Support Sailing Into Success!

Our wonderful Friends of the Library are at it again! This month, FOL is bringing back the Sailing into Success fundraiser, which will help the Library purchase new and bestselling fiction and nonfiction titles for our adult collection. If you eagerly await the release of new, exciting titles on our shelves, this fundraiser is for you! Donate today! The fundraiser ends Sunday, October 31.

Please click here to see how far the FOL boat has sailed and to read about donation options. Thank you for helping the Friends of the Library support Georgetown Public Library! All donations are greatly appreciated.

*All checks should be made out to the Friends of Georgetown Public Library.

October Take and Makes

This month the Library is offering fun take and makes for all ages this month. Kits are limited and require registration.

  • Littles: Play Dough Monsters. Mix and mash dough with googly eyes and pipe cleaners to make a monster.
  • Kids: Flappy bats. Construct a flappy bat using paper and straws. It actually flaps!
  • Teens: Ghost luminaries. Make a lantern perfect for the spooky season.
  • Adults: Terror-rariums. Make a spooky haunted house scene inside a terrarium.

Kits are available for sign up from 10/12-18. Pick up begins 10/19 through 10/25. Kits left after that date will be available for the general public.

Halloween events for kids, tweens, and teens

Join us for a fun and spooky October! We have a Haunted Trail for kiddos, and Frankentoys programs for both tweens (ages 9-12) and teens (12-18).

On October 22 from 5-7 p.m. Forest Street outside the Library building will be transformed into a Haunted Trail! Visit us for spooky stations and a monster mash dance party! Costumes are encouraged.

This event is free and open to the public. It is family friendly, meaning it is primarily meant for families with kiddos up to age 12.

Become Dr. Frankenstein as you fuse toys in the freakiest of combinations to make Frankentoys!

  • Saturday, October 16 at 1 p.m. for tweens ages 9-12.

 

  • Saturday, October 16 at 3 p.m. for teens ages 12-18.

Tickets are required for each of these events. Tickets will be given out one hour before the programs at the kid’s desk in the Library.

If you have questions or comments about any of these programs, please contact the Library at 512.930.3551.

Roots | Records | Research: Genealogy Lock In

Join GPL as we participate in Waco Library’s 20th Genealogy Lock In on 10/15 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.! Virtual or in-person attendance options available. Registration closes at 5p.m. on 10/14/21.

This in-house and virtual event features eight video programs with a variety of topics and exciting speakers. There will be a special session of Georgetown Genealogy Chat with the Williamson County Genealogical Society at 11 a.m. via Zoom, and tours of the Texas History Room resources at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Attendees must sign up to attend virtually or in person. Programs include a genealogy beginners’ class, a focus on German towns of origin, DNA tools and more.

Co-sponsored by the Central Texas Genealogy Society, Texas State Genealogical Society and Genealogy Network of Texas.

For a full program of events click here!

Homeschool Happenings is Back!

Thursday October 7 at 11:00 am.

Homeschool Happenings will be all about school- school in the past that is! The Williamson Museum will be teaching us what Williamson County schools were like in the past with hands-on activities and the chance to interact with old-fashioned school supplies.

The whole family is welcome, but activities are geared towards elementary ages.  The location for Homeschool Happenings will vary. When it is located outdoors, it will be held on Forest Street next to the library. We suggest you bring seating, hats, sunscreen, fans, water etc. so that you are comfortable throughout the event.

Let Me Be Myself Exhibit

Georgetown Public Library is proud to partner with Congregation Havurah Shalom to bring the exhibit “Let Me Be Myself:” The Life Story of Anne Frank October 2-November 15. (The exhibit was originally slated for spring 2020.)

This new exhibit from the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, USA, brings the lessons of the Holocaust to the present.  It teaches the effects of intolerance, discrimination, and racism through 30 large picture panels that will be displayed at the Library, plus a 30-minute DVD that will be screened throughout the exhibit’s stay at the Library.

Further information about the exhibit, as well as links to register for free group and school tours, can be found here.

Anne Frank: Let Me Be Myself

 

Free SAT and ACT Practice Test

Sign up for a free practice SAT or ACT test! Sponsored by Woodlands Test Prep. SAT practice test is on October 2 at 9:30 a.m., and the ACT practice test is on October 30 at 9:30 a.m.

  • These practice tests are free and open to the public.
  • Sign up is required, you can sign up here.
  • Recommended arrival time is 9 a.m.

 

Woodlands Test Prep: SAT, PSAT, ACT Test Prep

Hispanic Heritage Month 2021

Join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15-October 15.  The Library will offer an outdoor screening of Coco, a performance of ballet folklorico by Mexico 2000, as well as recommended items for check out and take and make crafts.

On September 24 at 7 p.m. the Library will be offering an outdoor screening of Coco with crafts such as papel picados and tissue paper flowers.

Bring chairs, water, and plenty of bug spray, as this is an outdoor screening. The screening will be on Forest Street and spill over into the Library’s 9th Street parking lot. Recommended parking is in the lot on 8th Street.

Coco’s summary: “Despite his family’s generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Héctor, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.”

On September 25 at 2 p.m., join us at the Library for a ballet folklorico performance by Mexico 2000!

  • This is a ticketed performance. Limited tickets are available.
  • Tickets can be picked up in the Library lobby at 1 p.m. the day of the performance.

How else do we celebrate Hispanic Heritage? By reading and watching media by Hispanic creators. Check out one of these lists broken down by age group:

The Library is also offering take and make kits for teens and adults:

We have our very own city employees, Britin and Ann, on a Tuesday Talk about local Hispanic heritage! Watch that video here.

We’re very excited to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with you. If you have any questions, please call the Library at 512.930.3551.

Awards announced in Texas Society of Sculptors show

Awards were announced today in the Texas Society of Sculptors 13th Annual Summer Show at the Georgetown Public Library. The awards presentations were made and recorded at the library and feature views of the winning pieces.

In the video, Sally Miculek, Director of the Georgetown Public Library, presents the Librarians’ Choice and People’s Choice awards. She then introduces the awards juror for the TSOS/Georgetown Public Library 2021 Summer Sculpture Show, Graeme Durant, assistant curator at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum.

Mr. Durant presents the awards for first place, second place, third place, and three honorable mentions.

Award winners are:

People’s Choice And He Did Ride by Ronnie Wells
Librarians’ Choice Carol’s Bouquet by Ken Law
First Prize Rapunzel’s Tower Under the Full Moon by Valérie Chaussonnet
Second Prize 1.618 by Evan Horn
Third Prize Pirate’s Woman by James R. Woodruff
Honorable Mention Ready for Takeoff by Dar Richardson
Honorable Mention Jave by Ken Law
Honorable Mention Laugh, You Jester. You Are Not Allowed to Cry. by Czes Sornat

The Texas Society of Sculptors 13th summer sculpture show in the Georgetown Public Library is available to view  through September 17, 2021. This exhibit, hosted by the library with sponsorship from the City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board, features 78 works of sculpture by 40 artists.

The Georgetown Public Library offers an excellent environment for viewing art, and most of the pieces are available for purchase. The library address is 402 W. 8th Street in Georgetown, Texas.