On Nov. 1, the Grand Island Memorial Library officially recognized the new sign at its Bedell Road entrance, in conjunction with the celebration of the library's 25th anniversary at its present location.
The Grand Island Memorial Library sign project was a joint effort among the Town of Grand Island, the library trustees, the Friends of Grand Island Memorial Library, and several community members.
Friends of the Library member Sarah Becher brought the idea of a new sign to a Friends meeting at least two years ago, after she sat in traffic on Bedell Road, noticed the poor condition of the library sign and brought to the next meeting a list of several sign companies and examples of their work.
Grand Island's ASI Signage was instrumental in the project. Owners Andy and Bethany Bernatovicz and Keith and Shawna Joslyn became part of the team and helped the group identify the type of a sign best suited to the library's needs. A tour of their business at 2957 Alt Blvd. included a session about types of signs and different messages sent by various designs. This educational effort helped both the library trustees and Friends of the Library make the best choices for the new sign. ASI also donated a large amount of time and materials to the work.
Friends member Candy Broman organized the schedule and worked diligently to keep the project progressing.
Clive Roughsedge was unable to attend on Saturday, but was recognized for donating his time and talent to complete the masonry for the base of the sign.
Pictured, from left, in front of the new Grand Island Memorial Library sign are library trustees Pat Rizzuto and Barbara Birt, Friends President Mary Cooke, Sarah Becher, Library Director Lynn Konovitz, Town Board liaison to the library trustees Councilman Richard Crawford, Candy Broman and library trustee and Friends board member Jill Banaszak. (photo by Alice E. Gerard)