Confronting Racism Toolkit

EXPLORE

Explore important Georgetown historical and cultural sites

Citizens Memorial Garden Cemetery. Visiting the link to the City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department’s page provides some detail about a 2013 study that revealed the locations of at least 511 unmarked graves at the cemetery. The Williamson County Historical Commission marker page also provides information.

Jessie Daniel Ames historical marker

Marshall-Carver High School historical marker 

“Preserving History” mural by Norma Clark and Devon Clarkson 

Rocky Hollow Cemetery historical marker

Shotgun House 

Wesley Chapel A.M.E. historical marker

Explore local history online

The Federal Writers’ Project: Slave Narrative Project, Vol. 16, Texas is part of Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936 to 1938. Andy Andersons narrative talks about growing up in slavery in Williamson County.

Oral Histories: Memories of Marshall-Carver School and Desegregation in Georgetown can be found on Georgetown Public Librarys Local History page.

Jessie Daniel Ames UNC Archival Collection: a large portion of the anti-lynching activists collection is digitized and it mostly has to do with the Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching, which Ames organized as a volunteer movement within the Commission on Interracial Cooperation after 1929.

Farney, Marsha. Promoting the Progress of Education: the History of Georgetown Public Schools, 1850-1966. Marsha Farneys dissertation on GISD schools contains a lot of information about Marshall-Carver and the Mexican school, including highlighting disparities in equity: teacher pay gaps, student to teacher ratios, etc. It includes citations to the Williamson County Sun and to GISD school board minutes, as well.

The Sam Houston State University Lynchings in Texas project lists lynchings in Hutto, Taylor and Round Rock.

The Texas Freedom Colonies Project highlights Rocky Hollow, which was off Williams Drive, and was the closest Freedom Colony to Georgetown.

READ & WATCH

Visit the Georgetown Public Librarys Texas History Room for books about local history

Allen, Martha Mitten, ed. Georgetowns Yesteryears (Volume II includes an entire section on growing up in segregated Georgetown; GTN R 976.4289 GEOR)

Allen, Martha Mitten. The Gracious Gift: the Negro Fine Arts School, 1946-66: easing the transition from segregation to integration (GTN R 379.263 ALLE)

Cald­well, Clif­ford R. Eternity at the End of a Rope: Ex­e­cu­tion­s, ­Lynch­ings and Vig­i­lante Jus­tice in Tex­as­, 1819-1923 (HRC 364.6609 CALD)

Stratton, Brad, project coord., Christy Friend, chief editor, Birdie Shanklin, Ethel Moore, and Martha Tanksley contributing eds. Histories of Pride: Thirteen Pioneers Who Shaped Georgetown’s African American Community (GTN R 305.896 HIST)

Utley, Dan K. Jessie Daniel Ames, 1883-1972 (GTN R 923.6764 UTLE)

Los Unidos Club, Brad Stratton, project coord., Linda Miranda Cisneros and Angelita Torres Roblez, historical researchers, Christy Friend, ed.. Recuerdos Mexicanos: a History of Hispanic Culture in Georgetown, Texas (GTN R 305.868 RECU)

Take home some other books or films on the topic of racism–the librarians at the Georgetown Public Library have compiled lists of relevant library materials that can be checked out

Adult Anti-Racism Reading List

Adult Anti-Racism Watch List

Kids Anti-Racism Reading List

Teen Black Lives Matter Reading List

Take the Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge, which gives participants a structure in which they can take one action to further their understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity every day for 21 days

21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge (Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.)

21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge (Debby Irving)

21 Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge (YWCA of Greater Cleveland)

Take an implicit bias test online

Harvard Implicit Association Test 

TALK

Start a conversation, book discussion, or movie viewing with your neighborhood, club, faith-based organization, or friends–if youd like to spend more time talking with others about these three books, here are discussion questions to help you get started

How to Be an Antiracist Book Club Kit

The Hate U Give discussion guide

Teaching New Kid

Coretta Scott King Book Awards 2020 Discussion Guide (includes New Kid)

Here are some general book discussion guidelines from the Cooperative Childrens Book Center

Talk with your children

Explore How to Engage in Anti-Racism Work: 70+ Resources for Teens 

Explore “Resources for white parents to raise anti-racist children”

CONNECT

Support local businesses owned by minority members

Join Courageous Conversations GTX on Facebook to learn about forums, equity in education, and more

Connect with the Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association

Volunteer with a local agency that works to create social justice and equity, such as the Southeast Georgetown Community Council

Walk with others in the January MLK Day march; attend an African American History Month event; or a Juneteenth function

Attend a workshop to further your understanding such as a One Human Race Workshop

Learn about organizations whose focus is increasing minority voting or other rights, such as:

Vote Forward, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower grassroots volunteers to help register voters from under-represented demographics and encourage them to vote

JOLT Texas, which encourages voter engagement among Latinos

 

Confronting Racism: A Community Conversation

Confronting Racism was a community-wide read and virtual panel discussion that focused on deepening our understanding of racism and the ways it impacts individuals and society. The program was sponsored by the Georgetown Public Library and Lark & Owl Booksellers.

The virtual panel discussion was held on Crowdcast, a videoconferencing platform, on Aug. 31 but both the broadcast and the recording functions failed that night, so all three panels were re-assembled and re-recorded in September. The four September recordings are linked from the descriptions below.

The sponsors have also assembled a toolkit for Georgetown to encourage further exploration of questions around racism.

Introduction and Welcome

Mr. Eric Lashley, Georgetown Public Library Director

Ms. Tiffanie Harrison, Facilitator for this event, is an equity leader and marketing educator in Round Rock ISD who was Round Rock High School Teacher of the Year in 2015 and 2019. She has an MBA and a bachelors degree from Baylor University, and she is a Beyond Diversity Affiliate Practitioner and Facilitator as well as an active leader in community organizations like Undoing Racism Round Rock, Engage Round Rock, and the Round Rock Black Parents Association.

Discussion of New Kid by Jerry Craft (Children Grades 5-8) with Ms. Tiffanie Harrison, Ms. Nicole Bell, Ms. Zoie Steen, and Dr. Alicia Moore

Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. A timely, honest graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is real, from award-winning author-illustrator Jerry Craft. Winner of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Author Award, and Kirkus Prize for Young Readers Literature.

Ms. Nicole Bell is principal consultant with Full Humanity LLC, and a Courageous Conversations about Race Affiliate Practitioner; as an anti-racist educator her passion is the uplifting and support of women and families of color. She is the Human Resources training and development coordinator at Austin Community College with more than 15 years of experience creating diverse employee leadership and development training programs. She is also a certified mediator, coach, and graduate of Leadership Pipeline, Leadership Women Pipeline, and the Leadership Austin Essential Class.

Ms. Zoie Steen is nine years old and the daughter of Nicole Bell. She is an honor roll student at Frost Elementary School and she loves art, reading, and gymnastics (Simone Biles is her personal favorite). She has served as an active member of Frosts student council. She enjoys spending time at the beach with her family and she has serious aspirations too: she would like to be a NASA scientist and to run for President of the United States.

Dr. Alicia Moore is a Cargill Endowed Professor at Southwestern University. Her passion is examining the intersection of power, privilege, oppression, and their impact on race. Recently, she has begun to explore the impact of racial trauma on Black students in Persistently White Institutions in the midst of a syndemic (race and COVID).

Discussion of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Teens) with Ms. Tiffanie Harrison, Mr. Chuck Collins, Ms. LaShonda Stinson, and Dr. Phil Hopkins

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend Khalil. A topical, powerful YA novel by a brilliant new author. National Book Award Longlist title and winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Coretta Scott King Honor, Michael L. Printz Honor, and William C. Morris Award.

Mr. Chuck Collins is the Executive Director of the Southeast Georgetown Community Council. He has lived in Georgetown since 2001; previously, he served 10 years in the U.S. Air Force and then earned a degree in Management, Information Systems from Texas A&M, Corpus Christi. He has worked for British Petroleum, Price Waterhouse Coopers, IBM, and General Motors. He believes in neighbors coming together to help each other and build a community all can be proud of.

Dr. Phil Hopkins is the Lurlyn and Durwood Fleming Professor of Philosophy at Southwestern University, where he teaches and writes about the phenomenology of identity, particularly racialized identity and critical race theory, and on the intersections of identity and ethics in contemporary media and consumer culture. Before becoming an academic, he worked for several years as both a police officer and social worker.

Ms. LaShonda Stinson is deeply engaged in educational and racial equity work in Central Austin. Serves as an Assistant Principal in Round Rock ISD. LaShonda earned a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Education from Lamar University. She is committed to equitable outcomes along with ways to empower students and families while working to redesign systems of inequity.

Discussion of How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (for Adults) with Ms. Tiffanie Harrison, Ms. Catherine Crisp-Martin, Ms. Jaquita Wilson, and Dr. Melissa Johnson

From National Book Award-winning author Ibram X. Kendi comes a new approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society and in ourselves. The New York Times calls it a book that “may, in fact, be our best chance to free ourselves from our national nightmare.” Named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, Time, NPR, and The Washington Post.

Ms. Catherine Crisp-Martin is originally from Southern California. She worked in benefits and has been in Texas for almost 30 years spending just over two years in Georgetown. She likes that people are friendly and there is so much to do in Sun City, Georgetown and the surrounding communities. She hopes there will be improvements in U.S. race relations for her children and grandchildren.

Dr. Melissa Johnson is a Professor of Anthropology and Chair of both the Sociology and Anthropology and Race and Ethnicity Studies Programs at Southwestern University. As a critical race scholar, she has published the book Becoming Creole: Nature and Race in Belize, as well as articles on race and inequality. She teaches courses on race and racism, includes sections on race and racism in all her courses, and has been involved with anti-racist work at Southwestern University since she started teaching there in 1998.

Ms. Jaquita Wilson has lived in Georgetown for seven years as an active member of the community, military wife, and mother of five. She has a bachelors degree in English from Montclair State University, and experience as an equity facilitator and teacher.

Panelists and Facilitator

 

 

Library Operations & COVID Related FAQS

Library Hours:

The library building is currently closed to the public, but staff are offering curbside pickup of previously reserved items Monday-Friday 10-noon and 2-6, and Saturday 10-noon and 2-5.

Please call the library at 512.930.3551 or email us at library@georgetown.org for more information.

We are NOT accepting donations of any sort at this time. Please keep your items at home until we have the volunteers available to sort your donations.

For more information on curbside, please go here.

This page will be periodically updated with information regarding how the Library’s operations have changed due to COVID-19.

Contact Us:

Phone: (512) 930-3551
Email: library@georgetown.org
Text: (512) 686-7247

Virtual Escape Rooms

Adult Toolkit for Sheltering In Place

As many people are currently sheltering in place, here are a few things we hope will be helpful, entertaining, or educational during this time.

This list is by no means comprehensive and will continue to be updated over the next several weeks. If there is any thing you would like to see on this page, please contact us and let us know!

Smile Resources

@cuteemergency offers adorable photos and videos of critters for when you need to smile. Watch animals in real time at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, San Diego Zoo, or Houston Zoo. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens are doing Facebook Live Feeds of animals at 3pm, including the famous Fiona the Hippo.

Take a virtual tour of Machu Picchu, museums throughout the world, explore the history of Harry Potter and magic, and more with Google Arts and Culture.

Explore NASA Space Center Houston 

Watch a performance from the Kennedy Center Digital Stage– everyone from John Legend, to Sting, to the National Symphony Orchestra have performances available.

Fred Rogers reminds us to “always look for the helpers” or explore more interviews from your favorite television stars on the Television Academy Foundation website.

This year, the National Recording Registry at Library of Congress inducted  songs from Tina Turner, Dr. Dre, Selena, Fiddler on the Roof, and many more. Explore what is being preserved for future generations.

Making Sense of Things

The world has changed a lot in the last few weeks. Here are a few resources that may help make sense of feelings that may arise during this time.

Harvard Business Review talks with David Kessler about grief and offers insight on how that relates to COVID-19. Kessler is also offering a free, pop-up Facebook group during the pandemic.

The article “We’re Just Not Built for This (and It’s Fine to Admit That)” by Damon Young examines how everything about what is happening is new right now.

Psychology Today explores how “it is ok to feel overwhelmed and be unproductive” during this time.

The Third Annual UnLonely Film Festival presents over 35 short films “that will inspire, enlighten, elevate, and inform you.” The goal of the festival is to provided a sense of  “connectedness.”

The NAMI COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide  answers frequently asked questions regarding the intersection between Coronavirus, or COVID-19, and people affected by mental illness, their caregivers and loved ones. The guide features FAQs on a variety of topics from managing anxiety and social isolation to accessing health care and medications.

Age of Central Texas compiled a resource list for older adults and caregivers, including a list of caregiver support.

Visual of things within and without of an individuals control

Mental Health Resources

If you need mental health assistance during this time, please contact a local provider. Many of the remote options do require internet access, although some are available by phone. Please consult with the provider to determine potential costs for services.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission have launched a hotline for Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line is available 24/7, free at 833-986-1919.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available via chat or  1-800-273-8255. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

The NAMI COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide answers frequently asked questions regarding the intersection between Coronavirus, or COVID-19, and people affected by mental illness, their caregivers and loved ones. The guide features FAQs on a variety of topics from managing anxiety and social isolation to accessing health care and medications.

Bluebonnet Trails Community Services is our local mental health authority and offers a wide variety of mental health resources for adolescents and adults.

Lonestar Circle of Care employs a wide range of mental health professionals, they are working on expanding their tele-health services.

Samaritan Center offers a variety of services, including tele-mental health services.

The Christi Center offers grief counseling, and began offering online groups in the beginning of April 2020

Unemployment & Financial Resources

The Library offers some career and business guidance, including free resume review and assistance with employment related questions. Email us at LibraryEmploymentHelp@georgetown.org.

From Texas Workforce Commission: “If your employment has been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19), apply for benefits either online at any time using Unemployment Benefits Services or by calling Texas Workforce Commissions Tele-Center at 800-939-6631 from 7am-7pm, seven days a week (extended hours).”  According to their website, the tele-center is experiencing a high volume of calls, so they are encouraging people to file online. 

Lost Employer Provided Healthcare? Check on Healthcare.gov,click “See if I Can Enroll” and it will prompt you with questions to determine different eligibility.

Goodwill of Central Texas announced that career advancement and support services will continue to be provided by telephone. If you would like to begin career and support services, please call their Intake Team at 512-637-7580 or email intake@goodwillcentraltexas.org. The Goodwill Excel Center is continuing to provide instruction and support to all high school students, and is still enrolling new students, please call 512-637-7194 or visit excelcenterhighschool.org for more information.

2-1-1 is continuing to operate via phone (2-1-1 or 877-541-7905) and online if you need to search for assistance for a variety of financial and other resources.

Relaxation Ideas

Take a coloring break!

Harvard offers six techniques for relaxation and how to get started.

The United Kingdom’s National Health Service tests different apps for their effectiveness. One app called Cove, allows you to create music based on your mood and keep them as part of a journal.

Glo, normally a subscription based yoga program, is offering several classes for free (scroll to the bottom of the page).

Fitness, Exercise & Physical Health

As with all exercise, please consult your doctor before beginning.

The National Institute of Health offers guidance, videos, and workouts specifically designed for senior adults to stay fit.

The American Council on Exercise, who offers accredited personal training and fitness certifications has a free and searchable library of exercises.

YMCA 360 offers a variety of free fitness videos based on their normally in person class offerings.

Yoga with Adriene is a popular, Austin based YouTube channel that has been recognized by The Wall Street Journal and Google.

Taking a walk or going on a nature scavenger hunt (while maintaining proper social distancing) are always free and fun options.

Meal Planning and Prep

Go to cooking school with Kitchn or Instructables.

USDA offers several videos and tutorials for cooking basics, including a microwave cooking series.

USDA also offers links to a variety of recipes, including cooking for kids, heart healthy, diabetes, slow cooker, healthy food on a budget, and more.

Learn a New Skill

Fender is offering three months free guitar, ukulele, or bass lessons to the first 500,000 who sign up.

The Professional Photographers Association is offering free webinars for a limited time.

Mo Willems is offering lunchtime doodle instructions– for the young and young at heart.

Coursera partners with top universities and professors to offer courses online, many of which are free.

Khan Academy  offers free educational content for subjects such as K-12 but also courses like personal finance, computer animation, and coding.

Games and Brain Activities

Start playing Dungeons & Dragons! Many D&D manuals are available online, and the only equipment needed is dice (or your phone- check the website to see how to get your virtual assistant to roll dice).

Use your non dominant hand for writing and other activities to challenge your brain throughout the day.

Visit Braingle for tons of free online brain puzzles and games.

Have a pack of cards laying around? Bicycle offers game suggestions based on number of players and age, then provides an outline of the rules.

For information related to COVID-19, please consult the City of Georgetown and Williamson County and Cities Health District for local information, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for state information, and the Center for Disease Control and World Health Foundation for national and global information.

Our E-Library is Always Open!

Use your Georgetown Public Library card to enjoy materials from our extensive e-library on your own device.

Read or listen to e-books, e-magazines and e-audiobooks through Overdrive/Libby and SimplyE. Click below for more information about using e-books:

Find e-books, e-magazines and e-audiobooks

Or visit our many databases to find homework help, articles, how-to information, and more. For instance, the LearningExpress database offers test prep for all ages including elementary, college readiness, specialized certificates, and a career center. Click below for more information about using databases:

Find databases

To log in, all you will need is the barcode number from the back of your GPL resident or non-resident library card, and your 10-digit phone number.

(Please note that some other types of library cards, including TexShare or GISD cards, do not have access to GPL’s digital resources directly but instead should contact their public or school libraries.)

Meeting Rooms

The City of Georgetown is in daily communication with public health, city, and county officials across the region about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Please visit this page for more information and resources regarding the virus.

Georgetown Public Library opens on May 1 with limited services. Meeting and study spaces remain unavailable and we are not reviewing new room requests at this time.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding as we work to protect the well-being of our patrons. Please re-visit this page for updates regarding meeting room reservations, as things change quickly during this time.

The Georgetown Public Library meeting rooms are available every day from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. and require a rental fee. View the Meeting Room Fees & Policies.

Click the button below and create an account to submit a meeting room request online.  Requests are only taken for the next six months on a rolling basis. Any requests submitted outside this period will be denied.

***Online requests may take up to 3 business days to process. If you need a room sooner than that, please call us at 512.930.3551.***

Online Meeting Room Requests

 

The library has three rental rooms:

Hewlett Room 222
Seats 136
Set up auditorium style
Hewlett Room Layout

Friends Room 218
Seats 78
Set up banquet style
Friends Room Layout

*The Friends and Hewlett rooms may also be rented as one large room*

Classroom 211
Seats 27
Set up with tables in rows
Classroom Layout

ALL FOOD AND BEVERAGES served in the meeting rooms must be purchased from the Red Poppy Coffee Co. located in the library. For menu and rates please call (512) 931-7703.

 

 

Study Rooms

Georgetown Public Library | Study Room Policies

The City of Georgetown is in daily communication with public health, city, and county officials across the region about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Please visit this page for more information and resources regarding the virus.

Georgetown Public Library opens May 1 with limited services. Meeting and study spaces remain unavailable and we are not reviewing new room requests at this time.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding as we work to protect the well-being of our patrons and staff. We look forward to re-opening and serving you again!

The study rooms and conference room are available from library opening until 15 minutes before closing. These free rooms include three study rooms that each accommodate 4 people, and a conference room that accommodates up to 10 people. No commercial use of these rooms is allowed. Commercial use includes but is not limited to the following: political, legal, sales, business training, seminars, etc.

Click the button below to create an account and submit a study room request online. Requests are only taken for the next two months on a rolling basis. Any requests submitted outside this period will be denied.

***Online requests may take up to 3 business days to process. If you need a room sooner than that, please call us at 512.930.3551.***

Online Study Room Requests

  1. To ensure equitable use of library facilities, the library reserves the right to limit usage, cancel or re-schedule any reservation for any reason.
  2. Reservations will be held for 15 minutes past the reservation before the room is released to another user. GPL is not responsible for notifying reservation holder of this cancellation.
  3. Rooms can be reserved for up to 2 hours, four times per month. If no one else is waiting, you may stay in the room until library staff notify you the room is needed by another person. Reservations can be made up to 2 months in advance online, in person, or by calling the library.
  4. Please note that this limit may not be circumvented by different individuals using their names to register the same group, or by a group using different names. Use by two or more people constitutes a use that day for each person present.
  5. Any room left unattended for more than 15 minutes will be considered available. At that time, library staff will consider items left unattended to be lost and will place them in the library’s lost and found by closing of that evening.
  6. When you arrive for your reservation, check-in at the Reference Desk. Please close the door when you exit and check-out at the Reference Desk.
  7. GPL rooms are not soundproof. Patrons should keep noise levels low to be courteous to all users.
  8. Study rooms are not compatible with use of A/V equipment, such as TVs or projectors. Lights do not dim or turn off.
  9. GPL is not responsible for lost or stolen items left in the study and conference rooms.
  10. Per City of Georgetown fire safety, patrons may not exceed the occupancy limits listed above in each room.