New looks, activities in Youth Services

April 9, 2012

Check out the newest updates in Youth Services—many are donations from wonderful service organizations and patrons!

The Northwest Kiwanis Club provided funding for a new, interactive Activity Wall for kids ages 10 & under. It includes:

  • Giggle Mirror—guaranteed to produce funny faces and many giggles!
  • Giant Clock—helps make learning to tell time “big” fun!
  • Fabric board—alphabet & numbers encourage learning of the ABCs and 123s & pictures help inspire kids to create their own stories!
  • Read the ThisWeek Grandview story (04/11/12)


Patron & artist Mike Dexter donated Storybook Windows that brighten the walls among the books.

The Grandview Civic Welfare Club recently donated supplies for the Craft Table.

The Story Time area is now bigger and enclosed.

  • This area can be enjoyed by parents and kids ages 0-6.
  • We hold 6 story times per week, but parents are encouraged to also use the area with their children when we do not have story time as a quiet place to read and play together.
  • Now, music plays to create a warm, friendly environment. Music equipment was donated by Northwest Kiwanis Club.

Youth Services now has a beautifully painted entrance wall with an events poster board.

Thank you to all the wonderful people who help make Youth Services look so great! Other recent Youth Services updates:

  • Dollhouse, train table and Lego table encourages creative play and helps encourage sharing and cooperation. For ages 10 & under.
  • Early Learning Stations are educational computer games! Children not only become comfortable using a computer, but they are able to learn everything from art to music, science, math, and reading. For ages 2-10.
  • Concept/Theme Book Area was designed to make browsing easier for patrons. We have created an area where our most requested concepts & themes can be found in one place.
    • Concepts include alphabet, counting, colors, opposites.
    • Themes include dinosaurs, ocean, bedtime, potty time, pirates, royal reads (princesses, kings, queens, dragons & knights), Things That Go (trucks, cars, boats, etc), Seasons & School.

Renew your Kroger Community Rewards

April 6, 2012

Register now for Kroger Community Rewards: Year 4!

Supporters of the Grandview Library Foundation who are currently registered to earn rewards for theGrandview Library Endowment Fund are urged to re-enroll during the month of April to continue earning rewards for May 1, 2012—April 30, 2013.

New supporters are also invited to sign up now!

Anyone who shops at Kroger and has both a Kroger Plus Card and an email address is able to choose to support the Library by entering “90196” when prompted at It doesn’t cost anything!

Note: Enrolling in the Rewards Program does not impact your ability to earn Kroger Fuel Rewards or Kroger Mastercard rebates.  
The Grandview Library Endowment Fund has received approximately $2,500 since November 2009 from the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Thanks to everyone who has helped raise these much needed funds to support the Library!
Please contact Library Foundation Development Officer Jeri Diehl Cusack at with any questions.

Unused Library cards to be purged

April 5, 2012

If you haven’t checked out any Grandview Library items since March 2008 (and you don’t have any lost items or large fines), your Grandview Library card will be deleted May 31, 2012.

If you want us to keep your card active or have any questions, see a Circulation staff member before the end of May—or check out an item if your card is in good standing!

Patron bequeaths $70K to Library

April 5, 2012

Longtime Grandview Library patron Henry Rawles, who passed away two years ago at age 82, bequeathed $70,000 to the Library.

Mr. Rawles was a beloved patron for decades, even after moving from Grandview Heights to Upper Arlington in the 1960s. He worked in Battelle’s science library but was also a self-taught artist, exhibiting his paintings many times over the years at the Library. His wife Beverly has presented the Library with one of his paintings, which hangs in the Reference department (photo on right).

Thank you for this oustanding, generous gift that will enable the Library to better serve its patrons and the community!

Learn more about Mr. Rawles’ bequest in ThisWeek Grandview (April 4, 2012)

Learn more about giving to the Grandview Library.

March’s Checkout Champions

April 4, 2012

Announcing the March winners of Checkout Champion, a monthly contest featuring Donatos prizes for checking out the most Grandview Library items:

  • In the Kids category, Julian Yue wins a large, single-item Donatos pizza and a $10 Donatos gift card. Julian checked out 197 items in January.
  • In the Adult category, Nica Langdon wins a medium signature Donatos pizza and a $5 Donatos gift card. Nica checked out 264 items in January.

Thanks to Donatos for the terrific prizes.

Who will be the next Checkout Champions? It could be you!

Best of Columbus: Vote for Youth Services

April 2, 2012

The Grandview Library has been nominated in two categories for Columbus Parent Magazine’s Best of Columbus readers’ poll:

  • Best Library Children’s Area
  • Best Library Story Times

Both categories are located on page six of the survey.

Vote online now until noon on Monday, April 23.

Complete results will be announced in the June issue of the magazine.

We’re so proud to be nominated! Thank you to our wonderful Youth Services staff and to YOU for making the Grandview Library so special!