Public libraries of Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties
Below are libraries in the Ramapo Catskill Library System that will be participating in The Great Give Back 2019. 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.
Community Potluck & Great Give Back Potluck: Friday, October 18th @ 5:00-7:00 pm Food drive: October 18th & 19th For all ages Let’s celebrate community with: good food, good company and cupcakes! Bring a dish to share; we will provide “compostable” utensils and plates (or bring your own). The Whipped Cupcakes food truck will provide dessert! The Great Give Back (GGB) A day of opportunities for the patrons of NY public libraries to participate in meaningful, service-oriented experiences. Our GGB mission this year is to collect non-perishable food items for the Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry. Please bring an item to contribute. Donations will be accepted at the Potluck and up to library closing on Sun., Oct. 19th. No registration required.
Collection for Safe Homes and Fall Family Storytime Tuesday, October 1st – Saturday, October 19th 10:00 am-5:00 pm For all ages From October 1-19, there will be a donation bin in the library’s lobby collecting full-sized toiletry items for Safe Homes, Orange County. For questions about what donation items are needed, please give us a call at (845)469-4252.
We will also be having a special Fall Family Storytime on Saturday, October 19 at 11:00am. We will read books and be doing a pumpkin decorating craft. All are welcome and we ask that everyone brings a donation for Safe Homes to attend! No Registration Required
The Great Give Back Community Service Fair Saturday, October 19th 10:00 am-12:30 pm For All Ages We have invited 9 local nonprofit organizations that rely on volunteers to set up information booths at our community service fair. Library visitors will be able to sign up to volunteer with those organizations, as well as participate in several other activities throughout the day, including, making cards to send to a local hospital, learning to loom-knit hats or scarves that can be donated to those in need, and taking home a Trick-or-Treat with UNICEF collection box. We’ll also be collecting coats and diapers for the weeks before and after our fair. No registration required
Community Clothing Swap Saturday, October 12th 10:00 am-3:00 pm For parents/caregivers Kid’s grow fast & buying the new clothes can get expensive! To help out, the library is participating in The Great Give Back by hosting our 1st Community Clothing Swap. We invite you to bring children’s clothes of all sizes to the library beginning at 10:00am on October 12th. We will organize the clothing by size and you will be able to “shop” beginning at 11am. Please wash any clothing you’d like to swap and bring a re-usable bag to fill will new-to-you kids clothes. No Registration is required. Anyone bringing children’s clothing to swap is eligible to “shop.”
Sock Drive Saturday, October 19th-Saturday, October 26th During library hours For all ages We will be accepting any sized, new, unopened packages of socks which we will then donate to the Federation for the Homeless in Monticello, NY. If we are closed, you may leave the donation in our book drop, but PLEASE be sure that the socks are new and in UNOPENED packages. Thank you! No registration required
The Great Give Back Cold Weather Wear Drive Saturday, October 19th – Thursday, October 31st During library hours For all ages The Finkelstein Memorial Library in Spring Valley, NY will be collecting all cold weather items, including hats, gloves, scarves, mittens, jackets, coats and sweaters for Literacy Solutions to help locals in need. New or gently used cold weather clothing may be brought to the collection box in the library’s Children’s Department anytime between Saturday, October 19th through Thursday, October 31st. Registration is not required
Great Give Back for the Florida Community Food Pantry Tuesday, October 1st – Thursday, October 31st 10:00 am-8:00 pm For all ages The Florida Public Library has partnered with the Florida Community Food Pantry to help fulfill specific needs during the month of October. Patrons are asked to bring specific items to each program they attend. They can also drop these items in our Food Pantry Collection Bin located inside the library. Registration is not required
Room on the Broom Scavenger Hunt at the Farmers’ Market Friday, October 25th 4:00-6:00 pm At the Goshen Farmers’ Market For families Partnering with the Goshen Chamber of Commerce and the Farmers’ Market to create a Halloween Room on the Broom Scavenger Hunt! No registration other than attending the Farmers’ Market
The Great Give Back Donation Drive Saturday, October 19th 10:00 am-4:00 pm For all ages Join us for a day of giving back to the community. The Haverstraw King’s Daughters Library will be hosting various donation drives for People to People and the Hi-Tor Animal Shelter. We will be collecting various shelf-stable food items and clean clothing in good condition (especially winter coats for children) for People to People. We will also be collecting supplies for Hi Tor Animal Shelter (food and other items). For a detailed list, please stop by the library or use the following link: www.bit.ly/DonateHKDPL Donations will be accepted at both locations: 10 West Ramampo Rd., Garnerville and 85 Main St., Haverstraw. No registration required
“The Secret Life of Pets 2” will be playing at 11am and 2pm.
Great Give Back to Hudson Valley SPCA Saturday, October 19th – Saturday, October 26th 10:00 am-5:00 pm For all ages The Highland Falls Library invites members of our community to give back by donating items in support of the Hudson Valley SPCA, a no kill shelter. Items most needed are cleaning supplies but please stop by the library for a detailed list. Drop off items at the library. No registration is required.
Community Collection Tuesday, October 1st-Thursday, October 31st 9:00 am-5:00 pm The Josephine Louise Public Library is collecting items for three local charities: 1. Mercy House – We will collect requested items. Mercy House is a community care shelter which provides a home and a supportive family to people with terminal illnesses who can no longer remain at home. Residents spend their final days surrounded by their loved ones, and the love of Mercy House staff and volunteers. 2. Montgomery Food Pantry – We will collect nonperishable and health/beauty aid items. We will post a list of the items needed. The Town of Montgomery Food Pantry is a resource for anyone in need to receive food once a month and is available to residents living in the Valley Central School District. The Pantry is mainly funded by private donations and local food drives. The Pantry does receive state funding through grants. 3. Will Spay Pets – The group has its annual Auction/Silent Raffle on October 20th. We have a quilt on display and are selling raffle tickets in conjunction with the fundraiser. Also, we will put together a book lovers’ basket for the raffle/auction. Several staff members have volunteered to help with setting up for the event. Will Spay Pets funds low-cost or free spay and neuter programs for cats, ferals and pit bulls for the residents of the Town of Montgomery and Town of Crawford (includes villages of Maybrook, Montgomery, Pine Bush and Walden). No registration required.
Collection of Baby items Saturday, October 19th-Friday, October 25th 10:00 am-4:30 pm For all ages Help us give back to the community by donating any of the following items : diapers, wipes, sippy cups, bibs, board books in English and Spanish, and baby toys. These items will be then delivered by Healthy Families of Sullivan County to babies in need. No registration is required. Just drop off the listed items at our 111 Sullivan Ave, Ferndale, NY 12734 location.
***Please do not donate formula or baby bottles. ***
The Great Give Back at Nanuet Public Library Sunday, October 13th – Sunday, October 20th During library hours For all ages Share the warmth of the coming holiday season with your neighbors. Donate hats, gloves, scarves or scarves to those in need. Handmade or store bought items are welcome. Drop the items off at the library between October 13th and 20th. Drop off only; no registration Drop off your items in the lobby anytime the library is open.
Great Give Back: Have a Stake in Newburgh! Saturday, October 19th 10:00 am-2:00 pm For all ages Join us on Oct. 19 in a unifying community effort to build empowerment in the City of Newburgh! Participants of all ages can paint garden stakes with affirmative messages about Newburgh, which will then be placed throughout the City to bring a message of love, hope and community. Materials will be provided. No registration required
Sew Basic: Hats to Give Back Tuesday, October 22nd 6:30-8:00 pm For adults Learn one or two basic stitches to hand-sew a warm fleece hat for a child or adult. All hats that are made will be collected for distribution to adults and children in the community who are in need of a warm hat. All materials provided. Register at www.newburghlibrary.org
The Great Give Back at Pearl River Public Library Saturday, October 19th-Friday, October 25th During Library Hours For All Ages Donate non-perishable food items, feminine hygiene products, and new books to those in need. Registration is not required.
The Great Give Back at Pine Push Area Public Library Saturday, October 19th-Friday, October 25th 10:00 am-6:00 pm At two Buildings: Pine Bush Area Public Library Main Building & Community Center For all ages The Pine Bush Area Public Library has chosen to collect non-perishable food items for the New Prospect Church Food Pantry located on Route 52 in Pine Bush, NY 12566. Please drop food donations off at the Main Library Building or next door at the Library Community Center during daily hours of operation. All donations will be delivered to the Food Pantry by the Library. Thank you in advance for your participation and generosity. No registration required
The Great Give Back Day Saturday, October 19th 10:00 am-3:00 pm For All Ages We’ve invited several community groups to join us this day to help meet our goals. We plan to collect non-perishable food for the Roscoe food pantry, collect items for Catskill Animal Rescue, Inc. They can use clean fleece blankets, towels, Kong toys, collars & leashes, cat toys, Purina Pro Plan, Cat or Kitten Chow. They have a great selection of animals to adopt. We will hold a book sale to benefit the library with many children’s books and others. We will also be writing “Thank a Veteran” cards for Veterans Day. Everyone and all donations are welcome
Contact Judie DV Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-498-6024; Alice Banks at email@example.com or the library at 607-498-5574 for information. We can use some helpers that day. Do not bring items before that date unless you call and make arrangements. We will have refreshments. Come and enjoy the camaraderie. If you don’t have a library card, you can get one that day.
Getting Warm for Winter Tuesday, October 1st – Thursday, October 31st During library hours For All Ages During the month of October, Suffern Library will be collecting NEW hats, scarves, mittens and gloves for people of all ages. These items will be distributed to the needy in the community. For information, please call 845-357-1237
Supply Drive for the Warwick Valley Humane Society Wednesday, November 13th-Tuesday, November 19th 9:00 am-5:00 pm At the Tuxedo Park Library, Tuxedo Post Office, and Tuxedo Town Hall For all ages We are sponsoring a supply drive for our local Humane Society. A wish list can be found on the library’s website. There will be a Reptile Show on Saturday, Oct 19 at 1pm in the library. Call for details and to register! 845 351.2207 Registration is only required for the reptile show on Oct 19.
The Great Give Back Food Donation Drive Saturday, October 19th – Monday, October 28th During library hours For all ages Valley Cottage Library will be collecting non-perishable foods for TOUCH: Together Our Unity Can Heal, a community-based public health organization providing services to people living with chronic illness in Rockland County and the greater Hudson Valley. No registration required
Care Package Collection Tuesday, October 1st-Thursday, October 31st During library hours For all ages West Nyack Library is collecting items for Warming Hearts of Rockland for care packages given to chemo patients at Nyack Hospital and comfort foods for families of hospice patients. We are including hand-written supportive cards. This outreach will be for the whole month of October. No registration required
Food Drive Saturday, October 19th – Saturday, October 26th 10:00 am-5:00 pm At all branches in Jeffersonville, Callicoon, Narrowsburg For patrons of all ages Non-perishable foods will be collected at the three branches of the Western Sullivan Public Library. We are partnering with Western Sullivan United Teachers Union and School Related Professionals Union to distribute the food to local families in need. And don’t forget about the pets in need too! We will collect pet food, toys, and supplies and will work with the KC Club at the Sullivan West Elementary to distribute items to local shelters. No registration required