Teen Summer Art Show Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Teen Summer Art Show! This summer featured an astounding turnout, with over 30 entries. The show will be on view in the library’s Teen Space until July 31. Come check out Georgetown’s talented young artists!

Best in Show – MaryMead Buchanan, age 16, “Disappointment”

Traditional Media – Charlotte Day-Murray, age 15, “Glass Ball”

3D Art – Ian Murrell, age 14, “Buzz”

Digital Art – Thomas Jahangir, age 15, “Shine”


Teen Summer Art Show

Calling teen artists! Here’s your chance to show off your skills and enter to win a $50 Michael’s gift card (hello, more art supplies!). The 2019 Teen Summer Art Show will be beautifying the walls of the Teen Space all summer long.

Starting June 7, bring up to 3 of your artworks to the Children’s Desk at the library. Enter in one of four categories: Traditional Media, Photography, Digital Art, and 3D Art. Be sure to fill out a submission form when dropping off your work.

Artwork will be on display June 7 – July 31, 2019. Winners in each category will be announced Friday, July 12. Best in Show will receive a $50 Michael’s gift card.


  1. Two-dimensional artwork must be no larger than 11” x 17” and must be matted.  Sculpture or other three- dimensional media must be no larger than 3’x3’x3’.
  2. Participants must be between the ages of 12-18.
  3. Up to 3 entries per person.
  4. Artwork must be suitable for all audiences.
  5. Artwork without a submission form will not be accepted.
  6. Georgetown Public Library is not responsible for lost or damaged artwork.
  7. The last day to submit artwork is Friday, July 5. Winners will be announced Friday, July 12.
  8. Teens may pick up their art beginning Thursday, August 1.

Tweens Summer Reading

The Summer Reading Club is a free self-paced program in which children choose their reading level and keep a log of the amount of time they spend reading (or are read to) each day.   The Summer Reading Club is open to kids ages 0-12.

You may pick up reading logs for the Summer Reading Club at the Children’s Desk.  The last day to turn in a reading log is Friday, July 19. 

For every  3 segments finished on the reading wheel (or hour read) you get an entry into the prize drawing.  The more you read, the more chances you’ll have to win!  Reading materials include books, comics/graphic novels, magazines, audio books and ebooks.

Cosmic Challenges

We also have extra stellar challenges for you to complete this year! For every 3 challenges completed, you earn a entry into the prize drawing. Challenges include doing something nice for someone, reading with a flashlight, drawing a picture, and more!

Tween Events— Kids ages 9-12

Wednesday Events

Every Wednesday between June 5-July 24 at 1:00 p.m. there will be a special event just for tweens! These events are interactive and fun. All events are free. We will be issuing tickets for tweens’ events. Ticket distribution begins one hour before the start of the program. For everyone’s safety, only ticket holders will be allowed to attend the program. Tickets are first come, first served.  Tickets are free. 

Tweens are also welcome to attend the children’s events.


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

Teen Summer Library Challenge 2019

Teens aged 12-18 are invited to participate in the Georgetown Public Library’s 2019 “A Universe of Stories” Teen Summer Library Challenge all summer long!

It’s easy: keep track of your reading this summer and be entered to win one of four awesome gift baskets: Artist, Bookworm, Gamer, or Otaku. The more you read, the more chances you’ll have to win! Reading materials include books, magazines, newspapers, graphic novels, manga, audio books, and e-books.

Pick up a Teen Summer Library Challenge log at the library, or print the one shown below. Color in a slice of the wheel for every thirty minutes that you read. Earn one entry into the prize drawing for every hour that you read. 1 hour = 2 slices = 1 ticket. Come to the library to collect your entry tickets at teen events or from the Children’s Desk.

Complete extra dares over the summer and earn more prize drawing entries! Fill out five squares in a row, and win a free book! For every five in a row after that, earn an extra prize drawing entry ticket.

The last day to collect your reading tickets will be Wednesday, July 24. The grand prize winners will be announced on July 26, 2019 at the Teen Summer Reading Finale.

Hogwarts House Cup Challenge

Which Hogwarts House can read the most? Choose your House when you pick up your Teen Summer Library Challenge log and read your House into victory! When you pick up your prize entry tickets, be sure to ask for the ones in your House color. The House with the most reading tickets will be declared the winner of this year’s GPL Hogwarts House Cup, which will be displayed in the Teen Space until next summer.

Teen Events

On Friday afternoons during June and July, teens are invited to the library for games, crafts, movies, hanging out, delicious snacks, and FUN.

The Teen Summer Library Challenge kicks off on Friday, June 7, at 3 pm with Life Size Sorry! and other board games, fried chicken (vegetarian options available), and an ice cream sundae bar. Enjoy the games and snacks, win prizes, hang out, and learn all about the Teen Summer Library Challenge.

Teen events will be held at 3 pm on Fridays, June 7 – July 26 in the upstairs meeting rooms. All activities are free and open to teens 12-18 years old. No registration is required for teen events.

Every program is super packed, so we can sadly no longer accommodate groups such as camps or youth programs.

Check the events calendar for more information on individual programs, or contact Teen Services Librarian Melissa Mote at melissa.mote@georgetown.org or (512) 819-3132.

Print your own reading log using the link below:

Teen Summer Library Challenge 2019

SCORE workshops for small businesses

The Library is excited to partner with a local chapter of SCORE, a network of volunteer business experts. They will offer three workshops from June through August at the Library:

  • The Power of Prototyping
  • Proven Strategies to Grow Your Business
  • Making Your Business Legal

All the workshops are free and open to the public, registration is required.

June 7 | 1-3 p.m.: The Power of Prototyping

This session covers prototyping, from why trying can help your business to how to begin prototyping. Where  does prototyping fit in product development? 

July 5 | 1-3 p.m.: Proven Strategies to Grow Your Business 

Strategize your mind and strategize your business to take you to the next level. Create systems that work! 

 A clear mind allows you to run everything in your life better. A clear plan for operating your business promotes efficiency and leads to success. Denise Lee provides business owners strategies and solutions in a simple and no-nonsense format. She discusses the value of creating business systems, which will help you become more successful and productive. You are guaranteed to receive the following from her presentation:

August 2 | 1-3 p.m.: Making Your Business Legal

Every new business needs advice from an attorney to avoid legal problems while operating. When you set up your business will you make the best choices? This workshop is designed to be interactive to allow you to ask questions to better understand these and other legal concepts.

  • Why do we form an entity?
  • What are the types of entities?
  • Where to form your entity?
  • Why is entity liability protection is no substitute for proper insurance?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of the different forms of business organization?

Upcoming change for room reservations

This summer the library will be implementing a new software system for our meeting and study rooms. If you have already placed a reservation, it will be honored. For future reservations, please see below.

From now until May 1 we will accept reservations through the end of October for meeting rooms. To request a reservation, contact Lawren Weiss at lawren.weiss@georgetown.org or 512-930-3552. Reservations can also be requested through the Reference Desk staff at 512-930-3627.

Study room reservations can be made through the end of May. Call the Reference Desk at 512-930-3627 to request a reservation.

Beginning May 1, the Library will NOT be taking ANY future meeting room reservations. We will post an update and begin taking new reservations once the software is launched. Please bear with us as we try to make the Library better for our room users!

Introducing VOX Books


Check out our new audiobooks for children!  Listening to books is a great way to read together.  Studies show that read-alongs improve reading comprehension.

Print book, meet audio book. VOX Books are the world’s first audio books that live in print books. The permanently attached VOX Reader transforms an ordinary print book into an all-in-one read-along. There’s no need for computers, tablets or CDs. Children simply push a button to listen and read.

VOX Books combine outstanding picture books and non-fiction with audio recordings that capture children’s attention and make learning and literacy development fun.


  • Hardcover book with full audio recording. Simply push a button to listen and read, from beginning to end. Buttons to adjust the volume and move forward or back a page.
  • Speaker for parent + child or group listening plus earphone jack for individual use.
  • Fully portable read-along. No data or Wi-Fi required.


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 melissa.mote@georgetown.org 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 www.imls.gov.

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 www.familyplacelibraries.org.

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 sally.miculek@georgetown.org or (512) 931-7620.

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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.