Children’s Room Closed for Maintenance March 25

Our apologies but the Children’s Room will be closed for maintenance on Monday, March 25 from 8:00 am-8:00 pm.  We thank you for your patience as we make repairs to the HVAC system.  The room will reopen on Tuesday, March 26 at 9:00 am.

Tween Toys fur Tails

On Saturday, April 13 at 1 p.m. the tweens will be decorating bandanas and making toys for adoptable dogs and cats at the Georgetown Animal Shelter. We’ll also be collecting items from the Georgetown Animal Shelter’s Amazon Wishlist. (You do not need to purchase an item from Amazon to donate it.) Stop by and craft for a cause!

Event is free and open to tweens ages 9-12. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Due to limited space, FREE tickets for issued beginning an hour before the program. First come, first served. Program is limited to 30 participants.

Please contact Library Assistant Elisabeth Aulwurm with any questions at or 512-819-3133.

Cookies & Canvas for Teens

Come chill out, make some art, and eat some cookies while you’re at it! Do a paint by numbers for a zen experience, or choose a blank canvas and let your creative energy flow. Join us at 3 pm on Saturday, April 13.

Event is open to teens ages 12-18. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Please contact Teen Services Librarian Melissa Mote at or 512-819-3132 with any questions.

Adultish Hoppy Hour Petting Zoo

They’re back…and petter than ever! Adultish is back with another petting zoo exclusively for grown ups on April 5 at 7 p.m. Let the stress of the tax season go with fuzzy animal friends and coloring pages. We’ll have chicks, bunnies, and even a hedgehog from Tiny Tails to You Austin’s Traveling Petting Zoo.

This event is free and open to the public, ages 18+. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the library at 512.930.3551, or via email at

Hill Country Authors Series presents Sousanna Stratmann

The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library will host Sousanna Stratmann at the next Hill Country Authors Series  on Wednesday, April 24 at 2 p.m.

During the event Stratmann will share the gripping story of her family in Sousanna: The Lost Daughter, a novel that explores the bonds between parents and child. Copies of Stratmann’s book will be for sale at the event.

Tickets go on sale Monday, March 11 at the Second-Hand Prose Bookstore or online at Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door.

Open call for 2020 art exhibit proposals

The Georgetown Public Library is now accepting proposals for exhibits to take place in the library’s three exhibit spaces in 2020. Proposals will be accepted March 1-May 15, 2019.

You can submit your proposal in one of two ways: online (this option is easy, and is strongly preferred) or printed. Proposals for art exhibits in the Georgetown Public Library require the same information whether they are submitted online or on paper:

  • Proposed exhibit title
  • Description of proposed exhibit concept
  • Exhibit locations you would prefer (second floor Bridge Gallery, second floor Hall Gallery, or first floor Cafe Gallery, including the wall near the public use computers and two walls by the Red Poppy Coffee Co. counter)
  • Up to six images of your work
  • The URL to your website (optional)
  • A description of your artwork in general
  • A little about your art background, with the option to upload or attach a resume
  • Your availability to install and remove an exhibit in 2020

All proposal applicants will receive notification by email no later than June 1, 2019 of their acceptance status. Proposals that are not selected for 2020 may be considered in the case of cancellations.

If you plan to submit a proposal, please look over these documents:

And then submit your proposal, either online or on paper:

  • Online proposals (strongly preferred): Submit a proposal and easily upload your images on the web using Submittable. You will need to create a free Submittable account in order to submit your proposal online. You can read more about Submittable here, or click the black button below to go to Submittable.submit

  • Mailed or Hand-delivered paper proposals (alternative option): Download and print a proposal form, and then mail or hand-deliver it with up to six printed images. Your printed proposal form and printed images must be received in the library no later than 7:45 p.m. May 15. Proposals cannot be submitted by email, and original artwork will not be accepted. Download the proposal form here in order to mail or hand-deliver it:  Proposal for 2020 Art Exhibit at Georgetown Public Library

If you have any questions at all, please contact Dana Hendrix, Fine Arts Librarian, at or 512-930-3624.

Book discussion and lecture to focus on climate and the economy

Note: Both events will take place on the Southwestern University campus, in the Prothro Room of the A. Frank Smith, Jr. Library Center.

The Georgetown Public Library  and Southwestern University are co-sponsoring Earth Day programs that focus on climate and the economy at Southwestern University’s Smith Library Center, 1001 E. University Ave.

The first event will be a discussion on Nathaniel Rich’s book “Odds Against Tomorrow,” an NPR Best Book of the Year, on April 1  at 6:30 p.m. with librarians Carol Fonken and Dana Hendrix. Hailed by Rolling Stone as “the first great climate-change novel,” “Odds Against Tomorrow” is a literary thriller, an unexpected love story, and a philosophically searching inquiry into the nature of fear.

Then on Monday, April 8, at 6:30 p.m. Southwestern University Economics Professor Emily Northrop will host a presentation titled “Dollars and Cents of Global Warming.” During her presentation, Northrop will build on the plot of “Odds Against Tomorrow” and discuss the economic impacts of addressing climate change and of failing to address climate change. She will also distinguish among the alternative policies of regulation, a Green New Deal, and carbon pricing.

Both events are co-sponsored by Southwestern University’s A. Frank Smith, Jr. Library Center, Business and Economics Department, and Paideia Program, as well as the Georgetown Public Library.

Tax Help 2019

Tax help is back at the library for the 2019 tax season.

Starting January 26, you can come to the Library for free tax assistance with trained volunteers. They will be available four times a week, with a sign up sheet for each session being put out thirty minutes before beginning. Sign up is first come, first serve.

Please bring the following items to your tax help session:

  • previous returns
  • an accessible email address
  • text enabled phone
  • informational paperwork (such as your w-2, or other items of interest)

Sessions are on the following days:

  • Tuesdays: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: Noon – 4 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tax forms are free for the first five sheets printed on the public access computers at the Library. After that, they are five cents per page. Booklets for 1040 instructions are available for purchase for five dollars.

If you have any questions, please contact the Library at 512-930-3551, or by emailing us at

GPL World Cinema

Visit the GPL for our World Cinema series, where we will showcase diverse films from around the world. From blockbusters to documentaries, this series will have something for everyone.

Each screening will begin at 6:30 p.m. Popcorn provided. Viewer discretion is advised for sensitive topics, violence, or themes.

Jan. 9: Sweet Country. A spare, haunting examination of race in 1920s Australia. When Sam, an Aboriginal man, is sent to work with on a neighbor’s farm, tensions rise and culminate in a confrontation that leaves everyone changed. Rated R.

Feb 13: Crazy Rich Asians. An accomplished professor meet’s her boyfriend’s family for the first time-learning he’s one of the countries most sought after bachelors. Rated PG-13.

March 13: City of Joy. Human rights activists band together to create a safe haven for the women of Congo. Documentary, not rated.

April 10: Faces Places. Two artists-one a ninety year old filmmaker credited with sparking the French New Wave style, and the other a 35 year old photographer specializing in large format portraiture-travel rural France creating art. Breezily charming, one of the best films of 2017. Documentary. PG.

May 8: The Last Suit. Abraham, an 88 year-old Jewish tailor, runs away from Buenos Aires to Poland, where he proposes to find a friend who saved him from certain death at the end of World War II. A foreign film, not rated.

Teen Writing Group

Do you love to tell stories? Teen Writing Group is for you! Join us every third Thursday of the month at 5:30 pm to hone our writing skills with local YA author Lucia DiStefano (check out her just-released thriller Borrowed!). Meet other writers to discuss ideas and share your original work.

Event will take place in upstairs meeting rooms. Event is free and open to teens 12-18. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Contact Teen Services Librarian Melissa Mote at or (512) 819-3132 with any questions.

Teen Dungeons & Dragons Group

Play Dungeons & Dragons at the Library every fourth Saturday of the month from 1-4 p.m.!

All skill levels are welcome. We’ll be learning together. The library will provide manuals, character sheets, and dice, but feel free to bring your own materials if you like.

Program is open to teens ages 12-18. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Please contact Teen Services Librarian Melissa Mote at or (512) 819-3132 with any questions.

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 nation’s 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 Rocke’s 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

R.E.A.D. Dogs at the Library

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What? Dogs in the library? Yes! Stop by, say hi and read to a dog. The dogs will be at the library most Saturdays from 12-2 pm throughout the year.

The dogs are cute, friendly, good listeners and love having kids read to them. R.E.A.D. dogs are trained, along with their handlers, to provide a safe, comfortable atmosphere for kids just beginning to learn to read or who may be struggling a bit to practice their reading skills. Although all reading levels are welcome.

The Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) program improves children’s reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to an animal. But not just any animal. R.E.A.D. companions are registered therapy animals who volunteer with their owner/handlers as a team, going to schools, libraries and many other settings as reading companions for children. These literacy mentors help kids not only read but to love books and reading. Kids who are shy or are struggling with reading are especially encouraged to visit the library and read to the dogs.


Text the GPL!

The Georgetown Public Library is excited to offer a great new service: texting! Text us at 512.686.7247 and we can help you with your account, reference questions, or more! Need to know if you can get a study room?Want to know if you can place the next season of Game of Thrones on hold? Send us a text. We’ll answer as quick as possible.

As long as the building is open, we’re monitoring this service. Texts after hours will be answered as soon as possible on the next business day. Go ahead, try it out!

Elder Care Collection

IMG_7954 IMG_7957 IMG_7958An estimated 43.5 million caregivers provide care to a family member or friend age 50 or older. Caregiving for an elder with dementia or Alzheimer’s can be especially challenging.

The Georgetown Public Library has gathered some resources to help support caregivers of older adults. The Elder Care Collection is located on the second floor, inside the Reference area.

Caregivers can check out picture books designed to be read to adults with dementia or Alzheimer’s, and also books or DVDs about medical, financial, and emotional issues of concern to caregivers.

Like most library materials, the books will check out for 3 weeks, and the DVDs will check out for 2 weeks.

Download a list of the collection titles here: Elder Care Collection List

Ask any staff member for assistance with questions about the Elder Care Collection.

Library Creates Community Resources Coordinator Position

Georgetown has grown rapidly in the last few years, and with that growth Georgetown Public Library employees have seen an increase in families and seniors in crisis and those who are homeless. Library staff assisting these patrons often find that services are available, but researching those services and the agencies that provide them is challenging. Needs include housing, food, clothing, rent, medical and dental care, mental health services, transportation, disability benefits, and benefits for veterans.

Seeing the need to help people find these types of services, the Library has created a new community resources coordinator position. The coordinator will be a licensed social worker who can talk with patrons who have social service needs and help them navigate available services.

The position also will work with nonprofit and governmental social service organizations in the region and will assist nonprofit organizations to use Library materials and resources. The Library will provide space for nonprofit organizations to meet with clients, conduct trainings, and provide informational fairs.

“Librarians by profession are information providers,” says Eric Lashley, director of the Georgetown Public Library. “We came to realize that providing the information many of these residents were requesting required a different set of skills and knowledge base. Therefore, we wanted to have a member of our staff with the right set of skills to help this segment of our population and we feel a person with knowledge of social work and the social services sector would be most beneficial.”

The position is funded by a three-year grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Texas State Library and Archives.  The position is currently posted and Lashley hopes to have the new coordinator in place next month.

Library Grant to Help Parents and Preschoolers

The library is a place for readers, but a new program at the Georgetown Public Library is focused on toddlers and infants who may be too young to hold a book. The Family Place Libraries program aims to make the Library a welcoming environment for preschoolers and their parents who can learn from experts about child development, nutrition, play, and learning.

The Family Place Libraries program is funded by a grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, one of two grants that the Library has received this year. The aim of Family Place Libraries is to redesign the library environment to be welcoming and appropriate for children beginning at birth. The program also involves outreach to non-traditional library users and connecting parents with the resources, programs, and services offered at the library and other family service agencies. The program recognizes that good health, early learning, parental involvement, and supportive communities each play a critical role in young children’s growth and development.

“This grant is targeted to preschoolers because brain development from ages 0 to 3 is so fast and so important,” says Bethni King, children’s librarian at the Georgetown Public Library. “The grant will help us focus on our collection and focus on our space in the children’s area.”

In addition to toys, games, and books, King says starting next year, the Library is planning to host workshops with experts in child development, nutrition, and parenting. The Family Place Libraries program also includes an assessment and certification process to guide the implementation. Find out more at

King and Library Director Eric Lashley will attend a three-day training program in Long Island, New York in November. The grant covers the cost of the training and provides $6,000 to implement programs following the Family Place Libraries model.

The Library has received a second grant from the Texas Book Festival for $2,270 for the Library’s Book Club in a Bag collection. The grant is funded by proceeds from the annual Texas Book Festival in Austin.

The Book Club in a Bag program allows one member of a book club to checkout ten copies of a particular title for the entire club. Discussion guides are included with the materials. The grant will allow the Library to expand the program with 25 new titles. A bag can be checked out for two months up to one year in advance.

The new Book Club in a Bag titles should be available by August 1. To find out more about the program or to check out a Book Club in a Bag, contact Sally Miculek, assistant library services director, at or (512) 931-7620.

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Wi-fi Printing Instructions

The library has an easier, faster way to print from your mobile device! The following examples will help
you print materials from an iPhone/iPad or Android device.


For iPhone:






Pull up the webpage or document you’d like to print from Safari.













Click the Share button
















Slide you finger across the bottom menu, until you see the print icon. Click the print icon.






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Click “Select a printer








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A list of available printers will load.

Select Library Printer-Circulation Desk.









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Click print.

That’s it! Pick up your prints at the circulation desk, for a bargain price of 10 cents per page!









For Android Devices:

Before printing from your Android device, download the HP Printer Service Plug-in. This is free from the Play Store and will allow your device to utilize wireless printing to HP printers. You will NOT be able to print without this plug-in.

Once the HP Printer Service Plug-in is installed:

  • Click the MENU button
  • Click PRINT
  • Select Library Printer- Circulation Desk

That’s it! You can pick up your prints at the circulation desk. The charge is 10 cents per page. Have questions? Ask a staff member!









New Process to Defer Reserved Items

The process to defer your reserved items has changed. Not to worry though, this process is MUCH easier! If you don’t want your reserved items to become available for you while you’re out of town, please follow these easy steps:

  • Log-in to your library account
  • Click My Account
  • Select the Reserves/Requests tab
  • Click the word defer from the line that begins with, “Going out of town?”
  • Click in the From box- a calendar will pop-up, select the day you want to begin deferment
  • Click in the Through box- a calendar will pop-up, select the day you want to end deferment

That’s it! If you have any questions or would like us to do this for you over the phone, please call 512-930-3551.