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2016 Grand Island Memorial Library Hours - December 2015

    The Board of Trustees of the Grand Island Memorial Library announce new hours of operation for the library beginning January 4, 2016. These changes have been made to reflect the changing needs of our patrons. The major changes are that the library will open at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday and stay open until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday. In exchange for the additional hours the library will now close at 8:00 p.m. instead of 9:00 p.m. This decision was made due to low usage of the library between 8 and 9 p.m. Library staff will continue to monitor library use. Please contact the library at 773-7124 if you have any questions. A complete list of the hours is as follows:
Winter Hours
Monday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday CLOSED

Summer Hours (Memorial Day - Labor Day)
Monday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday CLOSED




Library Director Konovitz Retiring - December 2015

Supervisor Mary Cooke presents Town proclamation to Lynn Alan Konovitz.

Library employees and volunteers help cut the cake.
Mary Stewart photos.


    After 32 years as director of the Grand Island Memorial Library, Lynn Konovitz will be retiring on December 23rd. On Monday, December 8th, friends gathered for a reception held in his honor in appreciation of his service to the library and the community. Supervisor Mary Cooke presented Lynn with a special proclamation from the town. There was also entertainment in the form of a special song written for Lynn and sung by some of those attending. Lynn plans on traveling in the future with his wife Debrah, who has been retired for five years. Thank you for an exemplary career as Town Library director.




Grand Island Memorial Library Holiday Hours - December 2015

   The Grand Island Memorial Library announces special holiday hours. The library will be closed on Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday. The library will be OPEN on Saturday, December 26. The library will be OPEN on Thursday, December 31 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and closed on Friday, January 1 in observance of New Year's Day. The library will be open during the holidays as follows:
Monday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday CLOSED - (Christmas Eve)
Friday CLOSED - (Christmas Day)
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday CLOSED

Monday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am- 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (New Year's Eve)
Friday CLOSED - (New Year's Day)
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday CLOSED
The library is closed on Sunday.




Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library Book Sale - December 2015


   The Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library held a very successful book sale on Friday and Saturday, November 20 and 21. Thank you to all who donated books, helped organize the sale and those who attended and purchased many items. The sale was a huge success!




Grand Island Memorial Library Thanksgiving Schedule - November 2015

    The Grand Island Memorial Library will be closed on Thursday, November 26 in observance of Thanksgiving Day.
The remainder of the week the library will be open as follows:
Monday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday CLOSED
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The library is closed on Sunday.




Library Director to Retire - November 2015

    The Board of Trustees and the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library invite the community to a reception honoring Library Director Lynn Alan Konovitz upon his retirement. The reception will take place on Monday, December 7 from 5 to 7 pm in the library's meeting room. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit the library or call 773-7124.




Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library Used Book Sale - November 2015

   The Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library will be holding a Used Book Sale at the Grand Island Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Road on Friday November 20th and Saturday November 21st. On Friday the sale is open from 5-8 pm for Friends members only. (Friends memberships are available at the door) The sale is open to the public on Saturday from 10 am until 3pm. There will be a fill a bag sale for $2.00 from 1-3pm. Proceeds are used to benefit the library. For more information call the library at 773-7124.




Grand Island Memorial Library Veteran's Day Schedule -November 2015

    The Grand Island Memorial Library will be closed on Wednesday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day.
The remainder of the week the library will be open as follows:
Monday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday CLOSED
Thursday 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The library is closed on Sunday.




Grand Island Memorial Library Knitting Club - October 2015

   The Grand Island Memorial Library Knitting Club will meet on the following Monday afternoons: November 9, November 23 and December 14 from 1:30 - 4:00 pm in the library's meeting room. Join our group for help with a project, knitting company or to knit for charity. The club is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the library or call 773-7124.




Grand Island Memorial Library Book Sale Room Hours - October 2015

    Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library book sale room announces new hours:
Monday: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wednesday and Friday: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Proceeds from the book room benefit the Grand Island Memorial Library.




Grand Island Memorial Library Holiday Schedule - October 2015

   The Grand Island Memorial Library will be open on Columbus Day, Monday, October 12th from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The library will be open the remainder of the week as follows:
Tuesday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday CLOSED




Online Summer Reading Contest Winners - October 2015

Juliette Cardin-Galeza

Susan Palcic

    Congratulations to the winners in the Online Summer Reading Contest sponsored by the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library! Grand Island patrons Susan Palcic won the adult contest, Juliette Cardin-Galeza won the children's contest and Gwen Slachciak won the teen category. The winners received a gift card from Amazon for submitting book reviews.




Family Fun at Library - September 2015

   Story Time - The Grand Island Memorial Library will hold a Family Story Time, Pumpkin Jubilee on Thursday, October 8th from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. This program is for children ages 3 to 8 featuring stories, games, crafts and more. Space is limited and registration is required. For more information, call 773-7124, or sign up at the library.

   Movie Afternoon - The Grand Island Memorial Library will hold a Family Movie Afternoon on Monday October 12th, at 2:00 p.m. All ages are welcome, however all children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit the library or call 773-7124.




Flu & Pneumonia Vaccinations - September 2015

    The VNA will offer Flu & Pneumonia Vaccinations at the Grand Island Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Rd. from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the following Saturdays: October 3, October 24 and November 14. Bring your insurance card.




Grand Island Memorial Library Holiday Schedule - August 2015

   The Grand Island Memorial Library will be closed on Monday, September 7th in observance of the Labor Day Holiday. The library will be open that week as follows:
Monday CLOSED
Tuesday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday CLOSED




Adult Computer Classes - August 2015

   The Grand Island Memorial Library will present a series of Adult Computer Classes:
Online Shopping (including safety tips) - Friday, August 28 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.

Ancestry Database (Genealogy), Saturday, September 12, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.

Google Maps, Saturday, October 3, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.

eBooks & eReaders, Saturday, November 7, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm. Please bring your Library card, any usernames and passwords associated with your device as well as its USB cord, if applicable.

iPad Basics, Saturday, December 5 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Please bring your Library card, any usernames and passwords associated with your device as well as its USB cord, if applicable.

   Space is limited and registration is required. Please specify which session you prefer. These programs are for adults only. For ALL classes, please bring your library card. A copy of the curriculum for each class is available at the library. For more information, or to register, visit the library or call 773-7124.




Guide Dog Visit - August 2015


    Author Carol Chiodo Fleischman and her guide dog, Tino visited the Grand Island Memorial Library on Thursday, August 6th and had a program. Carol is author of the book "Nadine, My Funny, Trusty, Guide Dog" which is available at the GI Library.




Adult Computer Classes - July 2015

   The Grand Island Memorial Library will present a series of Adult Computer Classes:
Organizing Files & Folders - Friday, August 7 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.
Internet Intermediate: Using Google - Friday, August 14 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.
Word Intermediate - Friday, August 21 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.
Online Shopping (including safety tips) - Friday, August 28 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.
   Space is limited and registration is required. Please specify which session you prefer. These programs are for adults only. For ALL classes, please bring your library card. A copy of the curriculum for each class is available at the library. For more information, or to register, visit the library or call 773-7124.




New Book Sale Hours - July 2015

    The Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library have announced new book sale room hours. The book sale room is open on Monday 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.; Wednesday 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; and Friday 10:00 a.m. - noon.




Grand Island Memorial Library Holiday Schedule - July 2015

   The Grand Island Memorial Library will be closed on Friday, July 3rd in observance of the Independence Day Holiday. The library will be open that week as follows:
Monday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday CLOSED
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday CLOSED




Bike Drawing at Library - June 2015


   The Grand Island Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Road is having a Bike Drawing this summer from July 1st - August 13th. All you have to do is check out five children's books and bring your receipt to the main desk to receive an entry ticket. Five books equals one ticket. You may enter as many times as you can and there is no age limit. One winner per family. Two bikes are available. The drawings will take place on August 13th at the "Summer Celebration with Nan Hoffman."




Summer Hours - June 2015

    The Grand Island Memorial Library announces its summer hours:
OPEN: Monday and Tuesday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The library is CLOSED ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. Summer hours begin the week of June 15 and continue through the Labor Day Holiday.




Summer Reading Programs - June 2015

   Summer programs at the GI Memorial Library begin the week of July 6th. Visit the library or call 773-7124.
   On-going programs:
Preschool Story Hour - Monday or Tuesday mornings, beginning July 6, 10:30 - 11:30 am, for ages 3 -5 years old, registration is necessary.
Toddler Program - Wednesdays, beginning July 8, 10:30 - 11:00 am, for ages 18 months - 3 years old, with an adult caregiver, registration is necessary.
Book Marks Club, an independent reading club; visit the library to register and receive your reading log.
Rookie Readers - Tuesdays, beginning July 7, 2:00 - 3:15 pm, for children entering grades 1 & 2, registration is necessary.

Page Turners - Thursdays, beginning July 9, 2:00 - 3:15 pm, for children entering grades 3 - 6, registration is necessary.
Battle of the Books - for students entering grades 6 - 9, registration is necessary.


   Special Programs:

  • Wonder Makers presents multicultural folktales, Tuesday, July 14th, 2:00 pm, for ages 5 - 12, children age 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult, no registration necessary.

  • Mike Randall Super Hero Program, Thursday, July 23, 2:00 pm - for all ages, over 75 children and parents attended.
  • Omni Puppet Theater, Wednesday, July 29, 2:00 pm - for all ages, children age 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult, no registration necessary.
  • Niagara University Repertory Theatre, Tuesday, August 11, 2:00 pm, for ages 6 - 12 only, no registration necessary.




    Duct Tape Design for Kids - April 2015

       Duct Tape Design, a creative program for children ages 8 - 12 will take place on Saturday, May 9th at 2:00 p.m. in the library's meeting room. Kids make something amazing and useful out of duct tape! All materials will be provided. Space is limited and registration is required for this program. For more information, or to register, call 773-7124, or visit the library.




    Town Donates Micro Film Reader - April 2015


       The Town of Grand Island donated a Canon micro film reader/printer to the Grand Island Memorial Library on Friday, April 10th. Town Clerk Pattie Frentzel stated "the Town received the Canon Microprinter in 2004 as part of a $26,700 NYS Records Management grant to preserve the historical records in the Town of Grand Island." Since that time, the Town has received several additional records management grants and the need to back up documents on microfilm is no longer necessary. The Town has the original documents, as well as digital images of all the important minutes and vital records from 1852. Former Town Councilman and current Library Trustee Richard Crawford suggested the transfer. Library Director Lynn Konovitz said the "new" equipment will improve historical research at the library as the current microfilm reader is over 20 years old.




    Adult Computer Classes - April 2015

       The Grand Island Memorial Library will present a series of Adult Computer Classes:
    Computer Basics - Monday, April 13 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Microsoft Word Basics - Monday, April 20 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    Internet Basics - Monday, April 27 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    eBooks & eReaders - Monday, May 4 - 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
    Family History Research with Ancestry Database - Wednesday, May 13 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    iPad Basics - Monday, May 18 - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
       Space is limited and registration is required. Please specify which session you prefer. These programs are for adults only. For ALL classes, please bring your library card. A copy of the curriculum for each class is available at the library. For more information, or to register, visit the library or call 773-7124.




    Spring Children Programs at Library - March 2015

       There are many children's programs at the Grand Island Memorial Library this Spring. Visit the library or call 773-7124 for more detail on any of these programs.
       On-going programs:
       Preschool Story Hour, Mondays, beginning April 27, 10:30 - 11:30 am, or Tuesdays, beginning April 28, 1:30 - 2:30 pm, for ages 3 - 5 years old, registration is necessary.
       Toddler Program, Wednesdays, beginning April 29, 10:30 - 11:00 am, for ages 18 months - 3 years old, with an adult caregiver, registration is necessary.
       Teen Book Club, Saturday, April 11, 2:00 - 3:00 pm. We will be discussing The Fault in Our Stars. All teens in grades 6 - 12 are welcome to join our group. No registration is necessary.

       Special Programs:
       Zoomobile visit, Wednesday, April 8, 2:00 pm, for ages 6 and up, younger children must be accompanied by an adult.
       Movie Afternoon, Thursday, April 9, 2:00 pm, for all ages, children age 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult, no registration necessary.
       It's Elephant & Piggie! Thursday, April 16, for ages 3 - 8. Join us for a family story time, crafts and games. Space is limited and registration is required.




    Grand Island Memorial Library Holiday Schedule - March 2015

       The Grand Island Memorial Library will be closed on Friday, April 3rd in observance of Good Friday. The library will be open that week as follows:
    Monday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Tuesday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Friday CLOSED
    Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Sunday CLOSED




    Used Book Sale - March 2015

       The Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library will be holding a Used Book Sale at the Grand Island Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Road on Friday, March 27th and Saturday, March 28th. On Friday the sale is open from 5-8 p.m. for Friends members only. (Friends memberships are available then). The sale is open to the public on Saturday from 10 - 3 p.m. There will be a fill a bag for $2.00 from 1 - 3 p.m. Proceeds are used to benefit the library. For more information call the library at 773-7124.




    Teen Book Club - March 2015

        The Grand Island Memorial Library Teen Book Club will meet on Saturday, March 14 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at the library. We will be watching the movie Divergent. Refreshments will be served. The book club is free and open to all teens in grades 6 -12. For more information, visit the library or call 773-7124.




    Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program - February 2015

        A trained Red Cross representative will conduct a session of the Citizen Preparedness Corps training program at the Grand Island Memorial Library on March 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm. This program provides a comprehensive overview on how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made disasters. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the library or call 773-7124.




    February Programs at the Library - February 2015

  • Knitting Club meets on Monday, February 9th from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. All are welcome and no registration is necessary.
  • Aquarium of Niagara will present its Touch Tank Program on Wednesday, February 18th at 2:00 p.m. Ages 3 and older; space is limited and registration is required.
  • Family movie afternoon on Thursday, February 19th at 2:00 pm. All ages are welcome; children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is necessary.
  • Adult Book Club meets on Monday, February 23rd at 7:00 pm to discuss "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" by Carson McCullers. All are welcome and no registration is necessary.
  • Teen Book Club meets on Saturday, February 28th at 2:00 pm to discuss The Maze Runner by James Dashner. All are welcome and no registration is necessary.
  • The Friends of the Library book sale room is open on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays from 5:00 - 7:00 pm, on Wednesday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm and on Saturdays from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.




    New Book Sale Hours - February 2015

        The Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library have announced new expanded hours for their book sale room at the library. The book sale room is now open on Monday and Tuesday 5-7 pm; Wednesday 2-4 pm; Thursday 5-7 pm; and Saturday 1-3 pm. Other times can be arranged by checking at the library. For more information please call the library at 773-7124.




    Grand Island Memorial Library Holiday Schedule - February 2015

       The Grand Island Memorial Library will be closed on Monday, February 16th in observance of President's Day. The library will be open that week as follows:
    Monday CLOSED
    Tuesday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Sunday CLOSED




    Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program - Cancelled

       A trained Red Cross representative will conduct an approximately two-hour session of the Citizen Preparedness Corps training program at the Grand Island Memorial Library on February 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm. This program provides a comprehensive overview on how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made disasters. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the library or call 773-7124.




    Grand Island Memorial Library Holiday Schedule - January 2015

       The Grand Island Memorial Library will be closed on Monday, January 19th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The library will be open that week as follows:
    Monday CLOSED
    Tuesday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Sunday CLOSED




    Grand Island Memorial Library Book Club - 2015

       The Grand Island Memorial Library Book Club meets monthly on various Monday evenings, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. All are welcome; refreshments are served. No registration is necessary.
    January 12 - Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
    February 23 - The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Carson McCullers)
    March 16 - Levels of Life (Julian Barnes)
    April 20 - The Painted Girls (Cathy Marie Buchanan)
       The author will be the speaker at the Friends of the Library Annual Meeting on May 14 at 7:00 pm.
    May 18 - To Rise Again at a Decent Hour (Joshua Ferris)
    June 15 - Salvage the Bones (Jesmyn Ward)
    July 20 - Wild Nights: Stories about the Last Days of Poe, Dickinson, Twain, James, and Hemingway (Joyce Carol Oates)
    August 17 - Snow Child (Eowyn Ivey)
    September 21 - Children of the Jacaranda Tree (Sahar Delijani)
    October 19 - All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)
    November 16 - Boys in the Boat (Daniel James Brown)
    December 14 - Little Failure (Gary Sheyngart)




    Preschool Story Hour - January 2015

        There will be a Winter Session of the Preschool Story Hour at the Grand Island Memorial Library featuring stories, songs and crafts for children 3 to 5 years old. Children must be 3 years old by January 26, 2015. The program will be held on Monday mornings, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. beginning on January 26 and on Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. beginning on January 27. Registration is required. To register, or for more information, call 773-7124, or sign up at the library.




    Toddler Time Lapsit - January 2015

       There will be a Winter Session of the Toddler Time Lapsit at the Grand Island Memorial Library featuring stories, songs and fingerplays for children 18 months to 3 years old. Each child must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Children must be 18 months old by January 28, 2015. The program will be held on Wednesday mornings, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. beginning on January 28. Registration is required. For more information, or to register, call 773-7124, or sign up at the library.




    One-on-One eReader Instruction - January 2015

       The Grand Island Memorial Library will offer one on one eReader appointments to assist patrons with borrowing electronic books from the library on Saturday, January 24 between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Participants can bring their Kindle, Nook, iPad, or other e-Device (and power cord) to the Library to learn how to borrow e-Books from OverDrive. Participants will also need to bring their library cards and any usernames and passwords associated with their device. Registration is required. To register for an appointment time, or for more information call 773-7124 or visit the library.