Many community members in our region are economically disadvantaged. Census data shows that 13% to 16% of the residents across our tri-county service area are living in poverty. Libraries often provide needed resources and a safe haven to those facing financial hardship. The goal of the Community Care Project is to expand this role by offering additional support to our neighbors, while respecting human dignity. We are pleased to partner with other organizations to make this possible.

Lions Club Eyeglasses/Hearing Aid Recycling Boxes

According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 120 million people are visually impaired because of uncorrected refractive errors (farsightedness and nearsightedness). The lack of eyeglasses denies children and adults opportunities for education, employment and a better quality of life.

The Lions Club helps to conserve sight by providing usable eyeglasses to children and adults. They collect used eyeglasses at these local libraries: 

We Are Instrumental

Our library system is partnering with We Are Instrumental NY to support a summer-long musical instrument drive to benefit elementary school students in the North Country! The drive will accept gently used band and string instruments year-round. Instruments may be donated at the local libraries and reading centers below: