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Library Winter Hours (beginning September 3rd):
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

Tuesday, December 24 - CLOSED
Wednesday, December 25 - CLOSED
Tuesday, December 31 - CLOSE AT 5:00 PM
Wednesday, January 1 - CLOSED




Noon Year's Eve - December 2019

    Tuesday, December 31, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Come ring in the "Noon" Year at the library! Join us for crafts, games, a countdown to noon, a dance party, and more. Light refreshments will be served. All ages. Registration requested. Please call 773-7124 for more information.




Adult Book Club - December 2019

    Monday, December 16, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
   Join us for a discussion of our selection of the month. All are welcome and refreshments will be served. For information on our selection, visit the library's website, or call the library at 773-7124.




Tales for Tails - December 2019

    Saturday, December 28th, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    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. Please call 773-7124 for more information or to register for your session.




Book a Technology Trainer - December 2019

    Saturday, December 14, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    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. Free and open to library patrons age 17 & above. Registration is required. Please call 773-7124.




Family Yoga - December 2019

    Saturday, December 14, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
    Join us for this second Saturdays yoga session for children ages 4-12 & and adult caregiver! Yoga class led by Donna Baia of Kidding Around Yoga. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. No prior yoga experience is needed. Registration and adult participation are required. Please call 773-7124 to register.




Holiday Chocolate Truffle Making- December 2019

    Saturday, December 14, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Tina Ames will show participants how to make homemade, old-fashioned holiday chocolate truffles. Make, taste, and wrap some in holiday wrappings to take home! Everyone gets a recipe to take so you can make your own as a special treat for the holidays! Registration is required. Please call 773-7124. This program is funded by the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library.




LEGO Club - December 2019

    Saturday, December 14th & 28th, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
   Open session of LEGO Club for children ages 6-12 years old. No registration required. Drop in and build.




Toddler Time - December 2019

    Wednesday, December 11th & 18th, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
   Join us for stories, songs, and rhymes for children ages 18 months to 3 years old, with and adult caregiver. Registration is requested. Call 773-7124 for more information.




Preschool Story Time - November/December 2019

    Thursday, December 12 & 19, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
   Ages 3- 5 with caregiver. Join us for stories, songs, crafts, and activities designed to boost early literacy skills for preschool-aged children. Registration required. Please call 773-7124 for more information.




Knitting Club - November 2019

    Monday, December 9 & 28, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    Join our group for help with a project, knitting company, or to knit for charity. Our group is free and all are welcome. For more information, call 773-7124, or visit the library.




Color Your Own Silk Scarf - November 2019

    Saturday, November 23, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    Tina Ames will help you design your own wonderful silk scarf by using sharpies and drugstore alcohol. All participants leave with a beautiful silk scarf of their own creation. This fun and easy project will always get compliments when worn. Great gift idea for the holidays! Registration is required. Please call 773-7124. This program is funded by the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library.




Tales for Tails - November 2019

    Saturday, November 23, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    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. Please call 773-7124 for more information or to register for your session.




Polar Express Pajama Party - November 2019

    Friday, November 22, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    No school? Wear your pajamas to the library and come watch this holiday classic. Make a craft and drink some hot chocolate. Open to ages 6-12, but younger are welcome with a parent or caregiver. Registration requested. Please call 773-7124 for more information.




Quilts & the Underground Railroad - November 2019

   Thursday, November 21, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Theresa Wiater, experienced quilter and retired teacher, Clarence Center Elementary School. For years, it has been believed that women and men used quilts as signals to help men, women and children escape slavery using the Underground Railroad. What were those signals? What did they mean? Is there truth to the signals or is it a fallacy that has been repeated for generations? Learn what the quilt blocks were, what they signified and the story that goes along with it. Registration is not required. This program is funded by the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library.




Adult Book Club - November 2019

    Monday, November 18, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
   Guest Speaker - Christina Abt
   Author Christina Abt will speak to the group about her book "Beauty and Grace" the story of two women, Teagan (Beauty) Cormick and Grace Reid from different worlds and different eras who unite within the haunted walls of Midland, New Jersey's Wood Haven asylum. Teagan guides readers through her early life in Queenstown, County Cork, through her immigration to the US and her institutionalization. Registration is required. Please call 773-7124. Part of the regular GIML Book Club series. Refreshments provided. Order your copy today from any Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.




Discard Book Sale - November 2019

    Friday, November 15, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM & Saturday, November 16, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    The Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library present a Discard Book Sale. Entire Sale: $3 per bag, as much as you can fit. Bags will be provided.




Library Boad Meeting - November 2019

   Thursday, November 7, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM
   Library Board Meetings are held in the meeting room unless otherwise specified.




Book a Technology Trainer - November 2019

    Wednesday, November 13, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
   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. Free and open to library patrons age 17 and above. Registration is required. Please call 773-7124.




Erie Canal STEAM Exploration - November 2019

    Saturday, November 2, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
   Teaching Artist Nancy Baun leads her participants through two important aspects of the Erie Canal 19th Century era using the "technology" of the day -- washboard playing, singing, and fun with compasses included! For students in grades 2-6. Registration required. Please call 773-7124 for more information. This program is made possible through a grant from the New York State Regional Economic Council, NYS Council on the Arts, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.




Minecraft-themed Crafting! - November 2019

    Saturday, November 2, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Make a Minecraft inspired craft to decorate your room or locker. Craft supplies will be provided. Just bring your creativity! Ages 6-12. Registration required. Please call 773-7124 for more information.




Trunk or Treat - October 2019

    Monday, October 28, 4:30 PM -6:00 PM
   Storytimes, crafts, and fun inside the library plus trick-or-treating outside. Please call 773-7124 for more information. Register online. If you would like to be a "trunker" and pass out treats, please call Melissa at 799-4240 or email at melissa@sparklemarketingandevents.com.




Family Yoga - November 2019

    Saturday, November 9, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
   Join us for this second Saturdays yoga session for children ages 4-12 & an adult caregiver! Yoga class is led by Donna Baia of Kidding Around Yoga. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. No prior yoga experience is needed. Registration and parent participation are required. Please call 773-7124 to register.




LEGO Club - October/November 2019

    Saturday, October 26 and November 9th, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
   Open session of LEGO Club for children ages 6-12 years old. No registration required. Drop in and build.




Toddler Time - October/November 2019

    Wednesday, November 13 & 20, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
   Join us for stories, songs, and rhymes for children ages 18 months to 3 years old, with and adult caregiver. Registration is requested. Call 773-7124 for more information.




Preschool Story Time - October/November 2019

    Thursday, November 14 & 21, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
   Ages 3- 5 with caregiver. Join us for stories, songs, crafts, and activities designed to boost early literacy skills for preschool-aged children. Registration required. Please call 773-7124 for more information.




Hawk Creek Wildlife Center - Silent Hunters of the Night - October 2019

    Saturday, October 26, 3:00 pm - 4:00 PM
    Discover owls of North America by sight and sound! Learn the difference between the myth and reality of these silent hunters. This program spotlights owls and the features that make them unique among raptors. Registration requested. Please call 773-7124 for more information. Recommended ages 6 - 12.




Tales for Tails - October 2019

    Saturday, October 26, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
   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 beharior tested and therapy certified. Family program - all ages. Please call 773-7124 for more information or to register for your session.




Book a Technology Trainer - October 2019

    Thursday, October 24, 4:00 pm - 7:00 PM
   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. Call 773-7124 to register for your 45 minute session.




Adult Book Club - October 2019

    Monday, October 21, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
   Join us for a discussion of our selection of the month. All are welcome and refreshments will be served. For information on our selection, visit the Library's website or call the Library.




Grand Island Memorial Library Remodeling News - October 2019

    There are a lot of exciting remodeling projects coming up in November including new carpeting, a new circulation desk, and an interior lighting upgrade project. The main floor of the library will be closed to the public from Monday, November 4th to Saturday, November 9th and closed for Veterans Day on Monday, November 11th.
   There will be minimal services offered in the meeting room and the library’s vestibule during this week including: circulation (check in and check out), reference services, requested hold pick up, regular programming in the meeting room, a public computer workstation (minus printing), and book drop returns.
    The BECPL Bookmobile will be on site in the parking lot on the following days: Monday, November 4th from 9am-3pm, Friday, November 8th from 9am-2pm, Saturday, November 9th from 9am-3pm. As we move forward with plans, more information will be shared. If you have any questions, please call 773-7124 and ask for the library director.




Toddler Time - October 2019

    Wednesday, October 2, 9 & 16, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
   Join us for stories, songs, and rhymes for children ages 18 months to 3 years old, with and adult caregiver. Registration is requested. Call 773-7124 for more information.




Knitting Club - October 2019

    Monday, October 14th, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
   Join our group for help with a project, knitting company, or to knit for charity. Our group is free and all are welcome. for more information, call 773-7124, or visit the library.




Family Yoga - September 2019

    Saturday, October 12, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
   Join us for this second Saturdays yoga session for children ages 4-12 & an adult caregiver! Yoga class is led by Donna Baia of Kidding Around Yoga. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. No prior yoga experience is needed. Registration and parent participation are required. Please call 773-7124 to register.




Donated Book Sale - September 2019

    Friday, October 4, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Members Night) & Saturday, October 5, 10:00 AM - 3: PM (Bag Sale Day)
    The Friends of the Grand Island Library present a Donated Book Sale. Friday night is members only. $5 Friends memberships available at the door. Most items $1 or less on Friday. Saturday is bag sale day. Fill a bag for $5 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Fill a bag for $2 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Proceeds to benefit the Grand Island Memorial Library.
   **MATERIAL DONATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER 9/30/19 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO LIBRARY REMODEL**




Knitting Club - September 2019

    Monday, September 23rd, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
   Join our group for help with a project, knitting company, or to knit for charity. Our group is free and all are welcome. for more information, call 773-7124, or visit the library.




Tales for Tails - September 2019

    Saturday, September 28, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
   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. Please call 773-7124 for more information or to register for your session.




LEGO Club - September 2019

    Saturday, September 28 & October 12th, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
   Open session of LEGO Club for children ages 6-12 years old. No registration required. Drop in and build.




Preschool Story Time - September 2019

    Thursday, September 26, and October, 3 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
   Ages 3- 5 with caregiver. Join us for stories, songs, crafts, and activities designed to boost early literacy skills for preschool-aged children. Registration required. Please call 773-7124 for more information.




Toddler Time - September 2019

    Wednesday, September 25 and October 2, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
   Join us for stories, songs, and rhymes for children ages 18 months to 3 years old, with and adult caregiver. Registration is requested. Call 773-7124 for more information.




Adult Book Club - September 2019

    Monday, September 16, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Join us for a discussion of our selection of the month. All are welcome and refreshments will be served. For information on our selection, visit the library's website, or call the library at 773-7124.




Library Closed on Labor Day - August 2019

    The Library will be closed on Monday, September 2 in observance of Labor Day. Saturday, September 7th will be the first open Saturday.



Library Board Meeting - September 2019

    Thursday, September 12, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
   Library Board meetings are held in the meeting room unless otherwise specified.




Knitting Club - September 2019

    Monday, September 9 & 23rd, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
   Join our group for help with a project, knitting company, or to knit for charity. Our group is free and all are welcome. for more information, call 773-7124, or visit the library.




Adult Book Club - August 2019

    Monday, August 19, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM.
    Join us for a discussion of our selection of the month. All are welcome and refreshments will be served. For information on our selection, visit the library's website, or call the library.




Local Author Visit: Michael L. Hawley - August 2019

    Tuesday, August 13th at 6:00 pm.
    Local Author Visit: Michael L. Hawley - "Jack the Ripper and the Whitechapel Murders"
    Michael Hawley will lead a discussion of his books surrounding Rochester resident, Dr. Francis Tumblety, a key suspect in the 1888 Whitechapel murders, famously known as the Jack the Ripper murders. New evidence has been discovered, showcased in Michael L. Hawley's latest two books, The Ripper's Haunts and Jack the Ripper Suspect Dr. Francis Tumblety. He will also be discussing even newer evidence: a subject of his new book. A book signing will follow the presentation. No registration is required.




Niagara University Repertory Theatre (N.U.R.T.) - August 2019

    Tuesday, August 13, 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
   Recommended for children entering K-6th grades. Parents welcome! Come enjoy an up-close glimpse at youth theatre. You don't want to miss this hilarious and entertaining performance by NU theatre students. Registration requested. Call 773-7124 for more information.




French & Sicilian Cookery: Recipes from Our Mothers' Apron Strings- August 2019

    Monday, August 12, 6:30 PM - 7:45 P
   SUMMER SERIES Featuring Linda Critelli and Sal Bordonaro. Enjoy cooking demos, recipes, tastings and talk! August 12th: Stuffed Vegetables and Pasta Primavera. Please call 773-7124 to register.




Knitting Club - August 2019

    Monday, August 12, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
   Join our group for help with a project, knitting company, or to knit for charity. Our group is free and all are welcome. for more information, call 773-7124, or visit the library.




Book a Tech Trainer - August 2019

    Friday, August 9, 1:00 pm - 4:00 PM
    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. Call 773-7124 to book your 45 minute session.




End of Summer Reading Celebration - August 2019

    Tuesday, August 6, 1:00 pm - 2:30 PM - For all Summer Reading Participants
    Including a special performance "Circus for All!" with Benjamin Berry. Plus ice cream, face painting, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and bike raffle drawings! Thank you to the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library for their generous support. Registration requested. Call 773-7124 for more information.




The Larkin Company- August 2019

    Monday, August 5, 6:00 pm - 7:00 PM
    Speaker: Shane Stephenson, director of Museum Collections, Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park; owner Archives in the Buff. Learn the history of the small soap factory turned multimillion-dollar company. Registration is not necessary.




Rock N Roll Buffalo - July 2019

    Thursday, August 1, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
   Speaker: Rick Falkowski, author, founder of The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame
    A review of the musicians, bands, DJs, clubs, concert halls and personalities that brought rock music to the Buffalo area. Starting with the beginning of Rock N Roll in the 50's, this presentation will focus on rock music, but will cover all styles of music performed in WNY through the mid-1980's. Includes info and photos from the book History of Buffalo Music and Entertainment. Registration is NOT required.




Passport to Reading - July 2019

   July 22 - September 8, 2019
    Pick up a "passport" at any Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. As you visit each library, have your "passport" stamped and fill out a ticket for a chance to win a prize. If you visit ALL libraries and have your "passport" stamped at each, see staff to enter for the Grand Prize! For information, call 716-858-8900.




Library Board Meeting - July 2019

   Thursday, July 25, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
   Library Board Meetings are held in the Meeting Room unless otherwise specified.




Quilt Patterns - July 2019

   Thursday, July 25, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
   Presenter: Theresa Wiatr, experienced quilter, retired teacher at Clarence Center Elementary School.    Log Cabin, Bear Paw, Jacob's Ladder, Seven Sisters - why are quilt patterns given such unusual names and what do they mean? For decades, people have been making heirloom quilts for their families and to give as gifts. Learn the history behind the names of historic quilts and take a look at these patterns in quilts the presenter has made and collected. Registration is NOT required.




Tales for Tails - July 2019

   Friday, July 26, 1:00 pm - 2:00 PM
   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. Please call 773-7124 for more information or to register for your session. No online registration for this event.




Tuesday and Thursday Summer Preschool Storytime - July 2019

    Tuesday, July 9, July 16 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
   Thursday, July 11, July 18, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Ages 3-5. Join us for stories, songs, crafts, and activities designed to boost early literacy skills for preschool-aged children. Parents or caregiver must remain in library during program. Registration required. Please call 773-7124.




Summer Reading Club - July 2019

   Tuesday, July 9, July 16 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Thursday, July 11, July 18, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
   Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 2 - August 1. For children entering K - 6th grades in the Fall. Prizes! Games! Fun! Science! Crafts! Registration is required for each date. Please call 773-7124 for more information.




Poetry Reading and Favorite Poem Night - July 2019

   Thursday, July 11, 6:00 pm - 7:30 PM
   It's Poetry Night on Grand Island! Kicking off the evening, local poet Katherine Hastings will read selections from her three books of poetry. Following her reading, Hastings will invite members of the audience to come up to read one poem by one of their own favorite poets.do you have a poem you love? Would you like to share it on July 11? We hope so! If you do, contact Katherine at kfhastings@mac.com. She'll want to know which poem you plan to read and why this particular poem is special to you. This will be a casual friendly group. Come enjoy the reading, and then share your own favorite poem!




Toddler Lapsit Summer Session - July 2019

    Wednesday, July 10, July 17, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Join us for stories, songs, and rhymes for children, ages 18 months - 3 years old, with an adult caregiver. Registration is required. Call 773-7124 for more information.




Summer LEGO Club - July 2019

   Friday, July 12, July 19, August 2nd, August 9th, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
   Open session of LEGO Club for children ages 6-12 years old. No registration necessary! Drop-in and build




Summer Painting Series - July 2019

   Not Available/ Fully Booked - Monday, July 8, July 22, July 29, 6:00 PM - 7:45 PM
   Master Crafter Kathleen Rumfola will host a four week painting series introducing new art techniques with each class, including how to use a liner, flat, and round brush, as well as painting tools and tips that will increase your skill set with each class attended. This program will be held on Mondays in July. Separate registration is required for each week. Please call 773-7124 to register, or for more information.




Family Movie Night - July 2019

   Tuesday July 16, 6:00 pm - 7:30 PM
   Join us for a family movie night to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon! We will watch the riveting story of this pioneering mission led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. Popcorn will be provided, but please bring your own reusable water bottle. Registration required. Stop by the library or call 773-7124 for more information.




Walk Through the Solar System - July 2019

   Thursday, July 18, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
   Full immersion walk through our solar system for all ages! Spiral into the solar system on a glow in the dark path past solar-size planets with their moons, read about their discovery and the elements that they are made of at each planet. Dodge asteroids as you spiral out and learn about constellations and comets too! This program will inspire young and old alike to learn more about what science is doing to explore our solar system. Registration required. Limited to 50 participants. Please stop by the library or call 773-7124 to register or for more information.




Music & Video Streaming Workshop- July 2019

   Friday, July 19, 10:00 AM - 12:00 pm - PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME
   An introduction focused on free streaming services which allow you to listen to music and podcasts and to watch movies and episodic shows. Find out what you need to stream media to your TV or mobile device. Also discussed is cord cutting, Bluetooth, and wirelessly casting videos to a TV. Skill level: Intermediate Requirements: mouse, typing, and internet skills. Free and open to library patrons age 17 & above. Registration is required. Please call 773-7124.




Read Down Your Fines - July 2019

   July 8 - September 21, 2019
   For children ages 16 and under: Read at the library and earn Reading Bucks to pay off your fines. Reading Bucks can be redeemed through October 7, 2019. For information, ask at any library or visit the library website at http://www.BuffaloLib.org.




Passport to Reading - July 2019

   July 8 - September 21, 2019
    Pick up a "passport" at any Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. As you visit each library, have your "passport" stamped and fill out a ticket for a chance to win a prize. If you visit ALL libraries and have your "passport" stamped at each, see staff to enter for the Grand Prize! For information, call 716-858-8900.




Adult Book Club - July 2019

   Monday, July 15, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Join us for a discussion of our selection of the month. All are welcome and refreshments will be served. For information on our selection, visit the library's website or call the library.




Tuesday Summer Preschool Storytime- June 2019

   Tuesday, July 2, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Ages 3-5. Join us for stories, songs, crafts, and activities designed to boost early literacy skills for preschool-aged children. Parents or caregiver must remain in library during program. Registration required. Please call 773-7124.




Summer Painting Series - June 2019

   Monday, July 1, 6:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Master Crafter Kathleen Rumfola will host a four week painting series introducing new art techniques with each class, including how to use a liner, flat, and round brush, as well as painting tools and tips that will increase your skill set with each class attended. This program will be held on Mondays in July. Separate registration is required for each week. Please call 773-7124 to register, or for more information.




Tales for Tails - June 2019

   Friday, June 28, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    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. Please call 773-7124 for more information or to register for your session.




Summer LEGO Club - June 2019

   Friday, June 28 and July 5, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Open session of LEGO Club for children ages 6-12 years old. No registration necessary! Drop-in and build.




Summer Reading Club - June 2019

   Tuesday & Thursday, starting July 2, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
   Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 2 - August 1. For children entering K - 6th grades in the Fall. Prizes! Games! Fun! Science! Crafts! Registration is required for each date. Please call 773-7124 for more information.




Summer Reading Kickoff - June 2019

   Thursday, June 27, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
   Join us as we kick off this summer's reading program - A Universe of Stories! Mad Science of WNY will be taking us on a voyage of discovery to the sun, moon, and stars! Grab your astronaut suit and gear up for a summer full of fun! It will be a BLAST! Seating limited to the first 100 attendees. Performance open to all ages, but recommended for ages 6-12. While you're here for the show you can get registered for summer reading, and receive both your reading bag and your first summer reading game card. Call 773-7124 for more information.




Books, Balls, and Blocks- June 2019

   Thursday, June 27, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Presented by Help Me Grow WNY. This FREE event includes games, crafts, early childhood and literacy screenings, stories, giveaways, and more! For parents and their children ages 4 months - 6 years. Registration is required. Please call 773-7124 for more information.




Toddler Lapsit Summer Session - June 2019

   Wednesday, June 26 and July 3, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
   Join us for stories, songs, and rhymes for children, ages 18 months - 3 years old, with an adult caregiver. Registration is required. Call 773-7124 for more information.




2019 Battle of the Books Parent Information Night and Registration - June 2019

   Tuesday, June 25, 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    Are you a student entering 6th, 7th, 8th, or 9th grade in the Fall of 2019? Are you interested in joining one of Grand Island's Battle of the Books teams? Bring a parent and please attend this brief information session, and register to participate in the 21st annual Battle of the Books (occurring Saturday, August 3rd). Meet the coaches and get your books! No need to register for the information night. Call 773-7124 for more information.




French & Sicilian Cookery: Recipes From Our Mothers' Apron Strings - June 2019

   Monday, June 24, 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
    Featuring Linda Critelli and Sal Bordonaro. Enjoy cooking demos, recipes, tastings, and talk! June 24th will focus on Grilled Pork Loin (Lonza di Maiale Grigliati). Three Monday sessions will be held for this summer series; separate registration is required for each session. Please call 773-7124 to register, or for more information.




Knitting Club - June 2019

   Monday, June 24, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
   Join our group for help with a project, knitting company, or to knit for charity. Our group is free and all are welcome. For more information, call 773-7124 or visit the library.




Sensory Playtime - June 2019

   Friday, June 21, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
   Ages 2-5 *with caregiver.* Be prepared to get a little messy! Drop in with your curious little ones and let them explore, discover, create, and play! Sensory play promotes language development, fine/gross motor skills, social interaction, and can help with pre-writing skills too. Plus, it's a lot of FUN for both child and caregiver. Registration is not required. Please call the library at 773-7124 for more information.




Simplify your life...and see magic happen! - June 2019

   Thursday, June 20, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
   Local artist and blogger for Mother Earth News, Tina Ames, will host a four week series on living simply. June 20, Week 3: More Money Misc. Ways to save money, make money, trade with others, etc. Separate registration is required for each week; call the library at 773-7124.
June 27, Week 4: What's Next? What happens next, after I do all of this? Show me the Magic! Separate registration is required for each week; call the library at 773-7124.




Adult Book Club - June 2019

    Monday, June 17, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
   Join us for a discussion of our selection of the month. All are welcome and refreshments will be served. For information on our selection, visit the library's website, or call the library at 773-7124.




Book Sale Room Hours - June 2019

    The Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library book sale room hours:
Monday and Thursday: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tuesday: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wednesday, Friday: 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.




Polish Herbs, Flowers, and Folk Medicine - May 2019

   Tuesday, May 28, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
   Local author Sophie Hodorowicz Knab will lead a discussion on the herbs and flowers of Poland and how they were used in customs and traditions. Come and get some ideas on how to incorporate your own culture and family history into your garden. This program is funded by the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library.




Special Book Discussion: The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City - May 2019

   Monday, May 20, 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
   Guest Speaker: Melissa Brown, Director of the Buffalo History Museum. Part of the regular Grand Island Memorial Library Book Club series. Refreshments provided. Registration is recommended, please call 773-7124. May is One Community One Book month at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries! Read it now -- the 2019 featured title: "The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City: Spectacle and Assassination at the 1901 World's Fair" by Margaret Creighton.




Toddler Lapsit Winter/Spring Session - May 2019

   Wednesday, May 22, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
   Join us for stories, songs, and rhymes for children ages 18 months - 3 years old, with an adult caregiver. Registration is required. Call 773-7124 for more information.




Preschool Storytime Winter/Spring Session - May 2019

   Thursday, May 23, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
   Ages 3-5 *with caregiver.* Join us for stories, songs, crafts, and activities, designed to boost early literacy skills for preschool-aged children. Registration is required. Please call 773-7124 for more information.




Sensory Playtime - May 2019

   Friday, May 24, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Ages 2-5 with caregiver. Be prepared to get a little messy! Drop in with your curious little ones and let them explore, discover, create, and play! Sensory play promotes language development, fine/gross motor skills, social interaction, and can help with pre-writing skills, too. Plus it's a lot of FUN for both child and caregiver. Registration is not required. Please call the library at 773-7124 for more information.




Grand Island Memorial Library Board Meeting - May 2019

   Thursday, May 16, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
   The May meeting of the Grand Island Memorial Library Board of Trustees has been rescheduled to this date, in the staff lounge at the library.




Spring Floral Wreath Painting - April 2019

   Saturday, May 11, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
   Challenge your artistic skills using sea sponges, cotton swabs, and a liner and flat brush to paint a beautiful spring floral wreath (perfect for gift giving). Local artisan Kathleen Rumfola will teach several techniques during this introduction to "craft painting" class. Registration is required. Please call 773-7124. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library.




Author Visit: Lissa Marie Redmond - April 2019

   Thursday, May 9, 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
   Local author Lissa Marie Redmond will lead a discussion of her newest book The Murder Book: A Cold Case Investigation. Copies of the book will be available. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library.




Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library - April 2019

   Thursday, May 9, 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    Annual meeting of the Friends membership. Stay afterwards for local author Lissa Marie Redmond as she leads a discussion of her second book The Murder Book.
    Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library will hold their Annual Meeting including elections on Thursday, May 9th at 6 pm at the Library. The following slate of officers and board members is proposed: President - Mary Cooke, Recording Secretary – Trisha Birtz, Board Members – Marie Volpe, Russ Person, (open). A proposal to amend the By-Laws to indicate that 3 unexcused absences from board meetings will be considered resignation will be voted on. A proposal to increase the annual dues from $3 per year to $5 per year will be considered. The short business meeting will be followed by a presentation at 6:30 by local author, Lissa Marie, Redmon, author of The Murder Book. Refreshments will be provided and all are invited to attend.




Sensory Playtime - April 2019

   Friday, May 24, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Ages 2-5 with caregiver. Be prepared to get a little messy! Drop in with your curious little ones and let them explore, discover, create, and play! Sensory play promotes language development, fine/gross motor skills, social interaction, and can help with pre-writing skills, too. Plus it's a lot of FUN for both child and caregiver.




Toddler Time - April 2019

   Wednesday, May 8, 15 & 22, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Join us for stories and songs for children ages 18 months - 3 years old, with an adult caregiver. Registration is requested. Call or visit the library to register. Wednesdays February 6th - May 22nd at 10:30 a.m.




Preschool Story Hour - April 2019

   Thursday, May 2, 9, 16, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
   Join us for stories, songs, crafts and games for children ages 3 - 5 years old. Registration is required. Call or visit the library to register. Thursday Morning session: February 7th - May 23rd, at 10:30 a.m.




Spring Lego Club - April 2019

   Saturday, April 27th and May 11th at 10:30 a.m. - noon. Open session of Lego Club for children ages 6 - 12 years old. No registration necessary. Drop-in and build.


eBooks & eReaders - April 2019

   Saturday, May 4, 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM -Skill level: Advanced
   This workshop is designed as a practical, hands-on introduction to downloading eBooks from the library's website for use on personal electronic devices. The focus will be on the Book, Kindle, iPad, & Android devices. There will be a demonstration of the steps required to download and activate necessary software, along with tips to effectively search and browse our OverDrive catalog.
   Requirements: BECPL library card, mouse and internet skills, eDevice and any usernames or passwords associated with it. Device must be charged and registered. Registration is required for this program. Free and open to library patrons age 17 & above.


Library Board Meeting - April 2019

   Thursday, May 2, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
   Library Board meetings are held in the meeting room of the library unless otherwise specified.


Tales for Tails - April 2019

   Saturday, April 27 and May 11th, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    Share a story with a therapy dog from 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. Please call 773-7124 for more information or to register for your session. No online registration for this event.




Knitting Club - April 2019

    Monday, May 13th , 1:30 - 4:00 pm Join our group for help with a project, knitting company, or to knit for charity. Our group is free and all are welcome. For more information, call 773-7124, or visit the library.


Introduction to Balloon Sculpture with Gravitational Bull - April 2019

   Thursday, April 25, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
   Ages 8 and up, though younger are welcome with an adult. This is a fun and imaginative introduction to the art of balloon structure. Inflating, tying, managing the air within the balloon, lock twists, fold twists, and other techniques are all demonstrated. Participants will make balloon sculptures all on their own and are encouraged to merge their newly acquired skill with their own limitless imagination to come up with their works of art. This program helps students develop dexterity and creativity, and is just plain fun! Registration required. Limited to 25 participants. Call 773-7124 for more information.


Pom Pom Pals - April 2019

   Wednesday, April 24, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
   Want a fuzzy friend to call your own? Come learn how to make your own pom pom creations with items you can find around your house! We'll provide the materials for you to get started -- once you learn the basics, the possibilities are endless! Recommended for ages 6-10. Registration required. Please call the Grand Island Memorial Library at 773-7124 for further details.


Create a Mini-Book: Earth Day - April 2019

   Tuesday, April 23, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
   Join Mr. David for this creative, fun, hands-on workshop in which you will make your own mini-book with an Earth Day theme. You will leave with a completed work to show off to your family and friends. Registration required, call 773-7124 or visit the library to do so. Limited to 30 participants. Recommended for ages 6 and up, but younger are welcome with a parent.




Knitting Club - April 2019

    Monday, April 22nd , 1:30 - 4:00 pm Join our group for help with a project, knitting company, or to knit for charity. Our group is free and all are welcome. For more information, call 773-7124, or visit the library.


French and Sicilian Cookery: Recipes From Our Mothers' Apron Strings - April 2019

   Monday, April 29, May 6th, 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
   Featuring Linda Critelli and Sal Bordonaro. Four Monday sessions at 6:30 PM. Enjoy cooking demos, recipes, tastings, and talk! This session will focus on Meat. Separate registration is required for each session. Call 773-7124 to register. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library.


Checkers & Snoozer's Easter Show plus Spring Fun Activities - April 2019

   Friday, April 19, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM. Easter Activities.
   Following the Grand Island Recreation Department's Easter Egg Hunt at 10 am, the Grand Island Memorial Library will be hosting spring fun activities and a Checkers & Snoozer Easter-themed show. Library activities will begin at 11:00 am and the show will begin at 11:30. YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THE SHOW. SEATING IS LIMITED TO 100. Please call 773-7124 or visit the library to register.


Papermaking with Tina Ames - April 2019

   Saturday, April 13, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM.
    In this hands-on workshop, Tina will teach the basics of how to create beautiful sheets of paper using recycled materials and flower petals. So easy and so much fun, participants will make sheets in class and take some home. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call 773-7124. This program is funded by the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library.


Adult Book Club - April 2019

    Monday, April 15, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM. Join us for a discussion of our selection of the month. All are welcome and refreshments will be served. For information on our selection, visit the library's website or call the library at 773-7124.


Mobile Dome Planetarium - April 2019

   Saturday, April 6, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM. 2 one-hour sessions to choose from: 12:00 PM or 1:00 PM.
    Best of the Hubble Telescope. This program is designed for ages 8 and up. Family-friendly, adults are encouraged to attend.
    Take a fantastic tour of your universe as seen through the eyes of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). With some of the finest pictures ever released from this orbiting observatory, see new planet pictures, awesome new stars still shrouded in gas, and even dying stars. Peer at galaxies in deep space, and see these star cities colliding into each other. All seen through the eyes of the Hubble Space Telescope. Seasonal constellations are shown during the second part of the planetarium visit.
    Registration is required; please call 773-7124. Please also choose which session you would like to attend when registering. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library.


Rock Cactus Painting - April 2019

   Monday, April 8, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
   Local master crafter, Kathleen Rumfola, will host this workshop focused on rock painting, specifically to look like cacti. The second part of the workshop will focus on arranging the completed "cacti" into a decorative potted "plant." Each participant will be able to assemble and take home their very own creation. Registration is required. Please call 773-7124. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library.


Shakespeare on the Human Experience - April 2019

   Thursday, April 11, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
   Presented by Brendan Didio of Shakespeare in Delaware Park. Through his rich language, Shakespeare often gives us insight into what it means to be human. Woven into his text are profound statements on the human experience that have endured for over 400 years. We will be exploring how we can apply Shakespeare's perceptiveness to our day-to-day lives, and hopefully come away with a newfound understanding of our own. Registration recommended. Please call 773-7124. This program is funded by the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library.




Sensory Playtime - April 2019

   Friday, April 12, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
   Ages 2-5 *with caregiver.* Be prepared to get a little messy! Drop in with your curious little ones and let them explore, discover, create, and play! Sensory play promotes language development, fine/gross motor skills, social interaction, and can help with pre-writing skills too. Plus it's a lot of FUN for both child and caregiver! Registration is not required. Please call the library at 773-7124 for more information.




Knitting Club - April 2019

    Monday, April 8th and 22nd, 1:30 - 4:00 pm Join our group for help with a project, knitting company, or to knit for charity. Our group is free and all are welcome. For more information, call 773-7124, or visit the library.




Family Storytime - April 2019

   Saturday, April 6, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
   Family storytime is a small group atmosphere with songs, stories, and activities that will help you and your child feel comfortable joining in. Please call 773-7124 to register or for more information. Registration is limited to 10 families.




Spring Lego Club - April 2019

   Saturday, April 13th and 27th at 10:30 a.m. - noon. Open session of Lego Club for children ages 6 - 12 years old. No registration necessary. Drop-in and build.




Friends of the Library Board Meeting- April 2019

   Monday, April 1, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    The meeting of the Board of the Friends will be held in the library meeting room.




Kombucha Catch-Up #2 - April 2019

   Monday, April 1, 5:45 PM - 6:15 PM, Presenter: Adria Ryan
    If you came to the kombucha class on January 28th, have started on your kombucha making journey, and have more questions, then come to this "Catch-Up" discussion for kombucha making support. If you missed the class and would like to start making your own kombucha, feel free to stop in with your questions. Registration is recommended. Please call 773-7124.




Omnipresent Puppet Theater presents "The Tortoise and The Hare" - March 2019

   Saturday, March 30, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
   Join us for Omnipresent's version of the classic folk tale "The Tortoise and The Hare." Fun for all ages! Children under the age of 6 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required. Please call the library at 773-7124 for more information.




DNA Testing for Genealogy - March 2019

   Thursday, March 28, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
   Presenter: Rhonda Hoffman, Genealogy Librarian, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
    Are you considering a DNA test to learn about your heritage? Join us to learn the basics of genetic genealogy, including the types of DNA testing, what testing can tell you, how DNA can be applied to genealogy research, and DNA testing for adoption/unknown parentage. Registration is required. Please call 773-7124.




Case Studies from the Asylum - March 2019

   Monday, March 25, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Presenter: Roseanne Higgins, author, adjunct professor of Anthropology, SUNY Buffalo
    Actual records from the Erie County Poorhouse and hospital ledgers for patients with an insanity diagnosis, the history of the asylum, and how it evolved, as New York State laws changed, will be discussed. Roseanna is also the author of the 'Orphans and Inmates' historical fiction series of books set in Buffalo during the 19th century. The discussion is based on the research done for this book series. The books will be available after the discussion. Registration recommended. Please call 773-7124. This program is funded by the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library.




Family Storytime - March 2019

   Saturday, March 16, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
   Family storytime is a small group atmosphere with songs, stories, and activities that will help you and your child feel comfortable joining in. Please call 773-7124 to register or for more information. Registration is limited to 10 families.




Winter Lego Club - March 2019

   Saturday, March 23rd at 10:30 a.m. - noon. Open session of Lego Club for children ages 6 - 12 years old. No registration necessary. Drop-in and build.




Toddler Time - March 2019

    Join us for stories and songs for children ages 18 months - 3 years old, with an adult caregiver. Registration is requested. Call or visit the library to register. Wednesdays February 6th - May 22nd at 10:30 a.m.




Preschool Story Hour - March 2019

   Join us for stories, songs, crafts and games for children ages 3 - 5 years old. Registration is required. Call or visit the library to register. Thursday Morning session: February 7th - May 23rd, at 10:30 a.m.




Sensory Playtime - March 2019

   Friday, March 15th & 29th, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
   Ages 2-5 *with caregiver.* Be prepared to get a little messy! Drop in with your curious little ones and let them explore, discover, create, and play! Sensory play promotes language development, fine/gross motor skills, social interaction, and can help with pre-writing skills too. Plus it's a lot of FUN for both child and caregiver! Registration is not required. Please call the library at 773-7124 for more information.




Knitting Club - March 2019

    Mondays, March 11th & 25th, 1:30 - 4:00 pm Join our group for help with a project, knitting company, or to knit for charity. Our group is free and all are welcome. For more information, call 773-7124, or visit the library.




Tales for Tails - March 2019

   Saturday, March 23rd, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
   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. Please call 773-7124 for more information or to register for your session. No online registration for this event.




Life on a Coral Reef - March 2019

   Saturday, March 23rd, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
   Local retired teacher, underwater photographer, and coral reef expert Mary Lou Frost will share the wonders of a coral reef through photography, discussion, and a craft at the end for younger participants. All ages, family-friendly. Registration recommended. Please call 773-7124.




Adult Book Club - March 2019

   Monday, March 18th, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
   Join us for a discussion of our selection of the month. All are welcome and refreshments will be served. For information on our selection, visit the library's website or call the library at 773-7124.




Donated Book Sale - March 2019

   Friday, March 8th, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Saturday, March 9th, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    The Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library will be sponsoring a used book sale at the Library on March 8th and 9th . The sale will be from 5 pm to 7 pm on Friday, for Friends members. Annual memberships available at the door for $3. Join us on members’ night for the best choice in current fiction, non-fiction and children’s books galore! The hours for the bag sale on Saturday will be from 10 am to 3 pm. The sale will include a special deal: “Fill a bag” for $5 from 10 am to 1 pm and the clearance sale from 1 to 3 pm ($3 per bag). Bags will be provided, or bring your own. Proceeds from the Friends membership dues and the sale of donated books is used to sponsor programs and purchase materials for the Grand Island Memorial library. Support your library! Become a Friends member for on-going special deals in the used book room and advanced notice of special programs. Membership applications available at the front desk in the library. For additional information, call the library at 773-7124.




Make Your Own Apple Cider Vinegar with Tina Ames - March 2019

   Monday, March 4th, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
   Make Your Own Apple Cider Vinegar with Tina Ames. Apple Cider Vinegar is something you can use every day in your home. The health benefits are amazing! In this hands-on workshop, Tina will guide you on how to make apple cider vinegar at home from your apple scraps. Each participant will create and take home a small bottle to start. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call 773-7124. This program is funded by the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library.




Book a Technology Trainer - March 2019

   Saturday, March 2nd, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
   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. Free and open to library patrons age 17 and above. Registration is required. Please call 773-7124.




Sensory Playtime - March 2019

   Friday, March 1st, 15th, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
   Ages 2-5 *with caregiver.* Be prepared to get a little messy! Drop in with your curious little ones and let them explore, discover, create, and play! Sensory play promotes language development, fine/gross motor skills, social interaction, and can help with pre-writing skills too. Plus it's a lot of FUN for both child and caregiver! Registration is not required. Please call the library at 773-7124 for more information.




Free Tax Help for Your 2018 Returns - February 2019

   Thursday, February 28th, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM, By Appointment Only
    At the Grand Island Memorial Library, by appointment only. Please call 716-286-8171 to set up an appointment and for more information. Niagara University Accounting Students, the Accounting Society, and Beta Alpha Psi students will electronically file your federal and state tax returns. Short form only. No stock sales, itemized deductions, or business expenses. Just bring your tax documents and we will do the rest. NOTE: Bring SS cards for all individuals that will be on the return, and photo ID for all Adults on return.




Kombucha Catch-Up - February 2019

   Monday, February 25th, 5:45 PM - 6:15 PM, Presenter: Adria Ryan
    If you came to the kombucha class on January 28th, have started on your kombucha making journey, and have more questions, then come to this "Catch-Up" discussion for kombucha making support. If you missed the class and would like to start making your own kombucha, feel free to stop in with your questions. Registration is recommended. Please call 773-7124.




Knitting Club - February 2019

    Mondays, February 25th & March 11th, 1:30 - 4:00 pm Join our group for help with a project, knitting company, or to knit for charity. Our group is free and all are welcome. For more information, call 773-7124, or visit the library.




Shakespeare on the Human Experience - February 2019

   Thursday, February 28th, 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
    Presented by Brendan Didio of Shakespeare in Delaware Park. Through his rich language, Shakespeare often gives us insight into what it means to be human. Woven into his text are profound statements on the human experience that have endured for over 400 years. We will be exploring how we can apply Shakespeare's perceptiveness to our day-to-day lives, and hopefully come away with a newfound understanding of our own. Registration recommended. Please call 773-7124 for more information. This program is funded by the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library.




JumpBunch Fun and Fitness Class - February 2019

   Friday, February 22nd, 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM, Ages 6-12.
   Keep fit this February break with this fun fitness-themed class. Team up and play some indoor sports and games with your peers. All equipment provided. Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers! Bring your own water bottle. JumpBunch coaches are trained and screened to provide a safe environment for kids. Limited to 20 participants. Registration required. Please call 773-7124 for more information.




February Break Yoga Class - February 2019

   Thursday, February 21st, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, for ages 6-12.
    Send your child on a peaceful journey in this fun-filled class taught by Donna Baia from Kidding Around Yoga! Through music, storytelling, games and more, children will practice yoga poses plus breathing and relaxation techniques that are useful in their daily lives. The class will end with a special guided relaxation activity that is a class favorite! Space is limited. Registration required. Please bring your own yoga mat if you have one. Call 773-7124 for more information.




Storytime & Craft - February 2019

   My Friends Make Me Happy! A Storytime featuring the works of Jan Thomas.
   Thursday, February 21st, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM. Recommended for ages 3-6.
   Join us as we enter the silly world of author Jan Thomas and her friends! This program for preschool-aged children will feature stories, games, and a craft. Adults and children will be delighted by the adventures of these goofy critters! Registration is required. Please call the library at 773-7124 for more information.




(Hula) Hoop Making Party - February 2019

    Wednesday, February 20th, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM,
    This program will begin by explaining the secret to finding the perfect size for a beginner hoop. Next, Benjamin will demonstrate how to build and connect hoops, followed by members choosing their colors, tapes, and materials to decorate their hoop. All supplies provided.
    Benjamin will break down the fundamentals of waist hooping and a couple of off-body techniques for program participants. Everyone will leave with all of the tools they need to enjoy their new hoop for fitness, expression, and play! Limited to 20 participants. Registration required. Please call the library at 773-7124 for more information.




Kids' Snowshoe Hike with Reinstein Woods - February 2018

    Tuesday, February 19th, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Ages 6-12.
    Come explore the natural beauty around the Grand Island Memorial Library with staff from Reinstein Woods. Find animal tracks in the snow and make some tracks of your own as we learn how fun snowshoeing can be! Snowshoes will be provided. Please dress for the weather! Parents encouraged to join the hike, but no adult snowshoes will be provided. Limited to 20 children. Please call the library at 773-7124 for more information.




Winter Lego Club - January 2019

   Saturdays, January 26th, February 9th & 23rd at 10:30 a.m. - noon. Open session of Lego Club for children ages 6 - 12 years old. No registration necessary. Drop-in and build.




Toddler Time - January 2019

    Join us for stories and songs for children ages 18 months - 3 years old, with an adult caregiver. Registration is requested. Call or visit the library to register. Wednesdays February 6th - May 22nd at 10:30 a.m.




Preschool Story Hour - January 2019

   Join us for stories, songs, crafts and games for children ages 3 - 5 years old. Registration is required. Call or visit the library to register. Thursday Morning session: February 7th - May 23rd, at 10:30 a.m.




Knitting Club - January 2019

    Mondays, February 11th & 25th, 1:30 - 4:00 pm Join our group for help with a project, knitting company, or to knit for charity. Our group is free and all are welcome. For more information, call 773-7124, or visit the library.




Professional Culinary Academy Information Table - January 2019

   Tuesday, January 15th, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m.
   The Professional Culinary Academy will have an information table in the library foyer.




Tales for Tails - January 2019

   Saturdays, January 26th & February 23rd, 1:00-2:00 pm. 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. Please call 773-7124 for more information or to register for your session. No online registration for this event.




Kombucha Making 101 - January 2019

   Monday, January 28th at 6:00 p.m.
   "As easy as making Jello!" Start your New Year’s resolutions right. Learn the basics of how to make kombucha at home. The presenter will have a limited number of SCOBYs available to take home to start your first batch. Registration is required. Please call 773-7124.




American Association of University Women (AAUW): Financial Literacy Night - January 2019

    Thursday, January 31st, 5:00-8:00 pm
    You are invited to the AAUW Financial Literacy Night! Speakers include: Michael Angelucci - The Investment Answer: Learn to Manage Your Money and Protect Your Financial Future. Adrienne Rothstein Grace -Financial Empowerment for Life's Transitions. Register by January 18th as space is limited. Registration will be handled by the AAUW. Please email your name and phone number to lilyenm@gmail.com. Complementary refreshments will be served.




Sensory Playtime - January 2019

   Friday, February 1st & 15th at 10:30 a.m.
   Ages 2 - 5 'with caregiver'. Be prepared to get a little messy! Drop in with your curious little ones and let them explore, discover, create, and play! Sensory play promotes language development, fine/gross motor skills, social interaction, and can help with pre-writing skills, too. Plus, it's a lot of FUN for both child and caregiver. Registration is not required. Please call the library at 773-7124 for more information.




Hawk Creek Presents Harry Potter's Owls - January 2019

   Saturday, February 2nd @ 1:30 p.m.
   On 'Take Your Child to the Library Day'.Here’s your chance to meet three fascinating owls featured in the Harry Potter series firsthand and hear the lore and legend of these mysterious creatures. No registration required. Drop on in! Family-Friendly. Adults encourage to attend. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library. 'Take Your Child to the Library Day' is an annual initiative, launched in 2011, which raises community awareness about the importance of the library in the life of a child, and promotes library services and programs for children and families.




Family History Research with Ancestry Library Edition Database - January 2019

   Wednesday, February 6, 2019.
    Skill level: Advanced. Requirements: mouse, typing, and Internet skills, flash drive (optional). Registration is required. Please call 773-7124.
   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.




Adult Book Club - January 2019

   Monday, February 11, 2019.
   Join us for a discussion of our selection of the month. All are welcome and refreshments will be served. For information on our selection, visit the library's website, or call the library.