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.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage

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.

Check out these 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:

  • Learn about Asian cultures! Hula tells a story. Listen to some K-Pop music. Watch a movie made by or featuring actors of Asian and Pacific Island descent. (Crazy Rich Asians, Moana, or even Hobbes and Shaw all feature or tell stories of people with AAPI heritage.)
  • 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.?
  • Visit the official AAPI month website, featuring stories, history, and biographies of Asian and Pacific Islanders and their contributions to America.

Fandom Jeopardy for Teens

Alex, the question is “what is a good time?” FANDOM JEOPARDY! Teens, show off your Stranger Things knowledge, your She-ra trivia, or your K-Pop appreciation at this virtual event! We’ll meet Friday, April 30 at 5:30 p.m. Other categories include: Disney, MCU/DC, Musicals, Animal Crossing, and Harry Potter.

Click here for the Zoom link for Fandom Jeopardy.

This event is for teens ages 12-18. We will be playing and broadcasting the game via Zoom. Teens will be divided into teams to play. If you have any questions, please contact the Library at 512.930.3551.

April kits for all!

This month, we have kits available for kids, teens, and adults.
Kids ages 0-12 can register for a bird feeder kit. Teens ages 12-18 can register for a blackout poetry kit. (It is National Poetry month, after all!) Adults ages 18+ can register for a seed + plant marker kit.

  • Kits are limited. Each kit requires registration to pick up.
  • Registration starts 4/13 at 9 a.m. until all kits are reserved, or until 4/19
  • Pick-up kits on 4/20 through 4/26
  • Any unclaimed kits will be released to the public on 4/27

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

Texas Society of Sculptors Library Show Call for Entry

The Texas Society of Sculptors is now accepting entries to be considered for their thirteenth summer show in the Georgetown Public Library. The exhibit, hosted by the Library with sponsorship from the City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board, showcases more than 60 works of art by Texas artists each year.

2021 EXHIBIT CALENDAR
May 15: Entry Deadline: Saturday, at midnight
June 5: Acceptance Notification
June 19: Show Set Up: Saturday, 9 am to noon
August 15: Artists’ Reception: Sunday, 1:00 pm
September 11: Artists’ Demonstrations: Saturday, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
September 18: Pick Up: Saturday, between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm

Artists who would like to submit their work for consideration should first review the 2021 TSOS Show Call For Entries. The preferred method for submitting an entry is through Submittable.  Link  to the Submittable  entry  form  here:

submit

Questions about the Texas Society of Sculptors show at the Georgetown Public Library can be directed to Dana Hendrix, Georgetown Public Library, at dana.hendrix@georgetown.org or to Linda Wilde, Texas Society of Sculptors, at lzorawilde@gmail.com.

Support Library Giving Day!

The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library are hosting a fundraiser in celebration of Library Giving Day on April 7. Donations will be accepted April 4-10, in conjunction with National Library Week. See the information below and support Georgetown Public Library as we continue serving our wonderful community!

Women’s History Month 2021

 

March is Women’s History Month! This month we highlight, celebrate, and elevate the voices of women.

Local Women

Mary Smith Bailey: a local educator who founded the first school for non-white children in the area during a time of segregation. The school went on to become the Mary Bailey Head Start, which is in operation to this day. She is also the subject of the mural behind city hall.

Annie Purl: Another educator and namesake of Purl Elementary School. Purl was a lifelong educator, founding local schools and becoming a principal. She taught for over 50 years. Click here for more information.

Jessie Daniel Ames: noted suffragist. She founded the Texas League of Women Voters. She is buried in a family plot in the local I.O.O.F. cemetery in Georgetown.

Things to Read

The Library has an extensive collection of items. Here are themed items for Women’s History Month broken down by age range.

Books for Kids Books for Kids: Athletes  | Books for Kids: Artists and Authors  |  Books for Kids: Scientists

Books for Teens

Books for Adults

Interactive Browsing

The Library has interactive bookshelves and displays for you on female filmmakers, music artists, and more!

Women and Music

Women Filmmakers

Sally Miculek announced as Georgetown Public Library director

Mar 10, 2021

Sally Miculek was selected to serve as the director of the Georgetown Public Library following the retirement of Eric Lashley in January. After a nationwide search, Miculek was chosen from a number of qualified applicants. She had been the assistant library director for Georgetown for the past seven years and previously worked in the Austin Public Library system.

“Sally’s character and skillset are a perfect fit for the next leader of our beloved library,” City Manager David Morgan said. “With Sally as our next director and the talents of our staff, I’m excited about the future of our library and our ability to meaningfully serve, partner with, and engage the community.”

Miculek is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a master’s degree in Library and Information Science. She has extensive experience in children’s services, as well as in developing special programming and cultural events. In Georgetown, she organized special community projects, such as documentary films, panel discussions, and art exhibits during Black History Month and Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month.

“The Georgetown Public Library is a great organization, because the entire leadership of the City of Georgetown shares a philosophy of values-based service to the community,” Miculek said. “I am excited to have the opportunity to help the Library navigate the many opportunities presented by the growth and change that animate the Georgetown community.”

Miculek will oversee the programming and materials for the Georgetown Public Library, which was awarded the national gold medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences in 2018. She will focus on the Library’s mission to engage, enlighten, and empower the community through outstanding service delivery with a team of 35 employees, 19 of whom are full time. She will also support partnerships with several community organizations, including the Friends of the Library, the nonprofit organization that provides significant fundraising and volunteerism for library services.

“Sally’s passion for serving the Georgetown community was evident throughout the selection process,” Assistant City Manager Laurie Brewer said. “She has the ability to work with advisory and advocacy groups, as well as other community partners to continue to provide outstanding cultural programming for our library.”

The Georgetown Library’s circulation was more than 556,000 in 2019 and more than 386,000 in 2020.

Current Library Hours

Library Hours:

 Starting Monday, April 12, the Library will be open with more Grab & Go hours. Curbside hours will also go to two single hour sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, Monday through Friday. Services are still limited and changing to meet different needs. We appreciate your patience.

Curbside Hours: Grab & Go Hours:
Monday-Friday, 10-11 a.m. & 3-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9-6 p.m.
Saturdays,9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Library will be closed on Sunday.

-Masks are required inside the building.

-Limiting your visit to 30 minutes or less is recommended.

-Handwashing or use of hand sanitizer is recommended.

Please call the library at 512.930.3551 or email us at library@georgetown.org for more information.

This page will be periodically updated with information regarding how the Library’s operations have changed due to COVID-19.

Contact Us:

Phone: (512) 930-3551
Email: library@georgetown.org
Text: (512) 686-7247

Adultish Monarch Madness

This March, we’re going mad for monarchs!

The Library is hosting a Monarch Watch event on 3/26 at 6 p.m. where butterfly expert Carol will tell us all about monarchs, their impacts on the environment, and more! You can register in advance for a free milkweed plant here.

Additionally, we’ll have a paint-a-long with Rachael! Register for an art kit including paint, q-tips, and a template. Rachael will demo how to use pointillism to paint your very own monarch butterfly. This demonstration will be live over Zoom. You don’t have to pick up a kit to attend the Zoom demo. Register for the Zoom demonstration here. The Zoom demo is on 3/19 at 6 p.m.

Here is a template available for download that you can print at home to paint-a-long with us.

Suggested supplies list:

Q-tips or art brushes
Craft or acrylic paint in black, white, orange, and yellow
Cardstock or heavier weight paper (canvas will work as well!)
Pencil and eraser (for drawing your butterfly, if you do not wish to use the template)
Masking tape or scotch tape to secure your template
Paper plate or mixing palette
Paper towels for clean up

Kits will be available for pick up at the Georgetown Public Library starting 3/16.  These events are for adults ages 18+.

If you have questions or comments, please contact the Library at 512-930-3551.