The following resources are available to help underserved groups and people with special needs to use their library. Our targeted outreach groups include: 55+ individuals, people with visual, physical, or developmental disabilities, residents of institutional facilities, individuals with an educational disadvantage, jobseekers, individuals who are geographically isolated, ethnic minorities, incarcerated individuals, and individuals with criminal records.
Do you have an idea for an outreach project but lack funding? Member libraries in our service area can apply for an Outreach Mini-Grant. The 2015-2016 grant cycle is closed.
Recipients will be announced May 4, 2015.
2014-2015 Final Reports are due June 30, 2015
New York State has selected a new high school equivalency test called the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC™) to replace the General Educational Development (GED®) as the primary pathway to a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma effective January 2, 2014. More information on the new test, please visit: http://www.acces.nysed.gov/ged/. Free practice tests are also available through our Learning Express database with a valid library card from any of our member libraries.
Demographic Data Resources
- Children’s Defense Fund
- Diversity Data Kids
- Kids Count Data Center
- New York State School Report Card
- United States Census Bureau
Talking Books Library (TBBL)
People who cannot easily use printed materials can receive free audiobooks by mail or download through the NYS Library.
Application for Adults
Application for Children/Teens
BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download)
Victor Reader Streams – TBBL provides a free player to each patron (pictured above), but many patrons also prefer to purchase a third-party alternative. The Victor Reader Stream is a popular option due to its small size. The National Library Service also provides a descriptive list of all compatible commercial audiobook players.
TBBL Contact Information: 1-800-342-3688 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The phone line is staffed M-F between 9am-2pm and 2pm-4:30pm, or you can leave a message anytime with your question/request and they will call you back.
Available TBBL Services from FLLS: As a sublending agency, FLLS provides applications, local exchanges for nonworking machines, and informational outreach in our service area (please note we do not provide books in this format directly; they are mailed directly to qualifying individuals). Contact us at 607-273-4074 x 227.
This guide includes information about accessible reading formats at your local library, signing up with other special-need lending libraries, local disability resources, and a collection of disability-related links.
Search for jobs online, get help with your resume, plan your career, and find local assistance resources. This guide is tailored for residents of Cayuga, Cortland, Seneca, Tioga and Tompkins Counties.
Find materials and resources for people of all ages who need help with reading, writing, or speaking English and/or basic computer skills.
- Hands on Help
- Literacy Volunteers of Broome and Tioga County
- Literacy Volunteers of Seneca County
- R.S.V.P. of Tompkins County (Retired Senior Volunteer Program)
- Tompkins Learning Partners
Our bilingual reentry guide lists community resources for people returning from prison or jail to our service area.
Finding Your Way: A Reentry Guide for People Returning from Prison or Jail to Cayuga, Cortland, Seneca, Tioga and Tompkins Counties in NYS
List of similar publications in NYS outside our service area
Our collection includes several games and group activity resources for older adults. They are perfect for reminiscing, sparking conversations and exercising minds. Reserve them through our catalog by searching for the “Senior Programming” series. See also our Programming Section of the website.
COSAC advises FLLS’s Outreach Department, assists in the evaluations of its coordinated outreach activities, and works to promote collaborative efforts and partnerships. The Council is comprised of a mix of library directors and representatives from local human service agencies and institutions who serve our targeted outreach populations.
- Melinda Appleby, Willard Drug Treatment Campus
- Priscilla Berggren-Thomas, Phillips Free Library
- Christine Decker, Ithaca College Gerontology Institute
- Georgianna Horvath, Broome/Tioga Literacy Volunteers
- Andrea Piedigrossi, City of Cortland Youth Bureau
- Barbara Smith, Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES, Incarcerated Program
- Monica Voionmaa, Finger Lakes Independence Center
- Brenda Wiemann, Cayuga County Office for the Aging
- The Advocacy Center: Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Services
- Alzheimer’s Association
- American Association of People with Disabilities
- Child Care Council of the Finger Lakes
- Cortland Community Re-Entry Program
- Family and Children’s Services of Ithaca
- Families Together in New York State
- Finger Lakes Independence Center
- Food Bank of the Southern Tier
- National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
- National Organization of Rare Diseases
- United Way of Cayuga County