Register for a craft or activity kit to celebrate MAKEtober with the Georgetown Public Library!
Each week, you can register online for a craft or activity kit for your age range. Registration for kits opens each Monday starting Sept. 28, and continues each week until we run out of kits. There is no waitlist.
Kits are available for pick up at the reference desk the following Tuesday after registration closes for each week. For example, if you registered for a kit on Sept. 29, that kit is available for pick up on Oct. 5.
Kits will not be held past one week, and kits not picked up will be released to first come, first served.
Register Sept. 28-Oct. 4. Pick up Oct. 5:
• Under K: lacing cards
• K-6th (elementary): bean stalk
• 7th-12th (junior high and high school): bristlebots
• Adults: spoon catapults
Register Oct. 5-Oct. 11. Pick Up Oct. 12:
• Under K: pool noodle boat
• K-6th (elementary): hovercraft
• 7th-12th (junior high and high school): wire initial
• Adults: fall wreath
Register Oct. 12-Oct. 18. Pick up Oct. 19:
• Under K: playdough and play mat
• K-6th (elementary): basket weaving
• 7th-12th (junior high and high school): light up masks
• Adults: solar powered bugs
Register Oct. 19-Oct. 25. Pick up Oct. 26:
• Under K: pom pom racer
• K-6th (elementary): bristlebots
• 7th-12th (junior high and high school): t-shirt tote bag
• Adults: Stuffed ampersand with felt succulents
October is Family History Month! Join us for virtual workshops on the basics of genealogy and preserving family history. Please register for each session you wish to attend. Each session will last approximately 45 minutes with a 15 minute break before the next session begins. If you are unable to register online, please call the library at 512-930-3551.
This event is made possible by the Williamson County Genealogical Society and Georgetown Public Library.
PLEASE NOTE: You must register for each Zoom session individually, registering for one session will not grant you access to all sessions.
9:00 am: Dos and Don’ts of Beginning Genealogy presented by Teresa Devine
Teresa dabbled in genealogy for several years before deciding to get serious when an elderly relative died before sharing the family stories. She became a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in 2014 and began volunteering to help others interested in joining by doing lineage research and completing applications. She presents frequently on genealogy topics to local societies and civic organizations. Teresa has served on the board of the Austin Genealogical Society, is the Lineage Research Committee chair for the Andrew Carruthers Chapter NSDAR, is Treasurer for the Lone Star Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and serves on the advisory board of the Texas Institute for Genealogical Research. She is “on the clock” for certification by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
10:00 am: Introduction to DNA presented by Alan Rabe, Vice President of the Williamson County Genealogical Society
Alan is the director of the Georgetown Family History Center located on Serenada Dr. He was responsible for volunteer indexing efforts in Round Rock, Pflugerville, Taylor and Georgetown between 2014-2017 when almost a million names were indexed for FamilySearch. He was also responsible for indexing efforts in northern Ohio and western Pennsylvania where 10 million names were indexed over a 3 year period. An active genealogist for 50 years, he has traced his surname line back to 1222. Alan’s genealogy interests for the past several years have shifted from ancestors to descendants, i.e., cousins. He is related to 4 Mayflower passengers, 15 signers of the Constitution, and to 35 US presidents. Alan is also trained in graveyard restoration.
11:00 am: Caring for Family Artifacts presented by Heather Hamilton, Conservator for The Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Heather has worked in the field of book and paper conservation for 18 years. She received an M.A. and Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation from Buffalo State College in Buffalo, New York. Heather worked at the Harvard College Libraries and UT’s Harry Ransom Center before starting her own conservation business here in Georgetown. She began working at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in May of this year.
Heads up! The Library’s operating hours are changing.
On July 22, we will be open on Wednesdays from noon to 6 p.m.
The new operating hours will be:
Mondays: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesdays: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesdays: Noon to 6 p.m.
Thursdays: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fridays: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 GPL Virtual Teen Summer Art Show! This year’s entries were off the charts, and choosing just a few winners was incredibly difficult. Check out the entire gallery here: https://bit.ly/gpl-teen-art-show
Best In Show
“A Girl on Her Way” by Kennedy T.
“Pride” by Penelope M.
“Drain” by Joseph S.
“Magical Princess” by Dana H.
This past June, the Library put on Pride programming. As part of that initiative, we collected Pride Stories from our community. Here are a few of those stories.
Join a community-wide read and virtual panel discussion focused on deepening our understanding of racism and the ways it impacts individuals and society. The books and the online, moderated discussion on Aug. 31 will focus on deepening participants’ understanding of racism and the ways it impacts individuals and society. The community-wide read and the virtual discussion are open to all and are sponsored by the Georgetown Public Library and Lark & Owl Booksellers.
The virtual panel discussion will be held on Crowdcast, which is a videoconferencing platform.
How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi (for adults), “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas (for teens), and “New Kid” by Jerry Craft (for children grades 5-8). All three books are available in print, audiobook, e-book, and e-audio from the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St., and in print and audiobook editions from Lark & Owl Booksellers, 205 W. Sixth St. Several Georgetown residents have made donations to allow the library to purchase additional copies of these books.
Individuals can sign up below for the Aug. 31 virtual panel discussion that will focus on each of the three books and on anti-racism in general, with a chance to ask questions or share comments.
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
From National Book Award-winning author Ibram X. Kendi comes a new approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society and in ourselves. The New York Times calls it a book that “may, in fact, be our best chance to free ourselves from our national nightmare.” Named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, Time, NPR, and The Washington Post.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend Khalil. A topical, powerful YA novel by a brilliant new author. National Book Award Longlist title and winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Coretta Scott King Honor, Michael L. Printz Honor, and William C. Morris Award.
Children Grades 5-8
New Kid by Jerry Craft
Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. A timely, honest graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is real, from award-winning author-illustrator Jerry Craft. Winner of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Author Award, and Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature.
Schedule and participants for the event
7 p.m. Welcome
Mr. Eric Lashley, Georgetown Public Library Director
Ms. Tiffanie Harrison, Facilitator for this event, is an equity leader and marketing educator in Round Rock ISD who was Round Rock High School Teacher of the Year in 2015 and 2019. She has an MBA and a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University, and she is a Beyond Diversity Affiliate Practitioner and Facilitator as well as an active leader in community organizations like Undoing Racism Round Rock, Engage Round Rock, and the Round Rock Black Parents Association.
7:10-7:40 p.m. Discussion of New Kid by Jerry Craft
Ms. Nicole Bell is principal consultant with Full Humanity LLC, and a Courageous Conversations about Race Affiliate Practitioner; as an anti-racist educator her passion is the uplifting and support of women and families of color. She is the Human Resources training and development coordinator at Austin Community College with more than 15 years of experience creating diverse employee leadership and development training programs. She is also a certified mediator, coach, and graduate of Leadership Pipeline, Leadership Women Pipeline, and the Leadership Austin Essential Class.
Ms. Zoie Steen is nine years old and the daughter of Nicole Bell. She is an honor roll student at Frost Elementary School and she loves art, reading, and gymnastics (Simone Biles is her personal favorite). She has served as an active member of Frost’s student council. She enjoys spending time at the beach with her family and she has serious aspirations too: she would like to be a NASA scientist and to run for President of the United States.
Dr. Alicia Moore is a Cargill Endowed Professor at Southwestern University. Her passion is examining the intersection of power, privilege, oppression, and their impact on race. Recently, she has begun to explore the impact of racial trauma on Black students in Persistently White Institutions in the midst of a syndemic (race and COVID).
7:40-7:45 p.m. Break
7:45-8:25 p.m. Discussion of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Mr. Chuck Collins is the Executive Director of the Southeast Georgetown Community Council. He has lived in Georgetown since 2001; previously, he served 10 years in the U.S. Air Force and then earned a degree in Management, Information Systems from Texas A&M, Corpus Christi. He has worked for British Petroleum, Price Waterhouse Coopers, IBM, and General Motors. He believes in neighbors coming together to help each other and build a community all can be proud of.
Dr. Phil Hopkins is the Lurlyn and Durwood Fleming Professor of Philosophy at Southwestern University, where he teaches and writes about the phenomenology of identity, particularly racialized identity and critical race theory, and on the intersections of identity and ethics in contemporary media and consumer culture. Before becoming an academic, he worked for several years as both a police officer and social worker.
Ms. LaShonda Stinson is deeply engaged in educational and racial equity work in Central Austin. Serves as an Assistant Principal in Round Rock ISD. LaShonda earned a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Education from Lamar University. She is committed to equitable outcomes along with ways to empower students and families while working to redesign systems of inequity.
8:25-8:30 p.m. Break
8:30-9:10 p.m. Discussion of How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Ms. Catherine Crisp-Martin is originally from Southern California. She worked in benefits and has been in Texas for almost 30 years spending just over two years in Georgetown. She likes that people are friendly and there is so much to do in Sun City, Georgetown and the surrounding communities. She hopes there will be improvements in U.S. race relations for her children and grandchildren.
Dr. Melissa Johnson is a Professor of Anthropology and Chair of both the Sociology and Anthropology and Race and Ethnicity Studies Programs at Southwestern University. As a critical race scholar, she has published the book Becoming Creole: Nature and Race in Belize, as well as articles on race and inequality. She teaches courses on race and racism, includes sections on race and racism in all her courses, and has been involved with anti-racist work at Southwestern University since she started teaching there in 1998.
Ms. Jaquita Wilson has lived in Georgetown for seven years as an active member of the community, military wife, and mother of five. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Montclair State University, and experience as an equity facilitator and teacher.
Entering and exiting the Library will now be available only through the 9th street side.
The Library hours are:
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday-Tuesday | 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday | Noon to 6 p.m.
Thursday-Friday | 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday | Closed
This page will be periodically updated with information regarding how the Library’s operations have changed due to COVID-19. The building is open with a capacity limit of 50%, or 150 people.
Effective Sept. 21: Libraries can be opened with a capacity of 75%.
Hours, donations, quarantine, and more are covered in the questions below.
Phone: (512) 930-3551
Text: (512) 686-7247
Adult Summer Reading: Imagine Your Story!
This summer, adults have been challenged to imagine their story.
July 15: Zine Making Tutorial
Follow along with our online tutorial on how to make your own zine! Pick up materials and inspiration at the circulation desk. Here’s a blank template for you and our example zine!
August 19: Who Tells Your Story? Community Art Project
Tell us a story-but make it art! We will be building a community art installation with the stories of locals. Print or pickup a feather template from the main circulation desk that you can decorate however you would like-with words, photos, doodles, color, whatever! The finished product will look something like this:
What is your story? Tell us!
We have zine making kits and an online tutorial to follow, as well as a community art project. Kits will be available for pickup at the main circulation desk starting July 2. A downloadable version of the feather template is here for digital submissions. Digital submissions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adults have the chance to win three prize packs for participating in summer reading. Fill out our online challenge card here, where you can work towards getting a chance to win a prize pack. They consist of:
- Kindle Fire 8” tablet (good for reading borrowed e-books from the library, of course!)
- Imagine Your Story travel mug
- Imagine Your Story water bottle
- Summer reading reusable tote
- Imagine Your Story t-shirt
Physical copies of the challenge card are available at the circulation desk, where you can also turn your challenge card in once you complete it. One entry per adult, please. This program is free and open to the public, ages 18+.
The Library will be closed in observance of Independence Day on July 3rd and 4th. No items are due these days. To renew items or reserve new items, login to the catalog.
The Library will open again on July 6th. Have a safe a happy Fourth of July, Georgetown!
Calling teen artists! Here’s your chance to show off your skills and enter to win a $50 Jerry’s Artarama digital gift card (Hello, more art supplies!). The 2020 Teen Summer Art Show will not be held in the Teen Space this year but will be accessible anytime online from the comfort of your home.
To participate, submit high-quality images of up to 3 of your artworks by filling out this Google form: https://bit.ly/gpl-teen-art-show. Enter in one of four categories: Traditional Media, Photography, Digital Art, and 3D Art.
Click here to view the virtual gallery. The deadline to enter artwork is Wednesday, July 1. Winners in each category will be announced Wednesday, July 8. Best in Show will receive a $50 Jerry’s Artarama digital gift card.
- Participants must be between the ages of 12-18.
- Up to 3 entries per person.
- Artwork must be suitable for all audiences.
- The last day to submit artwork is Wednesday, July 1. Winners will be announced Wednesday, July 8.
Please contact Teen Services Librarian Melissa Mote at email@example.com with any questions.
To celebrate PRIDE, Georgetown Public Library is asking our patrons to share their story this summer.
We want to hear from you! Share your coming out stories, a story about a first love or whatever you would like!
Here are some prompts to get you started.
- Tell us about a time where you felt different and potentially alone, for being who you are. How did you find resources and other people who could support you?
- Tell us about one person who helped change your life.
- What advice do you have for a young person who may feel isolated and scared for being LGBTQ+?
- What “change in attitudes” do you believe have taken place in your lifetime regarding LGBTQ people?
- What difficult silences have you broken to reach justice or equality for yourself or others?
- How have you challenged gender or sexuality cultural norms in your life?
- How did you first begin to realize your sexual or gender identity?
- Tell me about the first time you came out. Whom did you tell and why?
- Do you have memories of your youth when you were treated kindly due to your sexual or gender identity? Cruelly?
- How has your life been different than you imagined?
- Who was your first love? Your first relationship?
- Have things changed for the LBGTQ+ community over the past 50 years?
- How do you hope life will be different for the LBGTQ+ community 50 years from now?
- What advice would you give to your teenage self?
- What are you most proud of?
- How do you want to be remembered?
[Questions compiled from itgetsbetter.com, Stonewall Outloud and Changeagent.org. Visit them for more information.]
We would love to share everyone’s story but in order to represent a wide variety of voices we may not to be able to post every submission we receive.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stories can be anonymous. We want to hear from everyone-there is no age limit on submissions accepted.
The Georgetown Public Library Summer Quest is going virtual! Join the adventure and make reading, exploring, and stories part of a legendary summer. June 1- July 31.
Follow the Georgetown Public Library Facebook page for tidings on virtual programs, follow the arc of our journey (number of hours read collectively by quest participants), and staff shenanigans.
Your Quest Should You Choose to Accept It
The Summer Reading Quest is a free self-paced program in which children choose their reading level and keep track of how much time they read or are read to each day. The quest is to read (or be read to) for at least 20 minutes every day during June and July. We know there will be diversions. Do your best! We included side challenges to complete along the way for more merriment. The Summer Reading Quest is open to hereos ages 0-12.
How it Works
Enter your reading and completed challenges online at bit.ly/gpl-srp2020. For every 60 minutes of reading (or being read to) submitted you get an entry into the grand prize drawing. For every three challenges completed you get one more entry for the grand prize drawing. The more you read, and the more challenges accomplished, the more chances you’ll have to win! Winners will be drawn randomly. Winners will be notified directly. If you need help or are unable to enter your reading and challenges online, contact us and we will assist you. The last day to submit time and challenges is July 31.
You may print reading logs from the library website (see below) or pick one up at the library. (Click the images below to download a printable PDF file.) The reading log is available to help you keep track of your progress but is not required. In order to be entered into the grand prize drawings you must enter time read and challenges completed online at bit.ly/gpl-srp2020. Reading materials include books, comics/graphic novels, magazines, audio books and ebooks.
Take and Make Activities
Each week between June1- July 31 pick up a different craft or STEAM activity to do at home (while supplies last). Grab an activity while grabbing some books to read.
Adventure awaits this summer with enchanting virtual programs. Head to the Georgetown Public Library Facebook page to join the fun.
Science Spot with Miss Elisabeth- Wednesday Mornings (starting 6/8)
Read Alongs with Miss Bethni- Thursday Mornings (starting 6/8)
African Stories with Elizabeth Kahura- Tuesday June 23 at 10:30 am
Tiny Tails to You- July 7 at 10:30 am
Shadow Puppets with Matt Sandbank- Tuesday July 21 at 10:30 am
Welcome to the 2020 Georgetown Public Library Teen Summer Reading Program! We’ve put together a calendar of challenges and reading suggestions for you to do at home. Set a reading goal for yourself and track your reading every day. The more you read and complete challenges, the more points you’ll earn toward a chance to win! The Grand Prize winner will receive a 3-month subscription to a Loot Crate of their choice. Three runners up will receive a 1-month subscription to a Loot Crate of their choice.
The Hogwarts House Cup Challenge is back this year! Will Hufflepuff remain victorious, or will another House take the lead? Select your house, then read and complete challenges to earn points. The House with the most points will win the Hogwarts Cup! Check social media or the windows outside the Teen Space to see which House is in the lead throughout the summer.
Print the challenge log at home (see below), or ask for one at the library next time you’re in. The library is open for grab-and-go service. You can read more about that here. The summer reading program will be virtual this year to keep everyone safe during COVID-19. This means there will be no in-person programming at the library this summer.
Follow along with the challenges on our Instagram, @gt_teenspace. Send us pictures of your completed challenges to be featured!
HOW IT WORKS
- For every 30 minutes that you read, you’ll earn 5 points.
- Earn 5 points for each challenge you complete. Don’t worry about doing the challenges in order or on the exact day. You can complete them at your own pace.
- To log your reading and challenges, visit this Google form: https://bit.ly/gpl-teen-srp. If you’re not able to use the Google form, call the library at 512-930-3551 and we’ll fill it out for you.
- The more points you earn, the more chances you’ll have to win! The Grand Prize winner will receive a 3-month subscription to a Loot Crate of their choice. Three runners up will receive a 1-month subscription to a Loot Crate of their choice. Winners will be selected from a random drawing. The Grand Prize winner will be selected in a random drawing from the winning Hogwarts House.
- The Hogwarts House with the most points at the end of the summer will win the Hogwarts Cup. Check the windows outside the Teen Space or Instagram to see which House is in the lead.
- Stay tuned to our Instagram @gt_teenspace as we do the challenges along with you, and to check out what other teens are doing all summer long. Send pictures of your completed challenges to email@example.com or DM us on Instagram and we’ll feature you on social media!
- The challenge log for July will be released in the last week of June.
- The last day to log your reading and challenges is Thursday, July 30.
- Prize winners will be notified directly.
The Teen Summer Library Challenge is open to teens ages 12-18. Contact Teen Services Librarian Melissa Mote at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-819-3132 with any questions.
The Library will be closed Monday, May 25, for observance of Memorial Day.
No items are due this day. The Library will reopen Tuesday, May 26, at 9 a.m.
This page is currently under construction, but we want to hear from you! What kind of information, resources and services would you like to see us offer? Please email us at LibraryEmploymentHelp@georgetown.org
While the library is in phased re-opening, we are pleased to offer resume review and career help via email.
From Texas Workforce Commission: “If your employment has been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19), apply for benefits either online at any time using Unemployment Benefits Services or by calling Texas Workforce Commission’s Tele-Center at 800-939-6631 from 7a.m.-7p.m., seven days a week (extended hours). According to their website, the tele-center is experiencing a high volume of calls, so they are encouraging people to file online.”
Even if you were previously ineligible for benefits, you may now be eligible. They are also waiving certain requirements for benefits.
Texas Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area offers a variety of services for job-seekers, including online courses on coping with job loss and money management while unemployed.
WorkInTexas is a statewide job search site run by Texas Workforce Solutions.
Goodwill Industries Find a Job lists companies looking for immediate hires as well as other job searching resources.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides employment resources specifically for veterans, and homeless veterans.
Goodwill Communities Foundation Learn Free offers over 200 short courses on everything from computer basics, to social media and online skills, to workplace skills, to email and Microsoft Office training. This site has tutorials in both English and Spanish.
Employment Certifications and Vocational Programs in Central Texas. This list provides a starting point for common certifications TABC and Food Handler’s licenses, and vocational programs for careers like Educational Aides, CNA, HVAC technicians, and more.
Learning Express Career Preparation Center offers a variety of test prep for job certifications. You will be asked to sign in with a library card. Your telephone number is your password.
Learning Express Career Accelerator offers tools to get hired, job search, and career exploration. You will be asked to sign in with a library card. Your telephone number is your password.
The Balance Careers offers advice and articles on a variety of topics from resume creation, job searching, to the best places to find affordable interview clothing.
Goodwill Central Texas offers Education and Job Training, while they are closed to the public during COVID-19, they are offering phone consultations at 512-637-7580.
LinkedIn Learning is offering some courses free of charge related to employment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Learn how to use and navigate Zoom, a tool many employers are using for online interviews and training.
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering several different loan programs specific to COVID-19. The Texas State Small Business Development Center offers an in-depth primer on the various loan programs and frequently asked questions.
The City of Georgetown Economic Development Department offers business insights, workshops, and guides for small businesses in the city.
Texas Workforce Solutions also offers the Skills for Small Business Program, business owners can apply for funds to help train new full-time employees. They are also partnering with ACC Digital Next to provide core digital skills to businesses through the Small Business Program.
Take Control of Your Money is a website presented by United Way of Williamson County and Banzai to create clear and in-depth lessons on financial topics.
360 Degrees of Financial Literacy is a free, online resource put together by the Certified Public Accountants of American to help people manage money.
Williamson County has launched Wilco Forward, a grant program funded through the approximately $93 million the County received from the CARES Act. In the final phase, they issued grants to three area nonprofits for rent and utility assistance.
- Round Rock Area Serving Center: Round Rock, Austin (within Williamson County), Brushy Creek/Fern Bluff MUD, Hutto areas outside of Georgetown ISD
- The Caring Place: Georgetown, Andice, Bartlett, Florence, Granger, Jarrell, Jonah, Schwertner, Walburg, Weir, Hutto areas within Georgetown ISD
- The Salvation Army: Cedar Park, Coupland, Leander, Liberty Hill, Taylor, Thrall, and all other areas of Williamson County not served by the other two agencies
Thank you to the Metropolitan Library System and Brooklyn Public Library for sharing some of these resources and ideas.
The Georgetown Public Library will be open limited hours for checkout of materials beginning May 1. Curbside pickup service will end on April 30 at 6 p.m. Visitors inside the building will see that many changes have been made in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through the community. Most notably, the children’s play areas will remain closed, and no public seating will be available.
Eric Lashley, library director, said, “The library closed to the public March 16 due to COVID-19, and we are reopening very cautiously in order to keep our patrons and staff safe. We want you to come in, find your books, CDs, DVDs, and children’s items, check them out and take them back home to enjoy. That’s what we call ‘grab and go.’”
The library is encouraging visits of no more than 30 minutes, with one person per household coming in if possible. Visitors are asked to observe six-foot physical distancing from staff and one another. Library staff will all be wearing face masks to protect the community, and they encourage patrons to wear masks as well, to protect the staff and one another.
“Face masks and hand washing are the best ways to keep from catching or spreading the virus,” said Sally Miculek, assistant director. “We know our patrons love the library and the staff, so we are counting on them to help keep us safe by following recommendations to wear a mask in public and wash hands frequently and thoroughly.”
Patrons will be able to browse the adult, teen, and children’s circulating collections to make their selections. Items can be checked out by staff, who will scan items through a plexiglass guard, or by patrons using a self-check station with a touchless scanner to check out their materials. Those who would like to meet with the library’s Community Resource Coordinator may also come into the building.
No other services will be available initially, and sections of the building will remain off limits to the public. In addition to the first-floor children’s play areas (including the popular jeep), second-floor study tables, study rooms and meeting rooms will remain closed to the public. Printing, faxing and photocopying will not be available, and no donations will be accepted. Library materials should be returned to the outside drive-through book drop rather than inside the building.
The library’s hours will be Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The building will be closed on Sundays.
Not sure what to read next? We can help!
Fill out the form below or call 512-930-3627 and leave us a message with some basic info on what you enjoy and we’ll get back to you with recommendations for your next book!
As we all settle in and begin our education at home adventures, here are some resources to help parents and inspire all the learners out there. We miss you and can’t wait to see everyone again. Until then, stay safe, stay healthy, and stay at home and check out the library’s social media channels for more fun content and to see what the library is up to.
As many people are currently sheltering in place, here are a few things we hope will be helpful, entertaining, or educational during this time.
This list is by no means comprehensive and will continue to be updated over the next several weeks. If there is any thing you would like to see on this page, please contact us and let us know!
For information related to COVID-19, please consult the City of Georgetown and Williamson County and Cities Health District for local information, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for state information, and the Center for Disease Control and World Health Foundation for national and global information.
Use your Georgetown Public Library card to enjoy materials from our extensive e-library on your own device.
Read or listen to e-books, e-magazines and e-audiobooks through Overdrive/Libby and SimplyE. Click below for more information about using e-books:
Or visit our many databases to find homework help, articles, 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. Click below for more information about using databases:
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.
(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.)
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 2021 will be accepted only from March 1-May 15, 2020, and applicants will be notified by June 1, 2020.
If you would like to consider submitting a proposal for an exhibit in 2021, please visit library.georgetown.org/art and scroll to the bottom of the page to find more information about the process.
Due to concerns for everyone’s health and safety we are making the hard choice to cancel Tax Help at the library until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience. Check this web page periodically for updates about the status Tax Help. You can also visit the AARP Tax-Aide Site Locator for updates on the status of AARP Tax-Aide sites.
Social distancing is an effective tool in slowing the transmission of COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus. For local updates regarding the Coronavirus please visit the City of Georgetown’s website.
Free tax help from AARP is at the Library this tax season, starting on Feb. 4 through April 14. Sessions will be on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays.
- Tuesdays 3 to 6:30 P.M.
- Thursdays Noon to 3:30 P.M.
- Saturdays 10 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.
First come, first serve. Sign up available a half hour before sessions start. Please bring the following items in order to sign in with tax volunteers:
- Government issued photo ID for all adults on your return
- A social security card for everyone on your return
- 2018 tax return and any paperwork (W-2,1099, etc.)
Join us at the Library for a selection of diverse films this January through March:
Jan. 8 | 6:30 p.m.: Woman at War
Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. But right as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything. Her application to adopt a child has finally been accepted and there is a little girl waiting for her in Ukraine. As Halla prepares to abandon her role as saboteur and savior of the Highlands to fulfill her dream of becoming a mother, she decides to plot one final attack to deal the aluminum industry a crippling blow.
2019. 101 minutes. Not rated.
Feb. 12 | 6:30 p.m.: Honeyland
Nestled in an isolated mountain region deep within the Balkans, Hatidze Muratova lives with her ailing mother in a village without roads, electricity or running water. She’s the last in a long line of Macedonian wild beekeepers, eking out a living farming honey in small batches to be sold in the closest city — a mere four hours’ walk away. Hatidze’s peaceful existence is thrown into upheaval by the arrival of an itinerant family, with their roaring engines, seven rambunctious children and herd of cattle. Even as the family provides a much-needed respite from Hatidze’s isolation and loneliness, her very means of survival are threatened.
2019. 85 minutes. Rated R.
Mar. 11 | 6:30 p.m.: The Farewell
The film follows a Chinese family who, when they discover their beloved Grandmother has only a short while left to live, decide to keep her in the dark and schedule an impromptu wedding to gather before she passes. Billi, feeling like a fish out of water in her home country, struggles with the family’s decision to hide the truth from her grandmother.
2019. 98 minutes. Rated PG.
(All summaries from Rotten Tomatoes.)
These screenings contain mature themes, events, and languages. They are recommended for ages 18+. Popcorn provided. Screenings are free and open to the public.
For more information, call the Library at 512.930.3551 or email us at email@example.com.
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 17-November 22, 2020. (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 exhibit’s duration at the Library.
Further information about the exhibit, as well as links to register for free group and school tours, can be found here.
The Georgetown Public Library was designated a member of the Family Place Libraries national network in August.
The designation is given to libraries providing a welcoming community environment with resources to help families nurture their children’s development and early learning during the first years of life.
The library’s new Family Place offers residents a specially designed space in the children’s area for young children to play, share books, and meet other families. The Family Place hosts a collection of books, toys, music, and multimedia materials for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, parents, and caregivers, as well as librarians specially trained in child development and family support.
The Family Place also offers the Play, Learn, Grow playshop series for toddlers and their parents and caregivers. The series includes toys, books, and art activities that allow families to spend time together, make friends, and talk with specialists on various aspects of child development and early literacy.
The Family Place Libraries model is in more than 400 libraries in 30 states serving thousands of young children and their parents/caregivers. Georgetown Public Library is proud to be among them. The Georgetown Public Library Family Place Program is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, and in part by a State-funded grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
For twelve years, the Georgetown Public Library has hosted the Texas Society of Sculptors’ annual summer show. The competitive, juried exhibit is a popular tradition in Georgetown that includes sculptures throughout the building on both the first and second floors. Participating sculptors work in wood, glass, bronze, ceramics, and more. Most pieces in the exhibit are available for purchase.
On Sunday, July 21, exhibit prize winners were announced at an awards reception attended by the sculptors, TSOS members, and the public.
This year’s exhibit award recipients are:
First Place: Harry Angel for #183 Lady #3
Second Place: Bob Coffee for Arm Wrestlers
Third Place: Matt Donner for Hard Rain is going to fall
Honorable Mention: Cass Hook for Cosmic Interlude
Honorable Mention: Kalena Powell for How the Light Gets in: Self Portrait
Honorable Mention: Bob Ragan for Night at the Opera
People’s Choice: Ken Law for Shumla
Librarians’ Choice: John Mark Luke for Spirit Takes Flight
Each award is accompanied by a cash prize. The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board provided a total of $2,200 to fund the awards.
The People’s Choice award was determined by ballots cast by visitors to the library in the first few weeks of the exhibit, and the Librarians’ Choice award was decided by a vote of the library staff.
The juror for this year’s first, second, and third place and honorable mention awards was Nick Ramos, an award winning graphic artist and curator based in Georgetown.
This year’s exhibit opened Sunday, June 23, and lasts through Saturday, Sept. 20. An exhibit catalog is available for those who would like to walk through the exhibit and see all 72 pieces.
The library will also host a sculpture demonstration featuring several of this year’s sculptors demonstrating their techniques and processes in clay, bronze, wood, stone and glass. The free event will be held in the library lobby, 402 W. Eighth St., on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m.
The 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.”
Selected 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 www.imls.gov.
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.