Great Give Back

What: The mission of The Great Give Back is to provide a day of opportunities for the patrons of the Public Libraries of New York State to participate in meaningful, service-oriented experiences.

When:  Saturday, October 19th, 2019

How: If your library is planning on participating in the Great Give Back, please fill out and submit this form by June 30th, 2019.



Visit the official Great Give Back website.

Online Meetups:

At these online meetings, libraries who are interested in participating in The Great Give Back can brainstorm ideas and get some marketing tips. The goal of this meeting is to help library staff feel more comfortable and confident with their project and to know what their peers are working on.


Marketing Materials:

Please fill out this Google Form to notify us about your library’s event details.

If you would like the link to use the Canva template pictured below, please email Courtney at


Download The Great Give Back Logo:



Here are some projects that our libraries are already doing that are perfect examples of a Great Give Back project.

Knitting and Crocheting Project: Hold a program where patrons who can knit and crochet make hats or blankets for people in need (homeless, sick children, veterans, etc.).


Collect Donations: Collect donations of items local nonprofits in your community need from your patrons. Step it up by holding a “Food for Fines” event where patrons’ fines are waived if they donate items.


Project Do Something / Teens Who Care: Form a new program for patrons who want to work on different, small community projects each month. 

  • Adriance Memorial Library– Teens planted annuals and spring bulbs outside the library
  • Pawling Library– teens put together care packages for military personnel abroad, made cards for hospitalized children, and colored pictures to give to veterans, geriatric patients, and those in senior living establishments.
  • Mahopac Public Library– made over 2,000  pink ribbons for the Women’s Resource Center, made chocolate pops, candy and cookies to be handed out at the Putnam County Family Protective Services over the holidays.


Cards for Veterans: hold a program where patrons could make cards for veterans. This is a great example of a simple program that can have a positive impact.


Kindness Rocks: Create a kindness rock garden and become part of the Kindness Rocks Project. Have patrons come in and paint rocks, and create a “rock garden” where people can take rocks from and leave new ones for others. 


Sign up for Project Outcome and use the Civic Engagement survey to measure the impact of your program!



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