The Great Give Back Events

Find an event happening at your local library! Below is a list of libraries participating in The Great Give Back and their event information. Check back for updates!

See the Great Give Back press release for more info.

 

Beekman Library

Event name: Donation Drive for Grace Smith House 

Event description: The Beekman Library will be collecting donations for the Grace Smith House. Visit www.beekmanlibrary.org for more information.

Event date: 9/1/2021 – 10/16/2021

Event location: 11 Town Center Blvd. Hopewell Junction, N.Y. 12533

Cairo Public Library

Event name: The Great Give Back

Event description: In addition to donating books, puzzles, and audiobooks to a local high school and nursing home, the library reached out to the Cairo community for donations of new or nearly new towels, sheets, and umbrella strollers—items much needed by a local shelter.

Event date: 9/13/2021 – 10/16/2021

Event location: Cairo Library – 15 Railroad Ave, Cairo, NY 12413

Chatham Public Library

Event name: Working Together to Support Cancer Patients in Columbia County

Event description: The Columbia County Libraries Association is partnering with Our Community Cares Columbia County to collect and distribute clothing, supplies, and cards to help support cancer patients from September 15 to October 16. Items collected will be donated to Our Community Cares, who will distribute them in Comfort Bags for hospitals in our community.

If you’d like to help, please drop off any of the items in the Comfort Bag Wish List below at any Columbia County library from September 15 to October 16 during regular library hours.

Comfort Bag Wish List:

  • Lap Blankets
  • Hats, Fuzzy Socks, Mittens, Gloves
  • Crayons/Colored Pencils, Adult Coloring Books, Pens
  • Unscented Lotion
  • Lip Balm
  • Drinking Cups with Straws
  • Travel-size Tissues
  • Inspirational items such as cards, books, magnets, and memo pads
  • Puzzle Books, Playing Cards, Crossword Books, Journals
  • Emery Boards
  • Chewing Gum
  • Lifesavers

In addition to the donation drive, several County libraries are organizing crafting events to help patrons create handmade blankets, clothing, and cards for the Comfort Bag project and hosting informational programs with Our Community Cares CC Volunteers. Please visit individual library websites for more information on upcoming events.

Event date: 9/15/2021 – 10/16/2021

Event location: Chatham Public Library – 11 Woodbridge Ave, Chatham, NY 12037

Clinton Community Library

Event name: Support Our Community SPCA partnership

Event description: Clinton Community Library is pleased to be partnering with the Dutchess County SPCA for the Great Give Back, which is October 16th this year.
There is a large collection bin in the Clinton town hall to collect the items that they need. Pick up a few items on your next grocery or pet store trip and leave them at the library this month. And thank you for your support of SPCA and the Great Give Back!
The SPCA wish-list can be found here.
The SPCA is also in need of volunteers; if you are interested you can complete the online form here.
No registration required, items can be donated anytime the library is open.

Event date: 10/1/2021 – 10/16/2021

Event location: Clinton Community Library – 1215 Centre Rd, Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Dover Plains Library

Event name: The Center of Compassion Food Drive

Event description: Community food drive benefitting The Center of Compassion food pantry in Dover Plains, NY. Donations will be accepted during normal Library hours. Look for the collection bin in the lobby.

Event date: 9/20/2021 – 10/16/2021

Event location: Dover Plains Library – 1797 Route 22, Wingdale, New York 12594

East Fishkill Community Library

Event name: Great Give Back Food Drive

Event description: Help your neighbors in need by dropping off items for our indoor and outdoor food pantries. Food, personal hygiene, and pet items are welcome.

Donations should be brought in to the library, any time we are open. If we get more than we can use (and we hope we do!), items will be given to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Food Pantry.

Please check for past sell-by dates, open packages, or damaged/dented items – we won’t accept those due to safety concerns. Shelf-stable items only- we do not have refrigeration available.

Event date: 10/1/2021 -10/31/2021

Event location: 348 Route 376, Hopewell Junction NY 12533

Grinnell Public Library District (Wappingers)

Event name: Food Drive

Event description: Collection of non-perishable food for local food bank. Food can be dropped off during library business hours.

Event date: 10/4/2021 – 10/25/2021

Event location: Grinnell Library – 2642 E Main St, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Heermance Memorial Library

Event name: Support Hope’s Mission Backpack Program

Event description: As a participant in the Great Give Back program, the library will be collecting food items to support Hope’s Mission Backpack Program. This program provides children in the community with breakfast and lunch items over the weekend. Suggested items that can be donated include: cereal, soup, mac & cheese, granola bars, fruit snacks, cookies, crackers, canned fruit, nuts, toothbrushes & toothpaste. For each item brought in, you will receive a $5 credit towards your current Heermance Library late fees.

Event date: 10/1/2021 – 10/30-2021

Event location: Heermance Memorial Library

Highland Public Library

Event name: Ulster County Food Fight

Event description: See more details here for this multi-library event

Howland Public Library

Event name: Stichin’ for the Kitchen

Event description: Grab your hooks and needles – Stichin’ for the Kitchen is Back!
As part of the Great Give Back, the Howland Public Library is collecting handmade hats and scarves to donate to Fareground and the Beacon Community Kitchen. Crafters can donate a set or individual items. Donations should be placed in individual plastic-zip bags and dropped off in the Big Red Bin at the library.

Event date: 10/1/2021 – 11/15/2021

Event location: 313 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508

Hunter Public Library

Event name: Fall into Socktober

Event description: During the month of October, the Hunter Public Library will be accepting donations of NEW socks to be donated to Greene County Community Action in Catskill and distributed to the homeless in Greene County. We focus on socks because they are one of the most requested items. In addition to socks, we will also be accepting donations of the following items: soap, shampoo, tampons, wipes, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, can openers, and microwavable bowls.

Event date: 10/1/2021 – 10/31/2021

Event Location: Hunter Public Library – 7965 Main Street, Hunter, NY 12442

Hurley Library

Event name: Ulster County Food Fight

Event description: See more details here for this multi-library event

Kent Public Library

Event name: Putnam Humane Society Donation Drive

Event description: During the month of October, the Kent Library will be collecting donations to benefit the Putnam Humane Society. A donation bin, accessible 24/7, will be located on the library back porch all month long. For an updated list of desired items, visit the Putnam Humane Society wish-list page. Please donate wish-list items ONLY.

Event date: 10/1/2021 -10/31/2021

Event location: Kent Library – 17 Sybil’s Crossing, Kent Lakes, NY 10512

Kinderhook Memorial Library

Event name: Comfort Bags for Our Community Cares

Event description: This year, we’re participating in The Great Giveback with all of the other Columbia County Libraries! Along with Our Community Cares, we’re gathering donations to make up comfort bags for cancer patients in our county. Drop off your donations in the bin in the library foyer anytime during library open hours. For hours and a list of acceptable donation items, check the list on our website

Event date: 9/15/2021 -10/16/2021

Event location: Kinderhook Memorial Library, 18 Hudson Street, Kinderhook NY 12106

Kingston Library

Event name: Ulster County Food Fight

Event description: See more details here for this multi-library event

LaGrange Association Library

Event name: Donation Drive & Social Media Initiative with HVARS

Event description: Donations will be received in the library, but keep an eye on our social media for info about some furry friends up for adoption!
The LaGrange Association Library is partnering with the Hudson Valley Animal Rescue and Sanctuary for the Great Give Back this year for a donation drive and social media initiative to help gather supplies and encourage adoptions.

Event date: 9/20/2021 – 10/16/2021

Event location: LaGrange Association Library

Marlboro Free Library

Event name: The Great Give Back Food Drive

Event description: As part of the Great Give Back this fall, the Marlboro Free Library will be collecting non-perishable food items during the month of October. All items will be donated to Marlboro’s local food pantry. Non-perishable, non-expired food items can be dropped off at the Library during open hours from October 1-31.
The mission of the Great Give Back is to provide a day of opportunities for patrons of public libraries in New York State to participate in meaningful, service-oriented experiences.

Event date: 10/1/2021  – 10/31/2021

Event location: Marlboro Free Library -1251 Rte 9W, Marlboro, NY 12542

Millbrook Library

Event name: Let’s Make: PAW-some Homemade Dog Toys

Event description: Looking to send some love to a local pup? As part of The Great Give Back, kids aged 6-13 are invited to the library to make a homemade dog toy that will be sent to Compassionate Animal Rescue Efforts (CARE) of Dutchess County. Please bring 2-3 old T-shirts that can be used to make this great gift! Registration preferred.

Event date: 10/13/2021

Event location: 3 Friendly Ln, Millbrook, NY 12545

Morton Memorial Library & Community House (Rhinecliff)

Event name: Milkweed Marathon

Event description: Morton, Rhinecliff dock, Staatsburg Library, solar farm, Burger Hill
Help us plant a pollinator pathway and monarch waystations as we celebrate with a Milkweed Marathon. We will be planting milkweed at the Staatsburg and Morton/Rhinecliff Libraries, a local solar farm, and will then complete our adventure with a great milkweed release at Burger Hill.
We will be looking for volunteers at the various sites. Registration at the Staatsburg Library and Morton Memorial Library in Rhinecliff. Registration is requested to allow for social distancing.

Event date: 10/16/2021 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Event location: See website for location details.

North Chatham Free Library

Event name: Food Drive

Event description: From September 15, to October 16, 2021 the North Chatham Free Library and the Columbia County Libraries are collecting items for cancer patients in partnership with Our Community Cares. There is a drop off box inside the library for Comfort items.

Event date: 9/15/2021 – 10/16/2021

Event location: North Chatham Free Library

Olive Free Library Association

Event name: Ulster County Food Fight

Event description: See more details here for this multi-library event

Patterson Library

Event name: Halloween Fall Fest

Event description: Join us for our fantastic Halloween Fall Fest on our beautiful grounds. Enjoy wonderful music, food, a costume Halloween Hunt for prizes for the little ones and free pumpkins from our spooky pumpkin patch. We are asking for a suggested donation of a can of food for our local Food Pantry from attendees. *Donation not required 

Event date: 10/23/2021 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Event location: Patterson Library, 1167 Route 311 Patterson, New York

Pawling Library

Event name: The Great Give Back: Helping Our Community

Event description: The Pawling library is partnering with our friends at the Pawling Resource Center who are in need of your help. They are especially in need of the products listed below. We are asking that you please donate whatever items you can to our library. Donations will be accepted from Friday, October 1st until Friday, October 15th.

Items needed:

  • Toiletries – shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, deodorant
  • Paper products – toilet paper, tissues, paper towels
  • Baby diapers and wipes

Event date: 10/1/2021 – 10/15/2021

Event location: 11 Broad St Pawling, NY 12564

Phoenicia Library

Event name: Ulster County Food Fight

Event description: See more details here for this multi-library event

Plattekill Library

Event name: Ulster County Food Fight

Event description: See more details here for this multi-library event

Putnam Valley Library

Event name: Donate to Local Animal Shelters

Event description: As part of the Great Give Back, the library is collecting items for Two local shelters. Donation boxes are by our side door. Items accepted at both locations are listed on our website at putnamvalleylibrary.org.

Event date: 10/1/2021 – 10/16/2021

Event location: Putnam Valley Library

Reed Memorial Library (Carmel)

Event name: The Great Give Back to the Women’s Resource Center

Event description: We are collecting items and gift cards to support the Women’s Resource Center.

Event date: 10/1/2021 – 10/31/2021

Event location: Reed Memorial Library, 1733 US-6, Carmel Hamlet, NY 10512

Roeliff Jansen Community Library

Event name: Our Community Cares Drive

Event description: The Roeliff Jansen Community Library, in collaboration with other Columbia County libraries, will be collecting items for Our Community Cares, which is making bags for cancer survivors.
Items requested will be posted on the library website, and collection will run from September 15 to October 16.

Event date: 9/15/2021 – 10/16/2021

Event location: Roe Jan Library

Rosendale Library

Event name: Ulster County Food Fight

Event description: See more details here for this multi-library event

Sarah Hull Hallock Free Library (Milton)

Event name: Ulster County Food Fight

Event description: See more details here for this multi-library event

Saugerties Public Library

Event name: Help the Saugerties Animal Shelter!

Event description: Every October, public libraries across NY State encourage their communities to engage with each other through volunteering with The Great Give Back. This year, we are partnering with The Saugerties Animal Shelter to fill their shelves. From October 1st to October 16th, please drop off at the library: cat food, cat litter, bedding, sheets, towels, blankets, cat & dog toys, paper towels, wipes. Alternately, consider a monetary donation: shorturl.at/bIO24

Event date: 10/1/2021 – 10/16/2021

Event location: Saugerties Public Library, 91 Washington Avenue Saugerties, NY 12477 and online

Stanford Free Library

Event name: Grace Smith House Donation Drive

Event description: October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Stanford Free Library is collecting personal hygiene items, infant & toddler care items, and other items to be donated to Grace Smith House.
Registration is not required. Please see our website (stanfordlibrary.org) for a full list of items needed. Items may be dropped off at the library from October 1st through October 30th during our open hours.

Event date: 10/1/2021 – 10/30/2021

Event location: 6035 NY-82, Stanfordville, NY 12581

Stone Ridge Library

Event name: Ulster County Food Fight

Event description: See more details here for this multi-library event

Tivoli Free Library

Event name: Food & Supply Drive for People & Pets!

Event description: Needed for People: Shelf-stable food (coffee, cereal, prepared canned meals, etc.) and personal care items (soap, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.) to benefit Red Hook Responds (redhookresponds.org).
Needed for Pets: Unopened dog & cat food, pee-pads, treats, toys, etc. to benefit Perfect Pets Rescue (perfectpetsrescue.org).
Prizes! Raffle fundraiser to benefit both organizations.
Perfect Pets Dog Ambassadors will be there to cuddle with and human ambassadors from both organizations will be there with information.
Can’t make it to the event? Bring your donations to the Tivoli Free Library by October 23rd. Call the library at 845-757-3771 for information.

Free coffee & donuts for all attendees while supplies last!

Event date: 10/23/2021

Event location: 86 Broadway, Tivoli, NY 12583

Town of Ulster Public Library

Event name: The Great Give Back Pet Food Drive

Event description: The Town of Ulster Public Library will be collecting new pet food items for the Ulster County SPCA from Wednesday, September 22, 2021 through Monday, October 18, 2021. You can drop off the items during business hours. There will be a box inside the entrance of the library. We will also be donating homemade cat and dog toys that the children and adults from the library will be making.

Event date: 9/22/2021 – 10/18/2021

Event location: Town of Ulster Library – 860 Ulster Ave, Kingston, NY 12401

Valatie Free Library

Event#1 name: Comfort Bags for Columbia County Cancer Patients

Event description: The Valatie Free Library is collecting items for comfort bags to be distributed to patients in Columbia County cancer treatments centers by Our Community Cares Columbia County. Also part of this project will be a card-making workshop on Wednesday, October 6th to make cards to be included in the comfort bags.

Event date: 9/15/2021 -10/16/2021

Event location: Valatie Free Library, 1036 Kinderhook St, Valatie, NY 12184

West Hurley Public Library

Event name: Ulster County Food Fight

Event description: See more details here for this multi-library event

Upcoming Events