The Great Give Back: Saturday, October 13th, 2018

Is your library participating in this year’s “Great Give Back?” It’s a “great” opportunity for your teens to earn community service and help the library give back to your community.

From the Great Give Back’s website:

The Great Give Back is a community service initiative created by the Suffolk County Public Library Directors Association and the Suffolk Cooperative Library System.

The mission of The Great Give Back is to provide a day of opportunities for the patrons of Long Island libraries to participate in meaningful, service-oriented experiences. You can find out if your library is hosting a Great Give Back event by checking this list or this interactive map.

You can plan to do a program on October 13th, or set up a week-long event such as a food or coat drive. Thank you to Renee McGrath, Manager of Youth Services at NLS and absolute youth superhero, for spreading the word! She also gave some great ideas, in addition to the ones libraries are already doing, such as:

  • Drop-in crafts for housewarming gifts for Habitat for Humanity groups
  • Book Donations for Little Free Libraries
    Create wreathes (cards, stuffed animals, etc.) for residents in nursing homes
  • Hold a community breakfast for charitable organizations in your community
  • Assemble thanksgiving baskets
  • School supply drive
  • Coat drive (it will be getting cold very soon)
  • Blood drive
  • Check with your local religious organization for ideas for needy families – what do they need the most.

Want to see who’s participating? Visit:

Let us know in the comments if you will be participating!

Teen Volunteer Opportunity – Birthday Mail (

Looking for a community service project for your teen volunteers or teen advisory board to participate in?

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The Birthday Mail Project, sponsored through, is a great way for your teens to earn volunteer hours while doing something meaningful for their community and they also will be entered for a chance to win a $5,000 scholarship. Have your teens sign up here, then provide them with the materials they need to make the cards.

When they are done, the website gives suggested shelters in our area where you can send cards to, or if you have a shelter in your community, form a connection with them.

The Birthday Mail Project ends June 30, so have your teens get started soon!