Suffolk County Public Libraries

Below are libraries from Suffolk County that will be participating in The Great Give Back 2020! 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.

Amagansett Free Library

Beach Clean Up
October 17th, 9:00-10:00 am
at Indian Wells Beach, Amagansett
Everyone is welcome
All hands on deck for a beach clean up! Everyone is welcome to help out.
Please email evanharris@amagansettlibrary for details.

Food Drive
The Great Give Back is a great day to make a healthy contribution to the food pantry! Please drop off your contribution at the library anytime 10-5.

Amityville Public Library

Babylon Public Library

Great Give Back Food Drive
October 1st – 31st
9:00 am-5:00 pm
For everybody
Every time you drop off your non-perishable donations, you will be entered in a raffle drawing!
No registration required.

Bayport-Blue Point Public Library

Bracelet Making for Reason2Smile
October 1st – 17th
10:00 am-5:00 pm
For 6th-12th graders
Grab-and-go
Support Reason2Smile with a paper beading project. R2S is a registered non-profit in New York that helps to support the Jambo Jipya School, trade school options and the Jambo Jipya Children’s Home in Mtwapa, Kenya. Starting October 1st pick up your kits at the Library and bring back the finished bracelets on October 17th. 3 bracelets=1 hour of community service.
Registration not required; for district residents only.

Brookhaven Free Library

South Country Community Clean-Up
All welcome
October 1-31, anytime
Call the Library to request a cleanup kit (garbage bags, gloves, hand sanitizer) and commit to cleaning your block, a neighborhood park, a local beach–wherever, whenever and with whom you are comfortable doing so. Then, email bfl@brookhavenfreelibrary.org a picture of your haul so we can see your efforts and provide service hours (if needed). Please register.

Drive-Thru Book Drive
All welcome
Saturday, October 17, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
St. James Episcopal Church – 260 Beaver Dam Road, Brookhaven
To benefit The Book Fairies and South Country School District’s Mobile Library.

Help us to collect new or gently used books. You might even consider holding a mini-drive among your friends and neighbors leading up to our event. All books should be free of tears, rips, writing, mold/mildew or water damage. No encyclopedias, reference or special interest books. Popular fiction and general interest preferred. No registration. Interested in helping us sort books? Email bfl@brookhavenfreelibrary.org to volunteer.  

Center Moriches Free Public Library

The Great Give Back
October 17th, 10:00-11:00 am
For teens
Virtual
Give back to your community and help keep people in need warm this winter. We will teach you how to knit a scarf with no needles. We will then give the scarves we make to people in need. Two hours of community service will be given to each teen that donates their completed scarf to our mitten tree.
Registration begins on Saturday, September 26th and ends on Monday, October 12th. Details on program material distribution to follow. Check our Facebook page for a link to the video. The link will stay up for you to watch at a time convenient for you. *This program is for Center Moriches Cardholders only.

Central Islip Public Library

Write a Letter to an Elder
October 1st – 31st
Any time!
The Central Islip Public Library is partnering with loveforourelders.org to encourage our patrons to write letters to elders in senior communities around the globe. Physical isolation is important for public health right now, but it also creates a situation where seniors may feel the loneliness of this isolation. We will be handing out card-making kits to our patrons who would like to participate in this initiative to help brighten the day of a senior. Patrons may use the materials we provide, or create their own unique card or letter to brighten the day of a senior. We will collect all of the letters, and pass them along to Love For Our Elders, who will then distribute them to senior communities they have connected with.
No registration is required…just come in and pick up a card-making kit and return the card to us when you finish it.

Commack Public Library

Food Drive
October 1st – 31st
A food drive to benefit Long Island Cares. Items may be dropped off in the lobby of the library.

Baby Supply Drive
October 1st – 31st
A baby supply drive benefiting Helping Hands Rescue Mission and their monthly “Baby Blessings” program. Items may be dropped off in the children’s room.

Take & Make No Sew Blankets
October 1st – 17th
All Ages/Adults Included
The mission of The Great Give Back is to provide a day of opportunities for Commack Public Library patrons to participate in meaningful, service-oriented experiences. We’ve prepared Take & Make No Sew Blanket kits for you to create at home and then return to the Library once completed. The completed blankets will be donated to “The Little Shelter.” Please pick up your kit beginning Thursday, October 1. Return all completed blankets by 12:00 pm, Saturday, October 17th.
Registration is ongoing. Limit of 50 patrons.

Comsewogue Public Library

Sugar Pumpkins
October 17th, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
For families
Comsewogue Public Library will offer a free sugar pumpkin on October 17, while supplies last, to every participant who donates a non-perishable food item to Long Island Cares (donation bin located at the library).
For Comsewogue Card Holders

Remote Community Teen Service Opportunities
Virtual
For 6th-12th graders
Give back to the community by participating in one of our popular on-going remote community service opportunities for teens in grades 6-12. Volunteers can choose from a wide variety of opportunities including creating kindness rocks, cutting coupons for troops, writing letters to a pen pal, and baking dog treats for our local animal shelter! See the library’s teen page (https://www.cplib.org/teen/) for more information.
For Comsewogue Card Holders
Teen volunteer opportunities are on-going throughout the year.

Connetquot Public Library

The Great Give Back – Thank You Letters
September 19th – October 17th
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
For all ages
We all want to express our gratitude to the frontline workers who have kept us safe and our communities running these last few months. Between 9/19 & 10/17, drop by the Childrens, Teen, or Adult Services desks to pick up a packet and write a card or letter of thanks to a frontline worker. Leave your cards with us and we will forward on to organizations in the Connetquot community.
Registration not required, but limited to district residents.

The Great Give Back: Treatment/Birthday Signs for Children in Stony Brook Hospital
October 17th, 10:00 am-12:15 pm
At the library
For 6th-12th graders
Michelle Vamos will teach you how to make signs for children in the Stony Brook Hospital’s Oncology and Hematology unit. They will be used at parties for the patients on their birthdays or for their end of treatment celebrations.
Registration required. District residents only.

Copiague Memorial Library

Celebrating the Great Give Back
October 1st – 31st
10:00 am-4:30 pm
Virtual
For preschool-5th grade
Give back to your community during The Great Give Back!
During the whole month of October, be part of making the world a more joyful place by completing community service projects from home. These activities range from reading to a pet, family member or a senior citizen, creating art to spread happiness and writing a letter to someone who you may miss. Visit copiaguelibraryny14.readsquared.com and click missions to see the complete list.
Patrons must register on READsquared

Cutchogue-New Suffolk Free Library

The Great Give Back ~ Kindness Chalk Art Community Project; Caturday for Tweens/Teens; CAST & North Fork Animal Welfare League Collection
October 17th, 11:30 am-5:30 pm
All ages welcome!
Join us for our Kindness Chalk Art Community Project, spreading messages of kindness on the community sidewalks; Caturday-making toys for shelter cats while earning community service; & please bring in non-perishable food items for CAST and new toys for shelter dogs & cats.
Please register on the library website – all are welcome!

Deer Park Public Library

Virtual Great Giveback 2020: Caturday
October 10th – 19th
9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Virtual
For 6th-12th graders
A video tutorial will include two crafts teens can make for shelter cats (or their own cats). Teens will create toys for cats which will promote their adoption, while keeping them busy as they wait for their fur-ever home. The “Caturday” kits will be available for pickup beginning October 10th. Teens can drop off the finished crafts at the library no later than 9pm, Monday, October 19th. The programmer will pick up and bring them to the shelter for donation. 1 hour community service will be awarded.
Registration required!

Elwood Public Library

The Great Give Back: Long Island Cares
October 1st – 31st
9:30 am-5:00 pm
For all ages
Elwood Public Library will be accepting donations of non-perishable food and toiletry items during the month of October. Items can be donated in the lobby.
Registration is not required – open to all!

Emma S. Clark Memorial Library

Letters to Our Troops
October 1st – January 17th, 2021
Any time
Virtual
For 4th-6th graders
All who serve our nation deserve to be thanked for their commitment and bravery. A letter expressing your gratitude can go a long way to lift their spirits and show how much we appreciate them! Completed letters should be dropped off at the Library in the Children’s Department in the “Community Service Collection Box”. Letters will go to Deployed Troops, Veterans, Wounded Heroes, Recruit Graduates, First Responders, and Caregivers via Operation Gratitude – you can read the full description of their Letters of Gratitude program here: https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks-virtual-groups/write-letters-virtual/
Participation is restricted to district residents only

Color A Smile
October 17th – January 15th, 2021
Any time
Virtual
For kindergartners – 6th graders
Color A Smile is a nonprofit organization that distributes cheerful drawings to senior citizens, troops overseas, and anyone in need of a smile. Completed coloring sheets following the guidelines below should be dropped off at the Library in the Children’s Department in the “Community Service Collection Box
General Guidelines:
Print a page from the Color A Smile website using any of the following links:
Seasonal Color-In Pages: https://colorasmile.org/volunteer/coloring-pages/color-in-pages-seasonal-theme.html
Non-Seasonal Color-In Pages: https://colorasmile.org/volunteer/coloring-pages/color-in-pages-no-theme.html
Color the page using crayons or markers (no glitter)
Sign the front of the drawing with your FIRST name and AGE (no dates)
For district residents only

Book Reviews
October 1st – January 15th, 2021
Any time
Virtual
For 4th-6th graders
A book review is a great way to share your opinion of a book you have read and help guide other kids in their reading choices. We are looking for reviews of any books that are of an appropriate reading level for grades 4 – 6.
General Guidelines:
Reviews should be submitted via email in an attached Word or Google document and must include the Title, Author, Reviewer Full Name (only first name will be used in the posted review), Age and Grade.
Please rate the book with a “thumbs up” – meaning “I liked this book and would recommend it” or a “thumbs down” – meaning “I did not like this book and would not recommend it”
Write a short paragraph of 200 words or less describing the book and what you thought of it. For fiction, remember to discuss the main character, the issues they face, and the theme of the book, but don’t give away the ending! For non-fiction, remember to discuss the subject of the book and your opinion of the illustrations and photos.

*Tip: Word documents keep a running total of your word count in the lower left hand corner so you don’t have to actually count the words! Google documents will also give you the word count under the Tools tab.
For district residents only

Phone Chargers Drive for Local Hospitals
October 12th – 18th
9:30 am – 9:00 pm
For all ages
This Phone Charger Drive is designed to benefit local hospitals through providing their staff with chargers to hand out to patients who did not realize they would be staying longer than their phone would last, and need to keep their phones charged so they can still have contact with their family and friends in this time of social distancing and hospital visitation limitations. Patrons will be able to drop off new and gently used chargers in a bin in the lobby of the library. The library will then distribute the chargers (after a quarantine period) to local hospitals in need.
No registration required, donations will be accepted during regular library hours

Floyd Memorial Library

Food Drive
October 13th-17th
Please bring non-perishable food/toiletries/cleaning products to Floyd Memorial Library. Collection boxes are located in the lobby and in the Children’s Room. All items will be donated to CAST.

Half Hollow Hills Community Library

Huntington Zone Great Give Back: Long Island Cares
October 11th-17th
4:00-5:00 pm
Virtual/Donation Drop-Off
For 6th-12th graders
Drop off non-perishable food donations 10/11-10/17. Attend Long Island Cares Info Session on Wednesday, 10/14, 4 PM–5 PM, to earn one hour of community service. Grades 6-12.

Hampton Bays Public Library

The Great Give Back at Hampton Bays
October 13th – 17th
10:00 am-5:00 pm
Donations
For all ages
The mission of The Great Give Back is to provide a day or more of opportunities for the patrons of the Public Libraries of New York State to participate in meaningful, service-oriented experiences. In partnership with our community members, we are asking for your help in giving to our neighbors in need during this time. From October 13th through the 17th we are collecting items to give to two organizations.

Maureen’s Haven in Riverhead assists with providing homeless men and women with supportive services, access to case management and programs, and a safe place to stay during the winter months. They are partnering with Blaze Church in Flanders to help the homeless in our area. Currently they need:
• Non-perishable food including canned goods of soups and vegetables, pasta, etc.
• New and gently used clothing including men and women’s sweaters, sweatshirts, t-shirts, jeans (smaller sizes needed most), sweatpants, socks, shoes, etc.
• New Toiletries including soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving razors, etc.

Blaze Church is also beginning to collect new clothes and toys for children and teens for this holiday season. If you are able, please drop off any brand new toys and clothes.

Thank you for your kindness and generosity toward our neighbors!
No registration required.

Hampton Library in Bridgehampton

Harborfields Public Library 

Hauppauge Public Library

The Great Give Back at Hauppauge
September 5th – October 17th
9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Take & Make Kit
All Ages (Teens in grades 6-12 can earn community service credit)
As part of the state-wide Great Giveback initiative, the Hauppauge Library is providing Take & Make kits for guests to decorate reusable canvas shopping bags for donation to Long Island Cares Food Bank. Include with your completed bag a donation of some non-perishable food item(s) for people and/or pets. Please return finished projects to the Hauppauge Library on or before Saturday, October 17, 2020. (Teens in Grades 6-12: 1 hour service credit for each bag. Maximum of 2 bags.)
No registration necessary. Pick up your Take & Make kits beginning in September. Project deadline: October 17, 2020.

Huntington Public Library

John Jermain Memorial Library

Havens Beach Cleanup
October 17th
10:00 am-12:00 pm
At Havens Beach, Sag Harbor, NY
For patrons of all ages. The Great Giveback (GGB) is a countywide community service initiative that has been taking place every October over the last couple of years. It was created by the Suffolk County Public Directors Association and the Suffolk County Library System in conjunction with Nassau County. Last year, John Jermain Library participated in the GGB for the first time collecting new or gently used costumes for the upcoming holiday season. We collected boxes filled with donations from our wonderful community and donated them to the local food pantry. For this year’s event, meet us at Havens Beach for a socially distant beach cleanup! Register each member of your family below for a morning filled with giving back to our community! The library will supply the following materials: masks, disposable gloves and black garbage bags. Feel free to bring your own masks and gloves from home as well.
Registration is required to ensure we have enough materials for each participant. Please click the link and follow the prompts to register: https://www.johnjermain.org/event/the-great-giveback-havens-beach-cleanup/

Lindenhurst Memorial Library

Teentober Instagram Challenge
Grades 6-12
Celebrate TeenTober in October by participating in our Instagram Creativity Challenge. Receive community service credit for creating posts celebrating your love of books, the library and reading. For more information, see our website.

Cards for Berkshire Nursing Home Patients
All Ages
Saturday, October 17
Make cheery cards for the residents of the Berkshire Nursing Home in West Babylon. Pick up a kit at the library and follow the instructions to make cards. Once cards are complete, return to the Children’s Department for distribution. Teens will receive one hour of community service.
Registration begins October 1.

Clean Up Our Community
All Ages
Saturday, October 17, 10:00 am
Join library staff as we clean up our community. Meet us at the library for
gloves, bags and masks. Teens will receive community service for the event. Children and Teens under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
No registration.

Middle Country Public Library

The Great Give Back Community Serice Program: Take and Make No Sew Fleece Scarves
October 17th, 1:00-2:00 pm
Virtual Take & Make
6th-12th graders
The Great Give Back is a day of community service throughout libraries in New York State. No Sew Fleece Scarves is a Take and Make program for teens in 6th to 12th grade. Kits will include materials to make a no sew fleece scarf for either a child or adult that will be donated to local outreach agencies. Patrons will need to use their own scissors. A certificate of community service will be emailed when the scarf is returned to the library. The first 30 registrants will be contacted to arrange a curbside pick up for needed supplies and instructions. Then tune into the library’s YouTube channel, mcpl.tv at 1 pm to watch the instructional video. Please register each teen interested in taking part in this program individually.
Registration with a valid MCPL card is required to receive a kit.

The Great Give Back Community Service Program: Take and Make Cards for Troops
October 17th, 10:00-10:45 am
Take-and-Make kit with YouTube tutorial
Grades K-5
The Great Give Back is a day of community service throughout libraries in New York State. Cards for Troops is a Take and Make program for school age children and their families. Kits will include materials to create a special card that will be returned to the library and then donated to Operation Gratitude. A certificate of community service will be emailed when the cards are returned. The first 30 registrants will be contacted to arrange a curbside pickup of needed supplies and instructions. Then tune into the library’s YouTube channel, mcpl.tv at 10 am to view the instructional video. Please register each child individually.
Registration with a valid MCPL card is required to receive a kit

The Great Give Back Community Service Program: Take and Make Kindness Placemats for Seniors
October 17th, 11:30 am-12:15 pm
Take-and-Make Kit with Youtube tutorial
Grades K-12
The Great Give Back is a day of community service throughout libraries in New York State. Kindness Place Mats for Seniors is a Take and Make program for children in Kindergarten through 12th grade and their families. Kits will include materials to create a place mat for senior citizens that will be returned to the library, laminated and then donated to different food outreach programs. A certificate of community service will be emailed when the place mats are returned. The first 30 registrants will be contacted to arrange a curbside pickup of needed supplies and instructions. Then tune into the library’s YouTube channel, mcpl.tv at 11:30 am to view the instructional video. Please register each child interested individually.
Registration with a valid MCPL card is required to receive a kit.

Great Give Back: Sewing Face Masks: A Take and Make Program (Online)
October 17th, 9:30 am-5:00 pm
Make & Take
For adults
Create functional face masks that will be donated to families in need. Kits will include fabric and elastic to create 2 face masks. Patrons will need their own sewing machine. A sewing machine can also be borrowed from MCPL Library of Things. Completed face masks should be returned to the library by November 2nd. The first 30 registrants will be contacted to arrange a curbside pickup. Instruction video can be access at: https://youtu.be/dH8NR9BCh2k Patrons who need a review on how to use their sewing machine can view our Sewing 101 tutorial: https://youtu.be/nPekM4D9BMY

The Great Give Back: Cards for Health Care Workers: A Take and Make Program (Online)
October 17th, 9:30 am-5:00 pm
Take & Make
For adults
The Great Give Back is a day of community service throughout libraries in New York State. Create cheerful gratitude cards that will be sent to health care workers at Stony Brook Hospital. Kits will include two blank cards, envelopes, embellishments, stickers, and glue dots. Completed cards should be returned to the library by November 2nd. The first 38 registrants will be contacted to arrange a curbside pickup. Kits will include a handout with ideas.

The Great Give Back: Knitting Loom Hats: A Take and Make Program (Online)
October 17th, 9:30 am-5:00 pm
Take & Make
For Adults
The Great Give Back is a day of community service throughout libraries in New York State. Knit colorful hats using a circle loom for children in need. Kits will include a circle loom, yarn, and knitting needles. Completed projects, looms and knitting needles should be returned to the library by November 2nd. The first 25registrants will be contacted to arrange a curbside pickup. Instructional video can be accessed on CreativeBug: https://www.creativebug.com/classseries/single/loom-knitting-make-a-hat

Montauk Library

North Babylon Public Library

Food/Pantry Item Drive
October 17th – November 17th
Please consider donating non-perishables and food pantry items. A list of most needed items is available on our website. All items collected will be donated to the pantry at St. Paul’s Reformed Church.
No registration is required. Items may be dropped off between October 17 and November 17, during the Library’s normal business hours.

Northport-East Northport Public Library

Community and Me: Janice Buckner in concert
October 17th, 10:00-11:45 am
Ages 4 & up
Everyone will enjoy the high energy of this nationally-known singer, songwriter, and puppeteer in a special virtual concert for families. Children will have fun learning about how everyone pitches in to make our community a great place to live.
Registration is required for the concert, out of district patrons are welcome

Take ‘n Make Woven Basket
Take & Make Kit
Ages 4 & up
Children can paint and weave mini baskets for hold coins or trinkets to give to anyone needing a smile. The make-at-home kit includes instructions and all materials required.
Registration is required for the make ‘n take kits, for in district patron only

Long Island Cares Collection
Teens will learn about the Long Island Cares organization and how they can help make a difference. Hunger awareness is an important part of Long Island Cares’ fight against hunger and we will be accepting non-perishable food items during the month of October.  Items can be donated in the lobby of either building.

Patchogue-Medford Library

Stock Our Shelves
Starting October 17th (ongoing)
Non-Perishable food items will be available for patrons to take and leave donations on 2 spinner racks on both floors of our Main Building.   In addition, we will be offering some unused clothing from previous Summer Clubs as items people can take.  We will also be offering health and nutrition for families in need.  

Quogue Library

The Great Give Back at Quogue Library
October 1st – 17th
9:00 am-1:00 pm
Drop-off collection at Quogue Library (4 Midland Street)
For Quogue families

Quogue Library is organizing a donation drive to support Maureen’s Haven.
Maureen’s Haven Homeless Outreach (501 C3) provides a safe, warm temporary shelter to individuals experiencing homelessness on the East End of Long Island.

Staff ask Quogue residents to donate items that Maureen’s Haven Homeless Outreach has requested to support their clients.

Between October 1 and October 17, Quogue Library will be collecting;
-New men’s and women’s adult underwear
-New socks
-New or used thermals
-New or used sweatshirts and sweatpants
-New or used jeans and work pants
-New or used backpacks
-New face masks
-Unopened hand-sanitizer
-Unopened hygiene products

Quogue staff will be collecting items and holding them for quarantine before delivering to Maureen’s Haven as part of The Great Give Back 2020
No registration required.

Riverhead Free Library

Let’s Talk
October 13th, 5:30-6:30 pm
Virtual
For grades 7-12
Participate in a monthly meeting with peers to discuss issues that are important to you or ones you like to learn more about. We can talk about issues ranging from your local community to national movements like Black Lives Matter, LGBTQIA* concerns, gun violence, drugs, and more. Submit topics you would like to talk about or learn about in a judgement-free zone where you are encouraged to ask questions and learn. Please fill out a form on our Teen Services Page to submit topics you would like to see addressed. Earn 1 hour of community service.
Library patrons only. Registration required.

DIY Tote Bags for Maureen’s Haven
October 14th, 4:00-5:00 pm
Library courtyard, weather permitting
For all ages
Join us in our courtyard to decorate tote bags that we will fill with soup, oatmeal, and socks for Maureen’s Haven. Earn 1 hour of community service. Earn an extra hour of community service by donating cans of soup or boxes of oatmeal to put in the tote bags.
Library patrons only. Registration required.

Postcards for Vets
October 15th, 4:00-5:00 pm
Library courtyard, weather permitting
For all ages
Join us in the courtyard and write messages on postcards in honor of Veteran’s Day which will be sent to a Veteran’s home. Earn 1 hour of community service.
Registration required.

No Sew Dog and Cat Toys
October 16th, 4:00-5:00 pm
Library coutyard, weather permitting
Grades 6-12
Give back to the local animal shelters by making no sew dog and cat toys. This will take place in the library’s courtyard weather permitting.
Earn 1 hour of community service.
Registration required.

Rogers Memorial Library

The Great Give Back 2020
October 17th, 10:00 am-4:30 pm
Community-wide
With so many in need this year, libraries across Long Island are choosing to use our Great Give Back Day to help our community members. Therefore, we encourage you to visit the library and donate food, paper or hygiene products. Items collected will be distributed to local pantries. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
No registration required. Simply visit the library and drop off your donation in designated boxes.

Sachem Public Library

Great Give Back: Lake Ronkonkoma Cleanup
October 17th, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Lake Ronkonkoma Kt. Michael Murphy Memorial Park
For all ages
All ages welcome, children under 11 must be with an adult. Registration required. All cleaning supplies will be provided. Please bring your own gloves and you must provide your own transportation. Meet at Lt Michael Murphy Memorial Park.
Registration required and for Sachem Library Cardholders only.
Teens in need of community service hours should contact Teens Services.

Food, Toy and Cards of Cheer Drive
October 17th, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Drop off at the library
For all ages
Drop off nonperishable, toiletries, new/unwrapped toys, and homemade cards. Card of cheer will be distributed to senior centers, hospitals, and veterans.
No registration required
Teens in need of community service hours should contact Teen Services

Sayville Library

Shelter Island Public Library

DIY Dog Toys & Peanut Butter Drop Off
October 1st – 17th
9:00 am-5:00 pm
At home/Make & Take
For all ages
Join us for this year’s Great Give Back! Check on our Facebook or Instagram page or swing by the library for instructions on how to take your old t-shirts and turn them into dog toys. Then drop the toys off at the bin at the library and we’ll bring them to an animal shelter in need! Get ready to make some puppies and dogs very happy and find a good way to recycle those old t-shirts. If making toys isn’t your thing feel free to drop off some peanut butter (Xylitol free & unopened please) for us to bring to the local shelters as well.
Registration is not required
If you don’t have any old t-shirts, give the library a call for supplies.

The Smithtown Library

The Great Give Back at Smithtown
October 17th, 9:30 am-5:00 pm (pickup – finished items due back 10/24)
Grab-and-go
For all ages
The Great Give Back is a community service initiative created by the Suffolk County Public Library Directors Association and the Suffolk Cooperative Library System to provide a day of opportunities for the patrons of Long Island libraries to participate in meaningful, service-oriented experiences. Celebrate this county-wide day of volunteering by picking up an age-appropriate packet to complete.

Items will be available for pick up at all four locations (see below for links to locations) on Saturday, October 17. Finished items are due back by Saturday, October 24.
Teens who participate will receive one hour of community service
No registration required.
Supplies are first come first served basis. One packet per person.

Main Branch
Commack Branch
Kings Park Branch
Nesconset Branch

South Country Library

South Huntington Public Library

The Great Give Back: Long Island Cares
October 1st – 10th
The South Huntington Public Library will be collecting non-perishable food items for Long Island Cares Food Bank. Bins will be located in the library lobby and in the lower level. Items will be collected for the month of October.

Southold Free Library

Food Collection and Cat Toys for Local Shelter
October 17th, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
All ages for Food drive. Cat toys for Teens in grades 6-12

CATURDAY WITH THERESA!
Grades 6-12
Create at least 3 different toys for cats to help promote their adoption. These
will keep them busy while they wait for a fur-ever home. Earn community
service hours for making a shelter kitty happy! Drop off finished products at
the library OR take them to the local animal shelter and say hello to our furry friends!
Pick up materials and link to instructional video anytime between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, October 17.
FOOD COLLECTION
For ALL AGES
The library is collecting nonperishable food items for our local food banks all
day on October 17th. Please help our community and donate one or more
items!
No registration necessary

West Islip Public Library

The Great Give Back: Key Hooks “Make & Take”
October 1st-17th
10:00 am-9:00 pm
Make & Take
For Teens & Adults
As a part of the Suffolk County Library System’s Great Give-Back Day, adults & teens all over the county will be volunteering at their local libraries. Join us in making Key Hooks for Habitat for Humanity. Stop by the reference desk to pick up a kit which will include a piece of wood, a vinyl decal & hooks. Be creative with the project by painting, staining and adding other elements of design to create a one of a kind piece which will be a great addition to each home! Projects can be picked up starting October 1st and dropped off by October 17th. One hour of community service will be awarded.
This program is opened to teens & adults, district & non-district residents. Patrons can sign up online at www.westisliplibrary.org using code WIYA 106 or by emailing programs@westisliplibrary.org

The Great Give Back: Inspirational Tote Bags “Make & Take”
October 1st – 17th
10:00 am-9:00 pm
Make & Take
For Teens & Adults
As a part of the Suffolk County Library System’s Great Give-Back Day, adults & teens all over the county will be volunteering at their local libraries. Drop by and pick up a kit which will include all you need to create an inspirational tote bag which will be donated to a local organization. Projects can be picked up starting October 1st and dropped off by October 17th. One hour of community service will be awarded.
This program is opened to teens & adults, district & non-district residents. Patrons can sign up online at www.westisliplibrary.org using code WIYA 106 or by emailing programs@westisliplibrary.org

Westhampton Free Library

Bring the Bag Back
October 1st – 31st
10:00 am-3:00 pm
For all ages
When you use our curbside pick-up, we give you brown paper bags filled with your favorite books and movies; throughout the month of October, bring them back to us filled with non-perishable food items and hygeine products to give to those in need in our community. For a list of accepted items, check out the flyer included in your bag.

If you haven’t used our curbside pick-up before, you’re still welcome to fill a brown paper bag with supplies to share.
Just call 631-288-3335 to make and appointment, and someone will come out to take your bag when you get here. It’s that easy! If you’d like to make an appointment to come in and browse, we will also have boxes in the library for your donations.

Wyandanch Public Library

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