What Will You Give Back to your Library?

What will you give back to your community library?

Local libraries will host Nassau County’s first-of-its-kind Great Give Back Day to the communities in association with the Nassau Library System on Saturday, October 13. Rene McGrath, director of Youth Services at NLS, told Your NewsMag she sees the program as giving “local libraries a way to develop a program that brings to life a day of service” that patrons of the library can enjoy participating in, for the benefit of the community.

The Bellmore Memorial Library, for example, will hold food drives for pets and people, allowing residents to drop off foods for pets as well as for those in need. Lanyards and stickers will be given to those that donate. Merrick’s public library will host a kid’s movie party to benefit book fairies, and the North Bellmore Public Library will offer a day of community service by writing and decorating cards for veterans while also holding a supply drive for birthday party boxes to give to children experiencing homelessness.

Throughout the day the North Merrick Library will present opportunities to give back through donations and through crafts, (book marks for seniors, cards for veterans). The event will be held rain or shine…outside in the back parking lot if it’s nice and inside in the community room in it’s raining.

The day will begin at 11 a.m. with a welcome from Children’s book characters Elephant and Piggie.

Live llamas will be arriving at 11:30, where participants will learn about the animals as well as interact with them. The Children’s Librarian, Ilene Leibowitz is retiring and will be doing her last story time around 1pm,  after that there will have a dance party with a live DJ and move visits from Elephant and Piggi.


At the Wantagh library patrons will have a unique opportunity to give back by pitching in to clean up the bucolic Twin Lakes Preserve. County Legislator Steve Rhoads and Town Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney will offer their company to help patrons. This event McGrath called “an opportunity” for the library to take their patrons and involvement with the community outside of the building and directly into the community.


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