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Library News - 2017
Monday 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Book A Technology Trainer - June 2018Monday, July 2nd - Appointments available between 4 and 7pm.
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. Registration is required. Please call 773-7124.
Summer Reading Kickoff Celebration with Nan Hoffman - June 2018Summer Reading Kickoff Celebration with Nan Hoffman is Thursday, July 5th at 2:00 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to attend this event to register for our summer programs and pick up reading logs and bags. No registration is necessary.
The Art of Flower Pounding - June 2018The Art of Flower Pounding is on Thursday, July 5th at 6:00 p.m. Master crafter, Kathleen Rumfola, will host this workshop focused on the art of flower pounding with rocks to create beautiful botanical images on cloth and paper. All materials and flowers will be provided. Registration is required. Please call 773-7124. This program is funded by the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library.
Summer Lego Club- June 2018Summer Lego Club is on Fridays from 10:30-noon starting July 6th. Open session of Lego Club for children ages 6 - 12 years old. No registration necessary. Drop-in and build!
Read Down Your Fines - May 2018For every 15 minutes of reading done in the library, a $1 Reading Buck can be earned and used toward outstanding fines. Visit any Buffalo & Erie County Public Library this summer for more information and to take advantage of this popular summer initiative! June 2nd - September 15th for children ages 16 and under.
"Why Did My Plant Die?" - May 2018"Why Did My Plant Die?" A Q&A with Master Gardener Peggy Koppmann on Thursday, June 7th, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Local Master Gardener Peggy Koppmann will hold an open forum for questions on all things plants and offer pointers as she leads a tour of the Library's gardens (weather permitting). Free and open to the public. Please call 773-7124 for more information. This program is sponsored and funded by the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library. The Library's gardens are maintained by the Cinderella Isle Garden Club.
Knitting Club - May 2018The Grand Island Memorial Library Knitting Club will meet on the second and fourth Monday afternoons of the month, June 11th & June 18th, 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.
Rocking with Pete the Cat - May 2018Tuesday, June 12th 1:30 p.m. -Rocking with Pete the Cat - Join us for stories, songs, and games with everyone's favorite groovy character, Pete the Cat! Ages 3-6. Registration required. Please call 773-7124 or stop by the library for more information.
Battle of the Books Informational Meeting - May 2018Monday, June 18th 5:00 pm - Meet your fellow team members and pick up your copy of our books to get started preparing for the Battle of the Books 2018! This group is for teens entering grades 6 - 9 in the Fall. Registration is required to participate. For more information call or visit the library.
Essential Oils 101 - May 2018On Tuesday, June 12th, at 6:45 p.m., Kitty Maloy Mandile will lead a discussion about the history of essential oils, how to use them and the many benefits and science as to why they work. Natural alternatives for many common issues will be explored as well. Registration is required. Please call 773-7124 for more information.
Pop Culture Crafternoons - May 2018Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. beginning May 23rd. Drop in and geek out with your friends! Make ALL THE THINGS pop culture-related. Do you love Harry Potter? Star Wars Nerd? Do you listen to K-Pop until your ears bleed? This is the place for you! We will make great crafts and have fun doing it! Recommended ages 6-17. No registration required.
Adult Book Club - May 2018Adult Book Club is Monday, June 18th at 6:45 p.m. "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio will be discussed. Order your book from the library. All are welcome and refreshments will be served. For information on our selection, visit the library's website, or call the library.
Ancestry Class - May 2018Tuesday, June 5th 5:00-7:00 pm: 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. Skill level: Advanced. Requirements: mouse, typing, and Internet skills, flash drive (optional). Registration is required. Please call 773-7124.
Friends of Grand Island Memorial Library to Host Local Author - May 2018
The Friends of Grand Island Memorial Library cordially invites the entire community to a talk by Grand Island resident, Sophie Hodorowicz Knab, who will be discussing her new book "Wearing the Letter P: Polish Women as Forced Laborers in Nazi Germany 1939-1945". The talk will take place in the community room at Grand Island Memorial Library (773-7124), 1715 Bedell Road, Grand Island, NY on Thursday, May 24th at 6:30 p.m., following the annual Friends business meeting and election of officers. The talk is free and open to the public.
Knab, the author of several Polish interest books, has written a new book inspired by listening to her mother's stories of what happened to her in Germany during World War II. "It was difficult to understand many of the things she spoke about, " says Knab, "because it was an aspect of the war that didn't receive much attention even though 7 million people of different countries and nationalities were forced to leave their homes and work for the Third Reich under horrible circumstances. "
As she grew older, Knab began researching, looking for information only to find that there was very little information about the plight of 1.7 million Poles who were forced against their will to leave Poland and made to work in Germany to keep Hitler's war effort going at full throttle. The photo/lecture presentation will focus on the hundreds of thousands of Polish women, some as young as twelve, who were taken from their homes in Poland and forced to work for the Reich for months and years on end. She will discuss the round-ups, the horrors of transit camps, the terrible conditions of life and work in both agriculture and industry; the wearing of the letter P on all their clothes and the severe discriminations associated with being a Pole, all under the threat of violence. Many women died of illness and mistreatment. Many ended up in concentration camps. They had to bear witness to their children dying of starvation and neglect. "It was a terrible period in the lives of so many Poles, so many women. I wanted to understand it all myself and when I learned the extent of their suffering, I wanted to give Polish women a voice, for them to take their place in the history of WWII."
Copies of the book will be available for sale and refreshments will be provided. Sophie Hodorowicz Knab is also the author of Polish Customs, Traditions, and Folklore and The Polish Country Kitchen Cookbook. Wearing the Letter P: Polish Women as Forced Laborers in Nazi Germany 1939-1945 (Hippocrene Books) is available through the Buffalo and Erie County Library, ordering through Amazon or your favorite book store.
Adult Book Club - May 2018Adult Book Club is Monday, May 21st at 6:45 p.m. "The Lowland" by Jhumpa Lahiri will be discussed. Order your book from the library.
Book a Tech Trainer - May 2018Monday, May 14th, 45 minute appointments available between 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Call 773-7124 for more information.
Lego Club - May 2018Lego Club is for ages 6 -12 years. It meets every other Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The dates for May are May 12th, & 19th. Stop in and build.
Preschool Story Hour - May 2018Preschool Story Hour is on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m., for ages 3-5 years. Please call 773-7124 for more information.
Toddler Time - May 2018Toddler Time is on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., for ages 18 months to 3 years. Please call 773-7124 for more information.
Knitting Club - May 2018The Grand Island Memorial Library Knitting Club will meet on the second and fourth Monday afternoons of the month, May 14th, from 1:30 - 4:00 pm in the library's meeting room. No meeting May 28th, Memorial Day. 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.
Friends of the Library Election & Program - May 2018On May 24th at 6:30 p.m., the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library will hold their Annual Meeting and election of officers. The slate of officers and Board Members proposed includes: Jill Banaszak (Vice-president), Nancy Vizzi (Treasurer), Liz Engl (Corresponding secretary), Amy Boutet, Phyllis Galie , Marie Volpe, Charlotte Senulis (board members). Nominations may also be made from the floor during the meeting. The program for the evening will include a presentation by Sophie Knab, author of the book, Wearing the Letter P: Polish Women as Forced Laborers in Nazi Germany. See flyer. Refreshments will be provided; all are welcome.
Tales for Tails - May 2018Grand Island Memorial Library - Tales for Tails, Saturday, May 5th, 1:00 p.m. Share a story with a therapy dog from the SPCA's PAWS for Love Program. Register for a 15-minute reading session. All dogs are behavior tested and therapy certified. Family program - all ages. Registration is required. Please call 773-7124.
One Community, One Book Special Book Discussion - April 2018A 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 2018A 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 2018Free 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 2018The 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 2018Adult 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 2018Family 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 2018Linda 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 2018Lego 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 2018The 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 2018Friends 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 2018The 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 2018Tuesday, 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 2018Following 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 2018Lego 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 2018Adult 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 2018Fairy 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 2018Omnipresent 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 2018The 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 2018The 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.