Below are libraries from the Nassau Library System that will be participating in The Great Give Back 2020! Check back often for updates as more libraries join As The Great Give Back draws nearer, details about libraries’ individual events will be added. Please contact libraries directly for questions regarding offered programming.
Nursing Home Card Project October 1st – 17th 9:00 am-9:00 pm Deliver your finished cards to the Library For all ages Patrons will create greeting cards for seniors living in nursing homes. Patrons can drop off cards to the library any time we’re open until the end of the day on October 17.
Great Give Back Foam Pumpkins October 5th – 19th Grab-and-go For All Ages Help us spread some seasonal cheer by decorating a foam pumpkin with an inspirational quote. You can decorate the pumpkins however you would like. The pumpkins will be distributed throughout Bayville. The foam pumpkins are available for pick-up beginning on October 5 and must be returned to the Library by October 19. This program is for all ages.
Food Drive October 1st – 31st 9:30 am-5:00 pm For all ages During the month of October the library will be hosting a food drive. 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. Registration is not required and participation is not restricted to district residents.
Hometown Heroes October 1st – 31st 9:30 am-5:00 pm For all ages Now more than ever, the saying “Not all heroes wear capes” rings true. Sure, heroes can be those who provide essential emergency services, but they can also be regular people who commit small acts of kindness or “go the extra mile.” Do you know someone who lives or works in Bellmore who has proven themselves to be a hero? Who is making a difference in your hometown? We want to know. Please visit our website (https://www.bellmorelibrary.org/great-give-back-2020) to nominate a neighborhood hero. Your nominee will be honored on a special community board in the library and featured on our social media accounts. Registration is not required and participation is not restricted to district residents.
Saint Mother Teresa Outreach & Food Pantry October 1st – 30th 9:00 am-9:00 pm For all ages Collection of non-perishable food, household cleaning supplies, and personal hygiene products for the community Food Pantry Outreach organization. No registration. Accepting donations from in-district and out-of-district residents.
Giving Back To The Elmont Community October 17th – 30th For all ages Schedule of Events : Pantry Food Drive: Donate canned food or non-perishable items for Island Harvest and/or the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter and receive an Elmont Library giveaway. Teen Pet Craft kit: Donate canned food or non-perishable items and receive a craft kit containing supplies to make a cute pet collar. All donated canned product and non-perishable items will be donated to the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter and Island Harvest.
Great Give Back for Furry and Feathered Friends October 17th, 9:30 am-5:00 pm For families and children We’ll be running a pet food drive for the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter starting October 17-30. Families who bring in a pet food item will receive a take home Cheerios Bird Feeder craft. No registration required
RewearAble Clothing & Accessory Drive October 13th – 16th 9:00 am – 5:00 pm All ages (children, teen, adult clothing items accepted) During the week of the Great Giveback, we are collaborating with RewearAble to collect clothing (all sizes and ages) and accessories (hats, gloves, scarves, shoes, handbags)! Please bring your gently used, clean items to RewearAble, and mention that you are donating items with Farmingdale Public Library. The organization is doing contactless pickup of donations, so please call when you arrive, and a staff-member will unload the donations from your car’s trunk. Donations will be accepted only at RewearAble’s Bethpage location: 837 South Oyster Bay Road Bethpage, NY 11714.
RewearAble is doing contactless pickup of donations: When patrons arrive at RewearAble, call 516-822-2099 and mention that they are here with donations (Farmingdale Public Library referred the patrons), and a masked employee will come out of the building to unload their car’s trunk. Employees will leave a donation receipt in the trunk of the car. No registration is required
Coupons for Troopons October 17th 9:00 am – 5:00 pm For all ages Virtual; mail coupons to Support Our Troops P.O. Box 70 Daytona Beach, FL 32115-0070 We are collaborating with Support Our Troops to cut and sort manufacturers’ coupons to donate to the Troopons program! Please cut and sort your coupons at home, and email a picture of the coupons you are mailing to email@example.com. For a full list of directions, types of accepted coupons, and mailing address, please visit: https://supportourtroops.org/troopons IMPORTANT: Please include only manufacturers’ coupons (6 months expired or less), sorted by type of coupon. Please do not include store-specific or restaurant coupons. A full list of accepted coupons can be found at: https://supportourtroops.org/troopons No registration required
Cards for Healthcare Workers October 17th 9:00 am-5:00 pm All ages Virtual; please mail cards to St. Joseph’s Hospital ATTN: Elizabeth Brennan, Nursing Administration 4295 Hempstead Tpke, Bethpage, NY 11714 We are staying safe and thank our hospital workers for all of their hard work! Write and decorate thank-you cards for healthcare workers, and don’t forget to sign them! Mail the cards to St. Joseph’s Hospital, Attention Elizabeth Brennan, Nursing Administration. Before you mail the cards, please take a picture of them, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org Please do not bring the cards to the Library; instead, please mail them to St. Joseph’s Hospital ATTN: Elizabeth Brennan, Nursing Administration 4295 Hempstead Tpke, Bethpage, NY 11714 No registration required
Share a Pair Sock Donation for McDonald House in New Hyde Park October 1st – 31st 9:00 am-9:00 pm For all ages The Floral Park Public Library will be collecting new, packaged socks to donate to the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park. Donations will be accepted in the library’s lobby. During this time of COVID, we do ask that you wear a mask when entering our library’s lobby. No registration required.
DIY Cat Toys October 1st – 17th 9:00 am-5:00 pm Take, Make and Give Back For all ages The Great Give Back. Make a cat toy to be donated to All About Cats Rescue on Sunrise Highway in Freeport. Come to the Children’s Room and pick up your diy kit, beginning on October 1st. Make your toy and bring it back to the Library by October 17th. We will deliver all the finished toys to the cat rescue. It feels Great to Give Back. Registration is not required. Participation is open to residents and non-residents.
Great Give Back Blood Drive! October 17th, 10:00 am-2:30 pm Ages 18 and older Freeport Memorial Library and the New York Blood Center encourages everyone over the age of 18, to donate Blood and Save Lives at our Great Give Back Blood Drive on Saturday on October 17, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.. Walk-In’s Welcome! Registration is recommended. Please call 516-478-5023. PLEASE NOTE: Must wear a mask or face covering, will have temperature taken, Must be 14 day symptom free if recovered from COVID-19, Man NOT donate if they had a positive diagnostic test or experienced symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, and may NOT donate if they are currently on self-quarantine restrictions.
Pet Supplies Drive for Paw It Forward Pet Pantry October 1st – 17th The library will be collecting pet supplies to benefit Paw It Forward Pet Pantry which “lends a paw” to those in need and assists pet owners with providing for their pets when they fall on difficult times. Donations will be accepted in the vestibule of the Children’s Room entrance of the library. All pet supplies are welcome but the most needed items are listed on the pantry’s Amazon wish list: https://tinyurl.com/y5twgjq9
Take & Make: Reason2Smile Recycled Paper Beaded Bracelets October 12th, 10:00 am-5:00 pm Grab-and-go For teens in grades 5-12 Want an activity that is not only fun but promotes social action and awareness? Why not think about a recycled paper beading project that supports Reason2Smile. R2S is a registered non-profit in New York that helps to support the Jambo Jipya School, trade school options and the Jambo Jipya Children’s Home in Mtwapa, Kenya. 100% of the cost of this program is used for this purpose.
Teens will be able to pick up their craft kits at the library starting on Oct. 12 at the YA Desk! Teens must register to reserve their kits.
Registration begins Oct. 1st. Registration is required. Non-residents can register 1 week before if there are spots open. NOTE: You must be able to pick-up your kit at the library, we will not be mailing kits
Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter Donation Collection October 1st – 31st 9:00 am-9:00 pm For all ages Please donate any of the following new items: linens such as towels and blankets, pet toys, pet bowls, crates, unopened food. No registration is required. Please leave items in box located in library lobby.
DIY: Build your Own Home Library October 17th, 11:00 am-3:00 pm In the library’s parking lot For all ages Come to the Lynbrook Library Parking lot between 11-3pm and browse a collection of books that need a new forever home. Tables with be set socially distance by age groups, birth – adult. Participants will receive a bag that they can fill with books to build their home library. No registration required Rain date Oct. 24, 2020. Check out www.lynbrooklibrary.org for more information.
Snack Bags for the Mary Brennan Inn October 1st – 17th The Malverne Public Library is collecting food items to make snack bags for children in need to donate to the Mary Brennan INN. Suggested items include: water bottles, juice boxes, small bags of chips, individually wrapped snacks, fruit cups, etc. Donations can be dropped off in the box in the library lobby. Teen volunteers can register to decorate and assemble snack bags on Sat, Oct. 17 by calling 516-599-0970 or emailing email@example.com.
Food Drive for Island Harvest October 10th – 17th 9:00 am-5:00 pm For all ages Food Drive for Island Harvest Food Bank All members of the community are invited to participate by bringing healthy non-perishable good donations to our collection box in the library lobby.
Used Crayon Drive October 10th – 17th The Manhasset Public Library will be collecting used crayons for The Crayon Initiative, a nonprofit organization whose mission is “Recycling used and unwanted crayons to preserve our environment and enrich the lives of hospitalized children through art and imagination.” No registration required. Crayons will be collected in the designated drop box in the library lobby.
Food Collection October 13th – 26th 10:30 am – 1:30 pm At the Central Avenue and Bar Harbour library locations For all ages We are collecting food for Island Harvest. We have two buildings and boxes will be available in both locations.
Bringing Birthday Parties to Homeless Children October 1st – 30th 10:30 am-3:30 pm For all ages Please donate birthday party supplies, such as party hats, banners, blowers, birthday napkins, plates and cups. We also, will be collecting toys, AA and AAA batteries. Everything must be new and wrapped. No stuffed animals please! We will be collecting on behalf of the organization, Birthday wishes. There is no registration required. Please drop off donations in the boxes in our lobby.
Reason2Smile Bracelets October 1st, 10:00 am-9:00 pm Grab and Go For all ages The Mineola Library will be handing out paper bracelet kits from Reason2Smile, an organization supporting educational opportunities at the Jambo Jipya school in Kenya, Africa. Open to Mineola library cardholders only
Long Island Cares Food Drive October 1st – 31st We have teamed up with Long Island Cares to host a food drive at the library for the month of October. There are thousands of Long Islanders who are experiencing hunger, poverty or food insecurity. Please consider donating non-perishable food, baby food, diapers or personal care items to the donation box located inside the library.
Stars of Hope October 17th, 10:00 am-1:00 pm For all ages We are working with the Stars of HOPE® organization to empower our community with the opportunity to become part of a growing “pay it forward” service movement that is bringing hope and healing to people around the world. Drop in the library anytime between 10am-1pm on Saturday, October 17th to decorate a wooden star that will be distributed and displayed in public places in communities worldwide in the aftermath of tragedy serving as beacons of hope and compassion for all to see. No registration required
Pumpkin Patch of Kindness October 17th 11:30 am-1:00 pm Grab and Go All Ages The North Merrick Public Library is celebrating this year’s Great Give Back with a Pumpkin Patch of Kindness! We have several ways patrons can participate. Children and teens can come to our pumpkin Patch of Kindness on October 17 at 11:30 am and select a pumpkin and a related act of kindness. Adults can pick up a craft kit with an act of kindness attached. (while supplies last) Spread the love and share with us on social media. No registration required. While supplies last.
Grab & Go-Thank You Card Craft Program October 17th All day Grab & Go from the library, make your craft at home! For all ages On Saturday, October 17th, 2020, Plainedge Public Library will be providing a number of Grab & Go – Thank you Card Craft Kits for the community to take and make a card with to send to an organization, institution or special someone of their choice.
A short video will also be posted on Facebook on October 17th. It will further advertise the program and show card samples for ideas on how they can use their Thank You Card Kit along with other common art supplies found at home to make their cards.
One hour of community service credit will be given to any child and teen who emails us a picture of their completed card along with their name, age and grade. Teens can email our YA Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. Children’s card pictures can be emailed to Children’s Services at email@example.com. Registration is not required.
The Great Give Back – Food Collection October 17th 9:00 am-4:30 pm Drop off food at the library For all ages The Library is collecting non-perishable food items to help the Mary Brennan INN continue to serve their guests. The INN is in need of items such as: canned tuna, canned soup, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, juice boxes, applesauce, and other items that can be used to make a to-go lunch that does not require additional utensils. No registration required
The Great Give Back at Roosevelt Public Library October 5th – 16th 9:00 am-5:00 pm For Teens & Adults Socks Drive for Seniors: It’s time to give back to the community. Bring NEW socks for men and women at the library. Your donation will be given to local seniors. No registration required.
Reason2Smile Beaded Bracelets October 17th 9:00 am-9:00 pm Grab & Go with video tutorial posted day-of For 6th-12th graders Great Give Back: bracelet kits. Saturday, October 17. Stop in the week of October 12 to pick up a recycled paper beaded bracelet kit in the children’s room or TeenSpace. Kits include all materials (except glue) and instructions to make a bracelet to support Reason2Smile, a non-profit organization whose mission is to help provide educational opportunities for children attending the Jambo Jipya School in Kenya. A video on how to make the bracelet will also be available on the library’s website starting on Saturday, October 17. No registration, while supplies last.
The Great Give Back at Wantagh Library October 17th, 9:30 am-4:00 pm For all ages The Wantagh Library will be hosting a food drive on Saturday, October 17th from 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. We invite the community to drop off food in bins located at our Jones Avenue Entrance. All the food collected will be donated to Island Harvest. No registration required