Library Closed Monday, 1/21/19

The Library will be closed Monday, January 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. No items will be due while we’re closed but if you wish to return materials, you may do so at the drive-through bookdrop located on the 9th Street side of the building.

Regular hours resume on Tuesday, January 22 at 9 a.m.

 

Teen Power Rangers IRL: Attack of Lord Zedd

Uh oh! Lord Zedd has decided to send more than one monster (for once) and Zordon needs you to help him and the Rangers defeat them. Feel like a kid again and live out your ultimate Power Ranger dreams in this epic battle on Saturday, February 9, at 3 pm.

Event is free and 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.

Tween Spa Science

Treat yourself at Tween Spa Science on Saturday, February 9 at 1 pm. We’ll make sugar scrub, bath bombs, and more!

Event is free and open to tweens ages 9-12. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Due to limited space, FREE tickets for issued beginning an hour before the program. First come, first served. Program is limited to 24 participants.

Please contact Library Assistant Elisabeth Aulwurm with any questions at elisabeth.aulwurm@georgetown.org or 512-819-3133.

Tax Help 2019

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

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

Please bring the following items to your tax help session:

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

Sessions are on the following days:

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

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

If you have any questions, please contact the Library at 512-930-3551, or by emailing us at library@georgetown.org.

Safe Driving Workshop for Teens

The Library is partnering with AAA to present a safe driving workshop for new teen drivers on Saturday, February 2 from 1-2:30 pm. Dare to Prepare is a free workshop for parents and teens that provides information teens need to know before they take the wheel. This interactive program, geared toward pre-permit drivers, walks attendees through the steps necessary to obtain a permit and driver’s license and offers useful tools, tips, and resources to help during the learning-to-drive process and beyond.

Both teens and their caregivers are welcome to attend. Please register here or call 512-383-4342. This workshop is free. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Please contact AAA representative Kara Thorp at thorp.kara@aaa-texas.com or 512-444-4757, ext. 224, or Teen Services Librarian Melissa Mote at melissa.mote@georgetown.org or 512-819-3132 with any questions.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Drop off a stuffed animal friend for a library sleepover! We’ll post online via Facebook and Twitter all the fun they are having. Pick up your friend the next day to see the full sleepover slideshow and have breakfast.

Please drop off your friend any time on Friday, January 25 before 5 p.m. While we love hosting your absolute favorite stuffed animal friend, we do not recommended them for this event. Send a nice stuffed animal friend that you can be without for this overnight event.

Come by the library the next day, Saturday, January 26 at 10 a.m. for a light breakfast, a slideshow, and to pick up your friend.

Any questions or comments? Contact the library at library@georgetown.org or by phone at 512.930.3551.

GPL World Cinema

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adultish Fresh Start

It’s a new year, and that means…a fresh start! Visit the GPL for a meal prep program with Wild Ginger Personal Chef service. Chef Daisy will demo two options, talk about how to meal prep and use fresh ingredients to make healthy, delectable meals!

This event will feature samples, so tickets are limited. Tickets are available at bit.ly/gplfresh. More tickets will be released Jan. 4 at noon. This event is for ages 18+.

Teen Writing Group

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

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

Crazy 8s Math Club

Join Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s on Fridays from 4:30-5:30 pm at the Georgetown Public Library!

In Crazy 8s you’ll build stuff, run and jump, make music, make a mess…it’s a totally new kind of math club.

Crazy 8s will meet on Fridays from January 4-February 22 upstairs in the classroom. (There will be no meeting on January 25.)

Event is free for children in 3rd-5th grades. Each session is limited to the first 16 participants. For more information, contact Elisabeth Aulwurm at elisabeth.aulwurm@georgetown.org or (512) 819-3133.

Teen Dungeons & Dragons Group

Play Dungeons & Dragons at the Library every fourth Saturday of the month! The first meetup will be Saturday, November 24 from 1-5 pm. 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.

Adult Summer Reading Program

This year, the Georgetown Public Library will be holding an Adult Summer Reading Program for adults ages 18+.

Complete 3 of the following SRP challenges for the chance to win the Adult Summer Reading Program prize…a Kindle Fire tablet! You could also win SRP swag such as shirts, bags, and more. Stop by the main desk to ask for a challenge card and entry form. You can only enter once, but you don’t have to be present to win. Drawing will be at the finale event on August 8.

  • Read a music biography
  • Watch a musical or movie about musician
  • Attend an Adult Summer Reading event
  • Attend any adult programming
  • Check out a library format you’ve never used before
  • Attend a Live Music at the Library event
  • Visit Second Hand Prose
  • Check out a music CD

Pick up the Adult Summer Reading Program brochure, complete your challenges, and turn in your raffle ticket at the circulation desk for a change to win prizes including shirts, a Bluetooth speaker, and a Kindle Fire! The prize drawing will be held on Wednesday, August 8. You do not need to be present to win.

ADULT SUMMER READING EVENTS

All events are free and open the public ages 18+. Please contact the library at (512) 930-3551 for more information.

Wednesday, June 13 at 6 PM: DIY Music Craft
Join us to craft music inspired ceramic coasters. We’ll also have coloring sheets and coffee.

Wednesday, July 11 at 6 PM: Miss Sharon Jones! Screening
Watch this award-winning documentary following Sharon Jones as she records her last album. Popcorn provided.

Wednesday, August 8 at 6 PM: Music Trivia and Prize Drawing
Ready to show off your musical smarts? Compete as a team or solo in a music trivia game for a chance to win some SRP swag. Snacks provided.

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.

Earth Day programs focus on Monarch butterflies

The Georgetown Public Library along with the Southwestern University Environmental Studies Program and Smith Library Center are co-sponsoring a group of Earth Day events at the Georgetown library, 402 W. Eighth St.

The library will also host two stand-alone discussions on Barbara Kingsolver’s novel “Flight Behavior.” Southwestern University Economics Professor Emily Northrop and Georgetown Assistant Library Director Sally Miculek will lead a book discussion Tuesday, April 17. The second book discussion Monday, April 23, at 7 p.m. will be led by Smith Library Center Director Carol Fonken and Georgetown Fine Arts Librarian Dana Hendrix.

On Monday, April 30, at 7 p.m. David Wolfe, director of conservation strategies at the Environmental Defense Fund, will present “Monarch Butterflies: Threats and What You Can Do to Help.”

On Tuesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. Emily Northrop will present a talk titled “Reducing CO2 Pollution for Monarchs and Humans: A Citizen Guide for Climate Action.” Dr. Emily Northrop is Professor of Economics at Southwestern University and a climate activist with the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Her presentation will review basic climate science and some of the troubling impacts of global warming for Texas and beyond. She will then delve into ways individuals, businesses, and government policy can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and conclude with alternative models of citizen engagement. Q&A will be integrated throughout the talk.

 

Call for proposals for 2019 art exhibits

The library is currently accepting proposals for art exhibits in the 2019 calendar year from local artists and art organizations.

All the details can be found by clicking  on Adults in the left-hand navigation menu, then going to the Art Exhibits page, and looking under Exhibiting Your Work.

The deadline for proposals is May 15.

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

Yom Hashoah/Holocaust Remembrance Day

Please join the Library and Congregation Havurah Shalom for a Yom Hashoah/Holocaust Remembrance Day Event featuring a talk by Nat Rocker, a Holocaust Survivor who was rescued from the Zbaraz ghetto and hidden in Poland until Soviet liberation.  The talk begins at 2 PM.  We hope you will consider arriving early and visiting “Whoever Saves a Single Life,” the exhibit currently housed in the Library’s Reference Area, that tells the stories of several Rescuers during the Holocaust.

 

Georgetown Public Library and Congregation Havurah Shalom present Whoever Saves a Single Life exhibit

The Georgetown Public Library and Congregation Havurah Shalom are proud to share Whoever Saves a Single Life: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust, a Traveling Exhibit provided by the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous.

This exhibit will be open and available for viewing during all open Library hours between March 18 and April 17, 2018.  An opening reception featuring Stanlee J Stahl, Executive Vice President of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, will take place on Sunday, March 18 at 4:30 PM.

This exhibit is supported by grants provided by Humanities Texas, the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board, and sponsorship from Pedcore Investments, Lon and Cecelia Russell, and Texas Healthcare Specialists.

Through the Looking Glass Fundraiser

We are pleased to announce that the Georgetown Public Library and Assistance League of Georgetown Area are partnering again to host a fundraiser Saturday, May 19, at 6 p.m. called Through the Looking Glass.

Guests can indulge in food inspired by the Mad Hatter’s tea party and enjoy activities such as a wine pull, white rabbit game, and live auction. Our live auction will give revelers the opportunity to win one-of-a-kind Georgetown experiences, as well as other fantastic prizes while supporting both organizations. You won’t want to miss it!

Tickets for the event are now on sale at the library and online for $50 each. If you would like to sponsor, purchase tickets or donate to our fundraiser online, please click here.

 

Thank you to our sponsors for their generosity in supporting this event:

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Joanne and Bill Harrah

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Helen and Edward Zak | Louis Gibson | Carolyn Holloway | Ernestine and Dr. Stephen Brown

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Trademark Weddings & Events | Skull Island Productions | Jean Babcock

GPL Cinema April

GPL Cinema presents two films in the month of April! Visit the library on April 6 at 6:30 p.m. for Dunkirk, and then again on April 20 at 4 p.m. for My Little Pony. The library will have popcorn on hand, you just need to show up and enjoy the films. Both screenings are completely FREE and open to the public.

 

Georgetown Public Library named as finalist for National Medal for Museum and Library Service

The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the Georgetown Public Library has been named a finalist for the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The library is one of 29 finalists named.

The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to their communities. For 24 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and are making a difference for individuals, families, and communities.

“Being named a finalist for the IMLS National Medal is truly an honor and community achievement,” Library Director Eric Lashley said. “It is exciting for our staff, volunteers, and community partners to be recognized at the national level for our efforts to engage, enlighten, and empower members of our community.”

The San Antonio Public Library is the only public library in Texas to have won the IMLS National Medal.

“The 29 National Medal finalists showcase the tremendous ability of libraries and museums to serve as vital community resources,” IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew said. “The Institute of Museum and Library Services is honored to recognize these leading institutions. We congratulate them on the work they are doing across the United States.”

Finalists are chosen because of their significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Georgetown Public Library programs including the WOW!Mobile, the community resources coordinator, arts and culture coordination for the City, art and music programming in the library, children’s and teen programing, and the strong Friends of the Georgetown Public Library organization all helped to make the library stand out from other applications.

IMLS is encouraging community members who have visited the library to share their story on social media. To #ShareYourStory, please visit www.facebook.com/USIMLS or www.twitter.com/us_imls and use #IMLSmedals.

National Medal winners will be announced later this spring. Representatives from winning institutions will be honored for their extraordinary contributions at the National Medal Ceremony on May 24 in Washington, D.C.

To see the full list of finalists and learn more about the National Medal, visit www.imls.gov.

Spring Break at the Library

It may still be under 50 degrees outside, but Spring Break is just around the corner! The week will be jam-packed with fun! We’ll start the week with stories and rhymes read to us by Mother Goose. The next day, Matt Sandbank’s Shadow Factory will deliver a performance filled with pirates, adventure, and reading! And last, but not least, Lego Day is back by popular demand. There will even be a video tournament especially for tweens ages 9-12. All events are free, so stop on by and have some fun at the library!  Note: There is no storytime this week.

Tuesday, March 10, 2018 at 10:30 am

Stories and Rhymes with Mother Goose

Thank you to the Texas Commission on the Arts for providing funding for this event. Texas Commission on the ArtsAccessible Sitemap

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 10:30 am

Matt Sandbank’s Shadow Factory presents The Legend of Walter Weirdbeard: ARRRRR! is for Reading”

Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 10 am-12 pm

Lego Day with Learning Fun 101 Drop in to build, create, and race Legos! Learning Fun 101 will be accepting food donations for local food banks.

Friday, March 13, 2018 at 1 pm

Bring your skills and see who reigns supreme at the Tween Super Smash Bros. Video Game Tournament. Event is free and open to tweens ages 9-12.  You can register at the kids’ desk or online at www.bit.ly/tweenssb.

GPL Cinema in March

GPL Cinema is screening the Oscar nominated rom-com The Big Sick next month! This screening will be on March 2 at 6:30 p.m. We’ll have popcorn and water on hand. This screening is free and open to the public.

 

April book discussions over Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior

We are delighted to announce a group of related Earth Day events co-sponsored by the Georgetown Public Library and the Southwestern University Environmental Studies Program and Smith Library Center.

Tuesday, Apr. 17 and Monday, Apr. 23 at 7 pm: Choose your favorite date for a Flight Behavior book discussion. The Apr. 17 discussion will be led by Dr. Emily Northrop, Southwestern University, and Sally Miculek, Georgetown Public Library. The Apr. 23 discussion will be led by Carol Fonken, Smith Library Center and Dana Hendrix, Georgetown Public Library.

Monday, Apr. 30 at 7 pm: “Monarch Butterflies: Threats and What You Can Do to Help,” a talk given by David Wolfe, Director of Conservation Strategies at the Environmental Defense Fund.

Tuesday, May 8 at 7 pm: “Reducing CO2 Pollution for Monarchs and Humans,” a talk given by Emily Northrop, Professor of Economics at Southwestern University.

All four events will take place in the Georgetown Public Library.

Flight Behavior is a brilliant and suspenseful novel set in present day Appalachia; a breathtaking parable of catastrophe and denial that explores how the complexities we inevitably encounter in life lead us to believe in our particular chosen truths. Kingsolver’s riveting story concerns a young wife and mother on a failing farm in rural Tennessee who experiences something she cannot explain, and her discovery energizes various competing factions, trapping her in the center of the conflict and ultimately opening up her world.

Whose flight behavior does Kingsolver describe? Monarch butterflies! This connection makes this book a fascinating read to celebrate Earth Day 2018. The Georgetown Public Library has twelve copies of the book available to check out in print, and one copy of the audiobook as well.

February GPL Cinema

GPL Cinema is back for 2018 with two titles: Loving on February 16 at 6:30 p.m., and Lego Ninjago for the kiddos on February 9 at 4 p.m.

 

  

Popcorn will be readily available! Screenings are completely free and open to the public.

Adultish is getting crafty…with coffee!

The library is hosting a new creative event for adults in February called Coffee and Crafts! Each session we’ll have a different craft along with staff and supplies to try it out. On February 7 at 6:30 p.m., we’ll have all the supplies on hand to make the perfect DIY Valentine’s card for your sweetheart. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee and make a craft!

This event is free, open to the public, and for ages 18+. For any questions, please contact the library at 512.930.3551.

Black History Month events in February

The Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association will host several events at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St., to help celebrate National Black History Month in February. This year’s theme is African Americans in Times of War.

Information about African Americans in the military will be on display at the library throughout the month of February.

Events will kick off with a reception Feb. 4 from 2-3 p.m. with a presentation by Allen Mack about the Buffalo Soldiers, followed by a presentation on Feb. 11 from 2-3 p.m. by retired U.S. Navy veteran Glenn Towery about Africans Americans in war. Both presentations are free and open to the public

This year’s annual Black History Month Banquet on Feb. 24 will include a special recognition of the licensed vocational nursing program at St. David’s Georgetown Hospital with the theme “The Golden Gateway to Nursing.”

The 36th annual banquet starts at 5:30 p.m. at the library. The annual Black History Month Banquet is open to the public. The suggested donation is $25 per person. The keynote speaker is Dr. Devry Anderson, who is a doctor and colonel at Fort Hood.

For more information, contact Regina Durden at rbdlivelife@gmail.com or Paulette Taylor at ptofgt@aol.com.

 

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Bad Weather Closures, Service Outages, & Delays

Due to inclement weather, GoGeo bus service and WOW!mobile bookmobile service is suspended for 1/16/18.

In the case of the WOW!mobile, items will be delivered at a future stop. Any overdue fines accrued due to this outage will be waived. Please contact the library with any questions or comments you might have. You can reach us during regular operating hours at 512.930.3551.

We will update this post with any future closures due to the weather. Stay safe and warm out there!

Holiday Hours in December

The library will begin holiday hours on December 18. The building will close at 6 p.m. through the new year, resuming normal hours on 1/2/18. The library will closed for the holiday on December 24, 25, & 26, as well as New Year’s Day.

No items are due these days. You can always renew items via the catalog at catalog.georgetown.org. Contact the library at 512.930.3551 if you have any questions. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

Adultish: Holiday Craft Crawl

It’s hard enough to shop for all your family and friends this holiday season. Come to this Adultish Holiday Craft Crawl for some fun and easy DIY gifts. We’ll paint wineglasses, make bath salts, sugar scrubs, and more! We’ll be crafting the night away on December 15 from 6-8 p.m. This program is free and open to anyone over the age of 18.