Community Outreach

The generous donations from the libraries and the community allow us to not only stock two book stores, but also support other groups in the community.

STARS Program

Schenectady Takes Action for Reading Success, or STARS, is a coalition of organizations who are committed to the support of early literacy, family literacy, and community literacy and who are taking action. The Friends is one of several organizations who partner with STARS to provide books in the community.

Brookdale Senior Living Community

The Friends and library’s board of trustees partnered with Brookdale Senior Living Community in Niskayuna to update the residents’ library. The SCPL board of trustees is required to have a long range plan of service, which includes outreach to people who may not have access to library branches and programs. Brookdale’s residents are excited that their library is getting attention. The Friends are spreading goodwill in the community by sharing their inventory with avid readers at Brookdale Senior Living Community who will have a collection of newer titles.

Trinity Presbyterian Church – Jail Ministry

The Friends provide books to Trinity Presbyterian Church in Scotia in support of its Jail Ministry program. Members of the ministry visit inmates at Schenectady County Jail. The church also stocks the jail library, which is volunteer-run, with donations from its congregation and The Friends. The Friends is proud to support the program with bibles and self-help books.

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