JOB: Support Services Director

2008_0606_library_Front2The Grandview Heights Public Library is seeking a highly-qualified, dynamic leader for our Support Services Director position.

This newly-created position oversees the support services departments, including Information Technology, Technical Services, Facilities, and Housekeeping.

This position is an active member of the library’s management team and reports to the Library Director.

The ideal candidate will have seven or more years of progressively responsible library management experience. Salary range $60,000-70,000 with comprehensive benefits package.

Complete position description.

Submit a completed Employment Application (fillable PDF)*, resume, and cover letter to: Ryan McDonnell, Library Director,

Applications submitted by end of day Monday, October 2, 2017, will be given 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.

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: Anne Richards,, Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 West First Avenue, Columbus, OH 43212.

* 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.

School services

Cute pupils and teacher reading in libraryGet ready for the new school year with school services from the library!

Assignment Notifications
Teachers may contact Youth Services at 614-481-3776 for resource suggestions for student homework assignments. A minimum of two weeks’ notice required.

Book Lists for Students
Reserve student book lists compiled by GHPL staff.

Grandview 4th Grade Genre Lists

Teacher Collections
Teachers may contact Youth Services to have collections of books gathered for school use.

  • Minimum of 3 business days advance notice required; more notice may assure that we can pull a better collection for you.
  • Materials can be gathered by subject.
  • No requests will be taken for seasonal & holiday books, due to high demand. Seasonal & holiday items will be on display and available for check-out on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • In some cases, materials may be shipped from other libraries in our consortium, which can require three to five additional business days.
  • To help serve everyone efficiently, please pick up your classroom collection on the requested pick-up date or call for an extension.
  • Email your request (click “Email Contact Form” and select “Teacher Request”) or contact Youth Services at 614-481-3778.

Ellison Die Cutter
A paper cutting machine is available to the public for in-library use in Youth Services on the lower level of the library. Choose from 50+ letters and designs. Please bring your own paper.

Grandview Heights School Student Cards
Student cards are provided to the Grandview Heights Schools each school year so that students who do not have them may access databases and downloadable items through our website.

Library Visits
Teachers may bring their class to the library for tours, research, assignments, and projects. Please reserve a date and time in advance with staff to alleviate any space or resource conflicts.

Outreach to Schools
Youth Services provides outreach services to Grandview preschools and day cares during the school year. The Youth Services Outreach Coordinator provides each school or daycare with a book delivery and a story time each month. During the summer months, outreach is limited, but some services may be available to Grandview daycare or summer groups that wish to come to the library for weekly or monthly visits. Contact the Youth Services at 614-481-3778 or for more information.

Library Surplus Sale

saleFind great bargains on used furniture and equipment!

The library will have a Surplus Sale on Saturday, June 24, from 10 am-4 pm, in Conference Room B on the library’s lower level.

  • Items for sale include: Older e-readers and other electronic devices, wooden book shelves, office desks, office chairs, cubicle walls, file cabinets, various office supplies, and more.
  • Items will be sold “as is” with no guarantees.
  • Cash or check only; credit card payment unavailable.
  • Buyers must remove all items at their own expense by Monday, June 26, at 6 pm.

Questions? Call Administration at 614-486-2954.

Board games now available

board_gamesCreate opportunities for all ages to play and learn by checking out board games from the Grandview Heights Public Library (GHPL).

Forty-six games are available from the library, thanks to a $1,249 grant from the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Education Foundation.

Games offer many learning opportunities. Children can learn early literacy skills such as letter and number recognition, memory development, and vocabulary. Older children improve skills such as logical thinking abilities, communication, and social skills. Games also create opportunities to bridge generation gaps and create fun memories for the whole family.

Each game was carefully selected based on reviews, awards, staff experiences with the games, and their educational components. The selection of games covers a wide target age range and can be enjoyed by families, community groups, and even classrooms. Sturdy carrying cases for the games were also purchased with the grant.

GHPL and the Education Foundation have partnered to create this lending program as a way for foster different types of learning styles and encourage lifelong learning. GHPL and the Education Foundation partnered to provide GHPL’s Early Learning Backpacks lending program in 2016 and Acoustic Guitar Lending program in 2015.

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

Games circulate for 28 days, are available for checkout only at GHPL, and must be returned to GHPL. Overdue fines are 10 cents per day.

Summer Reading Clubs

Adults, teens, and kids: Read this summer for a chance to win prizes in our Summer Reading Clubs!

Children sitting in row and reading books at the park

  • No registration. Submit your entries in the designated boxes on the second floor of the library to enter gift card drawings from local businesses. All entries from the boxes go into the same prize drawing.
  • Pick any book. No genre requirements.
  • Choose your format. Fill out an entry for every book, audiobook, or digital book you read.
  • Prizes:
    • 10 $10 gift cards will be given away in each of our 5 drawings from:
      • Grandad’s Pizza
      • Grandview Grind
      • Grandview Theater & Drafthouse
      • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
      • Luck Bros’ Coffee House
      • Old Bag of Nails Pub
      • Pure Imagination Chocolatier
      • Accent On Nature
    • 1 Grand Prize gift card package will be given from:
      • Butcher & Grocer
      • Grandview Theater & Drafthouse
    • Drop boxes are emptied after each drawing, but all entries are eligible for the grand prize drawing.
    • Prize lists and winners will be posted at the Reference desk on the second floor of the library.
    • Prizes will be displayed in the Reference showcase throughout the month of June.
  • For ages 18 and older.
  • Submit your entries in “The Basement” on the lower level of the library for a chance to win prizes.
  • Complete weekly challenges for an extra entry into our weekly prize drawings.
    • See staff in the Basement or Youth Services for an entry form once you’ve completed the week’s challenge.
    • Challenges reset Sundays at 1 pm.
    • Limit one challenge entry per week.
  • For grades 4-12.
  • Set reading goals, fill out your Activity Log (Summer Events brochure, pg 18), and you could win great prizes from:
    • Fun local businesses
    • The library’s Treasure Chest
    • Grand Prize drawings
  • Sponsors include:
    • Friends of the Grandview Library
    • Dairy Queen on 5th Ave.
    • DK Diner
    • Pure Imagination Chocolatier
    • Galaxy Games and Golf
    • Grandview Theater & Drafthouse
    • Brenz Pizza Co.
    • Clay Cafe on 5th Ave.
    • Grandview Pool Concessions
    • Kings Island
    • Ohio State Parks
    • Ohio State Fair
    • Grandview Police
    • Grandview Fire Department
    • Ohio Renaissance Festival

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.

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.