As we begin to consider the upcoming holiday season, we are reminded of all that we will receive, from the comforts of family gatherings to the excitement of new gifts. In the midst of receiving these many moments of joy, we are also given equally as many opportunities to share our good fortune and give back to our communities. As the center of this particular community, the Levittown Public Library will be leading the charge on Saturday, October 13, 2018 when we participate in The Great Give Back. The Great Give Back, which began last year in Suffolk County and is now Island-wide, is a day of service at Long Island libraries. Participating libraries will host a variety of meaningful, service-oriented experiences for which patrons can participate. Here at the LPL, we will have several events going on throughout the day, appropriate for all ages.
The Children’s Department will host a food drive for the pantry run by St. Bernard’s Social Ministry. Donations may be dropped off any time the Library is open, from October 9th through October 13th. Please take note that the following items are those most in need at the pantry:
Oatmeal (canisters or envelopes)
Beans (cans or 1lb. bags)
Macaroni and cheese
Snacks appropriate for children to bring to school
All of these items are inexpensive to buy, and many are probably already overflowing in your cabinets.
The Young Adult Department will host a craft program for teens in grades 6-12 between the hours of 1:30 and 4:30 p.m., during which time they are invited to decorate fabric blocks which will be donated to the Safe and Warm Quilt Initiative Campaign to benefit homeless youth. The organization hopes to use these fabric blocks to create Long Island’s largest quilt. Registration for this program has begun, so please call the Library if you are a teen and would like to participate, or if you would like to register your child for the event.
The Adult Department is partnering with the Levittown Community Council to collect gently-used clothing of any size, as well as fabric of any shape, to be donated to RewearAble. RewearAble is a great organization that promotes both recycling and job creation, helping individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities find meaningful employment and live independent lives. Clothing and fabric donations can be dropped off in the Library’s Exhibit Area on October 13th, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you miss your chance then, donations will also be accepted on Monday, October 22nd, 2018 at 7:30 p.m., when members from RewearAble will be speaking during a meeting of the Levittown Community Council, which will be taking place at the LPL.
The Reference Department will be collecting travel size toiletries for the Mary Brennan INN to benefit the homeless. As with the food pantry donations, you may drop off donations of toiletries any time the Library is open from October 9th through October 13th. The following is a list of suggested donations, so start combing through your bathroom cabinets and linen closets now:
Hair brushes and combs
Shampoo & conditioner
New washcloths & hand towels
Although some Libraries are hosting events that are only available to their members, many are not. Consider participating in other service experiences around Long Island. Here is a list of Nassau events and a list of Suffolk events. Other events include pajama drives, card making for sick children, and art supply drives, among many other helpful initiatives. There is no one-size-fits-all way of serving your community. What’s important is that we give what we can and pass along the spirit of generosity. Even the smallest of acts makes a difference in raising the spirits of others and ourselves. As Maya Angelou said, “I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”
Happy Reading (and Giving),