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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.
Monetary donations may be made year-round. For special donations or restricted gifts, please contact the library director.
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Manlius Library serves as a drop-off location for rechargeable batteries all year long. Deposit your used batteries in the box in the vestibule, right inside the front doors, to be taken care of by Call2Recycle. We accept lithium ion, nickel cadmium, nickel metal hydride, nickel zinc, and small sealed lead acid. We do not accept damaged, defective, or recalled batteries.
The library accepts book/DVD/media donations by appointment. If you have items you’d like to donate, please set up an appointment by calling the desk at 315-682-6400 and arranging a drop-off time. When you arrive, a librarian will sort through the items, select which can be used for the ongoing book sale, and then return the remaining (if any) items to you. You may bring in the equivalent of two boxes or bags of books at one time.
Donations We Do Accept
- Hardcover books in good condition
- Paperbacks in good condition
- Mass market paperbacks in good condition
- Video games
- LPs (records)
- Complete games (must have all pieces)
- Complete Puzzles (must have all pieces)
Donations We Do Not Accept
- Cassette Tapes
- VHS Tapes
- National Geographic Magazines
- Reader’s Digest Condensed Books
- Items stored in basement or garage or covered with dust, unidentified debris, cobwebs, mold, etc.
- Items with the following: water damage, mold, missing pages, broken bindings, bad odor, etc.
Recycle your used cell phones by placing them in the battery recycling box located in the vestibule, right inside the front doors. Phones will be taken care of by Call2Recycle.
The library is currently collecting donations of gently used warm clothing items to benefit the Mark J. Palumbo Memorial Clothing Drive. Items include coats, hats, sweatshirts, gloves, scarves, sweaters, and warm socks.
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.
Previously used prescription eyeglasses may be dropped off at the library to be given to the Manlius Lions Club. Or, drop off reading glasses to be used by patrons here in the library.
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 F-M Food Pantry is currently seeking healthy kids’ snacks.
Item ideas include:
-fruit cup 4-packs
-granola/fruit/nut bars (for example: Nature Valley, KIND, Nature’s Bakery Fig Fruit Bars, CLIF Bar Minis, That’s It Fruit Bars, etc.)
-single serve pretzels
-single serve popcorn
-single serve dried fruits (raisins, Craisins, etc.)
-100% juice boxes
-single serve trail mix
-small bags of apples and oranges
Hats & Mittens
During the months of October and November, the library collects hats, mittens, gloves, and scarves to be donated to the FM Food Pantry.
During the months of July and August, we collect new and unused school supplies to be distributed by school nurses to kids in need at FayEl, Enders Road, and Mott Road. Consider picking up some extra crayons (24 count), markers, glue sticks, colored pencils (12 pack), no. 2 pencils, pens, highlighters, large pink erasers, two pocket folders, notebooks, safety scissors, pencil boxes, 3-ring binders, 3-ring loose-leaf paper, 12 inch rulers, sticky notes, lunch bags, and especially backpacks. Please make sure all items are new and unused.
Through the generosity of our patrons, the library has delivered over 500 items to the schools each year!
Manlius Library is home to a Seed Library and accepts seed and bulb donations all year long. Please bring your donations to the desk and we will put them in the library cabinet for you. If the seeds are not labeled already, we have packets for your use at the desk to write the necessary information on. Please make sure seeds are dried. Email Laura at email@example.com with any questions.
The Seed Library is currently in hibernation, but donations are still accepted and it will be back in business on Friday, March 1st!
In February we are collecting toys to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY. Donate new, unopened toys for babies, kids, and teens. Ideas include: baby dolls, LEGO kits, magnetic tiles, cars and trucks, play food, blocks, teething toys, play tools, board games, and craft kits for teens.