New Storywalk Installment

Parks & Recreation has teamed up with the Georgetown Public Library to combine two of our favorite things: stories and outdoor exploration! Check out our latest program, Tales on the Trails.

What is Tales on the Trails?
Tales on the Trails is a fun way to enjoy reading and the outdoors. It is our take on the Story Walk you may have seen in other communities. Pages of our featured children’s book will be posted along the walkway so that readers can experience the importance of reading, spending time with friends, and connecting with nature in a fun way. The Story Walk Project was created in 2007 by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

March 2024:  The featured book is The Hidden Rainbow by Christie Matheson. The Hidden Rainbow brings a garden to life in this bright, interactive picture book about the natural world—and our place within it.

The story can be found along the Randy Morrow Trail. Start in San Gabriel Park and head toward Rivery Park, and you can’t miss the signs on your right!

Tax Help at the Library

Tax Help at the Library

Free tax help from AARP is at the Library this tax season, starting on Feb. 3 through April 15. Sessions will be on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

1040 tax forms are available in the Library lobby and select schedules are available at the circulation desk. Please ask at the desk if you need assistance printing a specific form.

  • Wednesdays 9:30 A.M. to 3:45 P.M., By appointment only (schedule here)
  • Saturdays 9:30 A.M. to 3:45 P.M., By appointment (schedule here), and Walk-In Service, first come, first served. Walk-In service is limited, please make an appointment if at all possible.
  • An unstaffed telephone line is available at 512 – 686 – 8571.. Please leave a voicemail and AARP volunteers will get back to you.

For a list of other area locations, visit the Williamson County AARP website.

Please bring these forms and review this checklist of important items to bring, which includes:

  • Government issued photo ID for all adults on your return
  • A social security card for everyone on your return
  • 2022 and 2021 tax return and any paperwork (W-2,1099, etc.)

Logo for AARP foundation Tax-Aide


Homeschool Happenings is at 10:00 not 1:00 as noted on the printed calendar.

Homeschool families come learn, have fun, and connect.

November 2 at 10:00 the Goodwater Chapter of the Junior Master  Naturalists will teach us about dinosaurs with hands on activity stations.  The whole family is welcome but activities are geared towards elementary age children.

Tickets are required.  Tickets will be given out one hour before the start of the program at the Kids Desk.

For more information call the library at 512.930.3551 or email

Our E-Library is Always Open!

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

Library card types with access to digital resources

The Georgetown Public Library offers library users different card types.

Resident cards are available free of charge to City of Georgetown residents and property owners–people who live or own property within the City limits and whose City taxes support the library. These cards have full access to all resources listed in our Digital Library Collection.

Nonresident cards are available to people living outside the City limits. Nonresident cardholders pay an annual fee. These cards have access to all databases, to Libby and SimplyE, and to Flipster, but they do not have access to Hoopla or Kanopy.

Eligible cardholders can log into the various digital resources using their library barcode number and their password. For one-on-one help getting started with these resources, check the Library Events Calendar to see when our next Wired Wednesday session will take place.

(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.)

If you have questions about your access to our digital resources or need to re-set your password, please contact the library at 512-930-3551.

E-books and e-audiobooks

Libby: The library has partnered with other area libraries in the Central Texas Digital Consortium to offer e-books and e-audiobooks for our Resident and Nonresident cardholders. E-books and e-audiobooks can be downloaded and read or listened to using the Libby app, which enables you to check out and download books. Items check out for two weeks at a time and are returned automatically at the end of the lending period. You are never fined for an overdue e-book.

Here are helpful links to tutorials for using Libby:

Getting Started |  Troubleshooting

SimplyE: Our library is a participant in E-Read Texas, a program offered by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission designed to increase the ability of Texas libraries to offer e-books to their patrons. The program utilizes an app developed by the New York Public Library called SimplyE. The SimplyE app is available for mobile devices running iOS and Android. It offers a three-click approach to e-books: patrons browse the e-book bookshelf, click to select a title, click again to check it out, and click to open and read it. Items are returned automatically at the end of the lending period. You are never fined for an overdue e-book, and you can place a hold on any item that is currently in use by another patron; you will be notified when it is available for checkout.

Here are some links to SimplyE help:

Getting Started with SimplyE | Troubleshooting

Hoopla: The Library purchases access to Hoopla for Resident cardholders. Each cardholder can access seven checkouts per month from among Hoopla’s many e-books, e-audiobooks, streaming music, comics, television, and streaming video options.

Here is a link to Hoopla help:

Hoopla Help


The Library offers many databases to help with research, homework help, articles in popular magazines, 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.

Databases are listed by category on our Research page. 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.

Streaming video and music

The Library subscribes to Hoopla for streaming music and video, and Kanopy for streaming video.

Hoopla: The Library purchases access to Hoopla for Resident cardholders. Each cardholder has seven checkouts per calendar month from among Hoopla’s many e-books, e-audiobooks, streaming music, comics, television, and streaming video options.

Here is a link to Hoopla help: Hoopla Help

Kanopy: The Library purchases access to Kanopy for Resident cardholders. Each cardholder has seven checkouts per calendar month from among Kanopy’s television and streaming video options.

Here is a link to Kanopy help: Getting started with Kanopy for public library users

Digital magazines

Flipster: The Library subscribes to 50 current digital magazines for our patrons’ use through Flipster. Titles include Consumer Reports, The Atlantic, Better Homes and Gardens, Fortune, Highlights, and The Artist’s Magazine.

Here is a link to help you get started with Flipster : Flipster Help


Kenny Williams joins the Art Carvajal Trio to perform a mixture of jazz, pop and light R&B in the library’s Live Music at the Library series on July 15 at 2 p.m.

Fifteen years of living and performing in New York City included Kennys Broadway debut in Disneys hit musical The Lion King as well as a role in the world premiere production of The Color Purple: the Musical, which was produced by Oprah Winfrey. In addition, Kenny starred in the national tours of the musicals Grease! and Smokey Joes Caf. Kenny has since returned to Austin where he was raised. Growing up in Austin, Kenny studied voice at the University of Texas, and then cut his teeth as a stage performer at Austins Zach Theatre. Most recently, he has appeared in several Zach Theatre productions including critically acclaimed Sophisticated Ladies, where he starred as the “Raconteur” opposite Tony award winner Jennifer Holiday, and played “the Friend” in the revival of Gospel at Colonus. Lastly, Mr. Williams sparkled and delighted as the lovable and effervescent “Ghost of Christmas Past” in Zachs A Christmas Carol.

Art Carvajal performs on nylon and electric guitars in solo guitar performances, with the Art Carvajal Trio, with Candy Declue as Art and Candy, and many other configurations. Jazz is his first love, followed by Brazilian music and then everything else.

The Live Music at the Library series is free and open to the public, a gift of the Friends of the Georgetown Public Library.

You Asked for It!

In response to user requests, we are changing our Sunday hours. Beginning February 1, we will open at 12:00 noon and close at 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. We hope everyone finds these hours to be more convenient.

The Library Will Be Closed Monday, Jan. 19

The library will be closed Monday, January 19, in observance of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. The bookdrop will be open if you wish to return materials and you may renew items you have checked out by logging on to your account in the library catalog.

Georgetown Public Library wins National Medal

Georgetown Public Library Wins National MedalThe 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 nations 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.”

Georgetown Public Library Wins National MedalSelected 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 Rockes 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