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. Stay tuned for the 2016-2017 announcement in January.
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)
- BARD Mobile App Information
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 email@example.com. 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.
- Jeffrey Boles, Finger Lakes Independence Center
- Elizabeth Helmetsie Spencer Library
- Georgianna Horvath, Broome/Tioga Literacy Volunteers
- Kaitlyn Laskoski, Seneca County Jail
- Andrea Piedigrossi, City of Cortland Youth Bureau
- Brenda Walsh, Auburn Correctional Facility
- Brenda Wiemann, Cayuga County Office for the Aging
- Arline Woolley, Tompkins Learning Partners
- The Advocacy Center: Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Services
- Support, advocacy and education for survivors of domestic violence.
- Alzheimer’s Association
- The world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
- American Association of People with Disabilities
- Access to education from preschool through post-graduate work. Advocacy, partnerships with educational institutions, and programs designed to break down barriers to education.
- American Red Cross
- Campus Pride
- Resources, programs and services to support LGBTQ and ally students on college campuses across the United States
- Child Care Council of the Finger Lakes
- Information, training, and resources to parents, child care providers, and businesses in Monroe, Livingston and Wayne counties.
- Cortland Community Re-Entry Program
- Family and Children’s Services of Ithaca
- Mental Health and Children’s Mental Health Program, Psychiatry, Employee Assistance Program, Youth Services and Senior Services.
- Families Together in New York State
- Non-profit, family-run organization that strives to establish a unified voice for families of children and youth with social, emotional and behavioral challenges.
- Finger Lakes Independence Center
- Assistance and resources for individuals and organizations.
- Food Bank of the Southern Tier
- It Gets Better
- The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years. The It Gets Better Project wants to remind teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone — and it WILL get better
- National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
- Resources for parents and educators.
- National Organization of Rare Diseases
- United Way of Cayuga County