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

Seniors

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.

2017 Mini-Grant Recipients

Alfred Box of Books Library– Services & Collection Materials for the Muslim Community

Belfast Public Library– Imprinted Tote Bags for Seniors & People with Disabilities

Cohocton Public Library – Yoga Classes for Seniors

David A. Howe Public Library (Wellsville) – Tai Chi Classes for Seniors

Dormann Library (Bath) – Virtual Reality Experiences for Hospice & Palliative Care Patients

Fred & Harriett Taylor Memorial Library (Hammondsport) – Inter-generational Photography Classes for Seniors & Teens

Prattsburg Free Library – Digital Literacy Instruction for Seniors

Richburg Colonial Library – Art Classes for Seniors & the Developmentally Disabled

Savona Free Library – Auto Mechanics Classes for Teens, Adults, & Seniors

Wayland Free Library – Connecting Consumers, Families, & Services

Whitesville Public Library – Reading Materials for Special Needs Children

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.

Grass Roots Award  – Given in recognition of exemplary library outreach service.

2017 Grass Roots Award Application Form

Past Grass Roots Award Recipients
2016 Friends of the Watkins Library, Watkins Glen Public Library Partnership with ARC of Schuyler

2015 Nic Gunning, The David A. Howe Public Library Outreach services provided to the community

2014 Lila Donley, Penn Yan Public Library Mobile Library Service for homebound and resident seniors

2013 Pulteney Free Library Mobile Computer Lab at Pulteney’s Senior Lunch Site Southeast Steuben County Library Coffee, Tea, & English Program

2012 Molly Share, Scio Library, & Belmont Library Letter People Program

Roxanne Leyes, Commitment to Outreach Services at the Montour Falls Library

2009 Linda Reimer, Southeast Steuben County Library, Service to Meals on Wheels consumers

James Sleeth, Chemung County Library District, Campaign to raise funds for new Bookmobile

2008 Sue McConnell, Southeast Steuben County Library, Library service to coordinated outreach families

2007 Brenda Yeoman, E.J. Cottrell Memorial Library (Atlanta), Overall program of outreach service to the community

Horseheads Free Library, Library partnership with Day Services Consumers, Chemung UCP

2006 Rebecca Abraham, Elizabeth Hayes, & Suzanne Stivers, Watkins Glen Free Public Library Trust in the Lives of Older Women Group

2005 Gayle Hatch, Elizabeth B. Pert Library, Hector Reading Center serving communities of Valois, Logan, Hector

2004 E.J. Cottrell Memorial Library (Atlanta) Board of Trustees, Local history programs for senior citizens

2003 Dundee Library, Computer instruction program

2002 Alfred Box of Books Reading Center, Outreach program to house-bound residents of Maple Apartments

2001 Pulteney Free Library, Public Computer Classes

Genesee Library Quilters, Little Genesee Library, Support for library programs to older adults

2000 Wayland Free Library, Overall program of outreach service to the community

1999 Penn Yan Public Library, Overall program of outreach service to the community

Bill Knapp, Southside Outreach Center, Steele Memorial Library, Bookmobile 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

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

 
More information on the Coordinated Outreach Service Program can be found on the NYS Division of Library Development’s website: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/outreach/