Annual Fund Drive
Every year, Manlius residents make a resounding statement about the quality of life here. Between November and February, library supporters contribute to our Annual Fund Drive. These generous contributions allow us to continue providing excellent service, a first-rate collection, and extensive programming.
Year-round, monetary or physical donations may be made. For special donations or restricted gifts, please contact the library director.
To donate to the library online, click here and visit our Square page.
Donated books may be used in the library collection or in the annual book sale. Donations of gently used hardcover or paperback books in good condition will be accepted.
We will only accept the equivalent of two boxes or bags of books at one time.
We do not accept the following items:
- books that have been stored in a basement
- books without covers or damaged covers
- Readers Digest Condensed books
- National Geographic books or magazines
- LPs (records)
- music cassettes
- video tapes
- any items that are dusty and/or moldy
From November through the first week of January, the library has a donation box for calendars. These calendars are distributed to local nursing homes and may be found under the magazine exchange.
All year round, the Story Time Room of Manlius Library serves as a collection point for the Diaper Bank of CNY. Bring in open or new boxes of disposable diapers and they will be picked up within a week, to be distributed to families in need.
During April and May, Manlius Library and other member libraries of the OCPL system collect unserviceable flags for proper disposal at the Memorial Day Weekend Watchfire ceremony on the NYS Fairgrounds.
All year round, Manlius Library serves as a collection point for food pantry donations. Bring in items like coffee, soup, tuna, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, pasta, beans, canned vegetables, paper products, and laundry detergent.
The weekend following Thanksgiving, we hold a special Take a Bite out of Fines food drive, during which we’ll waive up to $5.00 of fines on your library card (for Manlius-owned items only) for food donations.
Note: We are not collecting prom dresses under further notice due to space issues for Becca’s Closet at Liverpool High School.
Manlius Library is now a drop-off location for Becca’s Closet, a national non-profit that collects and distributes current-style gowns and formal dresses to high school girls in need.
Becca’s Closet also awards scholarships to deserving high school seniors who have demonstrated exemplary service to their communities.
The organization was created to honor the work of Rebecca Kirtman who passed away in an automobile accident in August 2003. In the spring of 2003, Becca single-handedly collected and distributed over 250 prom dresses to needy girls in South Florida so that they could attend their high school proms.
Manlius Library collects dresses and accessories appropriate for current teens and delivers them to the local chapter of Becca’s Closet in Liverpool, which holds three annual give-aways. All donations are tax-deductible.
A surprising number of F-M children cannot afford basic school supplies. When shopping for your child for back-to-school needs, please consider picking up some extra crayons (24 count), markers, glue sticks, colored pencils (12 pack), no. 2 pencils, large pink erasers, two pocket folders, composition notebooks, safety scissors, pencil boxes, and especially backpacks.
During the months of July and August, drop these items off at the library and we’ll deliver them to the three F-M elementary school nurses for distribution.
Through the generosity of our patrons, the library has delivered over 500 items to the schools each year!