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.

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 Learning 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.

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