Ramapo Catskill Library System

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 2022! Check back often for updates; details about programs will begin to be shared around the beginning of September. Please contact libraries directly for questions regarding offered programming.

Cornwall Public Library

Diaper Collection Drive to benefit Baby Steps Baby Pantry
October 10-21
Cornwall Public Library will be hosting a diaper collection drive to benefit Baby Steps Baby Pantry in Newburgh, NY. Please drop off new and unopened packages of diapers, wipes and diaper cream from October 10th through October 21.

Plastic Film Recycling Challenge
July 1 – December 31
Join the Cornwall Public Library in playing an active roll to reduce plastics in landfills and oceans. Simply bring your plastic film to the library and place it in our collection bin. Once we reach our goal of at least 500lbs, NexTrex® will turn our plastic film into a useful bench for our library grounds.
All plastic must be CLEAN, DRY and FREE of FOOD RESIDUE!

Ellenville Public Library and Museum

Donations of Dignity
October 1-31
Ellenville Public Library and Museum will once again be collecting Donations of Dignity October 1st-31st as a part of the Great Give Back! Please donate any unopened soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, razors, feminine hygiene products (such as pads and tampons), combs, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc. These items are greatly needed, but are not covered by foodstamps. Please drop off any such items to the box located near the desk inside of the library during open hours. We greatly appreciate your help!

Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library

Community Children’s Clothing Swap
October 1 (collection begins September 1)
11:00 am-1:00 pm
For adults & families
Gently used clothes for children will be available for parents to take. Kids grow so fast and we want to help ease the burden of constantly buying new clothes and shoes and help prevent these items from ending up in a landfill.
No registration is required. Clothing donations (for children & teen clothes) can be left with the children’s librarian or children’s room staff beginning 9/1/2022.

Fallsburg Library

Catskill Animal Rescue Donation Drive
October 1-31
Fallsburg Library will be collecting donations for Catskill Animal Rescue! We will be accepting things such as dog/cat food, blankets, towels, toys, and treats. Help us help the animals in Sullivan County!

Finkelstein Memorial Library

The Great Give Back
October 15 – November 9
Finkelstein Memorial Library will be collecting travel sized personal hygiene items to benefit a local food pantry, People to People in Nanuet, NY. All items may be dropped off to our collection bin in the library’s Children’s Room on the first floor.

Flordia Public Library

Great Give Back For The Florida Food Pantry
October 1-31
The Florida Public Library will collect food and other necessities to supplement what the Florida Community Food Pantry is unable to provide through the food recovery program from local merchants. For the entire month of October, the library will be asking our patrons
to contribute specific requested items as well as grocery gift card or a monetary gift.
Requested items:
Chunky Peanut Butter
Spaghetti Sauce
Boxed Almond Milk
Sanitary Napkins
Brownie Mix
Tomato Sauce
Tomato Paste

Gardiner Library

Goshen Public Library

The Great Give Back at Goshen Public Library & Historical Society
October 1-31
This year, we are partnering with Fearless! to collect hair and hygiene items for the community.

Fearless! provides free and confidential services for all victims and survivors of domestic violence, teen dating violence, and human trafficking.
Registration is not required, and this Give Back is open to ALL. Thank you.

Greenwood Lake Public Library

Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library

Fall Fest & The Great Give Back
October 15 from 10:00 am-4:00 pm
All ages, families welcome!
Join us for a full day of fun! Take a walk through our vendors, check out the food trucks, play some games, listen to live music, and MORE!! Fun for the whole family! Donate to The Great Give Back! We will be collecting canned foods for People-to-People & the North Rockland Food Bank & items for Hi-Tor animal shelter! Visit bit.ly/ggb22 for a full list.
No registration required.

Highland Falls Library

The Hudson Valley SPCA
October 1-31
Join us in our 4th year of participating in THE GREAT GIVE BACK. We will be collecting donations for The Hudson Valley SPCA Oct 1-31 during library hours M-Th 10-5, Wed 10-7, Sat 10-2.

Josephine-Louise Public Library

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital Gift Drive
September 6 – October 31
The Holiday Wish List/Gifts for Pediatric Patients program at Maria Fareri Hospital is in Westchester, NY. “The Creative Arts Therapy department bridges the gap between home and the hospital by providing developmental and age-appropriate activities designed to help hospitalized children understand and adapt to the hospital experience.”
This department helps to bring a some normalcy to children and their families while a child is in the hospital. Gifts are made available so that holiday traditions or family celebrations can still be had.
Paper flyers and information will be available in the library and on our Facebook page.
Through Contactless Delivery, patrons can donate by purchasing toys, art supplies, t-shirts, or pajamas through a link on the hospital’s website: https://www.mariafarerichildrens.org/child-life-and-creative-arts-therapy

There are no restrictions as to who can donate, or where they are. There is no registration required. Since it is all online, this is a nice way to participate in helping support the hospital and the children who need to be there.
We would love to hear if you donated so we can add you to our list of thank yous! For more information, please call (845)778-7621

Support Washbourne House
October 1
For all ages
With the help of the community we would like to support those in difficult situations that involve domestic abuse. This year we have chosen Washbourne House, whose primary function is to provide safe shelter and comprehensive trauma informed services to survivors of domestic violence and their children.
We will be collecting everyday items used by the residents and former residents, as well as things we can use to help residents move into their own homes.
A list of items will be available in our library, and will be posted on our Facebook page.
Donations can be dropped off during our business hours:
Monday-Thursday 10:00am-8:00pm
Friday: 10:00am-6:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am-2:00pm
If you would like to donate items but are unable to drop them off during our business hours; we will try to arrange an alternate drop off plan. Call us at (845)778-7621

New City Library

Donations for Rockland Warming Centers
October 8-22
Rockland County Social Services will open their warming shelters on Nov. 1. Lend a helping hand to those in need by donating shampoo, razors, deodorant, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes and feminine hygiene products. Travel-sized items work best!

Newburgh Free Library

Newburgh Love and Warmth
October 15 – November 18
Newburgh Free Library will be collecting brand-new items of socks, scarves, gloves, and hats. Items collected will be distributed to families of the Newburgh Enlarged City School District. Along with the collection families who donate will have the opportunity to participate and write on a giant card of gratitude for community members to share messages of hope with the community. Our goal is to highlight people’s power by motivating others to share quotes or positive affirmations that have helped them through difficult times.

Nyack Library

Nyack Great Give Back
October 17-31
Rockland County Social Services will open their warming shelters on Nov. 1st.Lend a helping hand to those in need by donating shampoo, razors, deodorant, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes and feminine hygiene products. Travel-sized items work best!

Bring items to the vestibule at the Bridge Entrance of the
Library between October 17th and October 31st.

Orangeburg Library

Give Back to your Local Pantries!
October 3-15
Food pantry collection – help us give back by donating food items to your local food pantries.

Palisades Free Library

Pearl River Public Library

Piermont Public Library

Community Collection
October 1-31
Community Collection for Hi-Tor Animal Shelter

The Pine Bush Area Public Library

Trex Recycling Program

Trex® is sponsoring a local plastic recycling program throughout the country. The Pine Bush Library has joined this program and we are actively working towards the 500 pounds of plastic required for Trex to donate a new bench to us. We have 6 months to reach that goal. 
We have contacted local businesses, the USPS and others, including our own patrons, to bring the plastic to the Library.   We then weigh the plastic, enter the poundage on the Trex website, then bring the plastic to Hannaford for pick up. 
There are certain criteria for which kind of plastic can be donated and we have handed out flyers with all the information necessary to bring the correct products to the Library.  We hope to reach our goal within the 6 months!

Pollinator Garden
The Pine Bush Library will be providing the Pine Bush High School with a Pollinator Garden. The students and a teacher interested in the Pollinator Gardens will care for the garden upon completion. The Library Garden will be tended by one of our staff members Our local Garden Club Members will also help to make these gardens thrive. Registration to participate in this program is not necessary. If someone would like to volunteer to assist with the gardens, please call the Pine Bush Library. We will be starting our Autumn Pollinator Gardens within the month of September.

Ramapo Catskill Library System

Suffern Free Library

It’s a Diaper Drive!
October 15-29
From October 15 – 29, Suffern Free Library will be accepting new, unopened packages of diapers, pull-ups, and baby wipes in a receptacle in the upstairs lobby. All donations received will be distributed through local organizations.

The Pine Bush Area Public Library

Valley Cottage Library

Food Collection for the St. Paul’s Food Cupboard in Valley Cottage
October 1-17
Help the Food Cupboard create Thanksgiving food baskets for families by donating holiday food items like boxed stuffing mix, boxed instant mashed potatoes, canned yams/sweet potatoes, and canned vegetables. Other donations needed include: cereal, oatmeal, pasta, boxed macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, dry beans, rice, canned meats, canned fruit, and cooking oil in plastic bottles.

Donations of non-perishable, non-expired items can be placed in the collection box by the Circulation Desk.

Children’s Clothing Swap
October 15
11:00 am-3:00 pm
For families
Do you have drawers of baby clothes, but your baby is now in Kindergarten? Did your child have a growth spurt over the summer and now nothing fits? Come find something new-to-you at our Children’s Clothing Swap!

How it works:

Drop off your unwanted children’s clothing, in all sizes, from October 10-14. We’ll be collecting children’s clothes, shoes, coats, winter wear and Halloween costumes. Clothing must be in good condition, clean, no odors, rips, holes or stains.

Items will be sorted by size and category. Return on Saturday, October 15, 11am-3pm, to “shop” for free for what your family needs. We’ll have fun activities to entertain children while you shop.

You do not need to donate something to take something. No registration required!

Wallkill Public Library

The Big Green Box Used Battery Collection
September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2023
We have The Big Green Box open and ready to accept used batteries to be recycled. Located in our entryway, you will find the Big Green Box, along with plastic baggies. Please use a plastic baggie to place your batteries in before placing them in the Big Green Box. This program will run until the box is full or August 31, 2023.

Ulster County Food Fight
September 1 – October 15
The Ulster County Food Fight is a food collection contest amongst the Ulster County libraries. Please drop off non-perishable food items between September 1 and October 15, 2022 at the Wallkill Public Library located at 7 Bona Ventura Ave, Wallkill NY 12589. All items donated will be given to the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in Wallkill.

Recycle Right
October 12
6:00-7:30 pm
Recycle Right! Why can’t ALL plastics be recycled? What does the chasing arrows symbol really mean? Are pizza boxes in or out? Should you recycle that coffee cup? What about a broken drinking glass? Putting unaccepted items in the recycling bin can damage equipment, harm workers, create inefficiencies in the recycling process, and reduce the value of the collected recyclables. This class will de-mystify recycling so you can be a better recycler! In this class, you will learn: How does recycling ‘work’ in Ulster County? What makes something ‘recyclable’? Why are certain items not acceptable for recyclable? What is ‘wishcycling’ and how does contamination affect recycling? And other info about UCRRA and our programs and services! Registration is required. Link to register: https://wallkillpubliclibrary.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=3045&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2022/10/01 You may join the presentation at the library or join by Zoom.

West Nyack Free Library

Collection for The Center for Safety & Change
October 1-31
We will be collecting much-needed toiletry items for the Center for Safety & Change. We will be providing a “wish list” of items that are most needed.

Western Sullivan Public Library

Comfort Cases for Children in Foster Care
October 1 – November 19
At all three branches of WSPL
In partnership with Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth, we are asking for donations to create “Comfort Cases” to give to children in or entering the foster care system. Donations are accepted at all three branches of the Western Sullivan Public Library. Please visit our website or contact us for donation details.

Woodbury Public Library

The Great Give Back – Fearless! Hudson Valley
October 15-31
At the Ida Cornell Branch, 23 Smith Clove Rd, Central Valley, NY 10917
Help Woodbury Public Library give back to the community! For two weeks we will collect items for Welcome Baskets for new shelter residents and deliver them to Fearless! Hudson Valley, a shelter in Newburgh. Items needed include: a laundry basket, twin size sheet set, blanket or comforter, pillow, and bath and hand towel and wash cloth. Welcome Baskets will provide items needed by new residents that they can take when transitioning out of shelter. Thank you for helping us help our community during October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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