Coordinated Outreach

Southern Tier Library System (STLS) provides coordinated outreach library services both directly and through our member libraries to target populations who are most in need and who often are not regular library users. Target populations include:

People who are Blind or who have a Physical Disability


People who have a Developmental or Learning Disability

People living in Institutionalized Settings

Members of Ethnic or Minority Groups in need of special services

People who are Educationally Disadvantaged

People who are Unemployed or Underemployed

People who are Geographically Isolated

Outreach Mini-Grant Application (Word download) – Designed to fund pilot projects for the implementation or expansion of local library services to outreach populations.

Rotating Collections – Large print and audiobook collections are circulated to member libraries and adult care facilities.

State Correctional Facilities  Interlibrary loan, material purchases and consultant services are provided to two NYS correctional facilities.

Grassroots Award (Word download) – Given in recognition of exemplary library outreach service.

Each System maintains a Coordinated Outreach Services Advisory Group which includes members of the target population groups and agencies who work with these groups within the system’s service area.

STLS Coordinated Outreach Services Advisory Council Members

  • Shirley Callahan, Representative for older adults, Montour Falls
  • Marleah Denkenberger, Alzheimer’s Association
  • Angela Gonzalez, Penn Yan Public Library
  • Wendy Harrison, Pro Action of Steuben and Yates, Inc.
  • Darlene Hawxhurst, AIM Independent Living Center
  • Debbie Taylor-Benedict, Representative of Persons with Physical Disabilities
  • Timothy Tompkins, COSAC Vice President, Chemung ARC/Finger Lakes DDSO

More information on the Coordinated Outreach Service Program can be found on the NYS Division of Library Development’s website: