Yom Hashoah/Holocaust Remembrance Day

Please join the Library and Congregation Havurah Shalom for a Yom Hashoah/Holocaust Remembrance Day Event featuring a talk by Nat Rocker, a Holocaust Survivor who was rescued from the Zbaraz ghetto and hidden in Poland until Soviet liberation.  The talk begins at 2 PM.  We hope you will consider arriving early and visiting “Whoever Saves a Single Life,” the exhibit currently housed in the Library’s Reference Area, that tells the stories of several Rescuers during the Holocaust.


Georgetown Public Library and Congregation Havurah Shalom present Whoever Saves a Single Life exhibit

The Georgetown Public Library and Congregation Havurah Shalom are proud to share Whoever Saves a Single Life: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust, a Traveling Exhibit provided by the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous.

This exhibit will be open and available for viewing during all open Library hours between March 18 and April 17, 2018.  An opening reception featuring Stanlee J Stahl, Executive Vice President of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, will take place on Sunday, March 18 at 4:30 PM.

This exhibit is supported by grants provided by Humanities Texas, the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board, and sponsorship from Pedcore Investments, Lon and Cecelia Russell, and Texas Healthcare Specialists.

Georgetown Public Library and Courageous Conversations Partner for Hispanic Heritage Month Program Series

In partnership with Courageous Conversations, Georgetown Public Library invites you to join us for a series of programs in acknowledgement of Hispanic Heritage Month 2017.

 Book Discussions:  The Distance Between Us, by Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande’s memoir explores the effects of her parents’ emigration from Mexicoo the united States on Grande’s childhood.  Left in the care of family in Mexico, Grande experienced growing up with the absence of parents, and the jarring shift in her life that accompanied their reappearance and her own emigration to the United States.  Please join us for two discussions of themes explored in The Distance Between Us.

Sunday, October 1 at 1 PM:  Discussion will focus on the new immigrant experience in the United States, as portrayed in The Distance Between Us

Sunday, October 15 at 1 PM:  Discussion will focus on the effects felt by loved ones left behind when family emigrates.

 Round Rock Ballet Folklorico

Sunday, October 8 at 2 PM, in the Library Lobby

Founded in 1988, the Round Rock Ballet Folklorico is dedicated to promoting authentic Mexican folklore.  Founder and Director Yolanda Sanchez will discuss some of the themes and music of traditional Mexican Dance, followed by a lively dance performance.

 Which Way Home Screening and Discussion

Saturday, October 21 at 5 PM

Award-winning documentary Which Way Home chronicles the story of young, unaccompanied children traveling from Central America to the United States in hopes of making new lives for themselves here.  These children face numerous dangers, from the perils of catching freight trains, to predatory adults, and, ultimately, the risks inherent in becoming an undocumented immigrant to the United States.

A discussion will follow the screening.


Courageous Conversations: MARCH, by John Lewis

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This January and February, Georgetown Public Library renews its partnership with Courageous Conversations of Georgetown, TX to host a series of moderated conversations about race and social justice.  The conversations will use the three-volume graphic memoir March, by Congressman John Lewis, as a basis for discussions modeled on the Red Bench program designed by Interfaith Action of Central Texas.

 March is Congressman Lewis’ firsthand account of his lifelong struggle for civil rights.  Book One explores Lewis’ childhood in rural Alabama, Lewis meeting Martin Luther King, Jr, the Nashville Student Movement, and lunch counter sit-ins.  Book Two focuses on Lewis’ participation in the Freedom Riders campaign and his leadership of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.  Book Three follows Lewis’ continued leadership of SNCC through the Mississippi Freedom Summer and Freedom vote initiatives, and his involvement in civil rights efforts in Selma, Alabama.  Copies of all three volumes of the graphic memoir are available for checkout from the Library.

Courageous Conversations are structured, facilitated, respectful dialogues about difficult and serious issues.  Moderators will facilitate small table discussions of topics addressed in each volume of the memoir Tuesday evenings at 6:30 PM in January and February. January 31 discussions will focus on March: Book One; February 7 discussions will address March: Book Two; and February 21 discussions will explore March: Book Three. The series will conclude on February 28, with a screening of the documentary Good Hair followed by a brief discussion.  No discussion will take place February 14.