Bargain computer storage

July 5, 2011

Need extra computer storage?

Save money while you save files with computer storage accessories from the Library!

Buy a 1GB or 2GB flash drive ($7), DVD-R disc ($1.10), and CD-ROM disc ($1) at the Circulation desk.

Questions? Call Circulation at 614-486-2951. 

Automated phone renewal

June 29, 2011

Automated phone renewals are back & better than ever!

Call 1-877-77-BOOKS (1-877-772-6657) to:

  • Renew items*
  • Get reserve item alerts
  • Hear all items checked out
  • Have a list of checked-out items emailed (sent to email we have on file)
  • Transfer to talk to a staff member

All you need is your Grandview Library card account and PIN numbers!

* Three renewals are allowed on most items, if no holds are placed on them and there are no blocks on your account. Learn more about our Circulation Policies.

This service was developed by the Central Library Consortium (
CLC) for its consortium members, which includes the Grandview Library. CLC was able to cuts costs & increase efficiency by having its staff implement technologies from CLC catalogprovider Polaris Library Systems and CallFireAfter discontinuing a previous automated phone renewal service, The Grandview Library is excited to offer a new & improved service for our patrons.

Laptops available for in-Library use

June 16, 2011

Check out a laptop at the Grandview Library!

Ten laptop computers—purchased with grant money for Connect Ohio’s free basic computer classes for adults at the Library—are available for patrons to use inside the Library.

Learn about policies regarding laptop checkout and enjoy this convenient service from your Library!

  • For ages 18 or older with a Grandview Library card in good standing and a valid state-issued ID.
  • Ten laptops are available on a first come, first served basis.
  • In-Library use only! Leaving the Library with the laptop or related equipment will be considered theft.
  • Must be returned 30 minutes before the Library closes.
  • Do not leave laptop unattended. You are responsible for the laptop and all related equipment checked out on your Library card until everything is checked in. Replacement cost for the laptop is almost $1,000.
  • Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint and PDF printing is available. See a Reference staff member. (Printing: 10¢ per black & white copy; 25¢ per color copy.)
  • State-issued ID kept at the Reference Desk during use. It will be returned when laptop and all related equipment are returned.
  • All information entered on the laptop will be removed from the laptop when shut down! Users should save all work on their own a disc, personal flash drive, or other device. The Library is not responsible for damaged or lost work due to virus or malfunction of equipment.
  • No changes to the laptop’s operating system or system files are allowed.
  • The Library’s Internet Policy must be followed. You may access a copy on the laptop’s screen or ask for a paper copy at the Reference Desk.

Fireworks program focuses on chemistry

June 16, 2011

Join us for “Professional Fireworks: Behind the Scenes” on Thursday, June 23, at 7 pm, in the Library’s Meeting Room!

Chemist Jordan Fantini will talk about the chemistry of fireworks, how colors are produced (see a small lab demonstration!), and how basic explosives work.

For adults and grades 6 & up.

Fireworks expert Tom Poulton, scheduled to co-present with Fantini, is unfortunately unable to attend.

Learn how fireworks shows are created with Tom Poulton & Jordan Fantini!

See mortars, control panels, igniters, and more with these firework experts – Poulton works on Red, White & Boom; Fantini is a chemist with special interest in pyrotechnics.

Learn about the history & chemistry of fireworks, their use in historical Columbus celebrations, and how shows are choreographed to music.

For adults and grades 6 & up.

No explosive instruction or materials will be presented.

Questions? Call Circulation at 614-486-2951.

“The Basement” is open

June 15, 2011

A new space for 7-12 graders called “The Basement” is now open downstairs by the Study Commons.

It features fun furnishings with books, graphic novels, audiobooks, magazines and computers, along with special events just for this age group!
Youth Services staff will supervise “The Basement” during peak hours, but the space is always open during Library hours.
Questions? Call “The Basement” at 614-481-3778.

Music (and Dinner) on the Lawn

June 9, 2011

The Grandview Heights Public Library is teaming up with Marshall’s Mobile BBQ Shack and the Friends of the Grandview Library to provide food & drink at Music on the Lawn 2011!

The Friends will be selling juice & bottled water—generously donated by Rife’s Auto Body and Members First Credit Union—and a portion of the proceeds from food sold by Marshall’s Mobile BBQ Shack will benefit the summer concert series at the Library.

The Library is excited to be working with these community businesses and is grateful for their generous support of Music on the Lawn!

We hope concert goers will enjoy the opportunity to purchase food & drink at concerts while supporting Music on the Lawn, coordinated by the Library and the City of Grandview Heights.

Other community organizations who will be at Music on the Lawn 2011:

New books: June 2011

June 7, 2011

Use your Grandview Library card to search & reserve the books below.

Just enter the titles into our catalog from your computer, or call Circulation at 614-486-2951 to have a staff member place a hold for you.

Want more? Find new books, movies & music.
Love digital materials? Download books, movies & music.

The titles below that are not at the Grandview Library may be borrowed for you from our consortium libraries.

NEW FICTION: June 2011

  • Jeff Abbot—Adrenaline
  • Megan E. Abbott—The End of Everything
  • Susan Wittig Albert—The Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies
  • Donna Andrews—The Real Macaw: A Meg Langslow Mystery
  • Kelley Armstrong—Spell Bound: The Otherworld Series
  • David Baldacci, Sandra Brown, et al.—No Rest for the Dead
  • Mary Balogh—The Secret Mistress
  • J.G. Ballard—Millennium People
  • Mark Billingham—Bloodline
  • Benjamin Black—Death in Summer
  • Robert Browne—The Paradise Prophecy: A Novel
  • Alafair Burke—Long Gone
  • Meg Cabot—Overbite
  • Bonnie Jo Campbell—Once Upon A River
  • Colin Cotterill—Killed at the Whim of a Hat
  • Catherine Coulter—Split Second: An FBI Thriller
  • John Dalton—The inverted Forest
  • MaryJanice Davidson—Undead and Undermined: Undead/Queen Betsy
  • Barbara Delinsky—Escape
  • William Dietrich—Blood of the Reich
  • Harry Dolan—Very Bad Men
  • Bruce Duffy—Disaster Was My God: A Novel of the Outlaw Life of Arthur Rimbaud
  • Clyde Edgerton—The Night Train
  • Loren D. Estleman—Infernal Angels: An Amos Walker Novel
  • Felix Francis—Dick Francis’s Gamble
  • Diana Gabaldon—Outlander: 20th Anniversary Edition
  • Neil Gaiman—American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition
  • Meg Gardiner—The Nightmare Thief
  • Tess Gerritsen—The Silent Girl: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel
  • David L. Golemon—Legacy: An Event Group Thriller
  • Juan Gomez-Jurado—The Traitor’s Emblem
  • Steven Gould—7th Sigma
  • Andrew Gross—Eyes Wide Open
  • David Hagberg &  David Drake—Out of the Waters
  • Beth Harbison—Always Something There to Remind Me
  • Paul Harper—Pacific Heights
  • John Hart—Iron House
  • Reginald Hill—The Woodcutter
  • Tobe Hooper—Midnight Movie
  • Gregg Hurwitz—You’re Next
  • J.A. Jance—Betrayal of Trust: A J.P. Beaumont Novel
  • Iris Johansen— Quinn
  • Alex Kava—Hotwire: A Maggie O’Dell Novel
  • Stephen Kelman—Pigeon English
  • Alice LaPlante—Turn of Mind
  • Robert Ludlum & Eric Van Lustbader—Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Dominion
  • Paul Malmont—The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown
  • Leslie Meier—English Tea Murder
  • Edie Meidav—Lola, California
  • Jojo Moyes—The Last Letter from Your Lover
  • Ann Napolitano—A Good Hard Look
  • Perri O’Shaughnessy—Dreams of the Dead
  • Kitty Pilgrim—The Explorer’s Code
  • Donald Ray Pollack—The Devil All the Time
  • Karen Robards—Justice
  • David Rosenfelt—One Dog Night
  • Alex Rutherford—A Kingdom Divided
  • Sapphire—The Kid
  • Esmeralda Santiago—Conquistadora
  • Anne Rivers Siddons—Burnt Mountain
  • Dan Simmons—Flashback
  • Daniel Silva—Portrait of a Spy
  • Peter Spiegelman—Thick as Thieves
  • Dana Spiotta—Stone Arabia
  • Danielle Steel—Happy Birthday
  • Chevy Stevens—Never Knowing
  • Amor Towles—Rules of Civility
  • Dawn Clifton Tripp—Game of Secrets
  • Margaret Truman—Monument to Murder
  • John Verdon—Shut Your Eyes Tight: A Novel
  • Binyavanga Wainaina—One Day I Will Write About This Place
  • Amanda Eyre Ward—Close Your Eyes
  • Jennifer Weiner—Then Came You
  • Jenny Wingfield—The Homecoming of Samuel Lake: A Novel


  • Mustafa Akyol—Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty  
  • Jennifer Arnold—In a Dog’s Heart: What Our Dogs Need, Want, and Deserve-And the Gifts We Can Expect in Return
  • Sandra Beasley—Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life
  • Jim Davidson & Kevin Vaughan—The Ledge: An Adventure Story of Friendship and Survival on Mt. Rainier
  • Kenneth C. Davis—Don’t Know Much about History, Anniversary Edition: Everything You Need to Know about American History But Never Learned
  • Geoff Dyer—The Missing of the Somme
  • Douglas Edwards—I’m Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59
  • Linda Hogan—Wrestling the Hulk: My Life Against the Ropes
  • Margaret Hoover—American Individualism: How a New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party
  • Chris Johnson—Microstyle: The Art of Writing Little
  • Georgette Jones & Patsi Bale Cox—The Three of Us: Growing Up with Tammy and George
  • Preston Lauterbach—The Chitlin’ Circuit: And the Road to Rock ‘n’ Roll
  • Peter Manso—Reasonable Doubt: The Fashion Writer, Cape Cod, and the Trial of Chris McCowen
  • David Matthews—Kicking Ass and Saving Souls: A True Story of a Life Over the Line
  • Ben Mezrich—Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History
  • Grant Morrison—Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us about Being Human
  • Fool Motley & Louann Lofton—Warren Buffett Invests Like a Girl: And Why You Should Too
  • John Julius Norwich—Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy
  • Tatum O’Neal—Found: A Daughter’s Journey Home
  • Janet Reitman—Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion
  • David Roberts—Finding Everett Ruess: The Life and Unsolved Disappearance of a Legendary Wilderness Explorer
  • Craig Robinson—Flip Flop Fly Ball
  • Lauren Shockey—Four Kitchens: My Life Behind the Burner in New York, Hanoi, Tel Aviv, and Paris
  • Susan Gregory Thomas—In Spite of Everything: A Memoir
  • Alison Thompson—The Third Wave: A Volunteer Story
  • Paul Trynka—David Bowie: Starman
  • Joby Warrick—The Triple Agent: The Al-Qaeda Mole Who Infiltrated the CIA
  • Katharine Weber—The Memory of All That: George Gershwin, Kay Swift, and My Family’s Legacy of Infidelities
  • Robin Wright—Rock the Casbah: Rage and Revolution Across the Islamic World
  • Jason Zinoman—Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror

July 14-24: Special masks on display

June 1, 2011

From July 14-24, The Grandview Library Atrium will feature a special exhibition of radiation masks—formerly worn by head and neck cancer patients—that have been transformed into works of art by 26 professional visual artists (primarily from Central Ohio) as part of Courage Unmasked for Joan’s Fund*.

Beginning in March 2011, 30 masks will be exhibited in venues throughout Columbus, Ohio, to bring awareness to head and neck cancers (HNC) and the dedicated team at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center—Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC-James)**.

The masks will be auctioned at a gala event at the Franklin Park Conservatory on October 21, 2011.

Get the exhibition schedule, donate, purchase gala tickets and more—plus, see photos of these amazing masks.

And don’t forget to visit the Grandview Library July 14-25 to see these works of art in person!

This special Library exhibition is coordinated with Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Arts Council.

Courage Unmasked for Joan’s Fund benefits Joan’s Fund and OSUCCC-James and is sponsored by The Columbus Dispatch, WBNS-10TV, and Capital Style. 

* The Joan Levy Bisesi Foundation for Head and Neck Oncology Research (Joan’s Foundation) is the fundraising arm of Joan’s Fund, and is dedicated solely to head and neck oncology.

OSUCCC-James (The James Cancer Hospital”, “The James”) is the Midwest’s first and Ohio’s only fully dedicated cancer hospital and research institute, one of the nation’s premier cancer centers for the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer. 

For more information about this exhibition & campaign, please contact:
Melinda Fenholt Cogley
Executive Director, Joan’s Foundation
Courage Unmasked for Joan’s Fund Campaign Chair
MelindaCogley@JoansFoundation.org614.806.0536 (cell)
Below is a history of this exhibition, including personal stories and HNC facts:

Courage Unmasked
In September 2009, the American University Museum at the Katzen Art Center in Washington, DC, hosted a unique fundraiser called Courage Unmasked. More than 100 artists from all over the United States transformed radiation masks—formerly worn by HNC patients to position and immobilize their heads during treatment—into works of fine art.

It was during one such treatment session that this idea first came to Cookie Kerxton, a patient, an artist, and the founder of Courage Unmasked. Cookie wanted to find a way to ease the financial burden for other HNC patients who could not afford this expensive and grueling, but necessary, radiation. Cookie’s colleagues and doctors quickly endorsed the idea of auctioning the artworks at a gala event to raise funds. Giving their time and talent, the artists created magnificent masterpieces unlike any other visual art ever seen. Courage Unmasked, an artistic celebration for the fight against HNC, was launched.

Courage Unmasked for Joan’s Fund
When members of the Joan’s Foundation Board first heard of Courage Unmasked, they contacted its founder, Cookie Kerxton, to learn more about her campaign. The idea was presented at the December 2009 meeting, and the board enthusiastically agreed to duplicate her campaign. With Cookie’s permission, Joan’s Foundation launched Courage Unmasked for Joan’s Fund, the second Courage Unmasked campaign.

The Campaign
In 2010, the Courage Unmasked for Joan’s Fund Campaign Committee selected 26 professional visual artists, primarily from central Ohio and from a variety of mediums, to turn radiation masks into works of fine art. Artists worked in close collaboration with survivors whose stories were their inspiration, resulting in a unique and incredible exhibit of 30 transformed masks.

Joan’s Story
Joan Levy Bisesi, beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend, was always positive and courageous, even throughout a painful battle against cancer.

In 1996, at age 29, Joan developed canker sore-like tumors in her mouth and was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma. This type of cancer is rare for someone in her twenties without normal risk factors. But while rare, unfortunately Joan’s situation is not unique. Statistics document an increasing incidence of squamous cell carcinoma among young people.
Joan immediately underwent treatment for her cancer.
In the fall of 2000, just before celebrating five cancer-free years, Joan found her cancer had returned. As she was finishing radiation treatments after a second surgery, she learned she was pregnant. Although worried about her physical ability to handle the pregnancy and birth, she was ecstatic!
Joan’s pregnancy was difficult and she struggled to stay healthy. As she planned for her baby’s arrival in November 2001, she learned her cancer had returned a third time. The baby was delivered in September, several weeks early, to give Joan the ability to undergo another surgery but, sadly, it was too late. The cancer had become inoperable.
Joan died on November 23, 2001, when her beautiful daughter, Mira Sophia, was only 10 weeks old.
Joan’s Fund
Shortly before she passed away, Joan, and her husband, Phil, created Joan’s Fund, an endowment fund for research at “The James”. Joan sent an email to her friends stating, “Phil and I have decided not to be bashful in asking for your support to cure cancer. I love flowers and cards, but I would rather be cured and be able to see the flowers at Mira’s wedding than to see them now!”
To date, more than $700,000 has been raised for Joan’s Fund to support research at the “The James” that focuses on finding a cure for all types of head and neck cancer (HNC).
Facts about Head and Neck Cancer
  • HNC includes cancers of the mouth, nose, sinuses, salivary glands, throat, thyroid, and lymph nodes in the neck.
  • Symptoms of HNC include a canker-like sore in the mouth, trouble swallowing, hoarseness, a sore throat, ear pain, swollen glands, sinus problems, or a lump in the neck.  HNCs are often discovered after repeated treatments fail to treat persistent symptoms.
  • Every year more than half-a-million people throughout the world are diagnosed with HNC.  HNC is the sixth most common form of cancer in the US, and every day 30 Americans die from these cancers.
  • Treatment often involves surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or a combination of these.  In addition to altering physical appearance, HNC treatments often cause patients long-term difficulties with eating, swallowing, and speaking.
  • HNC is increasing, especially in people younger than 40, even when lacking the traditional risk factors of tobacco and alcohol use.
  • Certain strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) have been linked to some forms of HNC in both males and females, and can be transmitted orally.
  • While a vaccine is available to young females to prevent HPV-related cervical cancer, further research is needed to determine if a vaccine could prevent HPV-related HNCs in young males and females.

May 29 & 30: Library closed

May 24, 2011

The Grandview Library will be closed Sunday & Monday, May 29 & 30, in observance of Memorial Day weekend.

May 28: Traffic limited during parade

May 24, 2011

This year’s Memorial Day Parade will take place on Saturday, May 28, at 10 am.

There will be marching bands, floats, and service organizations, as the city salutes our servicemen and servicewomen during this annual celebration.

Enjoy the parade, and enjoy the holiday weekend!

  • The parade begins 10 am at Cambridge Boulevard & First Avenue, and continues down First Avenue to Oxley Road.
  • These streets, along with a portion of Grandview Avenue, will be closed from 9-11:30 am. Automobile access to the Library will be limited during this time. You may approach the Library from the south, or park and cross First Avenue by foot.

Questions? Call Circulation at 614-486-2951 or Grandview Parks & Recreation Department at 614-488-3111.