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Winter Hours
Monday 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Make a Grahm Cracker House - November 2017

    Make a Graham Cracker House will be held at the Grand Island Memorial Library on Saturday, December 9 at 10:30 am and 11:30 am. All ages are welcome; however, we ask that parents accompany children ages 6 and younger to the program. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration begins November 13 at 9:30 am. For more information, or to register, visit the library or call 773-7124. This program is funded by the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library.




Election Week Hours - October 2017

    The Grand Island Memorial Library announces special hours during the week of November 6:
Monday 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday Election Day, open, 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
The library is closed on Sunday.




Business of Music Workshop - October 2017

    The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame and Three2Go Music Alliance will present The Business of Music Workshop at the Grand Island Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Road, on Monday, November 13 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Attendees will learn about copyrighting and publishing music, setting up your business, music distribution, marketing and promotions. This event is free and open to the public, courtesy of Erie County.




Take Flight! Program - October 2017

    The Grand Island Memorial Library announces a special program, Take Flight! on Saturday, October 21 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Participants will build a plane and a rocket to learn about the four forces of flight. There will be activities and experiments. This program is for children ages 8 - 12 years old. Space is limited and registration is requested. Visit the library or call 773-7124 to sign up.




Friends of the Library Used Book Sale - September 2017

    Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library will be sponsoring a used book sale at the Library on October 27th and 28th. On Friday, the sale will be from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. for Friends members only. Memberships are available at the door. Saturday will include "Fill a bag" for $5 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., followed by $2 a bag from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Donations of used books will be gratefully accepted at the library. For library hours, call 773-7124.




Book Sale Room Hours - September 2017

    The Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library book sale room announces new hours:
Monday and Thursday: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tuesday: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    These hours are subject to change, depending on Meeting Room Availability. Proceeds from the book room benefit the Grand Island Memorial Library.




Holiday Schedule & Winter Hours - August 2017

    The Grand Island Memorial Library will be closed on Monday, September 4 in observance of Labor Day. The library will return to its winter hours as of September 5.
    The Board of Trustees of the Grand Island Memorial Library announces increased hours of operation for the library beginning September 5. The library will open at 9:30 am daily. Please contact the library at 773-7124 if you have any questions. A complete list of the hours is as follows:
Winter Hours
Monday 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday CLOSED




Fall Children's Programs - August 2017

    The Grand Island Memorial Library announces its Fall children's programs.
    Open sessions of our popular Lego Club begin on Saturday, September 9 from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. This program is for children ages 6 - 12. No registration is necessary. Additional dates for this program are September 23, October 14, November 11 & 25, and December 9.
   The Preschool Story Hour features stories, songs and crafts for children 3 to 5 years old. Children must be 3 years old by September 18, 2017. The program will be held on Monday mornings, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. beginning on September 18 and on Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. beginning on September 19.
    The Toddler Time Lapsit Program takes place beginning Wednesday, September 27 from 10:30 to 11:00 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 September 27.
    Registration is required for the preschool and toddler programs. To register, or for more information, visit the library or call 773-7124.




Books to Bike Contest Winners - August 2017

Joe Organ.

Ella Rae Moore.

    The Grand Island Memorial Library has announced the winners of the Books to Bike Contest, held from July 5 - August 10, 2017. The winners are: Ella Rae Moore, girl's bike and Joe Organ, boy's bike. Over 3245 books were checked out by children at the Grand Island Memorial Library during this contest. Thanks to the Friends of the Library for donating the bikes to the contest.




Technology Trainer Sessions - July 2017

    The Grand Island Memorial Library will hold two Book a Technology Trainer sessions, one on Thursday, July 27, and the other on Thursday, August 3 both from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Call or visit the library to register for a 45 minute session designed for one on one help with one of our technology trainers. Space is limited and registration is required. These programs are for adults only. For more information, or to register, visit the library or call 773-7124.

Let's Build It! - July 2017

Stories, crafts and activities for children ages 3 - 6 years old will take place at the library on Thursday, July 13 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. To register, stop by the library or call 773-7124.



Books to Bike Contest at the Library - July 2017

From left: Youth Services Librarian Anne Slater and President of the Friends of the Library Mary Cooke.

    The Grand Island Memorial Library is pleased to announce that our annual Books to Bike contest will be held from July 3 - August 10. Children will receive an entry ticket for every 5 books checked out. Thank you to the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library who purchased the bikes for our reading program.




Summer Programs at the Library - June 2017


    A Summer Program Kick-Off will be held at the GI Memorial Library on Thursday, July 6th from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. All children interested in our summer program are invited! This includes our Preschool and Toddler programs, as well as our Rookie Readers, Page Turners and Book Club members. Register for all programs and children will receive their summer reading logs and bags. Library card applications will be available. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit the library or call 773-7124. Funding provided by the Buffalo & Erie County Library Foundation. Summer Program Flyer.
    On-going programs:
  • Preschool Story Hour, Monday or Tuesday mornings, July 10 - August 8 from 10:30 - 11:30 am, for ages 3 - 5 years old, registration is necessary.
  • Toddler Program, Wednesdays, July 12 - August 9 from 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 for children of all ages; visit the library to register and receive your reading log.
  • Rookie Readers, Tuesdays, July 11 - August 8 from 2:00 - 3:15 pm, for children entering grades 1 & 2, registration is necessary.
  • Page Turners, Thursdays, July 13 - August 10 from 2:00 - 3:15 pm, for children entering grades 3 - 6, registration is necessary.
  • Lego Club @ the Library, Friday, July 14 - August 11 from 10:30 - 11:00 am, for children ages 6-12, no registration necessary.
  • Bike Drawing - enter to win one of 2 bikes in the library's contest between July 3 - August 10. For details on the contest, visit the library.
  • Battle of the Books, for students entering grades 6 - 9, registration is necessary.
    Special Programs:
  • Omni Puppet Theater presents The Three Little Pigs on Wednesday, July 26, at 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 8, 2:30 pm, for ages 6 - 12, children age 5 and younger must be accompanied by an adult, no registration necessary.




    Leonard F. Nassoiy Exhibit - May 2017


        The Grand Island Memorial Library has been exhibiting artworks of Leonard F. Nassoiy from May 13 thru the end of June. Mr. Nassoiy was born in Niagara Falls, NY in 1908 and resided there before moving to Grand Island in 1949 where he lived until his passing in 1991. He was a self-taught architectural draftsman and painter, and also studied under George Palmer in the 70’s.
        Many of his paintings are of familiar places on the Island: Buckhorn State Park, the old Ferry Village, barns and other buildings and establishments over the years. He belonged to the Grand Island Art Society, the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society, had two solo shows and won several awards over the years.
        Mr. Nassoiy was very active in St. Stephen's Parish and enjoyed doing sketches for the St. Stephen's neighbor days and elementary school's fun fair. He did many paintings of the cataracts of Niagara Falls. Excelling in watercolors and oils of both landscapes and waterscapes, he also had a penchant for capturing mysterious pensive moods of many of his models. He seemed to have a knack for bringing out their inner beauty. This man of strong faith and gentle manner also found a way to honor the deep compassion of Christ using charcoal and other media.




    Online Winter Reading Contest Winner - April 2017


        Congratulations to our winner, Zachary, in the Online Winter Reading Contest, sponsored by the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library! Zachary won an Amazon gift card for submitting book reviews.




    GI Library Book Club - April 2017

        The Grand Island Memorial Library Book Club will meet on April 17th at 6:45 p.m. in the community room of the Library to discuss the book, A Man Called Ove. Refreshments will be served. All are invited to attend.




    Friends of the Library Meeting - April 2017

        The Friends of the Library will meet on Thursday, April 20th at 6:45 pm in the community room of the Library. All are invited to attend.




    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.