Below Below are libraries from the Nassau Library System that will be participating in The Great Give Back 2023! Check back often for updates; details about programs will begin to be shared around the beginning of September. Please contact libraries directly for questions regarding offered programming.
Baxter’s Pet Pantry & Long Island Cares Donate October 1st-31st Please join the Baldwin Public Library in giving back to Baxter’s Pet Pantry. We understand that when families with pets struggle with food insecurity, it also affects their pets. Emergency assistance should also include the provision of pet food and supplies. BPL asks patrons to donate supplies such as: 5 or 10 pounds bags of dog and cat food (larger bags always accepted); canned dog and cat food; kitty litter; treats; NEW toys; food for ALL PETS – included but not limited to reptiles, fish, ferrets, and hamsters! Donation drop off boxes will be located in the Library’s lobby.
The Great Book Giveaway is Back! Saturday, October 21st from 10:00am-3:00pm In honor of The Great Give Back, BPL will once again host a great big giveaway of books and other items for the community. Come find a new title or uncover some old favorites. Grab a BPL bag (or bring your own) and fill it for free! No registration required
Bethpage Food Pantry Donations October 1st-31st All ages We’re working to Giveback to our community! Bethpage Food Pantry Donations Throughout the month of October the library will be hosting a collection for St. Mother Teresa Outreach and Food Pantry of Bethpage. Drop in to donate non-perishables or toiletries to help those in our own community. The donation box will be located in the lobby from October 1 – 31. We are accepting donations from all in- and out-of-district patrons, no registration necessary.
OctaCon October 21st & 22nd from 11:00am-4:00pm Ages 12-17 Teens in grades 6 – 12 can volunteer to assist with Family Game sessions during the Library’s OctaCon event. Registration is required, and teens can sign up to assist for multiple sessions. Community Service hours will be awarded.
Food/Sock/Hygiene Products Drive October 14th-21st from 10:00am-5:00pm All ages We are collecting BRAND NEW socks (in packages), non perishable food and all sorts of unopened hygiene products for the Mary Brennan INN in Hempstead, NY. As a not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization, The INN provides a broad variety of essential services to assist those challenged by hunger, homelessness and profound poverty. Bring your donation to the library anytime during library hours from 10/14-10/21. Stop in anytime the library is open to make your donation.
Birthday Wishes September 1st – October 14th All ages The East Williston Library will be partnering with BIRTHDAY WISHES & collecting much needed items for their mission to improve & empower the lives of homeless children by providing joy, play & hope through the magic of a birthday party! WE WILL BE COLLECTING ONLY THE FOLLOWING ITEMS: Small pack of Birthday themed paper plates & napkins (no solids) Birthday themed tablecloths Birthday hats Party blowers Happy Birthday banners Birthday wrapping paper ALL ITEMS MUST BE NEW & IN THE ORIGINIAL PACKAGING. PLEASE DROP OFF ALL DONATIONS TO THE LIBRARY DURING THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER. All are welcome
Color A Smile October 21st from 12:00-2:00pm All-inclusive up to grade 5 Children up to grade 5 can join us on Saturday, October 21 from 12:00 – 2:00pm and choose a drawing to color. These pictures will be mailed to the nonprofit organization Color A Smile whose mission is “to put smiles on millions of faces”. They will send these drawings to either our troops overseas, senior citizens or anyone in need of a smile. Sometimes a cheerful picture is all that is needed. Join us for this all-inclusive activity. No registration required
Pet Supply Drive October 21st from 10:00am-4:00pm All ages Please help us, help them! Donate pet supplies for our Great Giveback event. We will be collecting much needed pet supplies for the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter. Our donation box will be located on the first floor of the library by the fish tank. Items that the shelter needs will be listed on our website and social media. Lists will also be available at the library. No registration required
Give a Hand September 1st – October 21st All ages The Freeport Memorial Library is asking the community to donate new or gently used winter hats, gloves or scarves for the Family & Children’s Association Walkabout Home. Walkabout is transitional housing for homeless adolescents and young adults in Freeport. Donated items for other age groups will go to their Crisis Shelter. Items can be dropped off in the Great Give Back Donation box in the library lobby. No registration required
The Great Give Back: Cove Animal Rescue October 1st-31st All ages The Great Give Back, on October 21, is a day of service for Long Island libraries. This year we are helping Cove Animal Rescue (CAR) to benefit the homeless dogs and cats in our community. CAR’s mission is to increase the adoptability of these animals through training, socialization and a cage-free environment that facilitates a smooth transition to a forever home. Please bring your donations to the Circulation Desk by Tuesday, October 31. During the month of October, the Glen Cove Public Library will accept the following donations for CAR:
Cat Food – Friskies canned and Purina Complete Dry Kitten Food – Fancy Feast cans, Purina Kitten Chow Dry Cat Treats – Temptations (cat requested) Cat Toys – They love them all Dog Food – Any brand canned Dog Treats – Medium and large Bully Stix, any jerky or bacon treats Dog Toys – Large dog Kongs, medium/large dog toys Small 6” plastic coated paper plates Paper Towels Trash Bags – Large black; white kitchen 13-gallon bags Laundry Detergent Fabuloso – Cleaner Hand Sanitizer Dish Detergent No registration required
Community Service Club: The Great Give Back October 28th from 10:30-11:30am Grades 6-12 Celebrate this day of community service by decorating a small pumpkin to donate to a local nursing home! Every volunteer will receive an hour of community service for their efforts. Please note that you must bring a small pumpkin to decorate for this program! This program is for teens in Grades 6-12 and registration is required on the Gold Coast Public Library Website.
Great Give Back Toy Donation October 1st – 21st All ages We’re accepting donations of unused and unopened toys for kids at Cohen’s Children’s Hospital all month long! Drop off is at our Main Library, 159 Bayview Avenue Great Neck, NY 11023 No registration required
Cards for Kids October 21st from 4:00-5:00pm For ages 3-12 with an adult Come create cards and drawings to share with children at Cohen’s Children’s Hospital! At our Main Library, 159 Bayview Avenue Great Neck, NY 11023 No registration required
Pillowcase Sewing Workshop October 21st from 2:00-3:00pm Adults Sew a pillowcase to donate to Ryan’s Case for Smiles, a volunteer organization delivering bright, cheerful pillowcases in local hospitals for children and their families while they undergo treatment. Beginners welcome. At our Main Library, 159 Bayview Avenue, Great Neck, NY 11023. Register online or via phone. Walk-ins welcome as space allows. Registration required
Kindness Rocks October 21st at 4:00pm Teens Decorate a Kindness Rock with uplifting and positive messages. Teens may earn one hour of community service credit. At our Main Library, 159 Bayview Avenue Great Neck, NY 11023 Registration required
The Jared Box Project October 17th from 4:00-5:00pm Tween/Teen & October 21st from 11:00am-12:00pm All Ages Since 2001, communities have participated in the Jared Box Project to bring the “gift of play” to young patients in the hospital. The Jared boxes contain small toys, crayons, coloring books, and other fun items. The library will collect donations during the months of September and October. On Tuesday, October 17, 2023 from 4-5 PM Tweens/Teens will decorate the boxes. On Saturday, October 21, 2023 from 11 AM – 12 PM All ages are welcome to fill the boxes. No registration required
The Great Give Back / Build a Birthday-in-a-Box October 21st from 2:20-4:00pm All ages Build a Birthday-in-a-Box for homeless and sheltered children ages 1 to 18. Join us and fill a box with everything needed for a child to have a great birthday celebration. You Can Make a Difference by Giving Back! No registration required
Pet Food/Toy Donation October 20th from 4:00-5:00pm Children Grades K-6 Kids are invited to BRING a can/bag of pet food and MAKE a special toy to go with it. Online Registration for Residents.
The Great Giveback: Session 1 October 21st from 11:00am-1:00pm Teens Join Librarian Erin as we give back to the community! We will be making dog toys to donate to a local shelter and writing letters to send to homebound seniors. To participate, a Manhasset Public Library card is required.
The Great Giveback: Session 2 October 21st from 1:00-3:00pm Teens Join Librarian Erin as we give back to the community! We will be making dog toys to donate to a local shelter and writing letters to send to homebound seniors. To participate, a Manhasset Public Library card is required.
Decorate to Donate October 2nd-21st Take and Make Teens Pick up a kit to decorate a tote bag for donation to a local food bank. To participate, a Manhasset Public Library card is required.
Mineola Library’s Fall Family Fun Day October 14th from 11:00am-2:00pm Outdoors in Memorial Park All Ages Join us for a day of fun activities for all ages in Memorial Park. We will have: A Petting Zoo A visit from Saber Endor Temple A DJ Caricaturist Marty Macaluso Girl Scouts of Nassau County Travelling Trefoil Van Purchase Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches from SMUSHT Cart Child IDs Face Painting Free Snacks and more! We will be hosting a drive for General Needs, an organization helping veterans for over 14 years. Bring a NEW, SEALED, IN PACKAGE ONLY donation of socks, underwear, and T-shirts in adult sizes medium and up and receive a free mini pumpkin (while supplies last) to decorate. We will also continue collecting through Tuesday, October 24th. There will be a box in the vestibule. In the event of inclement weather, all activities will be moved indoors. Please check our social media pages for updates. No registration required
Treats for Troops October 21st from 9:30am-5:00pm All ages Drop off unopened bags of candy that you have around the house to be donated to the troops. No registration required
Operation Paperback Donation Drive October 21st from 9:30am-5:00pm All ages Drop off your gently used paperbacks to be donated to the members and veterans of our armed forces. Please note, we will not accept any hardcover books or any books that are damaged (water stains, food stains, torn pages, etc.). No registration required
Celebration Boxes October 1st-21st from 11:00am-2:00pm OBEN Public Library All ages We will be collecting party supplies for the underprivileged this year for The Great Give Back. We will be collecting from October 1 – 21. On the last day, we ask volunteers to come assemble boxes/kits to be donated to Birthday Wishes in Hicksville, NY. We ask that the people coming to assemble the boxes will bring materials with them, as well. Registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are also welcomed.
Island Harvest Collection October 7th-21st All ages From October 7th-21st, we will have a donation box in our lobby to collect food for the Long Island Cares food bank. Acceptable items are those not damaged or expired. Community service credit will be given to each child or teenager who donates. They will receive 1 hour of credit for donating a minimum of 2 non-perishable, not expired food items. A maximum of 3 hours of community service credit can be received. No registration required
The Great Give Back October 9th-21st All ages The Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library is excited to once again participate in the Great Give Back in October 2023! 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.
Donations can be dropped off in the front vestibule of the main entrance starting Monday, October 9 – Saturday, October. 21, 2023.
Food Drive The Library is collecting non-perishable, unexpired food items to help support the Mid-Island Y JCC’s Rudman Family Food Pantry. Visit our website to view Items in high demand.
Recycle for Sight Donate your gently used prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses, or reading glasses to be donated to the Lion’s Club and help restore vision for someone in need.
Stars of Hope Program Monday, October 23 at 6:30 pm
Help us bring positivity into the world! Join us to decorate and donate a wooden star to Stars of Hope. All completed wooden stars will be sent to Stars of Hope to bring inspirational messages to communities where tragedies and disasters have happened.
Online registration required. Registration begins Monday, September 25, 2023 at 9 am. For Stars of Hope program: online registration only. Online registration begins Monday, September 25, 2023 at 9am.
Tech Talk October 7th-26th Teens and Adults/Seniors Teens from the Shelter Rock Public Library will be assisting adults with tech help on their devices such as iPads, Laptops, Smartphones and more. Registration is required. Participation is not restricted to district residents only.
Pet Supplies Donation October 4th-17th All ages The community is encouraged to donate new food, bedding and other ‘wish list’ items to be collected at the Shelter Rock Public Library for the Last Hope, Inc. Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation. Young adults will be in charge of sorting the donations and preparing them for delivery to the animal rescue. Registration is not required and this program is open to anyone wishing to participate.
Winter Outerwear Drive October 21st from 9:00am-4:00pm Adults and young adults The community is encouraged to donate winter items such as hats; gloves; scarves and new or gently used coats of all sizes. Our young adult volunteers will be sorting and packaging these items to be donated to the The INN. Registration is not required. Open to district residents only.
The Great Give Back: Baby Diaper Drive October 1st-21st Adult Help the Library give back to the community and donate some baby diapers today. All donations will go to the Mary Brennan Inn to help the diaper needs of families in our community. Please drop off any quantity, size or brand of unused diapers to the Adult Service’s Desk. Thank you for your donation and get behind our baby Diaper Drive! No registration required
CHILDREN’S UNPLUGGED FAMILY TIME October 21st from 12:00-4:00pm Kids of all ages and their families Play games with your family and relive some of the great games of the past! We’ll have everything from jacks to hopscotch and chalk to playing cards. Fun for the whole family, batteries not included (because you won’t need any). Games giveaway while supplies last. No registration required
TEENS GIVE BACK: PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEM COLLECTION October 16th-27th from 9:00am-6:00pm Teens Stop by Teen Space to drop off personal hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, and feminine care products. Collected items will be brought to The Mary Brennan INN in Hempstead, for distribution. No registration required
BOOKMARKS FOR HOMEBOUND October 21st from 1:00-4:00pm Design a bookmark Uniondale Library will include in their homebound delivery services and outreach events. No registration required
LI Cares–Baxter’s Pet Pantry October 2nd-31st from 10:00am-5:30pm All ages The Williston Park Library is collecting pet food and supplies for Baxter’s Pet Pantry which is part of LI Cares. No registration required