Summer Reading Voyage 2022

The Summer Reading Voyage is a free self-paced program in which sea creatures (children) choose their reading level and keep track of how many days they read something or are read too.  Have fun taking a deep dive and completing optional challenges designed to keep young ocean animals engaged throughout the summer.  The Summer Reading Voyage is open to all marine life ages 0-12.

You may pick up reading trackers and calendars for the Summer Reading Voyage at the desk in the Children’s Room starting Monday May 16.  Begin tracking days read June 1.  The reading tracker/calendar for July will be released during the last week of June.  The last day to turn in a reading tracker is Sunday July 24.   For each day you read, or are read to, you get a ticket for a chance to win one of the fintastic treasure chests (prize baskets).  The more you read, the more chances you will have to win!  Reading materials include books, comics/graphic novels, magazines, audio books and ebooks.  For every four optional challenges you sink you shark teeth into (each challenge may be completed once) you will earn a ticket into the treasure chest (prize basket) drawing.  Prize winners will be notified directly.

Follow the library on Facebook and subscribe to the library newsletter to keep up to date on all things summer.  We are going to have a whale of a time!

 

TEAM CHALLENGE

It takes team work to sail the seven seas.  So this summer we are breaking into teams and competing to see which crew reads the most.  Sea faring readers will be broken into one of three teams: narwhals, penguins, and jellyfish. The reading challenge takes place between June 1 and July 24.  We will decorate the room for the finale program in the animal of the team that wins.

FAMILY EVENTS

All events are free.  Space is limited and tickets are required.  Tickets will be handed out on a first come, first served basis one hour before the start of a program at the Children’s Desk in the Children’s Room.

Groups: Our programs are very popular so we cannot accommodate groups such as churches, camps, or daycares.

Tuesday June 7 @ 10:00 Elizabeth Kahura

Join us for songs and stories from Africa!

Saturday June 11 @ 10:00 Austin Reptile Show                                 

Get up-close and personal with some reptiles.

Wednesday June 15 @ 10:00 Storytime Playdate

Join the Library and Parks & Recreation for outdoor storytime followed by playtime! Located at San Gabriel Park in the Legacy Pavilion.

Tuesday June 21 @ 11:00 A Real Mad Hatter

Learn how to be a pirate from Captain Kristina and First Mate Anton.

Wednesday June 29 @ 10:00 Storytime Playdate

Join the Library and Parks & Recreation for outdoor storytime followed by playtime! Located at San Gabriel Park in the Legacy Pavilion.

Tuesday July 5 @ 10:00 Nancy and Friends

Ventriloquist Nancy Burks Worcester entertains with her puppet friends.

Wednesday July 6 @10:00 Storytime Playdate

Join the Library and Parks & Recreation for outdoor storytime followed by playtime! Located at San Gabriel Park in the Legacy Pavilion.

Saturday July 9 @11:00 Mad Science

Interactive and fun science demonstrations and experiments led by a mad scientist.

Tuesday July 19 @ 10:00 Staci Gray                             

Sing and dance with Staci Gray.

Wednesday July 20 @ 10:00 Storytime Playdate

Join the Library and Parks & Recreation for outdoor storytime followed by playtime! Located at San Gabriel Park in the Legacy Pavilion.

Tuesday July 26 @ 10:00 Jeff Hapke

Join us for mind blowing magic & bubble art.

Tween Events

Tween events are for people ages 9-12. Spots are limited and tickets are required.  Tickets will be handed out on a first come, first served basis one hour before the start of a program at the Children’s Desk.

Groups: Due to the limited space and supplies needed for the tween programs we are unable to accommodate groups.

Friday June 17 @ 1:00 Tiny Tales to You

Cuddly animals petting zoo, crafts, and games.

Friday July 1 @ 1:00 Fidget Cubes and Bad Art

Make your own fidget cube and create some bad art.

Friday July 15 @ 1:00 Lego Fun Day

ESTEAM Learning Labs brings the ultimate Lego experience to the library.

Friday July 29 @ 1:00 Draw Manga

Learn how to draw Manga style with Sari

 

 

 

Adult Summer Reading

Explore an ocean of possibilities at the Library this summer as part of the adult summer reading program! Enjoy ocean themed events and screenings. Fill out a challenge card online here or stop by the circulation desk to pick up a paper version.

Challenge Card

You can win prizes such as a Kindle Fire, paddle boarding on Lake Georgetown, or summer reading swag. Adult summer reading is open to anyone ages 18+. Winners will be notified on August 12.

July 8 | 7 p.m. | Underwater Archaeology

Going Back from Whence We Came: The Search for Ancient Peoples in the Seas presented by D. Clark Wernecke, Executive Director The Gault School of Archaeological Research

What landmass that is larger than the entire western hemisphere hosted the beginnings of modern humanity? Explore the continental shelf-an area that was exposed when the sea was 200 feet lower than it is today. Looking for signs of humans underwater is a challenge that human ingenuity is beginning to answer.

July 13 | 6:30 p.m. | Swimming with Men

Screening. A man suffering from a mid-life crisis finds new meaning in his life after joining an all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronized swimming team. Rated PG-13.

July 22 | 7 p.m. | Shanties & Shandies

All good pirates know their grog. Join Barking Armadillo Brewery for a beer tasting. Learn about the brewing process and taste local brews. Make your own pirate flag. Registration is required and opens 7/1. This event is free and open to the public ages 21+.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/366904008767

August 5 | 7 p.m. | Fin-tastic Game Day

Come play boardwalk games with us! Oversize battleship, skee ball, cornhole, foam axe throwing, and more. Win prizes.

August 10 | 6:30 p.m. | My Octopus Teacher

Screening. A filmmaker begins diving in a kelp forest off the coast of South Africa, and meets a female octopus who casts a spell on him. Not rated.

Juneteenth 2022

This month we are highlighting Juneteenth, a holiday that commemorates the emancipation of African Americans. This event is the anniversary of the news of emancipation reaching enslaved peoples in Texas after the Civil War. Juneteenth originated in Galveston, and was recognized as a federal holiday in 2021.

Juneteenth is celebrated locally through organizations such as GCCMA, which is hosting a Juneteenth celebration on June 18 at 11 a.m. at the Community Center in San Gabriel Park.

Juneteenth Activities at the Library

  • A story walk in the kid’s room of the book “Opal Lee and What it Means to be Free” by Alice Faye Duncan from June 12-19
  • Shoebox parade: stop by the circulation desk staring June 3 to pick up a shoebox and decorate it to make your own Juneteenth float! Each box comes with construction and crepe paper to help get your float started. A backdrop is available at the circulation desk to take a picture of your Juneteenth float, which you can email to library.marketing@georgetown.org.

  • Parade floats will be featured on Library social media on June 18.
  • A short display of the history of Juneteenth in Georgetown will be at the end of the story walk

Juneteenth Links

Pride 2022

June is Pride Month, a federally recognized month to celebrate the contributions and legacy of the LGBTQ+ community.

Watch To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar at the Library on June 9. Crafts and a social hour will take place at 6 p.m., the film will begin at 7 p.m. Austin PFLAG and Elder LGBTQ+ Task Force will be on hand with community resources. This event is free and open to the public, but is for ages 18+.

Check out these recommended item lists:

Read more about LGBTQ+ history, watch a film, or brush up on your cultural knowledge.

What is Pride?

Library Community Survey

The Library is launching a survey to determine how our community uses our resources! Complete this five minute survey and help us figure out how we can best serve you.

The survey will be up until June 20. All information shared is completely confidential.

Thanks for helping us out!

Teen Summer Reading

Pick your team and battle to become the reigning creature of the sea: Kraken, Siren, or Hydra!

 

Pick up a paper reading log in the Teen Space or at the Kids Desk and record each day that you read and each challenge you complete. Return to the Kids Desk to submit your reading log and receive your raffle tickets, one for each day read and each challenge completed (challenges may only be completed once for tickets). Be sure to add your tickets to your team’s bucket in the Teen Space. On July 29, we will count the number of tickets each team has earned; the team which earns the most tickets will be declared the winner. On August 6th at 1 p.m., we will shell-abrate the winning team with a party. All teens are welcome to attend!

Additionally, a drawing will be held for one grand prize winner and three runners-up. The grand prize ticket will be chosen from winning team’s tickets, while the runners-up will be chosen from all tickets combined. The grand prize is a $100 gift certificate and the runner-up prize is a $50 gift certificate to either Lark & Owl or Rogue’s Gallery, winner’s choice!

Teen Summer Reading Program and events are open to ages 12-18.

Teen Events

June 17 @ 2 p.m.: Tiny Tails to You

July 1 @ 3 p.m.: Fidget Cubes & Bad Art

July 15 @ 3 p.m: Lego Fun Day

July 29 @ 3 p.m.: Manga Drawing with Surapsari

August 6 @ 1 p.m.: Winners’ Finale Party

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage 2022

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month! All month long, the GPL will be highlighting items from authors and creators telling the stories of Asian Americans.

This month we have two screenings featuring AAPI leads:

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings | May 7 | 1 p.m.:  “Martial-arts master Shang-Chi confronts the past he thought he left behind when he’s drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization.”

This is a BYOS* screening-meaning to bring your own snack! All ages welcome.

Minari | May 11 | 6:30 p.m.: “A Korean American family moves to an Arkansas farm in search of its own American dream. Amidst the challenges of this new life in the strange and rugged Ozarks, they discover the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.”

This screening is part of the GPL World Cinema series. Popcorn is provided. Ages 18+ are welcome.

Check out these recommended item lists:

Read more about Asian American history, brush up on your cultural knowledge, or learn to cook authentic Asian cuisine.

Other ways to celebrate:

“The City of Austin’s Asian American Resource Center (AARC) CelebrASIA Austin event, in honor of Asian Pacific American heritage month, returns in person on Saturday, May 14, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.! The family friendly festival is free, open to the public, and includes performance groups, musicians, food vendors, and hands-on activities by AARC and community organizations. CelebrASIA will also be an opportunity to learn more about the Phase 2 Expansion Project and Performing Arts Center.”

  • View arts and cultural contributions of Asian Americans on Google Art & Culture. What does it mean to be Asian American? What is immigration from Asian countries into the United States like? How were Asian communities formed in the U.S.?
  • Read and view articles on Tota.World, including their highlights of Asian cultures.
  • Visit the official AAPI month website, featuring stories, history, and biographies of Asian and Pacific Islanders and their contributions to America.

Open call for 2023 Library art exhibit proposals

The library highly values artists and their work, and we host more than 20 art exhibits every year. During each year’s open call, artists and organizations are invited and encouraged to submit proposals for the next year’s exhibits.

Proposals for exhibits in 2023 will be accepted only from March 1-May 15, 2022, and applicants will be notified by June 1, 2022.

If you would like to submit a proposal for an exhibit in 2022, please visit library.georgetown.org/art and scroll to the bottom of the page to find all the information you need. If you have questions, contact Dana Hendrix, Adult Services Librarian, at 512-930-3624.

WOWMobile Sun City changes

The WOWMobile is changing the model for Sun City reserves, stops, and browsing. Effective 1/31/22, the following will begin:

• A new outdoor book drop will be available 24/7 for your GPL returns*
• GPL reserves will be available for pickup on shelves inside the Texas Drive Social Center during the center’s open hours
• The Tuesday schedule will shift a bit and we’ll add a third stop

Read on for more information on each change.

Outdoor Book Drop

An outdoor book drop at the Social Center on 2 Texas Drive is now available. Beginning January 31st, you’ll be able to return your checked-out GPL items here, including books, CDBKs, and DVDs. The book drop is next to the bench outside the side entrance by the Member Services Office. This book drop will be open 24/7 so you can return your GPL materials any time.

*Please do not return puzzles, Sun City Library books, or donations in this book drop. 

GPL Reserves

Checked-out reserved items will be available on shelves inside the Social Center at 2 Texas Drive – Building A by 1 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays. Items will be accessible for pick-up during the center’s open hours. Because reserves will be at the Social Center, we will no longer bring them to each stop on Tuesdays. Your items will be left on the shelves for one week. For example, unclaimed items dropped off on Monday will be brought back to the library and checked in the following Monday.

Schedule changes

Starting February 1st, the new Tuesday WOWmobile schedule will be:

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. – 2 Texas Drive by the Farmers’ Market
10:00 – 10:45 a.m. – Retreat Activity Center on Cattleman Drive
11:00 – 11:45 a.m. – Cowan Creek Amenity Center

You can browse materials at any of those three locations on Tuesdays. Library staff will be there to assist you with placing items on reserve, helping you put your account on vacation, handling other account issues, and setting up new library cards.

We hope you will enjoy the new flexibility that these expanded services  provide.

Please call the Library at 512.930.3551 with any questions.

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.

 

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