Southern Tier Library System

Public libraries of Allegany, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Yates Counties

Check back often for updates on libraries in the Southern Tier Library System that will be participating in The Great Give Back 2019! As The Great Give Back draws nearer, details about libraries’ individual events will be added. Please contact libraries directly for questions regarding offered programming.

Alfred Box of Books Library

Alfred Area Food Pantry Donation
Tuesday, October 1st-Thursday, October 31st
During library hours
For all ages
The Alfred Box of Books Library will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Alfred Area Food Pantry through the month of October. Our Board of Trustees will match each donation!
No registration required.

Chemung County Library District Steele Memorial Library

Make Cat Toys for Animal Shelter / Pet Supplies Drive
Saturday, October 19th
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
For all ages
Chemung County Library District’s Steele Memorial Library (101 E. Church St. Elmira, NY) is hosting a catnip cat toy making session; toys will be donated to the Elmira Animal Shelter. Call 733-9175 to reserve a time between 10-12 on Saturday, October 19 to make one or more cat toys to donate. Staff will be on hand and available to help. Materials are provided.

This day ONLY also, we will be giving $5 late fee forgiveness coupons to patrons that bring one or more items to donate to the shelter. Animal food, litter, etc. We will only be accepting this day, and only one coupon per patron.
Registration is required: (607)733-9175

Cohocton Public Library

The Great Give Back at Cohocton Public Library
Saturday, October 19th
10:00 am-1:00 pm
For teens and adults
It’s the Great Give Back! Help us make grocery totes for the food pantry. We will also accept cash and food donations. This is a free event all are welcome to drop in (no registration required). Sewing Machines and instruction will be provided. Empty and clean bird seed bags are requested.

Cuba Circulating Library

Costume Contest
Saturday, October 19th
1:00 pm-2:00 pm
For All Ages
On Saturday, October 19, the Cuba Library will hold a Costume/Cosplay Contest to benefit the Allegany County SPCA. The contest will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the library. There will be winners of all ages, so everyone is invited to participate! Wear your spookiest, most original, cutest, or wackiest costume.

The cost to participate is one item that can be donated to the SPCA. Suggested donations include bleach, dish soap, liquid laundry soap, canned cat food, dry cat and dog food, trash bags, collars, leashes, paper towels, blankets, towels, and washcloths. In addition to a costume contest, there will the opportunity to make pet toys that will also be donated to the SPCA.
To learn more, contact the Cuba Library at 585-968-1668.
No registration required


David A. Howe Public Library

Puppy Play Date
Saturday, October 19th
11:00 am-12:00 pm
For all ages
Patrons are given puppy snuggles in exchange for a small donation to the Rescue Pups organization.
No registration is required.

Dundee Library

Bright Red Bookshelves book donation
Tuesday, October 1st-Saturday, October 19th
During library hours
We are collecting new and gently used children’s books to donate to the Bright Red Bookshelves sponsored by Our Town Rocks. We will give the books to them.

Dutton S. Peterson Memorial Library (Odessa)

Pet Food & Supplies Collection
Monday, September 23rd Saturday, October 19th
During library hours
For All Ages
The library will be collecting pet food and supplies from Monday Sept. 23 through Saturday October 19, during open library hours as a part of the Great Give Back. All donations will be given to our local animal shelter, the Schuyler County Humane Society, in Montour Falls.
Registration is not required. Drop off donations during open library hours.

Essential Club Free Library

Animal Welfare
Saturday, October 19th
9:30 am-12:30 pm
For All Ages
We will be accepting dry dog food and dog treats for the local Dog Control
No registration required

Mabel D. Blodgett Memorial Reading Room (Village of Rushville Reading Center)

Handmade Bookmarks for Literacy
Friday, October 18th from 1:00-5:00 pm
AND/OR
Saturday, October 18th from 9:00 am-1:00 pm
For All Ages
Come in and create a bookmark to give-away. Several designs to choose from! This is to promote libraries and reading. We will give to Seniors, Veterans, Community Groups etc. We will hand out gently used books with these bookmarks.
No registration is required.

Montour Falls Library

Domestic Violence Awareness Drive
Monday, October 14th-Saturday, October 19th
For All Ages
The Montour Falls Library is participating in The Great Give Back which provides a day of opportunities for the patrons of the Public Libraries of New York State to participate in meaningful, service-oriented experiences. Donations for Catholic Charities’ First Step Victim Services will be collected during the week of October 14 – 19.

Required items are: travel size toiletries & personal care items such as hair brushes, combs, tissues, hand sanitizer, journaling supplies, day planners and durable pocket folders. Toiletries can be for men, women and children.
No registration required. Donations may be dropped at the Montour Falls Library 10am – 7pm Monday – Friday from October 14 – 18 and Saturday, October 19, 8am – 12pm.

Penn Yan Public Library

Cleaning Supply Drive to Benefit Yates County Humane Society
Wednesday, October 15th – Saturday, November 9th
During library hours
For all ages
Penn Yan Public Library will be collecting cleaning supplies for the Shelter of Hope at the local Humane Society. On the shelter’s wishlist are: paper towels, bleach, white distilled vinegar, laundry detergent, fabric softener, sheets, toilet paper, heavy duty trash bags, hand sanitizer, and Windex. Donations of kitty litter are also always welcome.Please drop donations off at the library any time between October 15 and November 9.
No registration required

Southeast Steuben County Library

Celebrating the Great Library Give Back
Saturday, October 19th
10:00 am-4:00 pm
Patron Appreciation- Snacks and Food to say thanks
No registration required

Whitesville Public Library

Books for Visitors
Saturday, October 19th
10:00 am-5:00 pm
For all ages
At Van Vlack Artiles & Candle Wizardry
We will be giving books to those who tour the Allegany Artisan Sites in Whitesville
No registration required

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