Check back often for updates on libraries in the Nassau Library System that will be participating in The Great Give Back 2019! As The Great Give Back draws nearer, details about libraries’ individual events will be added. Please contact libraries directly for questions regarding offered programming.
Dobby’s Sock Drive Thursday, September 19th – Saturday, October 19th 9:00 am-5:00 pm For all ages The Baldwin Public Library is accepting “new” sock donations for men, women, and children. All socks will be donated to the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless in preparation for the coming winter. No registration required
Pet Party! Saturday, October 19th 11:00 am-12:00 pm Bring your leashed pet to the library lawn for some fun and socializing (costumes optional) to support Cove Animal Rescue of Glen Cove. Adoptable kittens will be inside the library for you to meet. Children can make cat and dog toys to donate. Please bring a donation of supplies for the shelter. Their wish list can be found at www.bayvillefreelibrary.org/events. No Registration Required.
The Great Give Back – Reason2Smile Project Saturday, October 19th 3:30-4:30 pm For All Ages Join us for a fun and creative way to “give back” at our annual community service-focused day. Come make a free recycled bead bracelet at the library and you’ll be supporting Reason2Smile, a NY-based non-profit organization that provides global education opportunities to children. Registration is not required. Teens will receive community service hours if requested.
Veterans Clothing Drive Tuesday, October 1st – Thursday, October 31st During library hours For All Ages The Bethpage Public Library will be working with Assemblyman Mikulin during the month of October for this year’s The Great Give Back! We will be accepting new or gently used clothing for the Northport VA Medical Center. This is a great way for our community to give back to those who have fought for our country. No Registration Required
Color a Smile Saturday, October 19th 9:30 am-4:30 pm For All Ages Volunteer to stop in and color cheerful drawings that will be mailed to Color A Smile. Color A Smile is a nonprofit organization that distributes cheerful drawings to senior citizens, our troops overseas, and anyone in need of a smile. Every month they mail thousands of new drawings to all the people on their mailing list. No registration required. Drop in any time throughout the day.
Sock and Toiletry Collection Saturday, October 19th 10:00 am-5:00 pm For All Ages Toiletry items are always needed by food pantries, and can be overlooked. Non-food items cannot be purchased with food stamps, so toiletries and socks are items individuals in need often cannot afford to buy. No Registration Necessary
Food for Fines Saturay, October 19th During library hours For all ages Patrons can return overdue Elmont books with no fines in exchange for an item of non-perishable food for charity. No registration required
T-Shirt Dog Toys Saturday, October 19th 2:00-3:00 pm For students in grades 6-12 Make dog toys to donate to a local animal shelter. Please bring an unwanted, clean t-shirt to this workshop. Registration starts October 12. Preference given to UFSD #22 residents.
The Crayon Initiative Saturday, October 19th 9:00-5:00 pm For all ages We’re collecting old crayons for The Crayon Initiative. Donate your used crayons so that they can be melted and remade into new crayons, to be used by children in hospitals across the country. Collection boxes will be located in the side entrance. No registration required
Family Party Goody Bag Stuffing Event Sunday, October 13th 2:00-3:00 pm For Families Make a BIG difference! Families are invited to stuff one goody bag to be donated to Long Island Birthday Wishes, a charitable organization dedicated to bringing birthday parties to homeless children. Registration is required. Please register as one family unit, not individually.
Reason2Smile Project Saturday, October 19th 10:00 am-4:00 pm For All Ages Come make a free recycled bead bracelet at the library and help support Reason2Smile, a NY-based non-profit organization that provides education opportunities to children at the Jambo Jipya School in Kenya. No registration required
Place Mats & Lunch Bags for Meals on Wheels Saturday, October 19th 10:00 am-4:00 pm For All Ages Design placemats and lunch bags that will be donated to Meals on Wheels. No registration required
Island Harvest Food Drive Tuesday, October 1st-Saturday, October 19th 10:00 am-5:00 pm For All Ages Please bring in Healthy Food Donations when you stop by the library. No registration required
The Great Giveback Reason 2 Smile Bracelets Saturday, October 19th 9:00 am-5:00 pm For all ages We are offering bracelet kits from the Reason2Smile organization which raises funds to support education opportunities at the Jambo Jipya School in Kenya. Registration is not required. The bracelet kits are available while supplies last and can be purchased with a donation of $1.00. We are providing coloring sheets related to the story Neema’s Reason to Smile by Patricia Newman. We will also have the book available for our patrons to browse.
The Great Scareback: Clown Zombie Survival Training Saturday, October 19th 4:30 pm-6:30 pm For children/teens in grades 5-12 Will you know what to do in case of a disastrous clown zombie outbreak? If not then come to our “Great Scareback” and learn how to survive. In our closed Derry Library, you will work together to retrieve crucial information to detect survivors while avoiding hordes of roaming clown zombies. Tip: Bring in a nonperishable food item to trade for special anti-clown zombie mechanisms. For students in grades 5 through 12. Please note, a signed permission slip is required for all participants. This is an after hours program. Children should be dropped off by 4:30 p.m and picked up promptly at 6:30 p.m. Permission slips must be filled out by a guardian, in person in the Children’s Room by Saturday October 12.
Shelter Pet Donations Wednesday, October 16th 4:30-5:30 pm For Families Children and Teen Volunteers will make pet treats and toys to be donated to Cove Animal Rescue. Registration is appreciated. Register at www.glencovelibrary.org and Children’s Services.
Recycled Paper Beads Bracelet for Teens! Thursday, October 10th 7:00-8:00 pm at the Main Library For Teens Make a bracelet from recycled paper beads to support Reason2Smile, a non-profit that supports the Jambo Jipya School in Mwtapa, Kenya. Register for Main online, in person, or by phone at 516-466-8055, ext. 218.
The Great Give Back, Tech Hour! Thursday, October 24 4:00-5:00 pm For Adults & Teens Come learn from our teen volunteers and build a tech-based project to support our community! Register online, in person, or by phone at 516-466-8055, ext. 230.
“Inn” The Bag Saturday, October 19th 11:00 am-1:00 pm For children in Kindergarten and up The library will be collecting items from now until October 18th to be assembled into snack bags for guests of the Mary Brennan INN soup kitchen. Items to be collected include brown paper bags, recycled grocery bags, water bottles (8 or 16oz., small potato chip bags, assorted snacks, fruit cups, and juice boxes. Bags will be assembled at the library on October 19th. Anyone can donate. If you plan to help assemble bags please call 516-825-6422 to sign up.
Halloween Party Supply Collection for Ronald McDonald House Thursday, October 10th – Tuesday, October 22nd 10:00 am-5:00 pm Collection of supplies for a Halloween party for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House No registration required
Stars of Hope Saturday, October 19 11:00 am-1:00 pm For All Ages Our wooden stars with inspirational messages will be shared with communities in the Midwest which were devastated by flooding this year. Paint a wooden star with a message of hope. Drop-in, no registration necessary.
Recycled Bracelets for Kenya Saturday, October 19 3:00 pm-4:00 pm For Students in Grades 5-12 As part of this year’s Great Give Back Day teens will be making recycled beading bracelets that supports Reason2Smile! R2S is a registered non-profit in New York that helps to support the Jambo Jipya School and Children’s Home in Mtwapa, Kenya. The give back is built into the bracelet cost so patrons can proudly wear their bracelet and know they are helping Reason2Smile provide educational opportunities. Bracelet kits will be provided by the library. Registration Required
The Great Give Back at Jericho Public Library Saturday, October 19 11:00 am-2:00 pm For All Ages Participants will make a one-of-a-kind bracelet from paper beads made in Africa. Patrons will be helping to fund education for children in the town of Mtwapa, Kenya. Jericho residents only. No registration
Lakeview Gives Back Saturday, October 19th – Saturday, November 16th 10:00 am-5:00 pm For all ages We will be collecting new and gently used items for The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless. https://www.addressthehomeless.org/the-boutique-jgzc5 Please, bring your items to the library by November 16, 2019. No registration required
Currently, our most needed items include: -Winter coats, hats and gloves -Warm winter clothing for men, women and children (especially sweatpants/shirts) -Blankets, sheets, towels
Special Note: All items must be clean and laundered for acceptance Clothing donations must be in season (the season we are in) due to limited storage space.
Troupon Club Saturday, October 19 10:00 am-12:00 pm Teens in Grades 6-12 Cut-out, sort and total manufacturer’s coupons to be sent to military families. Levittown school district teens can start remonstrating on Friday, October 4, all other teens can register on Friday, October 11. Please register online with your library card at levittownpl.org.
Color A Smile Saturday, October 19 2:00-4:00 pm Teens in Grades 6-12 Color a picture or draw something to bring a smile to the faces of senior citizens, our troops, and anyone in need of a smile. No registration required.
No-Sew Pet Blanket Saturday, October 19 3:00-4:00 pm Teens in Grades 6-12 Using fleece and scissors, make a cozy blanket for a dog or cat living in a shelter. Levittown school district teens can start remonstrating on Friday, October 4, all other teens can register on Friday, October 11. Please register online with your library card at levittownpl.org.
The Great Give Back Bake Sale Saturday, October 19th 11:00 am-4:00 pm For All Ages Please join us for our very first Great Give Back Bake Sale! All the baked goods and pastries were prepared by local residents who donated their time and skills to make this happen. All the cash proceeds from our Bake Sale will go towards Long Island Cares as our charity of choice. Open to the public, all are welcomed!
ATTENTION!!! We are in need of Pastry Chefs & Bakers to dedicate their time & talents to whip up a few goodies as donations towards our : Great Give Back Bake Sale! Drop off date/time is Friday October 18 between the hours of 10 & 4 PM. All the proceeds from our Bake Sale will go towards : Long Island Cares as our charity of choice. Your delicious contribution can go a long way for a family in need.
Halloween Costume Giveaway An East Rockaway & Lynbrook Library Great Give Back Collaboration Tuesday, September 24 – Monday September 30, 2019 and Saturday, October 19, 2019 – The Great Give Back Tues. Sept. 24 1:00 pm – 8:45 pm Wed. Sept. 25 10:00 am – 8:45 pm Thurs. Sept. 26 10:00 am – 8:45 pm Fri. Sept. 27 10:00 am – 4:45 pm Sat. Sept. 28 10:00 am – 4:45 pm Mon. Sept. 30 10:00 am – 8:45 pm Sat. Oct. 19 10:00am – 4:45 pm All year long East Rockaway and Lynbrook community residents have been dropping off gently used Halloween costumes. Now we are calling all kids or parents who need a child’s Halloween costume to come on any day during the giveaway at the Lynbrook Library and pick out a costume for you to keep! Costumes will be given away on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. The Great Give Back is a community service initiative. Drop offs of gently used costumes will also be accepted on giveaway days. Free. Registration not required.
Ronald McDonald House Donations and Bookmark Decoration Saturday, October 19th Collection: Tuesday, October 1st-Saturday, October 19th 2:00-4:00 pm For all ages Saturday Oct 19 is the 2nd annual Great Giveback! Oct. 1-Oct 19 we will begin collection of items for donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities in New Hyde Park. RMHC knows that helping a sick child fight their illness takes a big enough emotional toll on a family. Adding a financial strain can make it all almost too much to bear. RMHC helps address those problems by providing housing that’s near a hospitalized child. Saturday Oct. 19 2:00-4:00pm we will be making bookmarks for families staying at the Ronald McDonald Houses. (no registration drop-in).
Food Drive Saturday, October 12th-Sunday, October 20th During library hours All ages The Manhasset Public Library will be collecting donations of nonperishable food items for Long Island Cares, The Harry Chapin Food Bank. Please look for the large box marked “Long Island Cares” in the main lobby of the library. Donations will be accepted beginning Saturday, October 12 through Sunday, October 20 during library business hours. No registration required
Scarves for the Needy Saturday, October 19th 10:00 am-4:00 pm All ages (children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult) Make a simple fleece scarf for an adult or child. Those with more experience may want to help work on a lap blanket. Materials and light instruction provided. While supplies last. This is a drop-in program. No registration required.
The Great Give Back at Massapequa Public Library Monday, October 16th-Sunday, October 30th During library hours We are collecting personal care items for Long Island Cares. We’ll have boxes at both our locations: Bar Harbour: 40 Harbor Lane Massapequa Park Central Avenue: 523 Central Avenue Massapequa
The Great Give Back Tote Bags: Teen Community Service Saturday, October 19th 2:00-3:00 pm For students in grades 6-12 Help support the island-wide “Great Give Back” event by decorating tote bags that will be stuffed with essential donations for those in need. Teens will earn 1 hour of community service for participating. Please register online here: https://massapequalibrary.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=12013
Baxter’s Pantry Food Drive Tuesday, October 1st-Thursday, October 31st 10:00 am-9:00 pm For All Ages The Mineola Library will be having a pet supplies drive to benefit Baxter’s Pantry, part of Long Island Cares. Open to all
Birthday Party Supply Drive Saturday, October 19th – Friday, November 15th During library hours For all ages 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 19th through November 15th. 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. No registration required
Charity Quilt Block Saturday, October 19th 9:00 am-4:30 pm For all ages A quilt can make a difference in a homeless child’s life.Drop in the Children’s Room to decorate a fabric square that will be assembled into a quilt for homeless children. All paints and fabric will be supplied, we just need you to create a quilt square that will put a smile on a child’s face. So please come in and donate a few minutes to create a happy memory for someone. No registration required
Color-A-Smile Saturday, October 19th 9:30 am-4:30 pm For all ages Stop in and color cheerful drawing that will be mailed to Color A Smile. Color A Smile is a nonprofit organization that distributes cheerful drawings to senior citizens, our troops overseas, and anyone in need of a smile. Every month they mail thousands of new drawings to all the people on their mailing list. No registration required
Sock it to Childhood Cancer – Community Sock Hop Saturday, October 18th 1:30-4:30 pm For all ages This year the library is collaborating with Kellsie’s Hope Foundation to Sock It to Childhood Cancer. Kellsie’s mission is to increase childhood cancer awareness and find a cure for childhood cancer. Yellow socks will be provided to patrons to collect spare change beginning October 1. The socks will be collected at our community celebration and Sock Hop, Saturday, October 19! All of the money collected will be donated to help fund pediatric cancer research. On Saturday, October 19 we will celebrate with live music from 50s’ band, History of Rock and Roll, pumpkin painting and plenty of 50’s themed activities for the whole family! No registration required
Writing Letters and Cards to Service Members Saturday, October 19th 9:00 am-4:30 pm For All Ages Write a letter or decorate a card to be sent to our service men and women stationed overseas, thanking them for their hard work and dedication to our country. No registration required
Halloween Costume Swap Wednesday, October 30th Hours TBA For All Ages We will be collecting gently used costumes for all ages. You may drop off costumes beginning September 16 until October 4. On Saturday, October 12 (time to be announced), National Costume Swap Day, patrons will have the opportunity to come and choose a costume. If you plan to choose a costume on Saturday, October 12, please be good enough to donate as well. One per patron. If you have two or more children to choose for, please make sure they are present on Saturday, October 12. No Registration Required
Tech Talk Sunday, October 20th-Sunday, October 27th 2:00-4:00 pm For All Ages Our library volunteers will be happy to answer your questions about your electronic devices (Kindle; laptops; Nooks; iPads; smart phones etc). You will learn how to download e-books; how to use social media and open email accounts. No Registration Required
Donating Socks to Northport VA Medical Center Saturday, October 5th, 2019-Saturday, October 19th During Library Hours Plainedge Public Library will be partnering with the Northport VA Medical Center by having our community donate brand new men’s socks for the Medical Center’s patients from October 5th, 2019 to October 19th, 2019 during library hours of operation. There will be a collection box in the lobby. On Saturday, October 19th teens can drop in to the YA section of the library between 12:00pm-2:00pm and make a card thanking our veterans for their service as part of The Great Give Back! (1 hour of community service given for this particular project) On Saturday, October 19th all are welcome to stop by the Children’s Room where children can make cards thanking our veterans for their service. All cards made by participants will be sent to Northport VA Medical Center along with the socks donated by our community. Registration for these events is not required.
Great Give Back – Operation Gratitude Monday, October 14-Saturday, October 19 9:00 am-5:00 pm For Teens In honor of The Great Give Back (October 19), teens at the Port Washington Public Library will be writing thank you letters to active troops, veterans, new recruits and first responders thanking them for their service. Operation Gratitude sees that every care package mailed to a service-person comes with a bundle of thank you letters. Please visit PWPL during the week of October 14-19 to write a letter. No Registration Required
The Great Give Back at Rockville Centre Public Library Sunday, September 1st-Saturday, October 19th 9:30 am-1:00 pm For All Ages From September 1 to October 19, bring birthday celebration items to the library for families in need. You are invited to donate cake mixes (please check expiration dates), frosting and new, unopened candles, banners, party hats, etc. On Saturday, October 19, from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm drop into the library and make a birthday card to help these families celebrate. Supplies will be provided. Everyone welcome! No Registration Required
Reason2Smile Family Beading Project Saturday, October 19th 12:00-4:00 pm For ages 7 & up Give someone a “Reason2smile’ . Join us for a Family Beading Project. Registration required, but not mandatory. Online at www.rooseveltlibrary.org, In person or over the phone (516-378-0222)
The Great Give Back at Shelter Rock Public Library Saturday, October 19th For children grades K-2 and 2-5 and teen volunteers grades 6-12 Teen volunteers grades 6-12 are invited to assist children in grades K-2 and grades 2-5 in making bookmarks to encourage pet adoption and packaging dog treats which will be donated to the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter. Children in grades K-2 are invited to join teen volunteers from 11am-12pm and children in grades 2-5 are invited to join teen volunteers from 3-4pm. Teens in grades 6-12 may sign up for only one session. Both children and teens are encouraged to bring a dog treat or toy for donation. In addition, the Shelter Rock Public Library will be collecting dog treats, dog toys, tennis balls, and clean towels from the community. A representative from the Town of North Hempstead Shelter will be stopping by at a later date with a therapy dog to greet patrons and pick up donations (date to be announced). Both programs will take place in the Children’s Story Hour Room. Online registration (www.srpl.org) will begin on October 1 for both children and teens. SRPL Patrons are allowed to register on that date using a valid library card. All other patrons will be allowed to register starting October 3 provided space is available. Teen volunteers grades 6-12 can volunteer for only one session.
Squares that Care Tuesday, October 1st – Thursday, October 31st During library hours at the Reader’s Services Desk For all ages Donate a 36-inch by 36-inch blanket or some 9-inch knitted or crocheted squares that can be sewn into a blanket. Your gift will be delivered to We Care Blankets given to children undergoing chemotherapy. All yarn MUST be 100 percent acrylic for cleaning and allergy reasons. Bring donations to the second floor Reader’s Services Desk. For more information,visit http://wecareblankets.org. No registration required
Inspirational Tote Donation Saturday, October 19th 2:00-3:00 pm For students in grades 6-12 Using pens, create a tie-dye tote bag that will be filled with non-perishable food items. Completed bags will be donat-ed to food banks throughout Long Island. Please bring in one or two non-perishable items from home for the bags. Registration for Syosset School District residents begins September 16. All others may register a week later.
Sock Drive Saturday, October 19th 9:00 am-4:30 pm For all ages Drop any new unused socks off in the Children’s Room for donation to shelters. No registration required
Pet Tote Bags Saturday, October 19th 11:30 am-12:30 pm For children in grades 3-5 Design a tote bag for donation to an animal shelter, where the bag will be filled with goodies and given to an adoptive parent for their new fury family member. Limited Registration for Syosset School District Residents begins September 26. All others may register one week later.
Cards for Seniors Saturday, October 19th For children in grades K-2 Create greeting cards that bring cheer to seniors. Limited registration for Syosset School District Residents begins September 26. All others may register one week later.
Reason2Smile Bracelets Saturday, October 19 & Sunday, October 20 1:00 pm-3:00 pm all ages (children grades 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult) Stop into our library to make a beaded bracelet in support of Reason2Smile. No registration *first come first served*
Food Drive Tuesday, October 15th – Saturday, October 26th 10:00 am – 5:30 pm For all ages From October 15- October 26, the Williston Park Public Library will be collecting non-perishable food items that will be donated to the St. Aidan’s Food Pantry. No registration required
Shelter Pet Supply Drive Tuesday, October 15th – Saturday, October 26th 10:00 am – 5:30 pm From October 15- October 26, the Williston Park Public Library will be collecting pet supplies that will be donated to North Shore Animal League. No registration required