Get tax forms, instructions online

taxThe IRS tax filing deadline is Tuesday, April 18.

Find forms online, free filing and preparation assistance, and more.

Like last year, most forms and instructions will be available only online. A limited number of paper forms will be available at the library. For more information about forms, contact Reference at 614-481-3776.

 

 

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.

Thank you for supporting your library

2008_0606_library_Front2GHPL wishes to thank voters for approving the library’s operating levy renewal on Tuesday’s ballot.

We look forward to continuing to provide outstanding service for the changing needs the community.

Thank you!

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.

10/22: Pumpkin Run affects library traffic

pumpkin runThe 38th Annual Great Pumpkin Run 5K race will take place Saturday, October 22, at 9 am.

The race is presented by the City of Grandview Heights and Grandview Recreation and Parks.

Streets surrounding the library will be affected.

  • Although First Avenue (the library’s street) will not be closed to traffic, it will be restricted from 8:30-10:30 am.
  • Motorists should expect delays along the race route, which will yield to runners.
  • Both library parking lots will remain open.

Call Circulation at 614-486-2951 with any questions about directions to the Library.

Enjoy the race!

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.

 

JOB: Reference Assistant

2008_0606_library_Front2The Grandview Heights Public Library is seeking a friendly, technology and customer service-oriented individual for a Reference Assistant position.

Position responsibilities include: provide Reference service, aid in the access of print materials, and instruction in the navigation of library-supported digital services on various platforms. The ideal candidate will be comfortable working in a Microsoft Windows environment, possess strong technology skills, and customer service experience.

Education: Bachelor’s degree preferred.

Position description, responsibilities, duties, and requirements.

Submit a completed Employment Application (fillable PDF)* with a resume and cover letter to kdela@ghpl.org. Applications submitted by end of day Friday, September 9, 2016, 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.

Ohio election dates

votestickerExercise your right to vote!

Register to vote and cast your ballot in upcoming elections, including the U.S. presidential election.

2016 Ohio Election Dates:

  • 10/11/16: Voter registration deadline
  • 10/12/16: Start of absentee & early in-person voting
  • 11/06/16: Noon deadline for absentee ballot requests
  • 11/07/16: Deadline to postmark mailed absentee ballots
  • 11/08/16: Election Day

Learn about statewide issues and get voter information:

Get your forms at the Grandview Library, available at the Circulation desk:

At a table just inside the parking lot doors, the Library provides:

  • Voter Information Bulletins from the League of Women Voters of Ohio
  • Campaign literature from a variety of local candidates & groups

Questions? Call Reference at 614-481-3776.