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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 -  November 1st 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

Special Meeting March 29, 2018

May 3, 2018

Special Meeting July 17, 2018

Special Meeting August 30. 2018

September 6, 2018


Board Approved Policies:

Bulletin Board Policy 

Meeting Room Policy

Rules of Conduct

Display Policy


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. (closed Saturdays in the summer)


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). 

September 10 & 24

October 8 & 22

November 26

December 10

Author Visit

Thursday, September 20th @ 6:30 pm

Local author Lissa Marie Redmond will lead a discussion of her book

A Cold Day in Hell: A Cold Case Investigation.

Copies of the book will be available for sale.

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

Buffalo History Museum

Erie Canal

Saturday, September 22nd @ 2:00 pm

Come join the Buffalo History Museum, and learn about a man-made marvel that changed the face of New York State. The Erie Canal stretched 363 miles across NY, connecting the frontier to the rest of the world, with Buffalo at the center of it all. Completed in 1825, this canal propelled Buffalo onto the main stage of the United States.

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

Fall Tasks in the Garden 

A Q&A With Master Gardener

Peggy Koppmann

Monday, September 24th @ 6:00 pm

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

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

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

Flu Shot Clinic 

Saturday, September 29th

10:00 am-2:00 pm

No appointment necessary.
Free with most insurance. 
Vaccines available while supplies last.

For more information on the clinic, please call the Grand Island Rite Aid at 773-1724 and ask for their Wellness Ambassador.

Jewelry Making Workshop 

Saturday, September 29th@ 3:00 pm

Master crafter, Kathleen Rumfola, will host this workshop which will focus on creating jewelry out of bottle caps, photos, and glass.  Each participant will make a necklace with interchangeable pendants, a “hair jewel”, and jewelry box made from a greeting card. 

All materials will be provided.

Registration is required.  Please call 773-7124.

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

Computer Classes

eBooks & eReaders

Thursday, September 27th

4:30-7:00 pm

Book a Technology Trainer

Monday, October 8th 

45 minute one-on-one sessions available between 4:00 & 7:00 pm

Registration is required.  Please call 773-7124.

Building Better Bat Houses

Tuesday, October 4th @ 6:00 pm

Bat houses have become very popular in recent years. Unfortunately, most bat houses sold in stores don't attract bats because of basic design flaws.

Learn the simple steps you can take to make your bat house a success and discover which bats are most likely to move in!  Professional Naturalist Liz Thompson has been introducing audiences to the fascinating world of bats since 1996.

**This program includes lecture with talking points and is not hands on.**

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

Cris Johnson Presents New York Spirits

Saturday, October 13th @ 3:00 pm

See strange artifacts, learn about spiritualist powers and hear stories of maddeningly scary events. Hear tales of spirits who supposedly haunt Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Fort William Henry Museum, the Utica Lunatic Asylum, the Red Coach Inn of Niagara Falls and other places. Learn about the Fox Sisters who were at the forefront of spirit communication, the truth about the Amityville Horror house, and more. 

Registration is required. Please call 773-7124.
This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library.

Siberian Husky Club

of the Niagara Frontier

Thursday, November 8th @ 6:00 pm

The Husky Club will be here to talk about their annual Paws of Thunder dry land cart race to be held later in the month.  Learn the difference between this sport vs. traditional dog-sledding and meet a few of the dogs! 

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

Easy Jam Making

Saturday, November 10th @ 3:00 pm

Tina Ames will teach you the fun and easy way to make jam with your fresh fruit. This one hour class will be hands on and teach you two processes of jam making – chia jam and water bath method. No special equipment needed to invest in for the student after the class. 

Of course – sampling of jams is part of the class!

 Registration is required. Please call 773-7124.

This program is sponsored by

the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library.

Mobile Dome Planetarium

Your Sky Tonight – Fall Edition

Wednesday, November 21st 

2 Sessions to choose from: 3:00 or 4:00 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 sponsored by the Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library.


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.

Family Storytime

1st and 3rd Saturdays @ 1:00 pm
September 15th thru December 15th 
**No storytimes September 1st or October 20th**
 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.

Tales for Tails 

2nd Saturdays 1:00-2:00 pm

September 8th thru December 8th 

Share a story with a therapy dog from the SPCA's PAWS for Love program. Reading to dogs is a fun way for children at all reading levels to practice their fluency and increase their confidence as readers.  Dogs are excellent listeners regardless of pace and content.

Register now for your 15-minute reading session.  All dogs are behavior tested and therapy certified. 

Lego Club

Saturday Mornings 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

September 8 & 22

October 13 & 27

November 10 & 24

December 8 & 22

 Open session of Lego Club for children ages 6 - 12 years old. No registration necessary. Drop-in and build!

Fall Preschool Storytimes

For ages 3-5 years.  Registration required.

Tuesday Afternoon Sessions

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

September 18th thru October 30th 

November 27th thru December 18th 

Thursday Morning Sessions

10:30 am - 11:30 am

September 20th thru November 18th 

November 29th thru December 20th 

Fall Toddler Time

For ages 18 months - 3 years.  Registration required.

Wednesday mornings

10:30 am-11:00 am

September 19th thru November 7th 

November 28th thru December 19th 



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The next scheduled holiday for this location is 11/12/2018 (Veteran's Day)

Open Hours This Week
Monday09:30 AM - 08:00 PM
Tuesday09:30 AM - 06:00 PM
Wednesday09:30 AM - 06:00 PM
Thursday09:30 AM - 08:00 PM
Friday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Saturday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Open Hours Next Week
Monday09:30 AM - 08:00 PM
Tuesday09:30 AM - 06:00 PM
Wednesday09:30 AM - 06:00 PM
Thursday09:30 AM - 08:00 PM
Friday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
Saturday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM

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

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