The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the Georgetown Public Library as one of 10 recipients of the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. The award will be presented at an event at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., in May.
Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross shared the National Medal award announcement at a public reception at the Georgetown Public Library on May 1. The reception was held in the lobby of the Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St.
At the Georgetown Public Library, patrons encounter three words as they enter the building: Engage, Enlighten, Empower. This is the mission statement that drives the library to serve as a catalyst for community wellbeing and enrichment. Library staff reimagine and reinvent the library through patron-centric library services, innovative partnerships with organizations and agencies, and creative, engaging programming.
“Winning the 2018 IMLS National Medal is truly an honor for our library and community,” Georgetown Public Library Director Eric Lashley said. “It is rewarding for our staff, volunteers, and community partners to be recognized at the national level for our efforts to engage, enlighten, and empower our community.”
Selected from 29 national finalists, the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners represent institutions that provide dynamic programming and services that exceed expected levels of service. Through their community outreach, these institutions bring about change that touches the lives of individuals and helps communities thrive. The San Antonio Public Library is the only other public library in Texas to have won the IMLS National Medal in the past.
“It is a pleasure to recognize the 10 distinctive recipients of the National Medal of Museum and Library Service,” IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew said. “Through their programs, services, and partnerships, these institutions exemplify the many ways that libraries and museums are positively transforming communities across the nation.”
As part of the ceremony and celebration, Georgetown community member Rosie Rocke will travel to Washington, D.C., with Lashley to accept the National Medal on behalf of Georgetown Public Library and provide a personal account of the power the library has had in the community. After Rocke’s husband died in 2013, the library became her safe haven. The super-volunteer notes that “the library was my grief counselor. It made my transition to a widow easier.”
Following the ceremony, StoryCorps—a national nonprofit dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of Americans—will visit the Georgetown Public Library and provide an opportunity for Georgetown community members to share stories of how the library has affected their lives. These stories are preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
To see the list of 2018 National Medal recipients and learn more about the National Medal, visit www.imls.gov.
The Georgetown Public Library along with the Southwestern University Environmental Studies Program and Smith Library Center are co-sponsoring a group of Earth Day events at the Georgetown library, 402 W. Eighth St.
The library will also host two stand-alone discussions on Barbara Kingsolver’s novel “Flight Behavior.” Southwestern University Economics Professor Emily Northrop and Georgetown Assistant Library Director Sally Miculek will lead a book discussion Tuesday, April 17. The second book discussion Monday, April 23, at 7 p.m. will be led by Smith Library Center Director Carol Fonken and Georgetown Fine Arts Librarian Dana Hendrix.
On Monday, April 30, at 7 p.m. David Wolfe, director of conservation strategies at the Environmental Defense Fund, will present “Monarch Butterflies: Threats and What You Can Do to Help.”
On Tuesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. Emily Northrop will present a talk titled “Reducing CO2 Pollution for Monarchs and Humans: A Citizen Guide for Climate Action.” Dr. Emily Northrop is Professor of Economics at Southwestern University and a climate activist with the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Her presentation will review basic climate science and some of the troubling impacts of global warming for Texas and beyond. She will then delve into ways individuals, businesses, and government policy can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and conclude with alternative models of citizen engagement. Q&A will be integrated throughout the talk.
We are pleased to announce that the Georgetown Public Library and Assistance League of Georgetown Area are partnering again to host a fundraiser Saturday, May 19, at 6 p.m. called Through the Looking Glass.
Guests can indulge in food inspired by the Mad Hatter’s tea party and enjoy activities such as a wine pull, white rabbit game, and live auction. Our live auction will give revelers the opportunity to win one-of-a-kind Georgetown experiences, as well as other fantastic prizes while supporting both organizations. You won’t want to miss it!
Tickets for the event are now on sale at the library and online for $50 each. If you would like to sponsor, purchase tickets or donate to our fundraiser online, please click here.
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The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the Georgetown Public Library has been named a finalist for the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The library is one of 29 finalists named.
The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to their communities. For 24 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and are making a difference for individuals, families, and communities.
“Being named a finalist for the IMLS National Medal is truly an honor and community achievement,” Library Director Eric Lashley said. “It is exciting for our staff, volunteers, and community partners to be recognized at the national level for our efforts to engage, enlighten, and empower members of our community.”
The San Antonio Public Library is the only public library in Texas to have won the IMLS National Medal.
“The 29 National Medal finalists showcase the tremendous ability of libraries and museums to serve as vital community resources,” IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew said. “The Institute of Museum and Library Services is honored to recognize these leading institutions. We congratulate them on the work they are doing across the United States.”
Finalists are chosen because of their significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Georgetown Public Library programs including the WOW!Mobile, the community resources coordinator, arts and culture coordination for the City, art and music programming in the library, children’s and teen programing, and the strong Friends of the Georgetown Public Library organization all helped to make the library stand out from other applications.
IMLS is encouraging community members who have visited the library to share their story on social media. To #ShareYourStory, please visit www.facebook.com/USIMLS or www.twitter.com/us_imls and use #IMLSmedals.
National Medal winners will be announced later this spring. Representatives from winning institutions will be honored for their extraordinary contributions at the National Medal Ceremony on May 24 in Washington, D.C.
To see the full list of finalists and learn more about the National Medal, visit www.imls.gov.
The Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association will host several events at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St., to help celebrate National Black History Month in February. This year’s theme is African Americans in Times of War.
Information about African Americans in the military will be on display at the library throughout the month of February.
Events will kick off with a reception Feb. 4 from 2-3 p.m. with a presentation by Allen Mack about the Buffalo Soldiers, followed by a presentation on Feb. 11 from 2-3 p.m. by retired U.S. Navy veteran Glenn Towery about Africans Americans in war. Both presentations are free and open to the public
This year’s annual Black History Month Banquet on Feb. 24 will include a special recognition of the licensed vocational nursing program at St. David’s Georgetown Hospital with the theme “The Golden Gateway to Nursing.”
The 36th annual banquet starts at 5:30 p.m. at the library. The annual Black History Month Banquet is open to the public. The suggested donation is $25 per person. The keynote speaker is Dr. Devry Anderson, who is a doctor and colonel at Fort Hood.
The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library will host a Hill Country Author Series event Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 2 p.m., in the Community Rooms of the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St., featuring Austin-based author Meg Gardiner. Gardiner’s newest book “UNSUB” was published in June. Lawyer turned author, Gardiner is an Edgar Award-winning American crime writer who has written thirteen thrillers.
“UNSUB,” short for unknown subject, tells the story of a young detective determined to apprehend the serial murderer who destroyed her family and terrorized a city twenty years earlier. This psychological thriller has been bought by CBS Television Studios for adaptation into a TV series.
Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the Second-Hand Prose bookstore on the second floor of the library, the WOW!mobile, online at folgeorgetown.org/event/hcas-meg-gardiner, or by contacting Marcy Lowe at (512) 868-8974. Refreshments from the Red Poppy Coffee Co. are included.
The event begins at 2 p.m., and doors open at 1:30 p.m. Proceeds are used to fund unbudgeted items and other ongoing library projects.
The WOW!mobile will be out of service Monday, 5/29 through Thursday, 6/1 for maintenance. Regular WOW!mobile services will resume Monday, June 5.
If you just can’t wait to get your hands on some library materials until that beautiful bus returns, stop by the library! We’ll also have fun and FREE Summer Reading programs happening next week beginning Tuesday, 5/30.
City of Georgetown offices and facilities will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. There is no solid waste or recycling collection on Thanksgiving Day (details below).
City facilities and offices closed November 24 – 25 include the following:
- Animal Shelter, 110 Walden Drive
- City Hall, 113 E. Eighth Street
- Economic Development, 809 Martin Luther King, Jr. Street
- Library, 402 W. Eighth Street
- Municipal Complex, 300-1 Industrial Avenue
- Municipal Court, 101 E. Seventh Street
- Parks and Recreation Administration, 1101 N. College Street
- Planning, 406 W. Eighth Street
- Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Avenue
- Tennis Center, 400 Serenada Drive
Other Facility Closures
The facilities listed below will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and open these hours on Friday, November 25:
- Airport Terminal, 500 Terminal Drive, open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Collection Station, 250 W. L. Walden Drive, open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh Street, open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Georgetown Public Library will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23 and reopen for normal hours at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 26.
Solid Waste & Recycling
There will be no trash or recycling pickup for Texas Disposal Systems customers in the City of Georgetown on Thursday, November 24. Solid waste collection for Thursday and Friday slides one day:
- Thursday slides > to Friday
- Friday slides > to Saturday
Solid waste and recycling carts should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on pickup day. For questions, call TDS at (512) 930-1715.
The Collection Station at 250 W. L. Walden Drive will be closed on Thursday, November 24 (Thanksgiving Day), but open regular hours, which are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Friday, November 25.
Note that the Williamson County Recycle Center at 495 CR 156, which accepts vouchers for household hazardous waste, is closed Sunday, November 20 through Sunday, November 27.
The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library’s Hill Country Authors Series features author Karan Mahajan on Wednesday, November 2 at 2 p.m. at the library. Doors open at 1:30 pm.
Mahajan will speak about his second novel The Association of Small Bombs, which was released in March and was recently named as one of five finalists for the National Book Award. In the novel he writes about the effects of terrorism on victims and perpetrators. The story explores the effects of one small bombing on all the people who were there, or associated with the people who were there, and how the bombing affects people for the rest of their lives.
The novel has received much critical acclaim. A reviewer in the Huffington Post says, “In a post-9/11 world, this novel should be considered a must-read.” A reviewer in the Austin-American Statesman described the novel as, “A tour de force of psychological probing and empathy.” And the New York Times Book Review noted that the book is “Wonderful …smart, devastating, unpredictable and enviably adept in its handling of tragedy and its fallout.”
Mahajan was born in 1984 and grew up in New Delhi, India. His first novel, Family Planning (2008), won the Joseph Henry Jackson Award and was a finalist for the International Dylan Thomas Prize. It was published in nine countries. Mahajan has worked as an editor in San Francisco, a consultant on economic and urban planning issues for the New York City government, and a researcher in Bangalore, India. A graduate of Stanford University and The University of Texas’ Michener Center for Writers, he currently lives in Austin, Texas, where he is at work on his third novel.
Tickets for the event are $15 in advance and $18 at the door, and may be purchased at the Second-Hand Prose bookstore on the second floor of the Public Library, at the WOW!mobile, or by contacting Marcy Lowe at (512) 868-8974. The event ticket cost includes admission and a dessert and beverage from the Red Poppy Café. The library is located at 402 W. Eighth Street in Georgetown.
All proceeds from the event will go toward meeting unfunded projects of the Public Library.
Georgetown has grown rapidly in the last few years, and with that growth Georgetown Public Library employees have seen an increase in families and seniors in crisis and those who are homeless. Library staff assisting these patrons often find that services are available, but researching those services and the agencies that provide them is challenging. Needs include housing, food, clothing, rent, medical and dental care, mental health services, transportation, disability benefits, and benefits for veterans.
Seeing the need to help people find these types of services, the Library has created a new community resources coordinator position. The coordinator will be a licensed social worker who can talk with patrons who have social service needs and help them navigate available services.
The position also will work with nonprofit and governmental social service organizations in the region and will assist nonprofit organizations to use Library materials and resources. The Library will provide space for nonprofit organizations to meet with clients, conduct trainings, and provide informational fairs.
“Librarians by profession are information providers,” says Eric Lashley, director of the Georgetown Public Library. “We came to realize that providing the information many of these residents were requesting required a different set of skills and knowledge base. Therefore, we wanted to have a member of our staff with the right set of skills to help this segment of our population and we feel a person with knowledge of social work and the social services sector would be most beneficial.”
The position is funded by a three-year grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Texas State Library and Archives. The position is currently posted and Lashley hopes to have the new coordinator in place next month.
The library is a place for readers, but a new program at the Georgetown Public Library is focused on toddlers and infants who may be too young to hold a book. The Family Place Libraries program aims to make the Library a welcoming environment for preschoolers and their parents who can learn from experts about child development, nutrition, play, and learning.
The Family Place Libraries program is funded by a grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, one of two grants that the Library has received this year. The aim of Family Place Libraries is to redesign the library environment to be welcoming and appropriate for children beginning at birth. The program also involves outreach to non-traditional library users and connecting parents with the resources, programs, and services offered at the library and other family service agencies. The program recognizes that good health, early learning, parental involvement, and supportive communities each play a critical role in young children’s growth and development.
“This grant is targeted to preschoolers because brain development from ages 0 to 3 is so fast and so important,” says Bethni King, children’s librarian at the Georgetown Public Library. “The grant will help us focus on our collection and focus on our space in the children’s area.”
In addition to toys, games, and books, King says starting next year, the Library is planning to host workshops with experts in child development, nutrition, and parenting. The Family Place Libraries program also includes an assessment and certification process to guide the implementation. Find out more at www.familyplacelibraries.org.
King and Library Director Eric Lashley will attend a three-day training program in Long Island, New York in November. The grant covers the cost of the training and provides $6,000 to implement programs following the Family Place Libraries model.
The Library has received a second grant from the Texas Book Festival for $2,270 for the Library’s Book Club in a Bag collection. The grant is funded by proceeds from the annual Texas Book Festival in Austin.
The Book Club in a Bag program allows one member of a book club to checkout ten copies of a particular title for the entire club. Discussion guides are included with the materials. The grant will allow the Library to expand the program with 25 new titles. A bag can be checked out for two months up to one year in advance.
The new Book Club in a Bag titles should be available by August 1. To find out more about the program or to check out a Book Club in a Bag, contact Sally Miculek, assistant library services director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 931-7620.
The library has an easier, faster way to print from your mobile device! The following examples will help
you print materials from an iPhone/iPad or Android device.
Pull up the webpage or document you’d like to print from Safari.
Click the Share button
Slide you finger across the bottom menu, until you see the print icon. Click the print icon.
Click “Select a printer”
A list of available printers will load.
Select Library Printer-Circulation Desk.
That’s it! Pick up your prints at the circulation desk, for a bargain price of 10 cents per page!
For Android Devices:
Before printing from your Android device, download the HP Printer Service Plug-in. This is free from the Play Store and will allow your device to utilize wireless printing to HP printers. You will NOT be able to print without this plug-in.
Once the HP Printer Service Plug-in is installed:
- Click the MENU button
- Click PRINT
- Select Library Printer- Circulation Desk
That’s it! You can pick up your prints at the circulation desk. The charge is 10 cents per page. Have questions? Ask a staff member!
Weekdays from December 21 through December 31, the library will close at 6:00 p.m. Closings on Saturdays and Sundays will remain at 5:00 p.m.
The library will be closed December 24 and 25 and January 1. The drive-through bookdrop will be open at all times for your convenience.
Regular hours and services will resume at 9:00 a.m. on January 2.