The Grandview Heights Public Library is more than just a place students can go after school to keep warm and access a computer.

The Grandview Heights Public Library is more than just a place students can go after school to keep warm and access a computer.

The library will offer a variety of programs for students in grades 4-12 during January.

"The library is so close to school, we get a lot of students who come over here right after school," said Youth Services Director Eileen McNeil.

"We want to offer them fun activities so that they're not just getting on the computer and congregating," she said. "With the cold weather, we're especially looking to provide programs that keep them active."

The library's mission for older students is basically the same as it is for younger students, McNeil said.

"We want them to feel comfortable here and give them things to do so they will become lifelong users of the library," she said.

By the time they reach seventh or eighth grade, students begin to stop coming to the library as much because they have so many sports and other after-school activities, McNeil said.

Some of the ideas for programs come from students themselves, and library staffers also attend conferences and research the programs other libraries sponsor and find are popular, she said.

The upcoming programs for older students include:

* Gaming Madness, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 7 and the first Tuesday of every month. Students in grades 4-12 can play a variety of board games and Wii games. No registration is required.

* After-School Yoga, led by yoga instructor Keisa Lee, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 13 and 27, and again Feb. 10 and 24. Space is limited; Friends of the Grandview Library members can start registering two weeks in advance, with regular signup beginning a week ahead of the program. The program is open to students in grades 4-8.

* Mystery Night, 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 17. Participants can team up to solve mysteries and win prizes, followed by pizza and games. Registration begins Friday, Jan. 3. A $2 donation is requested for this program, which is open to students in grades 5-9.

* Dance Fusion Thursdays, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Jan. 23 and Feb. 20. The program, led by dance instructor Shelby Ross, is open to students in grades 4-8. Registration for Friends members begins two weeks prior to each program; regular registration begins a week ahead.

For more information or to register, stop by the youth services department or call 614-481-3778.