Outreach Services

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| Outreach Mini Grants |Talking Books Library | Accessibility | Jobseekers | Literacy | Reentry Guide | Senior Programming | COSAC |Helpful Links

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.

Outreach Mini Grants

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 2016-2017 cycle has closed. Check back for the 2017-2018 cycle this fall!

Have a question? Stuck on an idea? Read our FAQs or email Amanda Schiavulli at aschiavulli@flls.org

2016-2017 Final Reports are due June 30, 2017. 

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Past Projects

TASC Tests

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. 

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Demographic Data Resources

Talking Books Library (TBBL)

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People who cannot easily use printed materials can receive free audiobooks by mail or download through the NYS Library.

TBBL Contact Information: 1-800-342-3688 or tbbl@nysed.gov. The phone line is staffed M-F between 9:00am-4:30pm, or you can leave a message anytime with your question/request and they will call you back. See http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/tbbl/contacttb.htm for more contact information.

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.

Accessibility Resource Guide

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: http://www.flls.org/outreach/accessibility/ 

Jobseeker Resource Guide

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: http://www.flls.org/outreach/jobs/

Literacy Resource Guide

Find materials and resources for people of all ages who need help with reading, writing, or speaking English and/or basic computer skills: http://www.flls.org/outreach/literacy/

Volunteer Resources

Services to Correctional Facilities and Jails

Correctional Facilities

As outlined in the Guidelines for the New York State Public Library System Services to State Correctional Facility Libraries State Aid Program , the Finger Lakes Library System serves four correctional facilities in our service area:

  • Auburn Correctional Facility
  • Cayuga Correctional Facility
  • Five Points Correctional Facility
  • Willard Drug Treatment Campus

Services to these facilities include:

  • Interlibrary Loan: Includes interlibrary loan of FLLS materials systemwide, as well as materials borrowed from other libraries worldwide. Holds can be placed electronically from the correctional facility using OCLC and the PowerPac catalog.
  • Reentry Guide: FLLS publishes a reentry guide for our service areas to help inmates prepare for release. The guide is supplied to each facility librarian to reproduce as needed.
  • Consultant Services: Training, bibliographies, identification and location of vendors for specialized materials, and visits to facility libraries to assist the librarians in making effective use of resources, assistance with program development, workshops for inmates, exhibits, etc.
  • Collection Development/Programming: Purchase of all types of library materials to supplement the collections of the correctional facility libraries, or to provide speakers/performers at the facility. Consultation with the facility librarian ensures that the most-needed materials are purchased for long-term loan to the facility. Such materials remain the property of the public library system. Materials may include books, audiobooks, materials for the blind, newspapers, periodicals, equipment (note: office equipment does not qualify).
  • Reference Services: Responses to reference question requests, supplemental material for educational purposes, booklists for patrons needing non-English material or other special needs, and other research to help inmates and staff find the information they need.
  • Special Formats: Assistance in gaining access to library materials in alternate formats, including Braille, large print, recorded and digital format for people with print-related and other disabilities.
  • Delivery: Materials are delivered and picked up at regular intervals determined by FLLS and the CFs.
  • Continuing Education: Continuing education and specialized programs are offered to system member libraries and the CFs we serve.

County Jails

The Finger Lakes Library System also serves the five county jails within our service area by providing a number of paperback titles to maintain their reading rooms each year.

For more information on either program, please contact the Education and Outreach Librarian, Amanda Schiavulli at aschiavulli@flls.org

 Programming Materials for Older Adults

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.

Coordinated Outreach Services Advisory Council (COSAC)

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.

COSAC Members:


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