & Regulations:

-Perishable, expired, beyond sell by date, and homemade food items will not be accepted.
-Both current and pre-existing fines are eligible for reduction.
-While you can donate more items than you have fines (and we hope you do), a negative fine balance cannot be established.
-Fines can only be reduced on items belonging to the Long Beach Li-brary (and its branches). We can’t forgive fines for items belonging to other libraries.
-Ineligible items: Museum passes, ROKU, Playaways, Concept Kits, and all Reference materials.
-Bills associated with damaged or lost items are not eligible.
-Collection agency fines cannot be waived.

Requested Items:

All donations of non-perishable food items will be much appreciated, however, the following guidelines will help the largest number of people:
-The most sought-after food items are canned tuna and chicken, broth, canned vegetables, kosher salt, canned tomatoes, and olive oil.
-Economy size containers/cans/boxes of foodstuff makes it faster and easier for volunteers to create largescale meals during busy mealtimes.

Lynbrook Public Library

All day the storytime room will be converted into a letter writing center! A place for patrons to write letters for the Operation Gratitude program. Every Operation Gratitude Care Package includes a bundle of letters from the American people, thanking Troops, Veterans, New Recruits, or First Responders for their service to our country.

Can’t make it?

Donate Care Package Items or bring letters from home and drop them off at the library to be included in care packages. Items can be dropped off in the Library Lobby starting October 1. Wanted Care Package Items: Travel Size Toothpaste Travel Size Deodorant (non-aerosol) Playing Cards Gum Lip Balm Batteries (“AA” and/or “AAA”) Letters/Cards

Malverne Public Library

There will be a Bideawee Shelter Supply Drive and drop in craft making cat toys to be donated to Bideawee as well!

Manhasset Public Library

The Manhasset Public Library will be holding a food drive from Friday, October 12 through Monday, October 15. The library will partner with local organization, Neil’s Wheels ( to collect nonperishable food items to be donated to Long Island Cares, Inc. Boxes provided by Neil’s Wheels will be located in the lobby of the library.

Stop by the Children’s Room to color greeting cards and fall decorations for residents at Highfield Garden Care Center.  Participation in the program includes permission to take photos for library use.”  9 am – 5 pm on Saturday October 13.

Massapequa Public Library

The library is working with the Y.E.S. Community center in Massapequa to collect donations of canned goods, toiletries, and socks for their office. Collections will begin the week preceding October 13th.

Merrick Library

Holding a kids’ movie party to benefit The Book Fairies.

Mineola Memorial Library

On Wednesday October 10, the Mineola Library is hosting a quilt program to benefit Family & Children’s Association, a 134-year old Mineola non-profit organization, and their homeless youth programs. Volunteers will decorate fabric squares to be sewn into Long Island’s largest quilt. We would like to encourage all library staff and patrons to stop on down to decorate a square using fabric markers. The program time is 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm on Wednesday October 10.

North Bellmore Public Library

Please join the library for a day of community service, family and fun as they host the following:


Drop in anytime on Saturday, October 13th to decorate cards and write letters to honor and thank our Veterans for their service. We will collaborate with Operation Gratitude, and their mission to express appreciation for the sacrifices of our  Military. Our cards and letters will be included in the care packages sent to Military Veterans all across the country.


Our Library is hosting a Birthday Party Supply drive in collaboration with Birthday Wishes, a local charity with a mission to provide birthday parties to children experiencing homelessness. Collection boxes will be in the Library from October 13th through November 13th. Help make a child’s birthday special. Donate new, unopened birthday supplies such as themed plastic tablecloths, birthday banners, party hats, blowers, balloons, disposable cake pans, juice boxes, birthday plates and napkins (no solids) and unwrapped toys. After our collection is complete, we will host a Birthday Box fill and assembly party to get our boxes ready for delivery.

North Merrick Public Library

Beginning October 3rd the library will host a series of Crochet Classes where teens will learn to crochet a scarf that will be distributed by the Kiwanis to persons in need.

On October 13th the library will host a family event and will be collecting new children’s pajamas and new and gently used children’s books.

Oceanside Library

The library has adopted a library in Puerto Rico which was devastated by Hurricane Maria.

On October 13th we will be running a community wide supply and fundraising drive to help Biblioteca Ana Roqué de Duprey in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Oyster Bay – East Norwich Public Library

All ages may join us for a Caturday event:

Saturday, October 6, 2018, 2:15 – 3:15 pm

Come in to create fun cat toys; teens can earn Community Service, but it’s open to all ages.

Register online here, or call us at (516) 922-1212:

Peninsula Public Library


Winter Items Drive: 1-3PM

Bring new or gently used winter items – hats, gloves, scarves, coats, & warm clothing to benefit Big Brothers and Big Sisters Long Island for the entire month of October. Volunteers can help organize donations on Sunday, October 14, 1-3PM in the Community Room.

Teen Tech Talk: – 1-3PM

Teen volunteers will be available by appointment to help answer any questions about using electronic smart devices including: iPhones, iPads, Android devices, & eReaders. Library users interested in this service and teens interested in volunteering should speak with a librarian at the desk to register.

Picture Book Drive: 1-3PM

Bring new or gently used picture books to be donated to the Five Towns Early Learning Center’s small lending library for children ages 0-4 through Sunday, October 14th. Volunteers can help organize donations on Sunday, October 14, 1-3PM in the Community Room.

Plainedge Public Library

The library will be collecting toys and items for The Child Life Program at The Children’s Medical Center at NYU Winthrop Hospital.

Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library

Teen volunteers can give back by working with the Friends of the Library during their annual book sale.

Port Washington Public Library

The library will be holding a food collection drive for a Our Lady Fatima Roman Catholic Church food pantry from October 5-19. Donation boxes will be held in the lobby. Donations needed include: Cooking oil, canned tuna, canned fruit, pasta and pasta sauce. Please be mindful of expiration dates on donated items.

They will also be collecting items to support the North Shore Animal League of America from October 5-19. Donation boxes will be held in the lobby. Donations needed include: Newspapers, towels, brushes (cats and dogs), nail clippers, soft cat treats, small blankets, Milk Bone Biscuits, cat toys. For Dogs: Kong Toys or Nylabones Only (no squeaker toys please.) Small kitty litter boxes, crates, metal food/water bowls, large metal serving spoons, kitty litter, paper towels, scratching posts, plastic storage bins, pet carriers (new.)

Rockville Centre Public Library

All September long the library is collecting for birthday party kits: cake mix, frosting, candles, balloons, party hats, etc.

From 9:30AM-1PM on October 13 we will assemble the kits and make birthday cards to help families in need celebrate. Kits will be donated to the Mary Brennan INN in Hempstead, NY.

Roosevelt Public Library

It’s time to give back to the community! Join us in a Long Island wide community service event. Check out our schedule of events:

10 AM – 2PM | Teen Car Wash: Get a free car wash from the Roosevelt Teens

10 AM- 4 PM | Cards for Veterans: Make card cards to thank the men who have bravely served

2 PM – 4 PM | Teddy Bear Decorating: Make a toy to donate to families with newborns

All Day | Food Pantry Drive: Food collection for the new Roosevelt Public Library Food Pantry

All Day | Socks for Seniors: Sock collection for Senior Citizens

Donations will be accepted until the end of October.

Seaford Public Library

Food for Fines – The library will be collecting food and personal items in lieu of fines owed. The items being collected will be donated to Long Island Cares.

Shelter Rock Public Library


All Patrons are welcome to donate an approved snack item which will be brought to the Ronald McDonald House.


Teens will join with children grades 3-5 to package the snack items and make a Halloween themed tic tac toe game, which will then be donated to families at the Ronald McDonald House.


Teens will play pumpkin tic tac toe with children grades prek-2 and share a story and snack with them. Children are welcome to attend in their Halloween costumes.

Syosset Public Library


Inspirational Tote Donation with Green Earth Crafts. Teens will create a tie dye tote bag that will be filled with non-perishable food items and donated to food banks throughout Long Island.


Craft Kits will be assembled by children for children who are in the hospital.

Uniondale Public Library

Help the Uniondale Library support Island Harvest in The Great Give Back! 1 food item donation replaces 1 book fine on Uniondale Library items.

Wantagh Public Library

Twin Lakes Preserve Clean Up.

West Hempstead Public Library

The library will b collecting Halloween and Purim costumes to donate to a local church and synagogue.

Westbury Memorial Public Library

Westbury Library will be hosting an all day food collection drive for local food pantries. Please donate non-perishable, non-expired food at the circulation desks. As a thank-you for this day only, with every 3 items donated your overdue fines will be waived. Westbury cardholders and Westbury library materials only. Does not apply to items left in the book drop.

Williston Park Public Library

On Saturday, October 13, children are invited to make bookmarks for our local veterans.

The library will also be collecting household items and canned good for St. Aidan’s Outreach pantry.

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