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 2021! 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.
TerraCycle Program October 16 2021- April 22, 2022 The Albert Wisner Public Library will participate in the TerraCycle program. This program will involve collecting typically nonrecyclable items and, with the help of leading manufacturers, turn them into new products. Drop off clean & empty: toothbrushes, tooth paste tubes, plastic razors, make-up dispensers and more to the collection bins on the basement floor of the library throughout the program dates.
The Great Give Back – Pantry Drive October 16-30 Cornwall Public Library is collecting donations for the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley. The Food Bank needs more than just food, so we are collecting paper and personal hygiene products in addition to non-perishable food items. We’re also going to try to fill a 5-gallon water jug with coin donations, which will additionally be donated to the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley.
Broadway Litter Pluck Wednesday, October 13 2:00-4:00 pm The Friends of the Library and other community members are planning a litter pluck on Broadway for October 13th from 2-4 (weather permitting). We will have bags and gloves for everyone. If you’d like to join us, we’d love to have you! We’ll meet outside the library around 2pm that day.
Great Giveback School Supply Drive October 16 – November 1 This year, Finkelstein Memorial Library’s Teen Advisory Board has decided to collect school supplies that will once again benefit our ESL students and their families. The teens will be decorating a donation bin and helping to promote the program through social media. The donation bin will be placed in the Children’s room from October 16 through November 1. Patrons will be encouraged to drop off new school supplies such as notebooks, pens, pencils, erasers, water bottles, lunchboxes, backpacks, or other school supplies.
Specific Dietary Needs Food Drive for Florida Food Pantry September 1 – October 16 The FPL “Great Give Back” event provides opportunities for patrons to benefit the Florida Community Food Pantry’s specific dietary needs during September and October. See the list below for items to choose from. You can either drop your donations off at the library or bring them during a program. Thank you for supporting your community!
Ulster County Food Fight September 1-18 The Ulster County Food Fight, as part of the Great Give Back, is an annual food collection contest held in cooperation with twelve libraries throughout Ulster County. The common goal is to “spread food all over Ulster County” by filling up the shelves of local food pantries and to putting an end to hunger in our communities. The library that collects the highest number of food items during this period wins the Food Fight and receives a winners’ certificate! The Gardiner Library was crowned the “Food Fight Victor” in 2020 and is hoping to keep their title! Help your library win the Food Fight with your donations of non-perishable (and non-expired) food items for local food pantries. It sounds like a messy fight, but this is a clean competition with other libraries in Ulster County. Please contact your local library to find out if they are participating and how you can donate food items.Thanks for your help in this worthy fight!
The Great Give Back – Terracycle Program October 16, 2021 – April 22, 2022 Each participating library will be collecting items for 3 different TerraCycle brigades: Colgate, Gillette and Nordstrom. Here’s what will be accepted:
Colgate: All brands of used or empty toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrushes, toothpaste cartons, toothbrush outer packaging, and floss containers. NOTE: Electric toothbrushes, battery toothbrushes, and/or their parts are not accepted through this program. Items collected will be delivered to Orange Community College to add to their ongoing TerraCycle collection program. Points earned for the collected items help support OCC students.
Gillette: All brands of blades and razors (systems and disposable units, and replaceable-blade cartridge units), rigid plastic packaging, and flexible plastic bag packaging. Items collected will go to TerraCycle to be made into new products.
Nordstrom: All brands of beauty product and skincare packaging, such as pump caps, hair spray triggers, lipstick cases, eyeliner pencils, and mascara tubes. Items collected will be dropped off at Nordstrom to be recycled into new products.
Great Give Back: Craft & Clutter Sale/ Donation Drive for Hi Tor/ Clothing Drive Saturday, October 16 10:00 am-4:00 pm For all ages Craft & Clutter Sale! Are you Crafty? Do you have stuff you want to clear out? Great! HKDPL is looking for Vendors for our outdoor sale! Spots must be reserved in advance. $10 per spot, Vendors must bring their own table. All fees will be donated to the North Rockland Food Pantry. For more information, please call 845.786.3800 x 18. Join us for a day of giving by donating Gently Used clothing! Hi Tor Donation Drive: Donate Supplies to benefit Hi Tor Animal Shelter. We are also participating in the TerraCycle program with the Albert Wisner Public Library in Warwick, NY.
The Great Give Back: Humane Society of Walden and Terracycle October 1-30 To assist JLPL’s participation in The Great Give Back this year, your help is needed in collecting items to send to TerraCycle, a national social initiative offering a variety of programs through which you can recycle nearly every type of waste, and donations from the Humane Society of Walden’s wish list. Copies of the item lists are available at the library. Any recyclable items and donations are greatly appreciated. For more information, call the Library at (845) 778-7621, Ext. 1512.
TerraCycle Program October 16 2021- April 22, 2022 Newburgh Free Library will participate in the TerraCycle program. This program will involve collecting typically nonrecyclable items and, with the help of leading manufacturers, turn them into new products. Registration is not required; open to all ages.
Newburgh Personal Care Drive October 4-16 Accepting Donations of new and unopened toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, toilet paper, body wash, bar soap, and feminine hygiene products. Accepting donations at the Main Library and Town Branch. On Saturday, October 16th stop by and make a thinking of you card or a note of encouragement for a neighbor in need.
The Great Give Back–Sock Collection October 1-31 Please donate new pairs of socks (for children and adults) during the month of October for the United Way & Haverstraw Center. A donation bin will be located in the lobby of the Bridge Entrance to the library. No registration or restrictions.
Collection for Center for Safety and Change October 4-16 We are happy to be gathering personal items for the Center for Safety and Change. For over 40 years, this organization has worked tirelessly with victims, survivors and their family members, offering life-saving and life-changing programs and services to thousands in Rockland county.
Rail Trail Cleanup with Keep Rockland Beautiful Sunday, October 17 1:00-4:00 pm Meet at the trail head at Oak Tree Road at 1:00 pm For all ages Participate in the Great Giveback as the library teams up with Keep Rockland Beautiful to pick up trash from the Rail Trail. Meet at the trail head at Oak Tree Road and join us as we clean up along the trail to Memorial Park in Sparkill. All cleanup supplies will be provided. Teens may earn up to 3 community service hours for participation in this program. Pack a water bottle and meet at the trail head at 1 PM. See you there! Register at www.palisadeslibrary.org.
Support Small Animal Shelters! August 18 – November 1 The Pine Bush Library will be collecting animal food, blankets, pillows, beds, food bowls, cleaning products, buckets, horse tack, newspapers and any associated animal and rescue facility supplies. (Please bring clean, unbroken items!)Donations for the Great Give Back should be brought to the Pine Bush Library no later than November1, 2021.
Monetary donations will be appreciated, as well. Please make checks out to: “The Pine Bush Area Public Library”. The funds will be distributed equally to the shelters we are working with.
Thank you in advance for supporting the smaller animal shelters and making a difference!
Food 4 Fines October 1-31 From October 1st – 31st non-perishable food items and pet food may be donated in place of paying fines for overdue library materials. The library will forgive up to one dollar ($1) in fines for each item donated, up to the maximum fine limit of $10.
All food items collected will be donated to a Helping Hands food pantry and pet food items will be donated to the Humane Society of Port Jervis/Deerpark.
Food must be unopened, not damaged, and not past expiration date. Non-Perishable items only. Food will be accepted for LATE fines only! We will not accept food donations for payment of damaged or lost items. If you don’t have fines, your donations are also welcome!
Food Drive September 1 – October 15 The Suffern Free Library is hosting a food drive to benefit food pantries in the Suffern Central School District. We encourage everyone to help our community by donating non-expired non-perishable items in the receptacle in our main lobby. Don’t forget to think about kids when donating and include some lunch or snack items. Together we can make a difference! Anyone interested in donating grocery or monetary gift cards should contact Nancy Wendt at 845-357-1237, ext. 29 or by email at email@example.com.
The Great Give Back Food Drive October 1-18 The Valley Cottage Library will be hosting a food drive to benefit the St. Paul’s Food Cupboard in Valley Cottage. 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 dropped off at the library during operating hours. Thank you for your generosity!
TerraCycle Program October 18 2021 – April 22, 2022 Valley Cottage Library is excited to be participating in the TerraCycle collection program! This program will involve collecting typically nonrecyclable items and, with the help of leading manufacturers, turning them into new products. Drop off clean and empty: toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, plastic razors, make-up dispensers and more to the collection bins at the library during operating hours. Joined by several Rockland and Orange county libraries this is sure to make an impact!
Give a Kid a Book! October 1 – November 1 The Valley Cottage Library Children’s Room will collect new, unused books to be given as gifts to children through local charities during the holidays.
Personal Care/Household Items Collection September 17 – October 16 The Wallkill Public Library will be accepting donations of personal care and household items to be donated to the local food pantry from Friday, Sept. 17 through Saturday, Oct. 16 as part of the Great Give Back of 2021. A few examples of items being collected are: laundry detergent, dish soap, garbage bags, paper products. A few examples of personal care items are: deodorant, body wash/soap, toothpaste, women’s personal hygiene items. The collection is not limited to these items. Please stop in during normal business hours to drop off donations in our collection box. We appreciate your help!
Donation to the Center For Safety & Change October 1-31 We are gathering a collection of much needed items such as clothing, toiletries and gift cards for food to donate to the Center for Safety & Change. Please see our website for a complete “shopping list.” Donations can be dropped off at our three branches in Callicoon, Jeffersonville, and Narrowsburg.
Great Give Back Color a Placemat October 16 – November 16 For students in grade 3-8 Participants can brighten up Thanksgiving Day for residents at a local nursing home by picking up a place mat, coloring it at home and returning it to the library to be laminated and distributed for the holiday. They can choose from three different place mat designs. Registration is not required. All children in the Monroe-Woodbury school district including home schooled children are welcome to participate.