Summer Programs Offered at Grandview Heights Public Library

With another successful collection effort and with pandemic restrictions lifted, the Grandview Heights Public Library will resume business as usual, Director Ryan McDonnell said.

Library staff members are looking forward to a busy summer, he said.

“We will soon be launching our amazing summer book club,” McDonnell said.

The summer program gives residents of all ages a chance to win prizes by reading or having books read to them, he said. The program starts on May 31 and ends on July 31.

A variety of special events and activities are planned throughout the book club season, McDonnell said. More information about the Summer Reading Club is available at ghpl.org.

The Library’s 36th Music on the Lawn Concert Series will offer a full summer season of outdoor concerts on the Library Lawn, 1685 W. First Ave., beginning June 7. Concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday in June and July.

The 2021 concert series has been cut short, with shows only offered in August, and the pandemic has forced the cancellation of the entire 2020 schedule.

The 2022 performance program includes:

• June 7: suspension time

• June 14: The Conspiracy Band

• 21 June: the British invasion

• June 28: Dr. Peace

• July 5: Topher James and the cookie brigade

• July 12: Dawn

• 19 July: Tony Monaco Trio

• July 26: the Randys

A different food truck will sell refreshments at each concert, McDonnell said.

“Music on the lawn has become a summer tradition at Grandview,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity for people to stop, listen to some music and just enjoy being with their families and each other.”

McDonnell said library officials are “very grateful for the overwhelming support” voters showed when they endorsed Number 1 on May 3. The six-year renewal of the library’s current operating fee, which expires at the end of this year, passed by a vote of 1,686, or 87% in favor, against 260, or 13%, opposed, according to the unofficial final results from the Franklin County Board of Elections.

“I think the success we’ve had with our swabs over the years shows that people love the programs and services we provide,” McDonnell said. “We are very committed to providing our services to the community and to being exceptional stewards of the public funds the community has entrusted to us.”

The renewal levy will not result in a tax increase for owners, said Canaan Faulkner, the library’s public relations officer.

“What we’re telling people is that they can look up their individual tax by looking up their property on the Franklin County Auditor’s website,” he said.

The levy generates about $1,394,628 a year, or about 39% of the library’s annual revenue, which totals $3,665,148, Faulkner said.

The library is funded by two levies.

The renewal levy approved on May 3 was originally approved in 1992 and last renewed in 2016.

A levy of 2.2 million was originally approved in 1986 and replaced in 2010.

The library uses royalty revenue to maintain services, including purchasing materials, supporting programs and helping pay staff, Faulkner said.

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