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1715 Bedell Rd.
Grand Island , NY 14072 Map
Phone: 716-773-7124
Fax: 716-774-1146
Bridgette Heintz, Director

**Scroll down for programming information. 

Click program titles for printable fliers**

Located on Bedell Road between Baseline Road and Stony Point Road. Wheelchair accessible. Parking lot available.

Public Access Computers: 15 computers, networked, laser printing 10¢ per B&W page and 25¢ per color page, flatbed scanner, Microsoft Office Applications, Internet Access, Misc. "What can I do at a Public Access Computer?"

Wi-fi available. 

Meeting Room. Study Rooms. Microfilm reader.

Copy machine charges:

  • 8½ x 11 Black & White 15¢
  • 8½ x 11 Color 50¢
  • 8½ x 14 (Legal) Black & White 25¢
  • 8½ x 14 (Legal) Color 75¢                                

What's Special About the Grand Island Library?

  • Grand Island History including a complete run of the Grand Island Dispatch newspaper is available here.
  • Browse in our Friends of the Library book store and book shelf for nearly new books and media.
  • Remember to look at our student's art work from the Grand Island Schools in our meeting room.
  • Be sure to view the work of many area artists on display in the library's main area.
  • Please come and enjoy the gardens maintained by the Cinderella Isle garden Club too.
For more information, visit the library or contact the library director, Bridgette Heintz, at 773-7124.

The Grand Island Memorial Library's Annual Report can be found here.  Annual Report

Board of Trustees - 2018

Jill Banaszak - President

Dick Crawford - Vice-President

Agnes Becker - Secretary

Dick Earne - Treasurer

Pat Rizutto - Trustee

Board of Trustees Meetings

Next Meeting - September 6th at 5:30 pm

Minutes of Board of Trustees Meetings


January 5, 2017

March 9, 2017

May 4, 2017

July 13, 2017

September 7, 2017

November 2, 2017


February 8, 2018

March 8, 2018

March 29, 2018


Board Approved Policies

Bulletin Board Policy 

Meeting Room Policy

Rules of Conduct


Friends of the Library On-going Book Sale

Nearly new books donated by community members are offered for sale by the Friends of the Library on a book shelf located within the library during open library hours.

The Friends of the Library also staff a book sale room open at various times each month.

Book Room Hours:

Mondays, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Thursdays, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Fridays, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Saturdays, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.



Meets monthly on various Monday evenings, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  

All are welcome; refreshments are served.  No registration is necessary.


January 22        My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's                                  Sorry (Backman)

February 12      Big Little Lies (Moriarity) 

March 19          Seabiscuit (Hillenbrand)

April 16             Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (Ford)   

May 21              The Lowland (Lahiri) 

June 18             Wonder (Palacio)

July 16              The Bean Trees (Kingsolver)

August 20         Orphan Train (Kline)

September 17   Born to Run (Springsteen)

October 15        Under the Wide and Starry Sky (Horan)

November 26    Rebecca (duMaurier)

December 17     A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Smith)


Join our group for help with a project, knitting company, or to knit for charity.  The club is free and open to the public.  

It meets from 1:30 - 4:00 pm, on  the second and fourth Monday of the month (unless otherwise noted). 

August 13 & 27

Computer Classes

**All classes are open to patrons ages 17 and older.** 

Please call 773-7124 to register.

Wednesday, August 1st

Computer Basics 3:30-5:30 pm

 Flower Pounding Workshop

Thursday, July 5th @ 6:00 pm

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.

Chocolate Truffle Making

with Tina Ames

Tuesday, July 31st @ 6:00 pm

This class is a very popular one and for good reason. 

Homemade, old fashioned chocolate truffles will be made. Participants make, taste, and wrap some to take home!  The recipe, supplies, and special wrappings will be included.

Registration is required. Please call 773-7124.

This program is funded by the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library.

Mobile Dome Planetarium

Tuesday, July 24th

2 Sessions to choose from: 5:00 pm or 6:00 pm

This program is designed for ages 8 and up. 

Family-friendly; adults are encouraged to attend.

The stars come to us as Mr. K of Ancient Eyes Productions brings his inflatable dome planetarium to the library!

Explore the night sky as seen from your backyard. We will look at things you can find in the sky like bright stars and constellations, current moon phase and visible planets. All these objects, plus more, can be seen in your sky tonight!

Registration is required. Please call 773-7124.

**Please choose which session you would like to attend when registering.**

This program is funded by the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library.

Intro to Etsy 

Thursday, August 23rd @ 5:30 pm

 Intro to Etsy with Vanessa Lauria
(10-year etsy veteran and creator of pidge pidge).
Learn how to create a shop on Etsy, the popular e-commerce website focused on handmade and vintage items.

Free and open to the public. Space is limited. 
Call 773-7124 to register.

Although not required, feel free to bring your tablet, laptop, or smartphone to follow along with instruction. Simple handout will be provided.

This program is funded by the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library.

Italian Tapestry

Thursday, August 9th @ 6:30 pm

 A nine day tour of Italy with stops in Venice, Modena, Florence, Siena, Pienza, Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento and Capri. 
Photographic slides of sites visited, highlights along with trip anecdotes and culture will be featured by Sal Bordonaro. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required. 
Please call 773-7124.

Part one of a two-part travelogue series. Sicily will be discussed on August 16th (Separate registration required).


I Left My Heart in Montedoro*

Thusday, August 16th @ 6:30 pm

 *Ho Lasciato Mio Cuoro in Montedoro

Sal Bordonaro narrates a photographic travelogue of a trip in Montedoro, Sicily and surrounding locales during the Summer of 2015. 
Montedoro has a long history with the Buffalo area since numerous Montedorese immigrated to our region. Food, culture and history will be interlaced throughout the talk. 

Second part of a two-part travelogue series.

Refreshments will be provided.
Registration is required. Please call 773-7124.

Past, Present, and Future

of the Great Lakes

Thursday, August 30th @ 6:00 pm

Professional geologist, Jerold Bastedo, will lead a presentation on the Great Lakes which will include information on the regional geology, geologic maps, and rock specimens from the Niagara Gorge.

Attendees are welcome to bring fossils, rocks or minerals to be identified.

Mr. Bastedo is the retired Executive Director of the Penn Dixie Paleontological Site located in Hamburg, NY and he has 49 years of experience in his field.  He currently works as a Consulting Geologist and educator.

This program is funded by the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library.



Initial meeting: Monday, 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, 773-7124.

The Battle Team will meet throughout the summer on the following dates/times at the library: 

Mondays @ 1:00 pm: June 25th,

July 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th 

Final meeting - Wednesday @ 1:00 pm: August 1st

The Battle will be Saturday, August 4th

at ECC South!  Good luck everyone!

Read Down Your Fines

June 2nd - September 15th 

For children ages 16 and under.

For 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!

Reading Bucks can be redeemed through Oct. 8, 2018.

Summer Lego Club

Fridays from 10:30 - 12:00 pm 

Starting July 6th  

For ages 6 -12 years old.

No registration is necessary - just stop in and build with us! 


Summer 2018 Session Dates!

Call or visit the library to register your child.

Preschool Story Hours:

For ages 3-5 years

Mondays: 10:30 - 11:30 am

July 9 - August 6

Tuesdays: 10:30 - 11:30 am

July 10 - August 7


Toddler Time Lapsit:

For ages 18 months - 3 years with an adult caregiver.

Wednesdays: 10:30 - 11:00 am

July 11 - August 8


Summer Reading Kickoff 

Featuring Grand Island's Own

Nan Hoffman!

Thursday, July 5th @ 2:00 pm

 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.

This program is funded by the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library.

School-Age Summer Reading

Rookie Readers

Tuesdays, July 10th - August 7th 

2:00 - 3:15 pm

For children entering grades 1 & 2 in the Fall.

Page Turners

Thursdays, July 12th - August 9th

2:00 - 3:15 pm

For children entering grades 3 - 6 in the Fall.

 Join us for crafts, games and stories!

Registration is required. 773-7124.

Omnipresent Puppets Presents

"The Little Mermaid"

Wednesday, July 25th @ 2:00 pm

Join us for Omnipresent's version of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. Fun for all ages! Children under the age of 6 must be accompanied by an adult.

No registration required. 

This program is funded by the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library.

Hawk Creek Presents 

"Amazing Adaptations"

Thursday, July 26th @ 2:00 pm

Ages 8 & up.

Explore how animals use their adaptations to survive and compete in the wild. There will be live wildlife, touchable animal artifacts, and visuals for a multifaceted presentation.

Three live, wild animal ambassadors will help tell the story. Registration is required. Call 773-7124 or stop by the library for more information.

This program is funded by the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library.

Niagara University Repertory Theatre
During Rookie Readers on
Tuesday, August 7th @ 2:00 pm
Our Rookie Readers group will host a performance by these talented college students. Also welcome to attend are children from our Page Turners group and parents. Children entering Kindergarten through grade 6 in Fall 2018 who are not enrolled in our summer programs are also welcome.
No registration necessary.

Summer Reading Celebration 
with Glenn Colton!
Thursday, August 9th @ 2:00 pm
This is our end of the summer celebration featuring entertainment, refreshments and games for children who have participated in our summer reading programs.
Registration is required. Visit the library or call 773-7124.
This program is funded by the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library.

Rock Yourself Into Puffy Paint!

Thursday, August 16th @ 2:00 pm

Ages 6 - 10.

 Combine your love of art and music in our puffy paint program! Listen to music and express yourself with paint! In this program kids will be able to make pictures and play games using puffy paint, get the chance to write their own songs, and even create a permanent piece of art for their library!

Registration is required. Call 773-7124 or visit the library for more information.

Family Storytime
Tuesdays @ 6:30 pm
August 7th thru August 28th
(4 week session)
 Family story time is a small group atmosphere with songs, stories, and activities that will help you and your child feel comfortable joining in every week.
Please call 773-7124 to register or for more information.
Registration limited to 15 families.

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The next scheduled holiday for this location is 09/03/2018 (Labor Day)

Open Hours This Week
Monday09:30 AM - 08:00 PM
Tuesday09:30 AM - 08:00 PM
Wednesday09:30 AM - 06:00 PM
Thursday09:30 AM - 08:00 PM
Friday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Open Hours Next Week
Monday09:30 AM - 08:00 PM
Tuesday09:30 AM - 08:00 PM
Wednesday09:30 AM - 06:00 PM
Thursday09:30 AM - 08:00 PM
Friday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM

* Summer Hours run from 05/26/2018 to 09/03/2018

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