Upper Hudson Library System

Public libraries of Albany County and Rensselaer County


Check back often for updates on libraries in the Upper Hudson 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.

Albany Public Library

Growing Readers Harvest Festival Canucopia
Saturday, October 19th
10:30 am-12:00 pm
At the Pine Hills Branch (517 Western Ave. Albany, NY)
For children 0-5 and their adults
At the Pine Hill branch’s Harvest Festival attendees can join in the harvest spirit and bring a can of food to donate to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.
Registration is not required

Altamont Free Library

Food Drive

Arvilla E. Diver Memorial Library

Food for Fines!
Through the end of 2019
During Library Hours
For all ages
Support our local food pantry by donating canned goods, and we’ll waive your library late fees!
No registration required

Berne Library

Tuesday, October 1st- Saturday, October 19th
Collect food donations for food pantry

Bethlehem Public Library

Collection for Food Pantry
Tuesday, October 1st – Saturday, October 19th
During Library Hours
For all ages
We are collecting household cleaning supplies for the Bethlehem Food Pantry from October 1-21. Collection receptacles will be available in the lobby.
No registration required.

Brunswick Community Library

Special Needs Collage Craft
Friday, October 18th
1:00-2:00 pm
All ages. Open to everyone, but designed with developmental disabilities in mind.
Join us for a relaxing collage crafternoon. Open to all & friendly to special needs.
Just drop in – no registration required

Cheney Library

Thanksgiving for All
Saturday, October 19th-Tuesday, November 19th
During library hours
All Ages
Everyone should look forward to dinnertime on Thanksgiving. This year, Cheney Library is collecting donations of non-perishable Thanksgiving foods for local families in need. All donations go to the Hoosick Falls Food Pantry.
No registration is required.

Guilderland Public Library

GPL Pet Food Drive
Saturday, October 12-Saturday, October 19
During library hours
For All Ages
We’re collecting dog food and cat food to donate to area animal shelters! Donations accepted include cat and dog food that is not expired, unopened, and not prescription. Collection site is in our Library lobby.
No registration required.

Nassau Free Library

Children’s Book & Pajama Drive Kick Off- Partnering with Nassau Resource Center  

The mission of this drive is to collect pajama sets and books for local children in need.  A collection box for the project will be located at the Nassau Free Library. A Pajama Storytime will kick start the collection and will help to promote the drive.

North Greenbush Public Library

Saturday, October 19th – Thursday, October 31st
Collect pet food for local shelter

Poestenkill Library

Saturday, October 12th – Saturday, October 19th
Collecting items for the local food pantry

RCS Community Library

Cook for Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless
Saturday, October 19th
1:00-3:00 pm
For families
Help prepare a meal which will be delivered to the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless Albany Emergency Shelter. Children welcome with adult assistants.
Registration not required.

Rensselaer Public Library

The Great Give Back Day
Saturday, October 19th
10:00 am-8:00 pm
For ages 11 & up
Volunteer your time to help the library organize items we will be collecting during October for our Food for Fines to send to the Regional Food Bank.
Registration is not required

Sand Lake Town Library

Personal Items Drive for Doors of Hope
Saturday, October 19th – Saturday, October 26th
11:00 am-4:00 pm
For all
The library will be holding a personal hygiene items drive to benefit Doors of Hope starting Saturday, 10/19 though Saturday, 10/26.
No registration required. Just bring new, unused personal hygiene items to the library and add to our collection box.

Rain or Shine Storytime
Saturday, October 19th
11:00 am-12:30 pm
For young children
Saturday storytime for young children and their caregivers.
Registration is not required but would help. Call 518-674-5050

Stephentown Memorial Library

Food Pantry Drive
Tuesday, October 1st – Saturday, October 19th
During Library Hours
For all
The Stephentown Library will be collecting items to be donated to the Stephentown Food Pantry.
Registration is not required

Valley Falls Free Library

Flag Retirement Collection Box
Saturday, October 19th
9:30 am-1:00 pm
For all ages
The Valley Falls Free Library is collecting faded and worn American Flags that have become unserviceable to be retired with respectful and honorable rites.
No registration required

Voorheesville Public Library

Costume Swap
Saturday, October 12th
11:00 am-2:00 pm
For all ages
All ages costume swap! Bring what you can no longer use, take what you need now. Please bring clean, gently used costumes, accessories, and even pet costumes too. We will take donations starting October 7, when the library is open. Anything left over will be donated.
Costume Swap is on October 12
No registration needed. You do not need to bring a costume in order to take a costume.

Food Pantry Food Drive
Tuesday, October 1st – Tuesday, December 31st
During library hours
For all ages
Donations of food and personal items are collected year-round to support the New Scotland Community Food Pantry. Collection boxes are located behind the information desk.
No registration required

Teens Care: Mutt Mats
Friday, October 18th
3:00-5:00 pm
For students in grades 6-12
Take the bus to the library after school and use the library sewing and craft supplies to make a mutt mat to donate to a dog at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.
Registration required online: http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/ekform.cfm?curOrg=VPL&curID=397645

Westerlo Public Library

Collecting personal hygiene items for Community Resource Center

William K Sanford Town Library/Colonie Library

The Great Give Back Event: Mohawk Hudson Humane Society
Saturday, October 19th
10:00 am-3:00 pm
For all ages
We are collecting bedding, pet toys and pet food to benefit the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.
No registration required

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