“New Heights” by artist Gary Staab

Crane Sculpture to be installed at Grand Island Public Library

August 19, 2021 10:00 am

The name of the sculpture, “New Heights”, was submitted by community member, Norbert Wenzel during the naming contest in 2019.  Artist Gary Staab, is a world-renowned artist and Grand Island native. He is pleased to be able to bring his crane art to help beautify Grand Island and bring awareness to sandhill cranes and their migration story.

The majority of the value of this sculpture has been given through a generous financial gift by the Staab family of Grand Island and an in-kind gift of labor by the sculptor. The Grand Island Public Library Foundation has conducted fundraising efforts to provide seating wall, electrical, landscaping, taxes, and other related expenses necessary for  completion of this landmark addition to our communities quality of life amenities.

A community-wide dedication ceremony will be announced once the sculpture is in place. Follow both the Library and Foundation’s social media channels to follow the project as it is installed and for the latest on the pending dedication ceremony.


We are proud to have amazing volunteers at the Grand Island Public Library!

Special thanks to Kim Mettenbrink, Volunteer Coordinator for her work recruiting, training and scheduling our talented and dedicated volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, click here https://giplf.org/volunteer/

Enjoy this article from the Grand Island Independent about the program.


Dr. Bill & Mary Grange Memorial Challenge Gift Encourages the Community to Support the Library During Go Big Give

The children of Dr. William “Bill” and Mary Grange are honoring their parents’ legacy with a Memorial Challenge Grant to the Grand Island Public Library Foundation during Go Big Give. The $5,000 Challenge Grant will be earned if the Foundation raises $5,000 during Go Big Give.

Leigh Lillibridge, Foundation Executive Director shares, “Bill and Mary were tutors and mentors to many in Grand Island. They spent many hours helping others learn at the Library. They not only changed the lives and literacy of their students, they left a lasting impression on how to live abundantly by giving time to help others. Their selfless devotion of time and talent is something we are delighted to help our community remember and honor.

Bill and Mary were Grand Island residents for more than 60 years and both passed away in 2020.  Bill was a cherished optometrist, known for his ability to make every patient feel special and remembered by name even years later. Mary, who was an avid reader and weekly library patron, is remembered for her great wisdom and sage advice.  The Grange children are happy to make this Memorial Challenge Grant possible for the betterment of the Library and for our community. It is the Foundation’s sincere hope that the Grange Family gift will inspire others to give a donation as well and to spend time volunteering to make a difference in the lives of others as Bill and Mary did.” 

To make a gift in Memory of Dr. Bill & Mary to help the Foundation meet Memorial Grant Challenge, you can do so by visiting the Foundation’s Go Big Give page. Please make your gift between now and midnight on May 6 at https://www.gobiggive.org/grandislandpubliclibraryfoundation

To learn more about Dr. Bill & Mary and their amazing legacy, please visit these articles: https://theindependent.com/news/local/humor-is-literacy-tutors-secret-weapon/article_3a0358c0-bb21-11e4-b83f-77e703a260dd.html