Parade goes by library, affects travel

2015_PopUp_Library_Kevin_Weismann_costumeThe Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Memorial Day Parade will take place Saturday, May 27, at 10 am.

The parade begins at Cambridge and First Avenues and continues down First Avenue (passing in front of the library) to Oxley Road.

The route will impact access to the library during the morning.

  • Some streets near the library will be closed approximately 9-11:30 am.
  • Access the library from the south or park and cross First Avenue by foot during this time.
  • The parade should be past the library by 10:30 am.

Look for the library in the parade!

Print celebrates patron, love of reading


A colorful, framed print celebrating a longtime patron and the love of reading is on display in Youth Service on the lower level of the library.

The print depicts a scene of a dragon and a child reading together from the animated film How to Train Your Dragon (2010), based on the children’s book series by Cressida Cowell.

It was donated to the library in memory of Henry Davies Webster (September 1, 1999 – April 27, 2016) by a friend of the family.

Although Henry’s family lives in another part of Columbus, they have visited GHPL often over the years.

Henry spent many happy hours in Youth Services and is fondly remembered for his love of books and reading.

Grandview Chocolate Walk

chocolate walk 2017Get tickets to the 4th Annual Grandview Chocolate Walk, a unique walking tour of Grandview Heights featuring chocolate stops at participating businesses.

The event takes place on Thursday, May 25, 5-8 pm, and benefits the GHPL Foundation while highlighting the outstanding, pedestrian-friendly Grandview Heights business district.

Tickets are $25 and are limited. Purchase here. Purchased tickets will be available the day of the event at GHPL’s Circulation desk beginning at 4 pm.

Visit and the GHPL Foundation’s Facebook page for more information. Join the Facebook event!

Participating Businesses:

First Avenue
• Studio Posh
• La Tavola
• Doggie Day Spa
• Mystic Sisters

Grandview Avenue
• Pure Imagination Chocolatier
• Village Squire Barber Shop
• O’Malley Real Estate
• Grandview Theater
• Peabody Papers
• Candle Lab
• Stauf’s Coffee Roasters
• Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
• Big Mama’s Burritos
• The Oilerie
• Avola Lanza Hair Studio
• Grandview Grind
• Accent On Nature
• State Of Devotion
• Matt The Miller’s Tavern
• Z Cucina
• Grandview Cafe
• Balboa
• Cottage Street
• The Smithery
• Vernacular
• The Blowout Bar
• Grandview Dental Care

JOB: Page

2008_0606_library_Front2The Grandview Heights Public Library is seeking a friendly, hard-working individual for a Page position in the Circulation & Youth Services Departments.

The position is responsible for locating, retrieving, and shelving library materials. The ideal candidate will have the ability to work independently and enjoy working in a fun, busy environment.

The position requires considerable mobility including, but not limited to: Extensive periods of standing, walking, bending, sitting; lifting weights of up to 50 pounds; and pushing full book carts or containers.

Education: Some high school.

Position description, responsibilities, duties, and requirements.

Submit a completed Employment Application (fillable PDF)* and cover letter to:, Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 West First Avenue, Columbus, OH 43212.

Applications submitted by end of day Monday, May 8, 2017, will receive first consideration.

* If you have Adobe (free) on your computer:

  • Download the Employment Application to your desktop.
  • Complete application and save it by clicking on the printer icon.
  • Under “Destination,” click on “Save as PDF.”
  • Attach PDF file to email.

Outdoor summer concerts

2012_0626_MOL_British_Invasion4-400x400Enjoy great summer concerts at the 32 Annual Music on the Lawn outdoor concert series at the library.

The series, coordinated by the library and Grandview Heights Parks & Recreation, brings the community together for live music and family fun Tuesdays in June & July from 7:30-8:30 pm.

The Central Ohio Food Truck Association and the Tri-Village Chamber Partnership will provide a food truck for each concert, and the Friends of the Grandview Library will be selling beverages to benefit the library.

Continued support from local businesses and organizations has helped build the series into a destination event in Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff. More than 5,000 people attend an average of eight concerts every year.

The series is presented by the library and Grandview Heights Parks & Recreation.

Get all the details, including performance schedule, sponsors, and food truck schedule.

See you on the lawn!

3D printer demonstration

3D_printerLearn about 3D printers and see a live demonstration at the library.

Find out how 3D printers are changing the world and affecting different industries, how objects are created, and where you can find pre-made objects.

Registration is required. Sign up for these upcoming free classes.

Presented by the State Library of Ohio’s Serving Every Ohioan (SEO) Library Center.

Related: Free online courses through the library.

GHPL receives 9th five-star rating

Library JournalLJstarLibs2016SlugHiRes has named the Grandview Heights Public Library one of America’s best public libraries with a ranking of five stars for the 9th consecutive year.

GHPL also ranked 2nd in the nation in its size category for the 4th consecutive year.

The Library Journal Index of Public Library Service identified outstanding public libraries in its America’s Star Libraries 2016. Ratings are based on 2014 data from the IMLS—circulation (physical and digital materials), visits, program attendance, and Internet use, each per capita.

More than 7,300 libraries across the country were evaluated, with 260 receiving a starred rating and 85 libraries receiving a five-star rating.

GHPL is one of only 17 libraries nationwide to receive a five-star rating in all nine editions.

Your continued support has made GHPL one of the best public libraries in the country! Thank you!

In addition to GHPL, five other Central Ohio library systems received star ratings:

Questions? Call Administration at 614-486-2954.

Lighting improvements

AREA-Atrium0708The Grandview Heights Public Library is implementing lighting upgrades throughout the building to reduce energy costs, reduce labor, and improve lighting quality. 

The library will save in energy, operating, and maintenance costs, as outlined in a report prepared by Dynamix Engineering Services. Additionally, the quality of lighting throughout the library will be improved for patrons.  

Replacement bulbs for existing lighting fixtures will soon become unavailable. The majority of existing fluorescent bulbs will be replaced with high-efficiency LED bulbs. These bulbs will need to replaced only once every 10 years, significantly reducing maintenance costs. 

Investing in these energy conservation measures will provide a significant return on investment for the community. Over 10 years, the library expects to save approximately $220,000: $107,000 in energy costs and 113,000 in labor and maintenance. Nearly all current lighting fixtures will be retained. 

The $140,000 project is also eligible for $9,000 in energy rebates that will expire soon. This brings the net cost of the project to approximately $131,000, using money already budgeted in the library’s building fund. 

The project is expected to be completed by October 2016, with the work conducted by Dynamix Engineering Services. 

Enhanced Reference spaces

Technology, study, and reading spaces have been enhanced in the Reference department on the second floor of the library, funded in part by a generous private donation.

A public technology space replaces shelved collections, which have been shifted and consolidated to a nearby shelving area, in the main area. Twenty-two updated work stations with 18 new, all-in-one computers (featuring Windows 10 with Microsoft Office and Internet) replace older computers.

Updated nonfiction book displays and reading areas featuring casual seating replace modular furniture and old computer work stations in the former public computer room.

Five new tables with chairs have been added to create more study space throughout the department.

These refreshed areas, which haven’t received updates in more than 15 years, are funded in part by a generous memorial donation. The library is grateful to the family of Louise Anderson, a patron who enjoyed the Reference department, for honoring her memory with a donation to the library.

The department now provides more public computers, work stations and spaces for patrons to bring in their own laptops and work, additional comfortable seating options, and browsable displays for materials, all while maximizing efficient use of spaces within the department.

Learn more about Reference Services.

Early Literacy Backpacks

backpacksHelp your child get ready for Kindergarten by borrowing an Early Learning Backpack from the Grandview Heights Public Library (GHPL).

Thirty-one backpacks from the Early Childhood Resource Center are available from the library, thanks to a $2,139 grant from the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Education Foundation.

Each themed backpack includes high-quality early learning materials, books, and activities with easy-to-follow activity guides that make learning fun. Learning is supported by incorporating the four Early Learning Content Standard areas: Social Studies, Language Arts, Math and Science. Tools for social and emotional development also are provided.

GHPL and the Education Foundation have partnered to create this lending program as a way for parents and caregivers to ensure kids are ready for Kindergarten and to support Ohio’s Kindergarten Readiness Assessment. In 2015, GHPL and the Education Foundation partnered to provide GHPL’s Acoustic Guitar Lending program, which focuses on music education through hands-on collaborative learning for all ages.

Backpacks are available and on display in Youth Services on the lower level of the library.

Each backpack circulates for 28 days with a GHPL card, are available only at GHPL (unavailable through our consortium), and must be returned to GHPL. Overdue fines are 10 cents per day.