Kittens in the Library!

Kittens? In the library? Yes, indeed! Kittens from the Georgetown Animal Shelter will be looking for their FURever families at the Georgetown Public Library on Friday July 16, from 10:30am to 12:30pm.

Adoption fees are only $35 per kitten during the event and kittens will be able to leave directly from the library. Cardboard carriers will be provided. Cash, check or credit card accepted.

For more information about the shelter, visit www.pets.georgetown.org.

Adult Summer Reading 2021

Adults are getting wild this year with summer reading! The theme is Tails and Tales, with animal-centric media to read, watch, or listen to.

Adult summer reading runs July through August. The adults will have two opportunities to pick up a kit during summer reading.

Pet bow ties and Cat Toys: register for a collar bow tie and cat teaser toy kit. This kit comes with all the items you will need to make a felt bow tie for your favorite pet, or a teaser toy for the cat in your life! Registration opens on July 6 at 6 p.m. Pick up begins July 13-19. Register here.

Bird Feeder: register for a birdfeeder giveaway. This wooden gazebo style birdfeeder is sure to bring all the birds to your yard. Check out a book on local birds and see how many you can spot. Registration opens on August 3 at 6 p.m. Pick up begins August 10-16. Register here.

Kits that are not picked up within a week will be released to the general public.

Want to read or watch something to go with our theme? Check out this list of items that includes fiction, nonfiction, and film.

Try your hand at our animal Kahoot challenge, a trivia quiz that will have you asking just how long a giraffe’s tongue is! Take it here.

Adults can stop by the Library to pick up a challenge card or go online here and fill one out. Complete the challenges and be entered to win a prize pack with Tails and Tales themed travel mug, water bottle, and reusable tote. The grand prize winner will win all of the above, as well as a Kindle Fire tablet!

Summer reading ends August 30. The winner will announced on August 31. This program is for adults ages 18+.

If you have questions or comments, please reach out to the Library at 512.930.3551.

Summer Adventure

The Summer Adventure is a free self-paced program in which critters (children) choose their reading level and keep track of how many days they read something or are read too.  Have fun shaking your tails and completing optional challenges designed to keep young beasties engaged throughout the summer.  The Summer Adventure is open to all creatures ages 0-12.

You may pick up reading trackers and calendars for the Summer Adventure at the desk in the Children’s Room starting Tuesday June 1.  The reading tracker for July will be released during the last week of June.  The last day to turn in a reading tracker is Tuesday July 27.   For each day you read, or are read to, you get a ticket for a chance to win one of the fintastic 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 tail wagging optional challenge completed (each challenge may be completed once) you will earn a ticket into the 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.

 

Community Challenge

We have a community challenge this year!  Fill the fishbowl at the desk in the Children’s Room and the library building will be turned into an animal!

CHILDRENS EVENTS

Family events are outdoor at Chatauqua Park, located at 602 Rucker Street.  Be sure to bring sunblock, water, and wear hats or bring umbrellas for shade.  Social distancing is encouraged. Events are all ages.

Tuesday June 8 @ 10:30: Elizabeth Kahura

Listen to songs and stories from Africa!

Saturday June 19 @ 10:30: Lucas Miller the Singing Zoologist

Fun science and animal songs.

Tuesday June 22 @ 10:30: Southwest Dairy Farm

See a cow in real life! Milking Demonstration.

Tuesday, July 6 @ 10:30: Magician John O’Bryant

Event moved indoors at the library due to rain. Tickets will be handed out beginning at 9:30 in the lobby on a first come first served basis.

Masks are optional for this event. Distancing and hand hygiene are encouraged.

Friday-Saturday, July 9-10: Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Drop off is July 9 from 9-5     Pick up is July 10 from 9-11   Stuffies will visit the farm!

Tuesday, July 20 @ 10:30: Will Dupuy

Sing and Dance with Mr. Will

Tuesday, July 27 @10:30: Wildlife on the Move

Visit with and learn about wild animals!

TWEEN EVENTS

Tweens 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.

Wednesday June 16 @ 1:00: Care of Magical Creatures

Wednesday June 30 @ 1:00: Owl Pellet Dissection

Wednesday July 14 @ 1:00: Safari Mystery

Wednesday July 28 @ 1:00 Chemistry Roadshow

Groups

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

 

Take and Make Kits

Sign up for take and makes! These kits are a mix of crafts and fun giveaways during the summer. Each kit will have a week of live registration sign up, followed by a week to pick up your kit at the circulation desk at the Library.

  • Kits are limited, registration is required.
  • Kits that are not picked up within a week will be released to the general public.

Sign up starting July 6, pick up July 13:

Very Hungry Caterpillar Lacing Cards

Origami Bookmark

Sign up starting July 20, pick up July 27:

Goofy Jellyfish Hats

Mini Animal Building Blocks

Summer Program Brochure

13 Jewish Drivers’ Licenses Exhibit

The Georgetown Public Library is hosting an exhibit featuring “13 Jewish Drivers’ Licenses: A Tale of Nazi Destruction, Discovery and Reconciliation” from June 27 through the month of July.

The exhibit is being sponsored by Congregation Havurah Shalom of Sun City.

“13 Jewish Drivers’ Licenses” tells the story of a town in Germany coming to terms with its darkest past. The licenses were discovered in 2017 when the staff of the district offices in Lichtenfels were digitizing the town’s official paper records. The licenses had been revoked by the Nazis in 1938.

The exhibit reveals a story about the discovery, and the exploration by a high school history class to find descendants which led to many places and countries, including Austin, Texas. It is a story about reflection, reconciliation, human connections, and doing the right thing. And it is a story about hope for all of us in today’s tumultuous world.

The exhibit is free and will be open to the public during library hours. The exhibit is located on the first floor of the library.

Overdrive & Libby Help

Libby experts from OverDrive are coming to help you access our library’s digital collection of ebooks and audiobooks through the free Libby app on June 15 and July 15 at 10 a..m.! You can sign-up to join either session here:

June 15 | 10 a.m.: Join here!

The Library will have limited in person seating available for the July session. If you would like to view and participate from the comfort of your home, please register here:

July 15 | 10 a.m.: Join here!

If you haven’t used the FREE Libby app yet to borrow digital titles from our library, join at 10:00 a.m. to learn how to Get Started with Libby.

This virtual session will get you up to speed on everything you need to know to get started with Libby, including:

• Finding your library and signing in
• Navigating the app
• Browsing and searching for titles
• Borrowing titles and placing holds

• Managing notifications
• And much more

 

Pride at the Library

June is Pride Month, the month that the contributions, history, and achievements of the LGBTQ+ community are recognized.

You can stop by the Library and check out any of our Pride related materials, or pick up an item kit from our display in the lobby. These kits have items for all ages in them, and cover a wide range of topics: Stonewall, the AIDS epidemic, history, and more.

On June 8, you can register for a DIY Pride flag kit, which contains materials to make your own Pride Progress flag. Stickers and a Pride button come with each kit. Kits will be available for pick up starting June 15 at the Library. Registration is required. Kits not picked up by June 21 will be released to the public, first-come, first-served.

If you have any questions, please contact the Library at 512.930.3551.

Teen Summer Reading 2021

Welcome to the 2021 Georgetown Public Library Teen Summer Reading Program! Set a reading goal for yourself and track your reading every day. The more you read, the more tickets you’ll earn for your team and a chance to win a prize drawing! 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.

This year’s theme is “Tails and Tales” and Animal Crossing has taken over the Teen Space! Who will be victorious: Team Bob, Team Coco, Team Marina, or Team Marshal? Select your team, then read and submit your hours to earn team tickets. The team with the most hours/tickets at the end of the summer will win the competition; the Teen Space will be decorated with Animal Crossing décor featuring the winning team’s character and colors for Fall 2021. Check social media and the magnetic bulletin board in the Teen Space to see which team is in the lead throughout the summer.

You can also participate in our Photo Ops social media challenge! Each month, 10 Photo Op challenges will be listed on your reading log. Send us pictures of your completed Photo Ops to be featured on our social media and follow along with the Photo Ops on our Instagram, @gt_teenspace!

Pick up a reading log in the Teen Space, at the Kids Desk, or print one from the library website. The reading log for July will be released the last week of June. The library is open this summer, so you are welcome to come in, browse for new books, submit your hours, and check on your Team’s status. We will also be doing limited in-person programs in June and July. As space and supplies are limited, participants will be issued entrance tickets for each program on a first come-first served basis; tickets will be issued on the day of the program, one hour before the start of each program; groups cannot be accommodated.

  • Wednesday June 16 @ 3 PM: Care of Magical Creatures
  • Friday July 2 @ 3 PM: DIY Plush Sloths
  • Friday July 16 @ 3 PM: Animal Shelter Crafts
  • Wednesday July 28 @ 4 PM: Chemistry Roadshow

HOW IT WORKS

  • For every hour that you read, you’ll earn 1 team ticket.
  • Come to the library’s Kids Desk to have a staff member sign off on your hours and issue your team tickets.
  • Once you’ve filled out your tickets with your contact information, submit them to the corresponding team jar, located at the magnetic bulletin board in the Teen Space.
  • The more hours you read, the more tickets you will earn AND the more chances you’ll have to win! By submitting your tickets, you’ll help your team AND have a chance to win an individual prize drawing.
  • The Animal Crossing team with the most hours at the end of the summer will win the Team Challenge. The Teen Space will be decorated in honor of the winning team, featuring their team mascot and colors. Check the magnetic bulletin board in the Teen Space or Instagram to see which team is in the lead.
  • 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 Grand Prize winner will be selected in a random drawing from the winning Animal Crossing team. Runners-up will be selected from a random drawing of all submitted tickets.
  • Prize winners will be notified directly.
  • The last day to log your reading hours is Thursday, July 29.

PHOTO OPS

  • In addition to reading, teens are challenged to participate in Photo Ops, highlighting your reading adventures throughout the summer. You are encouraged to submit your Photo Ops to be featured on the library’s social media accounts!
  • Each reading log, for June and July, will feature 10 different Photo Ops that you can participate in.
  • Stay tuned to our Instagram @gt_teenspace as we participate in the Photo Ops along with you, and to see what other teens are doing all summer long. Send pictures of your completed Photo Ops to margaret.lange@georgetown.org or DM us on Instagram and we’ll feature you on social media!
  • The last day to submit Photo Ops is Thursday, July 29.

The Teen Summer Reading Program is open to teens ages 12-18. Contact Teen Services Librarian Margaret at 512-819-3132 with any questions.

COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination

Testing for COVID-19 is now offered at the Curative trailer in the parking lot across 9th Street from the Library.

Testing

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.

  • Registration is required before arrival
  • Testing is free at point of service*
  • If you have insurance, you will need that information
  • Please have your identification ready

To register for testing, 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.

Support from Curative is available via email at support@curative.com or  by phone at 888-702-9042.

*Insurance may be billed for testing or vaccination. Please check with your provider to be sure.

Memorial Day Closure

The Library will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 31, 2021.

No items are due this day. If you would like to renew your items, please login to the catalog using your library card number and your phone number/self generated password.  If you have any questions, please reach out to the Library at 512-930-3551.

May 31 memorial day the library will be closed in observance of memorial day. Superimposed over an American flag.

Star Wars Reads in May

Calling all Star Wars fans! This month, the Library is journeying to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars! We’ll be hosting storytimes and giving away kits for kids and teens this month.

Check out our full list of storytimes here on Facebook.

These are the books you are looking for: we have INTERACTIVE bookshelf for you to check out books related to space! Look at them here.

Kids ages 9-12 will have a DIY lightsaber kit! Use LEDs, conductive tape, plastic, and paper to make a lightsaber that actually lights up. Register here starting on 5/11 at 7 p.m. 

Teens ages 12-18 will have felt ewok kits. Make your own fuzzy little forest dwelling ewok with this fun kit. Register here starting on 5/11 at 7 p.m. 

Kits are limited and registration is required for both of them. Pick up for kits starts on 5/18 and runs until 5/24. Kits not picked up in that time span are released to the public.

Any questions or comments? Contact the Library at 512.930.3551.