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Winter Hours (Labor Day - Memorial Day)
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
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Easter Holiday Hours - March 2017

    The Grand Island Memorial Library will be closed on Friday, April 14th in observance of Good Friday. The library will be open during this week as follows:
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 CLOSED
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday CLOSED




"Plein Air" Paintings at Island Library - March 2017

Kath Schifano

    The Grand Island Memorial Library is pleased to announce that it is featuring the "Plein Air" paintings by local artist Kath Schifano, for the month of March. Plein Air art is created outdoors and has a sparkle and feeling that sets it apart from studio paintings. These pictures were painted outside, at familiar Grand Island scenes.




Used Book Donations - March 2017

    The Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library are seeking donations of gently used hard cover and paperback books in preparation for their Spring Used Book Sale. Donations may be dropped off at the Library any time the Library is open. The Book Sale will take place on Friday, March 31st, from 5-7:00 p.m. for Friends only (memberships available for $3) and Saturday, April 1st, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m to the public.




Family Story Time - March 2017

    The Grand Island Memorial Library will hold a Family Story Time: "Trains: All Aboard for Fun" on Thursday, March 23 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. This program is for children ages 3 to 6 featuring stories, games, crafts and more. Space is limited and registration is required, visit the library or call 773-7124.




Library Hosts Youth Yoga - March 2017

    The Grand Island Memorial Library will offer a yoga program for children ages 3 - 5 years old. Space is limited and registration is required. The sessions will take place on Monday mornings from 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. on March 20 & 27 and April 3 & 10. Parent/caregiver must remain with their child and be willing to participate in the class. The class is taught by a certified children's yoga teacher through Kidding Around Yoga (www.kiddingaroundyoga.com/donna). For more information, or to register, visit the library or call 773-7124.




Library Hosts Adult Computer Classes - February 2017

    The Grand Island Memorial Library will present a series of Adult Computer Classes:
Intro to Windows 10 - March 10 (10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.)
eBooks & eReaders - March 17 (10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
   Please bring your Library card, any usernames and passwords associated with your device as well as its USB cord, if applicable.
    Book a Technology Trainer - March 24 & 31 (10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) Need computer assistance? These free 45 minute sessions are designed for one on one help with one of our technology trainers. 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. For more information, or to register, visit the library or call 773-7124.




Library Volunteers Recognized - February 2017

Garden Volunteers.
Lee Cohen story and photo.

    More than 50 Grand Island library volunteers were honored at a special luncheon held in January at the library. Jill Banazak, president of the trustees of the Grand Island Library, thanked the many volunteers, whose activities include maintaining the garden, taking care of display cases, helping with children's and summer programs (including Battle of the Books), and manning the book sales room. In addition, the volunteers for the Friends of the Library used-book sales, help sort, set up, and monitor the sales room.
    The luncheon was organized by Pat Rizzuto, retired Grand Island School District librarian, now active with Friends of the Library. The library has 140 life-time members, in addition to those who buy annual memberships, according to Mary Cooke, president of the Friends of the Library group. Library director Patricia Covley also thanked the volunteers, noting that Grand Island has one of the most active and dedicated volunteer groups in the Western New York area. The next used-book sale will be held the weekend of March 3rd, according to Charlotte Senulis, who is in charge of volunteers for the sale.




BPO Kids Concert Ticket Contest - February 2017

    The Grand Island Memorial Library announces a BPO kids Concert Ticket contest to be held between February 13 - May 5th. Children are invited to visit the library to check out books. Every child will receive one entry ticket for every 5 books checked out. There will be a set of 4 tickets awarded for each of the BPO Kids Concerts to be held on March 19, April 2, and May 14. One set of tickets per family. Drawing for the tickets will be held one week before each concert date. Thank you to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for donating these tickets!




February Break Activities - February 2017

    The Grand Island Memorial Library will offer programs during the February break. On Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., Lego Club will hold an open session for children ages 6 - 12 years old.
    The Checkers Show will present a program of magic and fun on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. All ages are welcome for this program, however, children under the age of 6 must be accompanied by an adult. No sign up is necessary for these programs. For more information, visit the library or call 773-7124.




Holiday Hours - February 2017

    The Grand Island Memorial Library will be closed on Monday, February 20 in observance of President's Day. The library will be open during this week as follows:
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




GI Library Book Club - January 2017

    The GI Library Book Club, has selected an exciting list of books for the 2017 reading list. The January selection is "The Little Paris Bookshop" by Nina George. It will be discussed on January 23rd at 6:45 pm. On February 13th, the group will discuss Maya Angelou's book, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings". In March, the group will read and review "The Secret History" by Donna Tartt (March 20th). The book club generally meets on the third Monday evening of the month at 6:45 p.m. in the community room. Request a copy of the book selection and join the discussion. All are welcome and refreshments will be served.




Discard Book Sale - January 2017

    On Saturday, February 11th, the Friends of the Library will host a discard book sale to benefit the library. The sale will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. A bag of books will be $3 throughout the sale.




Volunteer Recognition Luncheon - January 2017

    The Board of Trustees has invited a long list of dedicated volunteers to a luncheon on Saturday, January 21st to thank them for all their time and effort. The list of volunteers includes community members who sort used book donations, staff book sales and the book sale room, create designs in the display cases, plant and tend the gardens, and help with library programs. The luncheon will take place at noon in the community room of the library. A schedule of the 2017 activities and volunteer opportunities will be presented.




Holiday Hours - January 2017

    The Grand Island Memorial Library will be closed on Monday, January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The library will be open during this week as follows:
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




GI Library Knitting Club - January 2017

    The Grand Island Memorial Library Knitting Club will meet on the following Monday afternoons: January 23, February 13 & 27 and March 13 & 27 from 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. 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.




Preschool Story Hour and Toddler Time Lapsit - January 2017

    Winter sessions of the Preschool Story Hour and Toddler Time Lapsit Program at the Grand Island Memorial Library begin in January.
    The Preschool Story Hour features stories, songs and crafts for children 3 to 5 years old. Children must be 3 years old by January 24, 2017. The program will be held on Monday mornings, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. beginning on January 23 and on Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. beginning on January 24th.
    There are two sessions of the Toddler Time Lapsit Program. It takes place beginning Wednesday January 25 from either 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. or 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. The program features stories, songs and finger plays 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 25. Registration is required for these programs. To register, or for more information, call 773-7124, or sign up at the library.