Win a $50 Gift Card to Target or Wolf Ranch!

Here is your chance to say what the library should be doing and how GPL can best communicate with you.  There are two short surveys.  The first survey has questions on what kinds of materials (ex. books, movies, magazines) the library should buy and what types of programs (ex. video games, crafts, author visits) aimed at teens you would like to attend.  The second survey has questions on how you would like to receive information from the library (ex. Facebook, MySpace, texts).  We are looking for the opinions of teens ages 12-18.

Take both surveys for a chance to win one of either a $50 gift card to Target or a Simon gift card good at Wolf Ranch Shopping Center.

Click on the following links to take the surveys.

Teen Services Survey

Teen Communication Survey

Thanks for your help in making the library a better place for you.

Are You Game? Teen Open Game Night

Teen Open Game Night is back.  Friday January 30 is the first game night of the year from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Hewlett Room at GPL. Teens ages 13-18 are welcome. Play Nintendo Wii and PS2.   We have 2 projectors for bigger than life action and two tv’s.  Show off your moves with DDR and Guitar Hero. Challenge someone to a board game or card game. Bring your own games and your friends. We’ll have drinks and munchies on hand.  Teen Open Game Night is sponsored by the TAB (Teen Advisory Board) at GPL.

Winter Break Film Fest

Winter Break FilmFest

Face it, you may get bored the second week away from school.  GPL has just the way to spend a few of those hours.  Join us for a film fest showing the Lord of the Ring trilogy movies and the live action Death Note (based on the manga of the same name).  Hobbits and Shinigami alike are welcome.  All movies will be shown on a large screen in the Hewlett Room.  Popcorn and soda will be provided.  The film fest is free and open to teens ages 13-18.


Fellowship of the Ring (PG-13)

Monday December 29  3-6 pm

The Two Towers (PG-13)

Tuesday December 30  3-6 pm

The Return of the King (PG-13)

Friday January 2    3-6 pm

Death Note (NR)

Saturday January 3    3-5 pm

Please note that this movie is not rated by the MPAA.  The original manga is rated for teens 16+.

One Ring to Rule Them All

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Happy Turkey Day!

Happy Turkey Day!  In honor of Thanksgiving the Georgetown Public Library will close early on Wednesday November 26th at 6:00 pm.  The library will also be closed Friday November 27th through Sunday November 30th.  The library will reopen with normal business hours on Monday December 1st.  Have a fun and safe weekend.

Twilight the movie is almost here!

I know all you Twilight fans out there don’t need a reminder that the movie is almost here.  According to the official Twilight movie site there are 3 days, 13 hours, and some odd minutes till Bella and Edward are together on the big screen.  Plus, this gives me an excuse to try out the new ability to embed videos into the blog.  So here is the last official Twilight movie trailer.  Enjoy.

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Are You Game? Teen Open Game Night

A little reminder that the monthly Teen Open Game Night will happen this Friday, October 24th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Hewlett Room at GPL. Teens ages 13-18 are welcome. Play Nintendo Wii and PS2.   We have 2 projectors for bigger than life action and two tv’s.  Show off your moves with DDR and Guitar Hero. Challenge someone to a board game or card game. Bring your own games and your friends. We’ll have drinks and munchies on hand.  Teen Open Game Night is sponsored by TAB (Teen Advisory Board) at GPL.

(Not Quite So) FAQs about GPL #3

Fun With Databases Part II

Ok, we know that TexShare databases can help with school work.  There is one more thing you should know about TexShare databases.  That thing is NetLibrary.  NetLibrary contains digital or ebooks.  That is full text books that you access/read online instead of in the print format.  Ebooks contain the same information- in fact they are page by page reproductions of the text version.  There are many different titles and subjects to choose from including study guides for math, college entrance exams, and cliff notes.  The books are available 24 hours a day as long as you have an internet connection.  And it’s all free.

Don’t worry, deep breath, we are coming to the end (at least for now).  The final database to have fun searching and using is the Testing & Education Reference Center. This database goes beyond homework and deals with life after high school.  The Testing & Education Reference Center can help you find a college, a graduate program, or a vocational school or career college.  This database can also help you find that career or job that is right for you with a career assessment tool.  The Virtual Career Library contains information on finding internships, finding jobs, writing resumes and cover letters,  and tips on how to interview.  Finally, there is a test preparation area with study guides for the TAKS, college and graduate entrance exams, nursing exams, Advanced Placement (AP) classes, and military entrance and career placement.  Again, this is all free.

So, how do you find all this wonderful stuff and start searching?  For NetLibrary go to the library website.  In the green bar along the top, click on Catalog & Online Services.  Then click on TexShare.  Call the library and ask for the user name and password you will need.  Or go to the library catalog and click on the TexShare Databases picture at the bottom and use your library card and phone number to log in.  For the Testing & Education Reference Center go to the library catalog and click on the Testing & Education Reference Center picture at the bottom and use your library card and phone number to log in.  Easy.  Contact Bethni King for more information or help using the databases.

For All You Aspiring Writers Out There

The Georgetown Public Library and the San Gabriel Writers’ League are presenting The Georgetown Library Writer’s College this fall and winter.  The Writer’s College is a series of classes designed to expand your powers of observation, imagination, and language. The various classes will provide numerous tips on craft and practices. You will be exposed to various forms of creative writing in the fields of prose fiction and nonfiction. Classes will explore genres from scifi, mystery, short story, poetry, memoir, and romance writing as well as marketing, self-editing, and how to write a synopsis.  Group interaction and instructor feedback help you explore various methods of writing while learning the key craft points of plot, structure, point-of-view, sense of place, and voice.  Take one or more classes that interest you.  There is a small reasonable fee for each class.

A class and two workshops focusing on writing for kids and teens will be presented in March and April of 2009.  Write On: Hands on Workshops for kids and teens is taught by author Julie Kenner and is for anyone ages 9 and up and adults who want to write for children and teens.  Writing for Children, Preschool-Primary Grades focuses on how to approach writing books for children through primary grades and is taught by Linda Lipscomb.

For further information, contact:
Mr. Richard Groves, Adult Services Librarian
(512) 931-7620 or rgroves@georgetown.org or visit

Links for more information:

Writers College Course Catalog and Schedule

Georgetown Public Library

San Gabriel Writer’s League

It’s August….. now what?

Now we have a little something called Are You Game? Teen Open Gaming. There will be 2 open gaming afternoons in August. The first one is on Wednesday August 13th from 4-6 pm. The second one is Friday August 22nd from 4-6 pm. Show off your moves with DDR and Guitar Hero. Play games on a PS2 and the Nintendo Wii. Or bring your own stuff. And don’t forget your friends. Challenge someone to a board or card game. Sodas and munchies will be provided

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Happy Dance!

I am doing a happy dance right now. Yes, right now as I type, which is really quite difficult.Why am I doing a happy dance? Because, the physical Teen Area @ GPL just got a little bit cooler. The walls are red. The Blik stickers are stuck on the walls. The stickers were tricky and not nearly as easy to get on the wall as the company made it seem. But worth it. A big happy dance thank you to Jason, Miss Rachael, and Mr. Billy for their help. Two new rugs decorate the floor. The booths and tables have arrived! (Yeah, more happy dancing.) Now you can sit and eat, drink, hang out, work and do your own happy dance in the teen area. A ginormous heartfelt thank you to the Friends of the Library for making all this possible. Thank you, thank you, thank you. So stop by and check it out.

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Are You Game? Redux

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Friday May 9th is the last Are You Game? Teen Open Game Night of the school year. Teen Open Game Night will take place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Hewlett Room at the library. Teens ages 13-18 are welcome. Play Nintendo Wii and PS2. Show off your moves with DDR and Guitar Hero. Challenge someone to a board or card game. Bring your friends and your own games. We’ll have drinks and munchies on hand.

Never fear though, there will be plenty to do at GPL during the summer including a DDR tournament in June and a Guitar Hero tournament in July as part of the teen summer program. Game On! TTR.08 is the theme this year. In June and July come to GPL to play and have fun. Besides the two tournaments there will be a writing workshop, x-treme paintball balloon art, rockwall climbing, anime, a murder mystery party, giant board game day, rocket building and launching, a martial arts demonstration, a chocolate tasting party, and a pool party at the end. Stay tuned for further updates and information- including a promotional video.

I see red

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The walls in the new teen space are done being painted and look, imho, wonderful. Very, very red. Next come the Blik stickers chosen by members of the library’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB). Look for these to go up in the next week or so. Blik stickers are cool removable wall art that can be taken down without damage to the walls. So, after a year or so, if we get tired of them we can change things. Now if the booths and tables would only get here.

Are You Game? Teen Open Game Night

A little reminder that the monthly Teen Open Game Night will happen this Friday, April 4 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Hewlett Room at the library. Teens ages 13-18 are welcome. Play Nintendo Wii and PS2. Show off your moves with DDR and Guitar Hero. Challenge someone to a board game or play D& D. Bring your own games and your friends. We’ll have drinks and munchies on hand.

I want to send a thank you out to last years Tippett Middle School National Junior Honor Society who donated money to GPL to use in teen programs. The$500 they gave was used to purchase the Wii and 4 controlers, 4 nunchucks, a couple of games, and a bag to store everything. Thanks! We are having lots of fun with the Wii.

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New Teen Space in the works at GPL

New and improved things are happening for teens at GPL. Right now there is a new physical teen space under way. The area is specifically for teens to hang out, do homework etc. The teen space is located on the first floor by the windows conveniently close to the computers and the Red Poppy Coffee Shop. A couple of months ago Teen Advisory Board members and other assorted volunteers moved the books, magazines, and videos. (See the before picture below) At the moment, the space is being painted red. Apple Red. Very Red. The color was chosen by the Teen Advisory Board and will look spectacular. There are more things in store such as removable stickers for the walls, new rugs, and new booths. Stay tuned for further updates and pictures.

 

 

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Georgetown Reads!

The Georgetown Public Library’s one-book, one-community program, Georgetown Reads! will kick off in late March.

Already Home, by Susan Mallery, is set in Georgetown and our downtown Square is featured! Copies of the book will be available for checkout beginning in April. Visit the library’s website at library.georgetown.org for full details about Georgetown Reads! events, including a scavenger hunt, canned goods drive, cookbook give-away, wine-tasting, cooking demonstration, author visit, and an evening with Susan Mallery. Let’s read together!

R.E.A.D. Dogs at the Library

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What? Dogs in the library? Yes! Stop by, say hi and read to a dog. The dogs will be at the library most Saturdays from 12-2 pm throughout the year.

The dogs are cute, friendly, good listeners and love having kids read to them. R.E.A.D. dogs are trained, along with their handlers, to provide a safe, comfortable atmosphere for kids just beginning to learn to read or who may be struggling a bit to practice their reading skills. Although all reading levels are welcome.

The Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) program improves children’s reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to an animal. But not just any animal. R.E.A.D. companions are registered therapy animals who volunteer with their owner/handlers as a team, going to schools, libraries and many other settings as reading companions for children. These literacy mentors help kids not only read but to love books and reading. Kids who are shy or are struggling with reading are especially encouraged to visit the library and read to the dogs.

 

Summer Programs July 24-28

Look at all the fun things happening at the library this week!

Kids

Tuesday July 25 at 10:30 am is the summer program finale!  So sad, but it’s the end of the Summer Program.  Find out which team won the reading challenge and what color Miss Bethni and Miss Jaime had to dye their hair!  Ventriliquist and magician Ian Varella will be here to help us celebrate.  Snacks and drinks.  All ages.

Tickets are required.  Due to limited space, FREE tickets for each performance will be issued beginning at 9:30 am the day of the performance.  First come, first served.

Groups:  Every program is super packed so we can sadly no longer accommodate large groups such as camps, daycares, childcare facilities, or schools.

Tweens  (Ages 9-12)

Friday July 28 at 1:00 pm end the summer program on a relaxing note and enjoy crafts and the movie Moana (rated PG).  Ages 9-12  Registration is required.  Registration for this event begins July 21.  Stop by the Children’s desk or call the library at 512.930.3551 to sign up.  Drinks and snacks provided.

Teens (Ages 12-18)

Wednesday July 26 at 3:00 pm enjoy a wacky movie from the 80s inside the sweet, sweet air conditioning. Snarky commentary Mystery Science Theater 300 style encouraged. Movie TBD.  Open to teens ages 12-18. No registration is required for teen events. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Friday July 28 at 3:00 is the Teen Summer Program Finale: Late Night at the Library.  This event is invite only.  We hope you have been tracking your reading all summer long for an invite to this event.  See Teen Librarian Melissa Mote or another staff member for more information.

Summer Programs July 17-21

Look at all the fun things happening at the library this week!

Kids

This week we welcome Lucas Miller on Tuesday June 20 at 10:30 am. Lucas Miller the Singing Zoologist will sing zany songs and teach us about animals. Best for ages 5+

Tickets are required.  Due to limited space, FREE tickets for each performance will be issued beginning at 9:30 am the day of the performance.  First come, first served.

Groups:  Every program is super packed so we can sadly no longer accommodate large groups such as camps, daycares, childcare facilities, or schools.

Tweens  (Ages 9-12)

Wednesday July 19 at 1:00 pm is the final tween Nature Club.  Summer is the perfect time to learn about nature. Join the messy fun as we learn about soil with the Goldwater Master Naturalists.  Ages 9-12  Registration is required.  Registration for this event begins July 12.  Stop by the Children’s desk or call the library at 512.930.3551 to sign up.

Friday July 21 at 1:00 pm have fun and show off your skills with Super Smash Brothers Brawl video game tournament on the Wii.  Ages 9-12  Registration is required.  Registration for this event begins July 14.  Stop by the Children’s desk or call the library at 512.930.3551 to sign up.  Drinks and snacks provided.

Teens (Ages 12-18)

Wednesday July 19 at 3:00 pm is Lego Robot day.  Learn to build and program a robot with Lego Mindstorms!

Friday July 21 at 3:00 is Messy Games day. Come get messy, and then wash off at the end with an epic water balloon battle.  Don’t forget to wear clothes you can get messy in.

Open to teens ages 12-18. No registration is required for teen events. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Summer Programs July 10-14

Look at all the fun things happening at the library this week!

Kids

This week we welcome Mr. Johnny and Sharon on Tuesday July 20 at 10:30 am for music, dancing, and interactive fun. All Ages

Tickets are required.  Due to limited space, FREE tickets for each performance will be issued beginning at 9:30 am the day of the performance.  First come, first served.

Groups:  Every program is super packed so we can sadly no longer accommodate large groups such as camps, daycares, childcare facilities, or schools.

Tweens  (Ages 9-12)

Friday July 14 at 1:00 pm is a painting workshop.  Come paint  with us and create a masterpiece to take home.  Georgetown artist Kimberly Keller will show us how.  Ages 9-12  Registration is required.  Registration for this event begins July 7.  Stop by the Children’s desk or call the library at 512.930.3551 to sign up.  Drinks and snacks provided.

Teens (Ages 12-18)

Wednesday July 12 at 3:00 pm learn how to make your own adorable plush monster.

Friday July 14 at 3:00 Make and take home your very own painted canvas! Georgetown artist Kimberly Keller will show us how.

Open to teens ages 12-18. No registration is required for teen events. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Summer Programs July 3-7

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Kids

No program this week.  The library will be closed on Tuesday July 4 to Celebrate Independence Day.  Have a fun and safe holiday.

Tweens  (Ages 9-12)

Wednesday July 5 at 1:00 pm is the tween Nature Club.  Summer is the perfect time to learn about nature. Get the buzz about bees and make beeswax crafts with Kim Lehman.  Ages 9-12  Registration is required.  Registration for this event begins June 28.  Stop by the Children’s desk or call the library at 512.930.3551 to sign up.

Friday July 7 at 1:00 pm is Hoppy Hour Petting Zoo. Relax, have fun, and pet small, cute animals, brought to us by Tiny Tales to You.  Ages 9-12  Registration is required.  Registration for this event begins June 30.  Stop by the Children’s desk or call the library at 512.930.3551 to sign up.  Drinks and snacks provided.

Teens (Ages 12-18)

Wednesday July 5 at 3:00 pm Beat the heat with a showing of the movie Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (PG-13).

Friday July 7 at 3:00 is Hoppy Hour Petting Zoo.  Relax and snuggle up with some adorable animals, brought to us by Tiny Tails to You.

Open to teens ages 12-18. No registration is required for teen events. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

 

Summer Programs June 26-30

Look at all the fun things happening at the library this week!

Kids

This week we welcome Safari Greg on Tuesday June 27 at 10:30 am. Safari Greg blends wild animals and magic for a furrtastic time.  All Ages.

Tickets are required.  Due to limited space, FREE tickets for each performance will be issued beginning at 9:30 am the day of the performance.  First come, first served.

Groups:  Every program is super packed so we can sadly no longer accommodate large groups such as camps, daycares, childcare facilities, or schools.

Tweens  (Ages 9-12)

Friday June 30 at 1:00 pm is Mad Scientist Lab with Daniel G. Benes  who will amaze and delight with his collection of inventions.  See physics, high-voltage electricity, and chemical magic in action, as well as working scientific antiques.  Ages 9-12  Registration is required.  Registration for this event begins June 23.  Stop by the Children’s desk or call the library at 512.930.3551 to sign up.  Drinks and snacks provided.

Teens (Ages 12-18)

Wednesday June 28 at 3:00 pm build cardboard forts.  Work with your team to build the most epic fort you can out of cardboard. Then, battle it out until there is one fort left standing!

Friday June 30 at 3:00 Come have your mind blown at this unforgettable science show put on by Daniel G. Benes. See physics, high-voltage electricity, and chemical magic in action, as well as working scientific antiques.

Open to teens ages 12-18. No registration is required for teen events. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Summer Programs June 19-23

Look at all the fun things happening at the library this week!

Kids

This week we welcome Mad Science on Tuesday June 20 at 10:30 am. A Mad Scientist brings science experiments and lots of fun to the library.  Best for ages 5+

Tickets are required.  Due to limited space, FREE tickets for each performance will be issued beginning at 9:30 am the day of the performance.  First come, first served.

Groups:  Every program is super packed so we can sadly no longer accommodate large groups such as camps, daycares, childcare facilities, or schools.

Tweens  (Ages 9-12)

Wednesday June 21 at 1:00 pm is the tween Nature Club.  Summer is the perfect time to learn about nature.  Join the messy fun and make seed bombs with the Native Plant Society.  Ages 9-12  Registration is required.  Registration for this event begins June 14.  Stop by the Children’s desk or call the library at 512.930.3551 to sign up.

Friday June 23 at 1:00 pm is Lego Robots day.  Build and code robots then fight them in the ring.  Ages 9-12  Registration is required.  Registration for this event begins June 16.  Stop by the Children’s desk or call the library at 512.930.3551 to sign up.  Drinks and snacks provided.

Teens (Ages 12-18)

Wednesday June 21 at 3:00 pm Air conditioning + popcorn + Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (PG-13)  = the perfect summer activity.

Friday June 23 at 3:00 Put your Hogwarts knowledge to the test in this magical hunt around the library. Muggles welcome.

Open to teens ages 12-18. No registration is required for teen events. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Summer Programs June 12-16

Kids

This week we have music and fun with Mr. Bus Driver Man Sir & Her.  All Ages.

Tickets are required.  Due to limited space, FREE tickets for each performance will be issued beginning at 9:30 am the day of the performance.  First come, first served.

Groups:  Every program is super packed so we can sadly no longer accommodate large groups such as camps, daycares, childcare facilities, or schools.

Tweens  (Ages 9-12)

Friday June 16 at 1:00 pm is Balloon Races.  Make a super fast balloon car then race against others to find out whose is fastest.   Ages 9-12.  Registration is required.  Registration for this event begins June 9.  Stop by the Children’s desk or call the library at 512.930.3551 to sign up.  Drinks and snacks provided.

Teens (Ages 12-18)

Wednesday June 14 at 3:00 pm compete in a Super Smash Bros. Brawl tournament, hang out and play our awesome selection of board games, or do both! Superfight or King of Tokyo, anyone?

Friday June 16 at 3:00 build a Rube Goldberg machine using a domino-like series of actions to perform a simple task. In other words: they are super cool. Come try your hand at building your own contraption

Open to teens ages 12-18. No registration is required for teen events. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Summer Programs this Week

Kids

This week we welcome Elizabeth Kahura on Tuesday June 6 at 10:30 am.  Through music, stories, and audience participation the dynamic Elizabeth Kahura shares the feeling and culture of Africa.  Best for kids ages 5+

Tickets are required.  Due to limited space, FREE tickets for each performance will be issued beginning at 9:30 am the day of the performance.  First come, first served.

Groups:  Every program is super packed so we can sadly no longer accommodate large groups such as camps, daycares, childcare facilities, or schools.

Tweens  (Ages 9-12)

Wednesday June 7 at 1:00 pm is the tween Nature Club.  Summer is the perfect time to learn about nature.  Join the messy fun as the Goldwater Master Naturalists teach us about worms!   Ages 9-12  Registration is required.  Registration for this event begins May 31.  Stop by the Children’s desk or call the library at 512.930.3551 to sign up.

Friday June 9 at 1:00 pm is Spa Science and Yoga day.  Join us for some relaxing yoga and create spa essentials using science.  Ages 9-12  Registration is required.  Registration for this event begins June 2.  Stop by the Children’s desk or call the library at 512.930.3551 to sign up.  Drinks and snacks provided.

 

 

And the Winners of the Gingerbread House Contest Are:

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Gingerbread Extravaganza!  Once again the library lobby smells wonderful and looks so very festive.  We love the Gingerbread Houses and hope you do too.

Winner 8 and Younger Lexander Age 8
Winner Original Design 8 and Younger
Lexander Age 8
Winner Original Design Ages 9-12
Winner Original Design Ages 9-12
Casiana Age 11
Winner Original Design Ages 13-17 Evie Age 14
Winner Original Design Ages 13-17
Evie Age 14
Winner Original Design Ages 18+ Rae and Heidi
Winner Original Design Ages 18+
Arvella
Winner original design group
Winner Original Design Two or More Persons
Rae and Heidi
Winner Design From a Kit Dillon Age 10 and Drew Age 4
Winner Design From a Kit
Dillon Age 10 and Drew Age 4

Children’s Halloween Party

Join us Friday October 23 at 6 pm for a frightfully good time.  There will be stories, activities, and ghoulish treats.  All Ages. Costumes are encouraged.

For more information contact the library at 512.930.3551 or Bethni.King@georgetown.org

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Tween Halloween Party

Celebrate Halloween with Jack the Pumpkin King! Watch The Nightmare Before Christmas, do some crafts and eat some food.  Ages 9-12.  Saturday October 24 at 1 pm.

For more information contact the library at 512.930.3551 or Bethni.King@georgetown.org

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Library will open at 10 am today

The Library and all city offices and facilities will open at 10 am today March 5, 2015.  Storytime is cancelled.  Please stay warm and safe out there.