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Grand Island Memorial Library Web Page - 2018
1715 Bedell Road, Grand Island, NY 14072

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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

One Community, One Book Special Book Discussion - April 2018

   A One Community, One Book Special Book Discussion is planned for Thursday, May 17th at 6:30 p.m. "A Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemingway will be discussed. Share in this community-wide experience! Refreshments provided. Order your copy today from any Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. Registration required. Please call 773-7124.

Community Health Fair - April 2018

   A Community Health Fair will be held on Saturday, May 12th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Participants include: 'Ask a Therapist' with Carole Joseph, Retired Occupational Therapist of 45 years; Erie County Health Department: Cancer Services Program and STD Clinic; Erie County Medical Center: Interactive Stroke Prevention Display; UB Smile Team; Fidelis Care; Medline Plus Demonstrations and more. Call 773-7124 for more information.

Free Vision Screening for Children - April 2018

   Free vision screenings for children sponsored by the Grand Island Lions will be held on Monday, April 23rd at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 24th at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 25th at 11:00 a.m. For more information, please call 909-1862. If interested, please pick up a consent form at the library and return completed forms to the library by April 18th.

Knitting Club - April 2018

    The Grand Island Memorial Library Knitting Club will meet on the second and fourth Monday afternoons of the month, April 23rd and May 14th, 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.

Adult Book Club - April 2018

    Adult Book Club is Monday, April 16th at 6:30 p.m. "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" by Jamie Ford will be discussed. Order your book from the library.

Family History Research - April 2018

    Family History Research with Ancestry Library Edition Database at the Grand Island Memorial Library on Saturday, April 28th at 10:00 a.m. An introduction to tracing your family's roots with Ancestry Library Edition (ALE), a database available at any Buffalo & Erie County Public Library location. Similar to the popular Ancestry.com website, this database contains collections of vital and original records, including those relating to birth, marriage, death, military service, and immigration. Registration is required. Please call 773-7124.

French-cilian Cooking Class - April 2018

    Linda Critelli Presents Bienvenue à la soirée "French-cilian!" on Thursday, April 19th at 6:30 p.m. Linda Critelli, author of the book, "Sicilian with a French Accent: Deliciously Simple Cuisine" will offer a cooking class with tastings. A brief French language lesson will accompany the presentation. Registration is required. Please call 773-7124. This program is funded and sponsored by the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library.

Lego Club - April 2018

    Lego Club is for ages 6 -12 years. It meets every other Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The dates for April and May are April 21st, May 5th, 12th, & 19th. Stop in and build.

Family Storytime & Yoga - April 2018

    The Grand Island Memorial Library is hosting"Family Storytime & Yoga" for ages 4-12 years, with a parent. Three Wednesdays (must attend all), April 4, 11 & 18, from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Family storytime followed by a family yoga class led by Donna Baia of Kidding Around Yoga. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. Some extra mats will be available. No prior yoga experience is needed. Registration and parent participation are required. Limited spots remaining. Please call 773-7124 to register.

Friends of the Library Used Book Sale - March 2018

    Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library will be sponsoring a used book sale at the Library on April 13th and 14th . On Friday, the sale will be from 5-7 pm for Friends members only. Memberships are available at the door. Saturday will include "Fill a bag" for $5 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., followed by $2 a bag from 1- 3 p.m. Donations of used books will be gratefully accepted at the library. For library hours, call 773-7124.

Krystal Plyler, Featured Artist - March 2018

    The Grand Island Memorial Library is featuring artist Krystal Plyler for the March/April Art Show. Krystal is a Western New York artist. Her work focuses on captivating the landscape in all of its conceptions. She uses acrylic and oil paint to stylistically present the temperament of nature, both in beauty and darkness. Krystal has been mainly influenced by the impressionist movement in her study of art. In particular, the artists Edvard Munch, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, and Vincent Van Gogh. In her most recent paintings, Krystal utilizes brush strokes along with palette knife techniques. She has been incorporating mixed mediums such as mattes, gels, and fluid paint to texturize the canvas and gather the density of pigments in unique ways. Currently, she is focused on the study of the Plein Air genre and how this, combined with the impressionist style, can enhance her art as a whole. The Grand Island Memorial Library invites local artists to contact Bridgette Heintz Library director if you would like to show your work for others to enjoy.

Used Book Donations - March 2018

    The Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library are seeking donations of used books in preparation for their used book sale on April 13th and 14th. Donations of hard cover and paperback books, fiction and non-fiction would be appreciated. Children's books are very popular at the book sale. Clean out your bookshelves and closets and recycle your books for enjoyment by a group of new readers. Books can be dropped off any time when the library is open. The book sale will be conducted in the Library's Community Room on Friday, April 13 from 5 to 7 pm, for Friends of the Library; memberships are available at the door for $3. The sale will be open to the public on Saturday, April 14 from 10 am to 3 pm with special pricing for a bag of books. Proceeds from the sale support library programs, supplies and equipment. If you would like to help at the book sale, call the Library at 773-7124.

Computer Assistance/Technology Training - March 2018

   Tuesday, April 3rd. Appointments available between 1:00 and 4:00 pm. Please call for specific time slots and to register. 773-7124. Need computer assistance? We can help! These free 45 minute sessions are designed to assist with software support or Internet training. They are not designed to troubleshoot computer problems or repair hardware. All appointments are held on a Library PC with Windows 7. Free and open to Library Patrons age 17 and above.

The Checkers Show - March 2018

    Following the Grand Island Recreation Department's Easter Egg Hunt in Miracle Field, on Friday, March 30th, come in to the library at 11:00 for a scavenger hunt,a craft, awesome giveaways and The Checkers Show at 11:30. This show features fun, new characters, comedy, magic, and juggling. Registration is required. Please call 773-7124.

Lego Club - March 2018

    Lego Club is for ages 6 -12 years. It meets every other Saturday at 10:30 a.m. This month March 10th & 24th. Stop in and build.

Adult Book Club - March 2018

    Adult Book Club is Monday, March 19th at 6:30 p.m. "Seabiscuit" by Lauren Hillenband will be discussed. Order your book from the library.

Fairy Tale Engineering at GI Memorial Library - March 2018

    Fairy Tale Engineering is on Thursday, April 5th at 10:30 a.m. for ages 6-10 years, at the GI Memorial Library. Help your favorite fairy tale characters solve their problems through hands-on projects. See flyer.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears at GI Memorial Library - March 2018

    Omnipresent Puppet Theatre presents "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" on Saturday, March 10th at 2:00 p.m. at the GI Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Rd. This is a free, family-friendly program open to all ages. See flyer.

Preschool & Toddler Storytimes - February 2018

    The Grand Island Memorial Library will be offering both preschool and toddler storytimes beginning the week of February 26, 2018. The preschool program meets on either Monday from 10:30 - 11:30 am or Tuesday from 1:30 - 2:30 pm. A parent or caregiver must remain in the library during this time. Toddler lapsit will be held on Wednesdays from 10:30-11:00 am. A parent or caregiver must attend with the child. Registration is required. For more information call 773-7124 or visit the library.

Grand Island Has a New Librarian - February 2018

Library trustees pose with new librarian. (From left): Richard Crawford, Agnes Becker, Jill Banaszak, president; Bridgette Heintz, Pat Rizzuto, Richard Earne.

    Bridgette Heintz, formerly at the Concord Library in Springville, is the Grand Island Memorial Library new head librarian. She holds an MS in library science from SUNY Buffalo and has been with the Erie County library system since 1999. The move here has enabled her to be closer to Cheektowaga, where she lives with her husband and children.
    She noted that this library has more space than her previous location, which will give her the opportunity to present more programs and activities. Commenting on the building's contents, Heintz said, "This is a good collection. It's very diverse, has been maintained well, and is available to all." The library will be receiving a $10,000 government grant to implement new technology, she announced, thanks to Senator Chris Jacobs efforts. And she looks forward to welcoming a new children's librarian, who will be arriving this month.

Library Board Holds Volunteer "Thank you" Luncheon - February 2018

Pictured (from left) are trustees Dick Crawford, Agnes Becker, Jill Banaszak and Pat Rizzuto as they get ready to cut the cake in honor of the volunteers.

   Grand Island Memorial Library volunteers were thanked for their service at a luncheon held last month at the library. The new head librarian, Bridgette Heintz, was introduced and president of the library board of trustees Jill Banaszak, gave her annual report.

Holiday Hours - January 2018

    The Grand Island Memorial Library will be closed on Monday, January 15 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The library will be open during this week as follows:
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
The library is closed on Sunday.

Knitting Club - January 2018

    The Grand Island Memorial Library Knitting Club will meet on the following Monday afternoons: January 8 & 22, February 12 & 26 and March 12 & 26 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.