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 (PDF download) – Designed to fund pilot projects for the implementation or expansion of local library services to outreach populations.

2018 Mini-Grant Recipients

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

Almond 20th Century Club Library – Older Adults Art Program

Cohocton Public Library and Avoca Public Library – Little Free Library Program

Corning (SSCL) – Coffee, Tea, and English Book Club

Cuba Circulating Library – Prism Youth LGBTQ Group

David A. Howe Public Library (Wellsville) –Family Sign Language Programs

Dormann Library (Bath) – Financial Literacy Program for Families

Montour Falls Library – Home Delivery Service

Penn Yan Public Library – Equipment for Older Adults

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

Savona Free Library – Little Free Library Program

Whitesville Public Library – Equipment for Older Adults

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.


Past Grass Roots Award Recipients

2018 Allegany County Public Library Directors’ Association

2017 Alfred Box of Books Library, LGBTQ Programming & Collection Development

Jerry Lange, Volunteer


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
  • Darlene Hawxhurst, COSAC Secretary, AIM Independent Living Center
  • Wendy Harrison, Pro Action of Steuben and Yates, Inc.
  • Dawn Herman, Allegany County Employment and Training Center
  • 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: