Grand Island Memorial Library

Grand Island Memorial Library

1715 Bedell Rd.
Grand Island, NY 14072
United States

Fax: 716-774-1146
Bridgette Heintz, Director

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?

  • The Friends of the Library!  Browse their book store and book shelf for nearly new books and media.  Consider becoming a Friend and enjoy the benefits of buy one, get one book from the store and Members' Night at the bi-annual Donated Book Sale.  The Friends membership application can be found here Please fill out and return to the library with the proper membership fee.
  • Grand Island History including a complete run of the Grand Island Dispatch newspaper is available here.
  • 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.

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.

Book Room Hours:

Mondays, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Thursdays, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fridays, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Saturdays, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (closed Saturdays in the summer)

Not open?  Ask at the circulation desk and a library staff member will gladly open the room for you.
All proceeds benefit the Grand Island Memorial Library. 

The Grand Island Memorial Library is a member of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System.

Grand Island Memorial Library

Knitting Club

photo of colorful balls of yarn with knitting needles

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.

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

On the following Mondays in 2020:

January 13 and 27

February 10 and 24

March 9 and 23

April 13 and 27

May 11

June 8 and 22

August 10 and 24

September 14 and 28

October 12 and 26

November 9 and 23

December 14 and 28


Adult Book Club

photo of a pile of books

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 13- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

February 10- Beartown by Fredrik Backman

March 16- The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

April 20- The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

May 18- The Library Book by Susan Orlean

June 15- The Immoral Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

July 20- Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

August 17- Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts

September 21- The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

October 19- Searching for Syvie Lee by Jean Kwok

November 16- The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

December 21- Lovely War by Julie Berry

Census 2020 Job Recruitment

Census 2020

Monday, January 6th 3:00-8:00 pm

Wednesday, January 23rd 2:00-6:00 pm

A representative from the Census Bureau will be in the library to give out information about job recruitment for the upcoming census.

NYS Department of Corrections Job Recruitment Information Table

NYS Department of Corrections

Wednesday, January 22nd from 2:00 pm-5:00 pm

Tuesday, January 28th from 11:00 am-1:00 pm

Tuesday, February 4th from 11:00 am-1:00 pm

A representative from the NYS Department of Corrections will be on site to give out information about job recruitment with their department.

Book a Technology Trainer

Technology Trainer

Monday, January 6th from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm

Thursday, February 6th from 12:00 pm-3:00 pm


Meet with a Tech Trainer for a free 45 minute appointment. 

These 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.

Please call 773-7124 for more information.

Keeping Bees

Keeping Bees

Saturday, February 22nd @ 12:00 pm

Presenter: Carol Ann Harlos, master gardener with the Cornell Cooperative Extension, garden writer, speaker, and beekeeper.

What does keeping beehives entail? What does the bee keeper do? These questions and others will be answered.

Free Tax Help for your 2019 Tax Returns

Free Tax Help

Monday, February 24th 4:00-7:30 pm

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, partnered with VITA (the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program through the IRS), 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 social security cards for all individuals who will be on the return and photo ID for all adults on the return.

Writing About Your Experiences with Lissa Marie Redmond

Lissa Marie Redmond

Monday, March 2nd @ 6:00 pm

Writing can be intimidating. Where do you start? Who is going to read it?  Published author and retired police detective Lissa Marie Redmond will share her journey to becoming an author and what she learned along the way.  A writing exercise will be included in the presentation.

Registration is required.  Please call 773-7124.

Getting Ready For Your Garden With Tina Ames


Saturday, March 28th @ 12:00 pm

Tina Ames, writer/blogger for Mother Earth News, gives “old fashioned” tips on gardening, seed saving, composting and all natural techniques for a no spray garden. All students will receive Tina’s own heirloom seeds and notes to take home. Individual questions on your garden always welcome!

Registration is required.  Please call 773-7124.

Flowers That Do Double Duty with Tina Ames

Flowers That do Double Duty with Tina Ames

Saturday, April 25th @ 12:00 pm

Learn the basics of the popular article “Flowers that do Double Duty” that Tina wrote for Mother Earth News. You will learn Tina’s favorite six flowers that are not only beautiful to look at and great for the bees - but do even more.

All students with leave with seeds to take home and grow their own too!

Registration is required.  Please call 773-7124.

Take Your Child to the Library Day!

Bunnies holding sign that reads Take Your Child to the Library Day

Saturday, February 1st

9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Have you visited your library with your child lately? Stop in anytime from 9:30 am - 4 pm and see all the great things we have to offer.

Complete our scavenger hunt and tell us what you love about the library for a chance to win prizes.

We are giving away a family 4-pack of ticket vouchers for Nick Jr. Live! Move to the Music at Shea's. We will be drawing winners at 4:30 pm.

No registration needed. Call 773-7124 for more information.


Toddler Lapsit

toddler reading with caregiver

Wednesdays from 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM

February 5 - May 20*

*no class February 19 or April 15

Join us for stories, songs, and rhymes for children ages 18 months - 3 years old, with an adult caregiver.

Registration is requested. Call 773-7124 for more information.


Preschool Storytime

cartoon image of children with alphabet letters


Thursdays from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

February 6 - May 21*

*no class February 20 or April 16

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.

Sensory Playtime

child using messy clay to build

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

On the following Fridays:

February 7 and 21

March 13 and 27

April 24

May 8 and 22

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.



photo of LEGOs

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

On the following Saturdays:

January 4 and 18

February 1 and 15

March 7 and 21

April 4 and 18

May 9 and 16

Open session of LEGO Club for children ages 6 - 12 years old.

No registration necessary. Drop-in and build.

Tales for Tails

child holding book with therapy dog

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

On the following Saturdays:

January 18

February 15

March 21

April 18

May 16

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.

Aquarium of Niagara Touch Tank Program

photo of a child touching a starfish

Tuesday, February 18th at 1:00 pm

Meet some Ambassador Animals from the Aquarium of Niagara up close and personal. Learn about their importance to our ecosystem, their relationships to humans, and their history. Open to all ages.

Registration is required. Please call 773-7124 for more information.

Circus Toy Crafting Workshop

with Benjamin Berry

photo of colorful juggling balls

Wednesday, February 19th from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

In this 90-minute program, participants will craft and take home their own set of juggling balls and a pair of poi (a dance prop that consists of a weight on a tether, originating from New Zealand). All supplies provided. Participants will learn a few fundamental techniques with their new props to spark a new healthy hobby! Juggling and object manipulation boosts focus and concentration, and reduces stress, anxiety, and depression.

Registration required. Recommended for ages 6 - 12. Please call 773-7124 for more information.

Learn about Working Animals

presented by the SPCA serving Erie County

photo of therapy dog in library

Thursday, February 20th at 1:00 PM

Animals do lots of important work! In this informative presentation, educators from the SPCA will teach you all about the amazing jobs that all types of animals perform every day. Suggested ages 6 -12, but younger welcome with an adult.

Registration required. Call 773-7124 for more information.

Grand Island Memorial Library Board Info

Annual Report

Board of Trustees 2020

Richard Crawford Jr. - President
Jill Banaszak - Vice-President
Pat Rizzuto - Secretary
Richard Earne - Treasurer
Agnes Becker - Trustee

Board Meetings, Agendas, Minutes

Schedule of Meetings for 2020: 1/9, 3/12, 5/14, special meeting in July (date TBD), 9/3, & 11/5 at 5:30 pm in the library's meeting room (unless otherwise noted).

2020 Minutes

  • January 9, 2020


2019 Minutes

2018 Minutes

2017 Minutes




Strategic Plan