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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.

The Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library

present Sophie Knab

Thursday, May 24th @ 6:30 pm

Sophie Hodorowicz Knab will lead a historical discussion of her book,

“Wearing the Letter P: Polish Women as Forced Laborers in Nazi Germany”

Copies of the book will be available for sale and refreshments will be provided.

Directly preceding the author presentation will be the annual Friends business meeting and election of officers. 

Please consider joining and become a Friend of the library!

This program is open to the public.

"Why Did My Plant Die?”

A Q&A with Master Gardener 

Peggy Koppmann

Thursday, June 7th @ 6:00 pm

Local Master Gardener Peggy Koppmann will hold an open forum for questions on all things plants and offer pointers as she leads a tour of the Library’s gardens (weather permitting).

Free and open to the public.

Please call 773-7124 for more information.

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

The Library’s gardens are maintained by the Cinderella Isle Garden Club. 


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). 

June 11 & 18

August 13 & 27

Computer Classes*

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

Please call 773-7124 to register.

Tuesday, June 5th 

Ancestry 5:00-7:00 pm.

An Introduction to tracing your family's roots with Ancestry Library Edition (ALE), a database available at any Buffalo & Erie County Public Library location.

Essential Oils 101

Tuesday, June 12th @ 6:45 pm

Kitty Maloy Mandile will lead a discussion about the history of essential oils, how to use them and the many benefits and science as to why they work. Natural alternatives for many common issues will beexplored as well.

Registration is required. 

Please call 773-7124 for more information.

**Free and open to the public.**

 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.

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.



Lego Club meets selected Saturdays* from 10:30 - 11:30 am and is open to children ages 6 -12 years old. No registration is necessary - just stop in and build with us! 

May 5, 12, & 19



Spring 2018 Session Dates!

Call or visit the library to register your child


Preschool Story Hours:

Mondays: 10:30 - 11:30 am

February 26 - March 26 and

April 9 - May 21


Tuesdays: 1:30 - 2:30 pm

February 27 - March 27

April 10 - May 22


Toddler Time Lapsit

Wednesdays: 10:30 - 11:00 am

February 28 - March 28

April 11 - May 23  



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The next scheduled holiday for this location is 05/28/2018 (Memorial Day)

Winter Hours
Mon09:30 AM - 08:00 PM
Tue09:30 AM - 06:00 PM
Wed09:30 AM - 06:00 PM
Thu09:30 AM - 08:00 PM
Fri09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Sat09:30 AM - 05:00 PM

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

Summer Hours
Mon09:30 AM - 08:00 PM
Tue09:30 AM - 08:00 PM
Wed09:30 AM - 06:00 PM
Thu09:30 AM - 08:00 PM
Fri09:30 AM - 05:00 PM