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.
-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)
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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 (neilswheelsny.com) 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.
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.
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.
Please join the library for a day of community service, family and fun as they host the following:
THANK YOU VETERANS!
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.
PLEASE NOTE ALL EVENTS TAKING PLACE ON SUNDAY OCTOBER 14TH:
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.
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.)
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.