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


Go Big Give Activities!

Grand Island Public Library Foundation will participate in the 8th Annual Go Big Give on Thursday, May 6th. Funds raised during the 24 hour online giving event will be used to support the ongoing program and renovation needs of the Grand Island Public Library.

In conjunction with Go Big Give, the Library will host Makerspace Tours with the opportunity to make a bookbag first come, first serve while supplies last during sessions from 11:00AM-1:00PM or 4:00PM-6:00PM. For more information about the sessions or to schedule a time to use equipment at Makerspace, please call the Library at (308) 385-5333.

The Chocolate Bar will be at the Library the morning of May 6th! They will be giving a percent of their sales to the Library Foundation in support of Go Big Give! Come have coffee with us!

To make a Go Big Give donation visit: https://www.gobiggive.org/grandislandpubliclibraryfoundation