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Thank you to everyone who participated in The Great Give Back 2021! Check back often as pictures from this year’s events are submitted and uploaded. All libraries will be listed alphabetically. Check back in 2022 for details about next year’s event!

Jump to your library: Apalachin Library *** Bellmore Memorial Library *** Cairo Public Library *** Coburn Free Library *** Cutchogue-New Suffolk Free Library *** East Hampton Public Library *** Easton Library *** Elmont Memorial Library *** Elwood Public Library *** Emma S. Clark Memorial Library *** Finger Lakes Library System & South Central Regional Library Council *** Frankfort Free Library *** Franklin Square Public Library *** Great Neck Library *** Harborfields Library *** Highland Falls Library *** Island Park Public Library *** Kirkland Town Library *** Lindenhurst Memorial Library *** Millbrook Library *** Oceanside Library *** Orangeburg Library *** Oyster Bay-East Norwich Public Library *** Pearl River Public Library *** The Smithtown Library *** Uniondale Public Library *** Wead Library *** West Babylon Public Library *** West Hempstead Public Library *** West Islip Public Library

Apalachin Library

The Apalachin Library collected socks for their give back program. They found that many charities and even schools need socks. They are one of the most asked for donations. Children who came into the library colored socks for the donation bin which was left in the lobby. Patrons and staff were very generous!

Bellmore Memorial Library

Bellmore Memorial Library held a food drive for the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District’s Community Cupboard, a student run organization that feeds 50 local families.

Cairo Public Library

Cairo Public Library partnered with the Columbia-Greene Domestic Violence Shelter to collect umbrella strollers, sheets and towels among other things.

Coburn Free Library

“Our sincere thanks to all who donated clothing or food! We are over the moon with joy for the donations gathered for the Tioga County Rural Ministry from The Great Give Back: Warm Hands, Warm Feet Project! Just look at the bounty! Not pictured are the bags already loaded in my trunk for delivery. In a second program, also supporting Tioga County Rural Ministry, we partnered with the Charles H. Basset Youth Foundation on Make a Difference Day, gathering food for Thanksgiving meals. We love our patrons and our Tioga County community. Together, we CAN make a difference!”

Cutchogue-New Suffolk Free Library

Images from Cutchogue-New Suffolk’s Cold Stunned Turtle Lecture by the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society & Beach Clean Up at Hallock State Park Preserve, Riverhead, N.Y., Oct. 16, 2021. 

East Hampton Public Library

At East Hampton, children made hearts for The Retreat, teens had an outreach table at their high school’s homecoming fair, and adults donated pet food and supplies for ARF!

Easton Public Library

The Easton Public Library held a donation drive collecting new warm winter socks, mittens, gloves, scarves, and hats sized for teens and adults to benefit emergency shelters of Warren and Washington counties : the Open Door Mission and the Wait House.

Elmont Memorial Library

Elmont participated in the Great Give Back on Sat., October 23. They partnered with Birthday Wishes of Long Island. Their teen volunteers wrapped 25 birthday boxes which will be filled with their collection of juice boxes and toys for children living in homeless shelters.

Elwood Public Library

Elwood Public Library held an adult book sale, a children’s book exchange, and children made a recycled materials craft. They also had e-waste recycling!

Emma S. Clark Memorial Library

Two of the library teen volunteers who helped distribute food to various pet shelters and animal rescue organizations.

Finger Lakes Library System & South Central Regional Library Council

FLLS and SCRLC held a donation drive for the Tompkins County SPCA!

Frankfort Free Library

Items for the Runaway & Homeless Youth Program were collected at the Frankfort Free Library as part of the Great Give Back. Pack #30 and the St. Francis Ladies’ Auxiliary also participated.

Franklin Square Public Library

Images from Franklin Square’s donation drive for Long Island Cares as well as tehir Owl-Tober event!

Great Neck Library

Cards created at one of Great Neck’s GGB Events!

Harborfields Public Library

These are pictures of Harborfields Teens who participated in the Great Giveback Beach Clean-up at Centerport Beach. The teens earned community service hours learning about the problem of debris in the marine environment from an instructor from Cornell Cooperative Extension. They gave back by giving their time to a worthy cause.

Highland Falls Library

Highland Falls Library collected donations of cat and dog supplies and donated to The Hudson Valley SPCA. We had a great response!

Island Park Public Library

Images from Island Park’s Color A Smile event!

Kirkland Town Library

Kirkland Town Library shared a photo of the many toiletry items their wonderful patrons donated during their great give back event!  All of the donated toiletries are going to be distributed among the Utica Rescue Mission and the Country Pantry.

Lindenhurst Memorial Library

As part of its Great Giveback Celebration, the Lindenhurst Memorial Library helped clean up their local beach at Venetian Shores. In addition, they held a green Halloween costume swap, and a bike safety/repair workshop at our library. They also made and collected over 60 cards for hospitalized kids!

Millbrook Library

Millbrook Library made fleece blankets for kids in hospitals, dog toys for a local animal shelter from old t-shirts, and had a food drive for two organizations.

Oceanside Library

Teens made capes that will be sent to children at shelters through the Enchanted Makeovers organization.

Orangeburg Library

Orangeburg Library collected hundreds of items for the Center for Safety & Change!

Oyster Bay-East Norwich Public Library

This picture shows Youth and Family Counseling of OB receiving 70 coats donated by the Oyster Bay – East Norwich community for the Great Give Back!

Pearl River Public Library

This year for the Great Give Back, the Pearl River Public Library collected food and household item donations for St. Aedan’s Food Pantry. Our patrons donated over 300 items for this local charity.

The Smithtown Library

Smithtown held a beach clean-up, as well as a come-and-go Patchwork Mural program!

Uniondale Public Library

Uniondale Public Library distributed garden kits and kits for teens to crochet scarves for a local homeless shelter!

Wead Library

The Wead Library installed a Personal Care Pantry and collected personal care & household essentials. We received numerous donations of items and some financial contributions to continue the pantry after the Great Give Back. We hope to keep this going for as long as possible.

West Babylon

West Hempstead Public Library

Images from West Hempstead’s community art walk!

West Islip Public Library

Our teens from West Islip Public Library created signs that say “Welcome” to donate to new homeowners who are using the amazing Habitat for Humanity organization.  Attached are some pictures from Oct. 16.