Sustainable, Resilient, Regenerative

A Strategy for the Future of New York's Libraries

NYLA's Sustainability Initiative provides New York's library leaders with time and resources to articulate how libraries adapt to our changing world while, as co-creators, shape strategies that ensure libraries remain vital, rebound from disruption, and provide on-going value to the communities they serve.


The Great Give Back

The Great Give Back is a statewide day of service made possible by libraries! This event offers an amplified platform to showcase the good work many libraries are already doing to connecting citizens willing to help with needs in their community – from cleaning up local parks and playgrounds, to holding Repair Cafes, to writing letters to soldiers and so much more! - and to highlight the public library’s evolving role as a community hub. This event is designed to help libraries get more visibility and good press for the great work they are usually already doing!

The Great Give Back will be held on October 19th, 2019 as a pilot project to expand this well-received initiative from Long Island to the rest of New York, and MHLS libraries have the opportunity to be part of something BIG! Thank you to the Suffolk County Public Library Directors Association and the Suffolk Cooperative Library System for sharing this opportunity with the rest of the state.

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Bring Project Drawdown Solutions to Your Community

In 2019 we ran the very first statewide read using the book Drawdown. The resources developed are available to use anytime - start planning for 2020 now and get ready for the April 2020 EcoChallenge!

Check out the Drawdown Book Club page for info.



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