December kits for all ages!

This December, we’re bringing you take and make kits to celebrate the last month of the year!

Children under the age of five can get a snowman kit that uses large pincers and cotton balls to develop fine motor skills. School age kiddos from 5-12 years of age can pick up a insta-snow kit to do STEM experiments with. Teens and Adults…we have the self care kit of your dreams: lavender bath salt DIY, coloring sheets, poppable bubble wrap, dark chocolate, stress ball, and coloring sheets.

Register for the snowman kit OR the insta-snow kit here, the teen self care kit here, or the adult self care kit here.

The Library is also hosting a virtual Winter Dance Party on Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. featuring Staci Gray! Register for a kit to make items you’ll need to jam out: a snowflake wand, a kazoo, and bubbles! Get your kit, make your stuff, and dance with us. You DO NOT have to register for a kit to attend our dance party.

Winter Dance Party kits are available here

Kit registration runs through Monday, 12/7 (or until we run out!). Kits can be picked up via curbside starting Tuesday, 12/8. Kits will be held for registered users for a week through Monday, 12/14. After that, kits will be released to the general public.

Any other questions? Call us at 512.930.3551.

Blue Santa Donations

Donate new, unwrapped toys to Blue Santa! We have a dropoff bin on the 9th street side, next to our fountain and the phone booth. The bin will be available Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The barrel will not be available for donations on Thankgiving or the Friday after, which are 11/26 & 27. Donations will be accepted until 12/5.
Blue Santa coordinates donations of toys and gifts for families in need during the holiday season. Donations of new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages are appreciated. For more information, visit the Blue Santa website.

Director Lashley Retires

Director Eric Lashley has announced he will retire Jan. 29 to become executive director of Central Texas Library System. Lashley played a key role in opening the new library in 2007. He was also instrumental in the creation of:
  • City’s Arts and Culture Board
  • Georgetown Art Center
  • Cultural Arts District
  • Art at the Library
  • Live Music at the Library
  • WOW!Bookmobile
  • Bike share program
Library Services Assistant Director Sally Miculek will serve as interim director while the City conducts a search for a new library director.
Find out more here.

Thanksgiving Hours + Curbside

The Library will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after, November 26 and 27. Regular curbside hours will resume on Saturday, November 28.

Library Closed | Curbside Available

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.

 

Kits from our November take and make sessions are still available for pickup at curbside. The Library is no longer accepting donations of any kind. Call the Library at 512.930.3551 if you have any questions.

Curbside Pick Up

To use GPL Curbside, please:
-Reserve your items (instructions are below)
-Wait for notification that items are ready via email, text, or phone, depending on your account settings
-Park in a numbered parking spot in the library’s 9th Street parking lot
-Follow the instructions on the sign
-A library staff member will check your materials out and bring them to you

This will take a few minutes. Thank you for your patience!

Curbside pickup is available at these times:

Monday – Friday:
10 a.m.- Noon and 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday:
10 a.m. – Noon and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday:
Closed

Please put items to return in the drive-through book return slot on your way out of the lot.

Thank you for using GPL Curbside!

How to Reserve Items Online

-Visit library.georgetown.org 
-Click LOG INTO YOUR ACCOUNT
-Log in using the card number on the back of your library card and your 10-digit phone number
-Search the catalog to locate an item you would like to check out
-Click on the title
-Specify that you would like to pick up the item at Georgetown and specify how you would like to be notified when the item is ready for pickup, then click Place Reserve

We will notify you when the item is ready for pickup.

Need help? Call 512.930.3551.

 

Adultish: Ornament take and makes!

This month the GPL is offering adults ages 18+ a fun and easy fillable ornament kit. Register for a kit starting 11.3-11.9.

Pick up your kits at the reference desk from 11.10-11.17!

This kit includes a glass ornament as well as ribbons, pom poms, and sequins.
Kits are limited, so registration is required. Kits not picked up within a week will be available for first come, first serve pick up.

Among Us Kits + Game Day

Stop by the Georgetown Public Library to pick up an Among Us themed craft kit.

Among Us is an online game where eight crewmembers try to complete tasks before two imposters sabotage the team. This kit includes materials to make a felt crewmate keychain, a random Among Us button, and papercraft crewmate.

This kit requires an intermediate ability to craft, including using basic stitches to sew your felt crewmate, as well as cut and glue an advanced papercraft. This kit is recommended for ages 12+.

Kits are limited! Register for one today and pick your kit up starting 11/10. Kits are available for pick up at the second floor reference desk.

Play Among Us with the Georgetown Public Library!

We’ll be hosting some Among Us for teens ages 12-18 with Ms. Elisabeth and Ms. Rachael on 11.19 from 5-6 p.m.! Register for a spot to play with us. We will be using a GPL Discord server to chat as we play, and to argue over who is the imposter and who is innocent. (And to throw major sus around. Big brain plays only!)

This event has limited spaces. Registration is required. Details for our Discord server will be in your confirmation email. Game codes will be posted in our Discord chat on the day of the event.

Among Us is a free to play game on mobile or PC. Eight crewmates try to complete tasks before they are sabotaged or taken out of the game by two unknown imposters. It is similar to games such as Mafia or Werewolf.

This event is virtual and hosted by the Georgetown Public Library. Spaces are limited and restricted to teens ages 12-18. Use of Discord to voice chat is encouraged, but not required.

Adults and caregivers, if you have questions about this event, please email library.marketing@georgetown.org.

DINOvember

All month long we’re celebrating dinosaurs! Register for a dino egg or coloring book, watch our dino themed storytimes, and learn all about cool dinosaurs.

Coloring books are recommended for ages 0-kinder, and eggs for ages 5-12.

Registration opens on 11.3, and runs until we’re out of spots or 11.9.

Pick up at the reference desk on 11.10!  Kits left after one week (11.17) will be released to the public, first come, first serve.

Let’s get ready to RWAR and learn about dinosaurs!

Current Library Hours

The Library is currently closed to the public. Curbside pick up of items is available during limited hours:

Monday – Friday:
10 a.m.- Noon and 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday:
10 a.m. – Noon and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Returns go in the drive-through book return slot on your way out of the lot.

For more information, go here.

Free COVID-19 Testing

Second free COVID-19 testing site in Georgetown opens Oct. 9

The Williamson County and Cities Health District is partnering with the Texas Department of Emergency Management and the City of Georgetown to open a COVID-19 testing site in the parking lot north of the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St., starting Friday, Oct. 9. The walk-up site will operate seven days per week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“With the potential for an increase in COVID-19 cases this fall, testing is an important way for residents to find out if they have the virus,” said Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross. “We really appreciate the Health District and the state for staffing this convenient, free testing site in Georgetown that will be available every day of the week.”

Registration is required before visiting the testing booth. Pre-registered participants will be given a test kit, asked to self-administer the oral fluid swab kit on-site, then return the kit to the testing booth staff. Test results are typically returned within 48 hours.

“We’re working closely with our partners to ensure the availability of testing as well as quick turnaround times for results. We are determined to support safer, healthier communities by providing access to anyone who wishes to be tested for COVID-19,” said Derrick Neal, WCCHD Executive Director.

The testing is free for all ages and is open to anyone who believes they may have been exposed to the virus recently, or who is experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

To complete the required pre-registration visit https://curative.com/sites/9041#9/30.637/-97.6807.

For more information on COVID-19, visit the WCCHD website at www.wcchd.org/COVID-19 or visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.