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Crafternoon: Tie Die Party - July 2022

    Monday, July 25 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    Join us for an afternoon of tie dyeing! Please bring ONE ITEM to dye. Ages 5-12. Registration is required. Registration begins June 24 Stop in or call 716-773-7124 to register.




Buffalo Museum of Science Super Scientist Program - July 2022

    Friday, July 22 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
   Intrigued by messy fun and crazy concoctions? Let's throw on lab coats and goggles and experiment with slimy science, static electricity, chemical reactions and more! Ages 5-12. Registration is required. Registration begins June 21. Stop in or call 716-773-7124 to register.




Explore & More: Invention Exchange: Game Day! - July 2022

    Monday, July 18 at 1:00 pm
   In the Invention Exchange series, the museum will explore the different steps in the invention process all while inventing new things. For this class, kids will have the opportunity to build their own board game! Registration is required. Registration begins June 17. Stop in or call 716-773-7124 to register.




Kidding Around Family Yoga - July 2022

    Friday, July 15 and July 29 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    This summer, join Donna Baia from Kidding Around Yoga for some fun-filled outdoor family yoga classes for you and your children ages 4-11. There will be music, games on your mats, storytelling with yoga poses, partner poses, and lots of joy and laughter as we practice yoga together! No prior yoga experience is needed. All are welcome! Ages 4-11 with a caregiver. Registration is required. Registration begins June 13. Stop in or call 716-773-7124 to register.




Read To A Dog - July 2022

    Wednesday, July 13 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Pick out a book and practice reading out loud to a good listener at the Grand Island Memorial Library. All our furry friends are therapy dogs certified through the SPCA's Paws For Love program! Sign up for your personal 20 minute reading session! Registration is required. Registration begins June 6. Stop in or call 773-7124 to register.




Circus For All with Benjamin Berry - July 2022

    Summer Kickoff Event - Circus For All with Benjamin Berry
    Tuesday, July 5 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
   In this 45 minute performance-based program, professional circus artist Benjamin Berry will share his expertise of prop-based circus arts, highlighting the accessibility and inclusivity of the the circus community. Ages 6 to 12. Registration is required. Registration begins June 6. Stop in or call 773-7124 to register.




Guest Speaker: Pati Aine Guzinski - July 2022

    Guest Speaker: Pati Aine Guzinski, Master Gardener Program Cornell Cooperative Extension "The Folklore of Trees".
    Monday, July 25 at 6:00 pm Tree folklore helped our ancestors understand their connection to the natural world - to this day, it reinforces the connection we have to trees as living, breathing organisms.




Adult Book Club - July 2022

    July 18- The Nickel boys by Colson Whitehead
    Book Club meets monthly on various Monday evenings from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. All are welcome. Call the library at 716-773-7124 if you would like to join the meeting. Physical copies of the books will be available for check out, please call the library to reserve a copy.




Get Out and Do Something Raffle - June 2022

    Next time you come to visit, put your name in and you could win one of the following: A 2 pack of general admission tickets to the Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Preserve (passes good through 10/22/23). A 4 pack of children's passes to the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum (passes good through 11/30/22). Winners will be notified on June 30th.




Adult Paint Night - June 2022

    Monday, June 27 at 6:00 pm
    Registration is required. Please call 716-773-7124 to register. ** Alcohol free...but you can bring snacks!**




Albright-Knox Art Truck - June 2022

    Thursday, June 30, 2022 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
   Join us for a family-friendly program featuring free hands-on art activities for children of all ages and skill levels.




Guest Speaker: Lee Coppola - June 2022

    Guest Speaker: Lee Coppola
    Thursday, July 7 at 6:00 pm Veteran Newspaper & Television Reporter; Retired Dean of St. Bonaventure University Journalism School Lee Coppola discusses the stories he's covered and the people he's met in his 25-year career as a newspaper and television reporter.




Battle of the Books - June 2022

    **Must be entering grades 6 - 9**
    Zoom informational meeting is June 23. Details will be emailed to the participants. Battle meetings will take place Thursdays at 1:00 pm starting in late June through late July. Please call 716-773-7124 to register.




Technology Trainer - July 2022

    Register for a 45-minute, one-on-one, session with a Tech Trainer. Thursday, June 16 between 11:00 and 5:00 pm. Monday, July 18 between 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm.
    Available topics include: Android Basics, Email, Cloud Services, Internet Basics, iPhone/iPad Basics, Microsoft Office Basics (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), Files and Folders, Simple Digital Editing Online (audio & photos), Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.), Using Google, Windows Basics. Sessions are available.




Lego Club - June 2022

    Friday, July 1, 2022 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
   Join us each month for a LEGO Free Build. LEGOs are provided. Just bring your imagination! Registration is required. Stop in or call 773-7124 to register. Registration begins June 1.




Summer Bike Raffle - June 2022

    Runs from June 20 to August 12.
   Play our Children's Summer Reading Bingo for a chance to win a bicycle or other summer reading prizes! Stop in to grab a bingo sheet and enter as many times as you'd like. Open to ages 5 to 12. Drawing will be held on August 12. Prizes generously provided by the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library.




Summer Ball Pit Raffle - June 2022

    Runs from June 20 to August 12.
    Play our Children's Summer Reading Bingo for a chance to win a ball pit or other summer reading prizes! Stop in to grab a bingo sheet and enter as many times as you'd like. Open to ages 0 to 5. Drawing will be held on August 12.




Llama Raffle - June 2022

    Read a book, get a chance to win our Llama Raffle! Prizes include a gigantic stuffed llama and llama-themed books. Enter as many times as you'd like. Raffle runs from June 1 to June 30. Winners will be drawn June 30.




Putin's Invasion of Ukraine - June 2022

    Tuesday, June 14 @ 6:00 p.m.
    Guest Speaker: Dr. Mustafa Gokcek, Professor; Director, M.A. - Interdisciplinary Studies History Department Niagara University Dr. Gokcek will discuss the historical background and state of affairs of Russia's occupation of Ukraine and Putin's motivations behind it.




Feelings Rock! - June 2022

    Tuesday, June 14 @ 10:00 am
    Feelings Rock is a fun, interactive music and movement class for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Instructors use music to teach developmental skills with an emphasis on social and emotional skills, laying the foundation for a healthy body and mind. Be ready to dance, jump, spin, and more through guided activities! Ages 0 to 5 with a caregiver. Registration is required. Stop in or call 773-7124 to register. Registration begins May 13.




Battle of the Books - June 2022

    Zoom informational meeting is June 23.
    **Must be entering grades 6 - 9** Details will be emailed to the participants. Battle meetings will take place Thursdays at 1:00 pm starting in late June through late July. Please call 716-773-7124 to register.




Adult Book Club - June 2022

    June 20 - The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict
   PLEASE NOTE: SINCE THE LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED ON JUNE 20, THE BOOK CLUB WILL MEET IN THE GAZEBO AT THE MIRACLE LEAGUE FIELD AT VETERAN'S PARK
    Book Club meets monthly on various Monday evenings from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. All are welcome. Call the library at 716-773-7124 if you would like to join the meeting. Physical copies of the books will be available for check out, please call the library to reserve a copy.




Mindfulness Group Including Chair Yoga - May 2022

    Now running Thursdays, May 5 - June 9 at 2:45 pm
   Session extended! Feeling uncertain, overwhelmed, anxious during COVID? Here to talk. Here to listen. Here to support. Free and open to the public. Registration is required. Please call 716-773-7124 to reserve your spot.




Spring Appetizers - May 2022

    Thursday, May 26, 6:30 pm
   Liz Bauld, The Storybook Cook, will demo various springtime appetizers. Prosciutto wrapped asparagus, lemon pasta salad and more. Samples and recipes included! Registration is required. Please call 716-773-7124.




Star Wars Raffle - May 2022

    Between May 2 and May 31.
    Stop in to enter to win one of our out-of-this-world Star Wars-themed raffle baskets! Basket #1 includes: a Little Bits Droid Kit, Star Wars books and coloring sheets. Basket #2 includes: a Star Wars Remote Control, Star Wars books and coloring sheets. For every ONE book you read, you get ONE chance to enter to win ONE prize basket. Enter as many times as you'd like.




Library Fine FREE - April 2022

   The Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries are excited to announce the elimination of overdue fines to ensure equitable access to library resources to the residents of Erie County. Overdue fines create a barrier to library access because when patrons are unable to pay fines, they are less likely to visit the library. The fine free initiative will allow more residents the ability to experience and enjoy everything our 37 libraries and two bookmobiles have to offer. To kick off a fine free future, every library cardholder will notice their account has been cleared of past overdue fines and hold fees.




Book Pillow Raffle - April 2022

    BOOK PILLOW RAFFLE For every FIVE books you read, you get ONE chance to enter! There are 15 different book pillows, so enter as many times as you'd like! April 1 to April 30. Winners will be drawn April 30. The pillows are on display at the Library.




Itty Bitty Story Time - April 2022

    ITTY BITTY STORY TIME - Join Miss Carly for a baby and toddler storytime filled with stories, songs and fun activities geared towards our littlest friends! Ages 0-24 months with a caregiver. Tuesdays, 10:00 am - 10:30 am; May 3, May 10, May 17, and May 24 Call 716-773-7124 to register your child. Please register for each session separately.




Pre School Storytime - April 2022

    PRESCHOOL STORYTIME - Join Miss Carly for stories, music, dancing, crafts and more. Ages 3-5 without a caregiver. Wednesdays, 10:00 am - 10:45 am; May 4, May 11, May 18, May 25. Call 716-773-7124 to register your child. Please register for each session seprately.




LEGO CLUB - April 2022

    Join us each month for a new LEGO Free Build. The Legos are provided, just bring your imagination! Ages 5-12, Saturday, May 7, 1 pm - 2 pm.




Grand Island Knitters - April 2022

    Meet at the Library on the Last Monday of the month from 1:00-4:00 pm
    Join the group for help with a project, knitting company, or to knit for charity. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit the library or call 716-773-7124.




Adult Book Club - April 2022

    April 18 - Faithful Place by Tana French
    Book Club meets monthly on various Monday evenings from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. All are welcome. Call the library at 716-773-7124 if you would like to join the meeting. Physical copies of the books will be available for check out, please call the library to reserve a copy.




Feelings Rock - April 2022

    Tuesday, April 19, 10 am
   FEELINGS ROCK! - HELPING KIDS MOVE, LEARN AND GROW. Ages 0-5 with a caregiver.
   Feelings rock is a fun, interactive music and movement class for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Instructors use music to teach developmental skills with an emphasis on social and emotional skills, laying the foundation for a healthy body and mind. Be ready to dance, jump, spin, and more through guided activities! Registration is required. Please call the Library at 716-773-7124.




Local Author Visit - February 2022

    Thursday, April 28th at 6pm
   John Loss - Retired Educator and Founder/President of Help and Hope for Homelessness, Inc. will talk about his book and experiences writing "...Not Always Homeless: A Christian Approach to Helping the Homeless" All proceeds from the sale of the book will go to support Help and Hope for the Homeless, Inc.




SUSHI 101 - April 2022

    Thursday, April 21, 6:30pm
    Liz Bauld, The Storybook Cook, will demo different sushi recipes. Learn how to make Sushi Rice, how to make/roll Sushi Rolls, learn the difference between Sushi and Sushimi, and an easy way to keep your Rolling Mat clean/dry Samples and recipes included! Registration is required. Please call the Library at 716-773-7124.




Technology Training - April 2022

    Monday, April 4th, 2pm - 3-pm
    TECHNOLOGY TRAINING: Downloadables: Libby App
Topics covered: Installing and setting up the Libby App; Searching for items; Borrowing or placing a hold; Managing a loan; Setting Preferences; Menu Options; ** Be sure to bring your smart device for use in the class.




Mindfulness Groups - April 2022

    Now running Thursdays, February 3rd - April 28th at 2:45 pm
    MINDFULNESS GROUPS INCLUDING CHAIR YOGA - Session extended! Feeling uncertain, overwhelmed, anxious during COVID? Here to talk. Here to listen. Here to support. Free and open to the public. Registration is required. Please call 716-773-7124 to reserve your spot.




Friends of the Library Raffle - March 2022

    Attention all Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library! Show your Friends' membership card each time you come into the library and get a free raffle ticket for a gift basket containing a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card, book pillow and book. Don't have a Friends membership (or membership expired)? Fill out an application at the circulation desk and get your first free raffle ticket. An annual Friends membership is only $5! Winners to be drawn on Thursday, March 31st at 6 pm.




Adult Book Club - March 2022

    Book Club meets monthly on various Monday evenings from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. All are welcome. Call the library at 773-7124 if you would like to join the meeting. Physical copies of the books will be available for check out, please call the library to reserve a copy. - March 21, 2022 - The Midnight Library by Matt Haig.




Diamonds in the Ruff Family Event - February 2022

    Saturday, February 26th, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
   DIAMONDS IN THE RUFF FAMILY EVENT
    Stop in to see what DITR animal rescue has to offer: Applications being accepted for pet adoption and foster families. Pet supply donations will be accepted at the event: food (special request for cat/kitten food), bedding, toys, pads/litter, monetary support A few of the DITR sponsored animals will be in attendance to meet! For more information about Diamonds in the Ruff please visit: HERE.




LEGO Club - February 2022

    Saturday, March 5, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
   LEGO CLUB Join us each month for a new LEGO Free Build. The LEGOs are provided. Just bring your imagination! Ages 5-12. Registration is required and begins on February 5th. Please call 716-773-7124.




Adult Book Club - February 2022

    Book Club meets monthly on various Monday evenings from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. All are welcome. Call the library at 773-7124 if you would like to join the meeting. Physical copies of the books will be available for check out, please call the library to reserve a copy. - February 28, 2022 - The Four Winds by Kristen Hannah




Local Author Event - March 2022

    Thursday, March 24th at 6:30 pm
   Rick Falkowski - Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Founder offers a 1 hour power point presentation from his latest Released Title: "Profiles Volume II: Historic & Influential People from Buffalo & WNY in the Early 1900s" Due to the original date's snowstorm an encore presentation!




Local Author Event - March 2022

    Thursday, March 10 at 6:30 pm
    Buffalo Spree Editor-in-Chief, Elizabeth Licata, will lead a discussion about her latest book Secret Buffalo: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure. Copies will be available for sale at the event.




Local Author Event - February 2022

    Thursday, February 3rd at 6:30 pm.
    Buffalo Music Hall of Fame founder Rick Falkowski will host a 1 hour presentation on his latest book Profiles Volume II: Historic & Influential People from Buffalo & WNY, the Early 1900s Free and open to the public. For more information, visit the library or call 716-773-7124.




Mindfullness Groups including Chair Yoga - February 2022

    Thursdays, January 20th - March 31st at 5:00 pm (no meeting March 10th). Feeling uncertain, overwhelmed, anxious during COVID? Here to talk. Here to listen. Here to support. Free and open to the public. Registration is required. Please call 716-773-7124 to reserve your spot.




Grand Island Knitters - January 2022

    Meet at the Library on the Last Monday of the month from 1:00-4:00 pm Join the group for help with a project, knitting company, or to knit for charity. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit the library or call 716-773-7124.




Itty Bitty Story Time - January 2022

    POSTPONED UNTIL MARCH
Tuesdays, March 8 - March 29, 10:00 am - 10:30 am
   Join Miss Carly for a baby & toddler storytime filled with stories, songs, and fun activities geared towards our littlest friends! Ages 0-24 months, with caregiver. Registration is required. Please call 716-773-7124.




Preschool Story Time - January 2022

        POSTPONED UNTIL MARCH
Wednesdays, March 9- March 30, 10:00 am - 10:45 am
   Join Miss Carly for stories, music, dancing, crafts and MORE! Ages 3 - 5, without a caregiver. Registration is required. Please call 716-773-7124.




Brain Games - January 2022

    **Rescheduled** Saturday, January 22 at 3:30pm
    Theresa Waiter will present engaging logic puzzles and games to keep your brain sharp. Ages 8 and up. Adults, Seniors, Teens, Families...All Participants will need toothpicks and 10 pennies to play the games. Registration is required. Please call 716-773-7124.




Read to a Dog - January 2022

    Saturday, January 15, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
   Pick out a book and practice reading out loud to a good listener at the Grand Island Memorial Library. All our furry friends are therapy dogs certified through the SPCA's Paws For Love program! Call 773-7124 to sign up for your personal 20 minute reading session! REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Masks are required for individuals 2 & up.