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Resources for Learning at Home

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.

Library Databases
The library has several databases if you’re searching for primary sources or researching any subject. A few selected ones are particularly helpful with education, including Learning Express, which offers practice and tests for a variety of subjects from Elementary to College Prep.
General Education

BrainPop is giving free access to families as long as school is closed. It’s great resource for anyone with kids in elementary and junior high school. This includes access to BrainPop, BrainPop Jr., and BrainPop ELL.

Khan Academy has resources in every subject for preschoolers through high schoolers. If you are looking for support for your high schooler’s AP course, this is where to go!

The New York City Department of Education has made their Learn at Home activities available for everyone. These materials cover early childhood through high school and include suggested schedules, instructional guides and materials, and more. The site also includes plans for students with special needs and English Language Learners. Take advantage of this free resource while you can! 

PBS LearningMedia has lessons and activities for Pre-K through high school and beyond.

Classroom Magazines from Scholastic offering three weeks worth of daily lessons in a variety of subject areas for Pre-K through ninth grade.

Abdo Zoom Databases (online research for beginning readers) are available for free now through June 2020.  Databases include Animal, Biographies, STEAM, and Animales (Spanish).  Username: abdo zoom  Password: 2020


ABDO Elementary Digital Bookshelf  Free online books for grades Prek-8 including fiction and nonfiction, picture books, beginning readers, early chapter books, and chapter books.

ABDO Secondary Digital Bookshelf  Free online books for grades 5-12 including fiction and nonfiction, hi-lo and chapter books.

Audible Free audio books for kids including titles across six different languages.

Crabtree Digital Free online books for grades K-8 including fiction, nonfiction, and hi-lo books.

Storyline Online is a free service that streams videos featuring celebrated actors, like James Earl Jones reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

KidLit TV has several shows as well as crafts, activities, and more all about your favorite books. You can even watch trailers about books coming soon to a library near you!

Early Childhood Education

Everyday Learning has videos and activities to introduce basic concepts of math, science, social studies, art, and health to Pre-K students.

Sesame Street This resource is packed full of age-appropriate, quality content for early childhood through early elementary grades. Sesame Street also offers resources to help parents and caregivers talk with their children about hard topics.

Sesame Street Caring filled with content you can use all day long to spark playful learning, offer children comfort, and focus a bit on yourself, too.  Includes links to free Sesame books on multiple platforms.

Circle Time of Fun offers music, art, yoga, and more for kindergarten and younger. Some are recorded and some can be streamed live. Use code: homefun1 to join beta.


 Joe Wicks, a YouTube fitness instructor, has taken it upon himself to become the world’s PE teacher.

Cosmic Kids Yoga on Youtube Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed specially for kids aged 3+

English Language Arts has reading passages, articles, and paired texts to develop the reading comprehension skills of students in kindergarten through high school and English Language Learners. They are also offering free webinars to support remote teaching and learning.


Mo Williams! The author of such classics as Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and There is a Bird on Your Head! is bringing us into his studio everyday for the next few weeks for his Lunch Doodle. New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and then remain online to be streamed afterwards.

Kimberly Keller Follow along with certified art teacher as she guides your child through art lessons step-by-step.

Kinder Art  Step by step instructions on how to teach drawing, sculpture, art history, and more!

Metropolitan Museum of Art This resource is designed specifically for middle schoolers and younger to help them learn about more than 5,000 years of art. It also includes ideas for projects you can do at home.

Visit the Louvre Visit the museum’s exhibition rooms and galleries.


Playtime Playlist Website that collects information on live streaming shows and music classes for kids.

Saint Paint Chamber Orchestra Concert Library Experience full-length digital performances for free.


Prodigy Play games while practicing your math skills! Best for 1st-8th grade students.

Bedtime Math Quick to learn and easy to play math games without a screen! This resource is best for elementary school age children.


Children’s Museum Houston They have over 100 activities with videos covering all areas of science-biology, chemistry, physics, and more! Check it out and tell us what you learned.

Science Friday is a radio show and a podcast, but they also offer free STEM activities for Pre-K through high school created by educators and scientists.

San Diego Zoo Includes activities, videos, and games to learn about the various animals at the zoo. This resource is best for elementary school aged students.

NASA STEM @ Home Space-based STEM activities created by NASA.

Social Sciences

Time for Kids free digital access until the end of the school year.

The New York Times has current event activities for students (best for 13 years old and older).

Smithsonian’s History Explorer! The website has a searchable collection of hundreds of lessons and activities for kindergarteners through high schoolers as well as primary sources, artifacts, and other research material.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science has several collections you can explore online.

Ellis Island Take a virtual tour of Ellis Island as part of a larger unit on immigration in the United States.


The Hour of Code website is up year-round and has activities for preschool through high school. presents a series of four courses that teach computer science fundamentals. At the end of each course, students are able to create interactive games or stories for sharing online. (ages 4-14)

Scratch is a programming language used to create stories, games, and animations. Kids learn Scratch by building projects and sharing them in the Scratch online community. (ages 8-16)


Google Arts & Culture has hundreds of virtual museum tours from all over the world that you can visit without leaving your couch! You can choose to view the exhibits individually or use “street view” and “walk” around the museum.

Distractions and Other Ways to Pass the Time

Dav Pilkey at Home– get creative and have fun with some of your favorite characters from Dog Man and Captain Underpants!

PBS Kids has games and videos for fun and education geared towards younger elementary grades.

Arcademics Free math and language arts games for grades 1-6.

Genius of Play’s Running out of games to play? There is probably something on here you haven’t played yet!

Chess Kid Learn to play chess.

Breakout EDU Fun @ Home Digital learning games for K-12th grades.

Typing Club Learn to touch type.

Free access to kids shows including PBS titles.  Must have an account.

Curbside Delivery Cancelled

The Library is suspending curbside delivery as of this morning. We have no

plans to reinstate curbside delivery at this time. Given the shelter in place order issued by the county, it is not safe to give anyone a reason to leave their homes.

Items that are on hold will remain on hold. Library staffers will be contacting users regarding holding items until May 11. If you do not wish to retain your item on hold, please let us know by phone at 512-930-3551.

Items that you currently have can be kept out. Due dates have been extended until June.

When we can safely begin checking out items again, we will.

Thank you for all your support, Georgetown! We’ll see you again soon.

La Biblioteca está suspendiendo la entrega en la acera a partir de esta mañana. No tenemos planes de restablecer la entrega en la acera en este momento. En respuesta a la orden de refugio en el lugar emitida por el condado, no es seguro darle a nadie una razón para abandonar sus hogares.

Los artículos que están en espera permanecerán en espera. Empleados de la biblioteca se pondrán en contacto con los usuarios para retener los artículos hasta el 11 de mayo. Si no desea retener su artículo en espera, infórmenos por teléfono al 512-930-3551.

Los elementos que tiene actualmente pueden mantenerse fuera. Las fechas de vencimiento se han extendido hasta junio.

Cuando podamos comenzar a retirar artículos de manera segura, lo haremos.

¡Gracias por todo su apoyo, Georgetown! Nos vemos pronto.

Adult Toolkit for Sheltering In Place

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!

Smile Resources

@cuteemergency offers adorable photos and videos of critters for when you need to smile. Watch animals in real time at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, San Diego Zoo, or Houston Zoo. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens are doing Facebook Live Feeds of animals at 3pm, including the famous Fiona the Hippo.

Take a virtual tour of Machu Picchu, museums throughout the world, explore the history of Harry Potter and magic, and more with Google Arts and Culture.

Explore NASA Space Center Houston 

Watch a performance from the Kennedy Center Digital Stage– everyone from John Legend, to Sting, to the National Symphony Orchestra have performances available.

Fred Rogers reminds us to “always look for the helpers” or explore more interviews from your favorite television stars on the Television Academy Foundation website.

This year, the National Recording Registry at Library of Congress inducted  songs from Tina Turner, Dr. Dre, Selena, Fiddler on the Roof, and many more. Explore what is being preserved for future generations.

Making Sense of Things

The world has changed a lot in the last few weeks. Here are a few resources that may help make sense of feelings that may arise during this time.

Harvard Business Review talks with David Kessler about grief and offers insight on how that relates to COVID-19. Kessler is also offering a free, pop-up Facebook group during the pandemic.

The article “We’re Just Not Built for This (and It’s Fine to Admit That)” by Damon Young examines how everything about what is happening is new right now.

Psychology Today explores how “it is ok to feel overwhelmed and be unproductive” during this time.

The Third Annual UnLonely Film Festival presents over 35 short films “that will inspire, enlighten, elevate, and inform you.” The goal of the festival is to provided a sense of  “connectedness.”

The NAMI COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide  answers frequently asked questions regarding the intersection between Coronavirus, or COVID-19, and people affected by mental illness, their caregivers and loved ones. The guide features FAQs on a variety of topics from managing anxiety and social isolation to accessing health care and medications.

Visual of things within and without of an individuals control

Mental Health Resources

If you need mental health assistance during this time, please contact a local provider. Many of the remote options do require internet access, although some are available by phone. Please consult with the provider to determine potential costs for services.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission have launched a hotline for Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line is available 24/7, free at 833-986-1919.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available via chat or  1-800-273-8255. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

The NAMI COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide answers frequently asked questions regarding the intersection between Coronavirus, or COVID-19, and people affected by mental illness, their caregivers and loved ones. The guide features FAQs on a variety of topics from managing anxiety and social isolation to accessing health care and medications.

Bluebonnet Trails Community Services is our local mental health authority and offers a wide variety of mental health resources for adolescents and adults.

Lonestar Circle of Care employs a wide range of mental health professionals, they are working on expanding their tele-health services.

Samaritan Center offers a variety of services, including tele-mental health services.

The Christi Center offers grief counseling, and hopes to begin offering online support groups sometime at the beginning of April 2020.

Unemployment & Financial Resources

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 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Central Time Monday through Friday.  According to their website, the tele-center is experiencing a high volume of calls, so they are encouraging people to file online.

Lost Employer Provided Healthcare? Check on,click “See if I Can Enroll” and it will prompt you with questions to determine different eligibility.

Goodwill of Central Texas announced that career advancement and support services will continue to be provided by telephone. If you would like to begin career and support services, please call their Intake Team at 512-637-7580 or email The Goodwill Excel Center is continuing to provide instruction and support to all high school students, and is still enrolling new students, please call 512-637-7194 or visit for more information.

On Thursday, March 19, 2020, the Texas Supreme Court  issued a moratorium on most evictions for the next month.

2-1-1 is continuing to operate via phone (2-1-1 or 877-541-7905) and online if you need to search for assistance for a variety of financial and other resources.

Relaxation Ideas

Take a coloring break!

Harvard offers six techniques for relaxation and how to get started.

The United Kingdom’s National Health Service tests different apps for their effectiveness. One app called Cove, allows you to create music based on your mood and keep them as part of a journal.

Glo, normally a subscription based yoga program, is offering several classes for free (scroll to the bottom of the page).

Fitness, Exercise & Physical Health

As with all exercise, please consult your doctor before beginning.

The National Institute of Health offers guidance, videos, and workouts specifically designed for senior adults to stay fit.

The American Council on Exercise, who offers accredited personal training and fitness certifications has a free and searchable library of exercises.

YMCA 360 offers a variety of free fitness videos based on their normally in person class offerings.

Yoga with Adriene is a popular, Austin based YouTube channel that has been recognized by The Wall Street Journal and Google.

Taking a walk or going on a nature scavenger hunt (while maintaining proper social distancing) are always free and fun options.

Meal Planning and Prep

Go to cooking school with Kitchn or Instructables.

USDA offers several videos and tutorials for cooking basics, including a microwave cooking series.

USDA also offers links to a variety of recipes, including cooking for kids, heart healthy, diabetes, slow cooker, healthy food on a budget, and more.

Learn a New Skill

Fender is offering three months free guitar, ukulele, or bass lessons to the first 500,000 who sign up.

The Professional Photographers Association is offering free courses for a limited time.

Mo Willems is offering lunchtime doodle instructions– for the young and young at heart.

Coursera partners with top universities and professors to offer courses online, many of which are free.

Khan Academy  offers free educational content for subjects such as K-12 but also courses like personal finance, computer animation, and coding.

Games and Brain Activities

Start playing Dungeons & Dragons! Many D&D manuals are available online, and the only equipment needed is dice (or your phone- check the website to see how to get your virtual assistant to roll dice).

Use your non dominant hand for writing and other activities to challenge your brain throughout the day.

Visit Braingle for tons of free online brain puzzles and games.

Have a pack of cards laying around? Bicycle offers game suggestions based on number of players and age, then provides an outline of the rules.

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.

Teen Social Distancing Challenge

Hi Georgetown teens! We know these are strange times, but we need to stick together. Let’s have some fun while doing that! We have come up with a challenge for all teens ages 12-18. Show us how you are helping yourself, your community, and the world during this time. There are 50 activities that you can participate in and earn points and community service throughout your time at home. We’ll be sharing the pictures you submit on our Instagram, @gt_teenspace. The top player will win a $25 Amazon digital gift card!


Email us at  or Direct Message us on Instagram: @gt_teenspace  to submit an activity to the Teen Services Librarian. We will keep a tally of every participant and the points you earn, but you need to keep track as well. You do not have to do these in order. Get your paper and pens out and get ready for some fun! When submitting each activity please provide your full name, your phone number, your age, the activity number, and the date. The Social Distancing Challenge will conclude on May 11, 2020. 

Thank you to the East Hampton Public Library for generously sharing this idea.

The Challenges

Stay Creative

  1. Draw a picture or paint something. Share it with us! (3 points, may be repeated daily)

2. Show us something you’re cooking! Send us a picture. (3 points)

3. Write a poem or short story and share it with us. (4 points)

4. Doing any crafts while you spend time at home? Send us your craft ideas so we can post them to Instagram! (3 points)

5. Take a virtual museum tour. Check the Teen page on our website for some ideas. Show us something cool you found. (3 points)

6. Do you like the sunset? Send us a picture! (3 points)

7. Do you have anything to say? Are you upset? Are you happy? Share with us why! (4 points)

8. Curious about learning to juggle, sew, do calligraphy, or something else? Now is the time! Learn a new activity or skill and make a video of yourself doing it. (5 points)

9. Send us a paragraph about any new programs you want to see this summer from the library. Dream big! (Earn an hour of community service and 5 points)

10. Do you have any special skills or talents? Send us a video! (4 points)

Appreciate Community

11. Send five pictures of people or things that you’re grateful for. (1 point for each picture)

12. Tell us in a few sentences why you miss the library! (5 points)

13. Help your fellow teens! Tell us what show you’ve been binge watching. (1 point)

14. Create a donation bin for when social distancing behind us that you can donate to people in need. Send us a picture of what you create. (10 items or more earns you 3 hours of community service and 10 points)

15. Doing something fun with your family? Show us what you’re doing! (2 points for a description or 4 points for a picture or video)

16. Tell us which classes or afterschool activities you miss. Why do you miss them? (2 points)

17. Want to talk about programming with a Librarian? Do you want to talk about book recommendations? Do you just want to talk? You can also reach us at the email listed above to set up a call or video call appointment with Ms. Melissa. (3 points)

18. Earn community service hours by writing about how social distancing can help benefit our community and the world as a whole. Why is it important? Send us a few sentences. (Earn an hour of community service and 5 points)

19. Do you want to spread any kind of message to other Georgetown teens? Send us something and we’ll post it to our instagram! (1 point)

20. What local restaurant or business do you miss most right now? Tell us why. (2 points)

Stay Healthy

21. Send a video of yourself staying active. Dance party anyone? (5 points) 

22. Write in a journal about how you’re feeling at this time. (3 points)

23. Tell us your number one goal for the week. (2 points, may be repeated weekly)

24. Did you eat anything yummy today? Send us a picture and tell us why you loved it. (2 points) 

25. Write five things you are grateful for and share it with us. (3 points) 

26. When things get tough, what word comes into your mind?  (1 point) 

27. Get outside! Send us a picture of your favorite nature spot. (4 points, may be repeated weekly) 

28. Animal love! Send us a picture of your pet. (2 points)

29. Make a bucket list of things to look forward to when social distancing has ended. (3 points) 

30. Tell us about your favorite healthy snack. Send us a picture. (2 points)

Stretch Your Brain

31. Read a book, comic, or article. Give us a few sentences of what it’s about and why you liked it or disliked it. (3 points, may be repeated daily) 

32. In your opinion,  what is the best song that has ever been written and why? (1 point) 

33. Write a paragraph about how your life has changed during this time. Tell us why you find it difficult, and what you’re doing to stay happy and healthy. (Earn an hour of community service and 5 points)

34. We want to see your homework (yes, we’re weirdos)! Send a picture of a completed homework assignment. (4 points) 

35. Not sure how to access books through the Libby app? Call the library during business hours (9 am – 5 pm) at 512-930-3551 for help. (1 point) 

36. Do you have any goals you would like to accomplish while you’re at home? Share some of your thoughts with us. (3 points) 

37. Have you gone down any Internet rabbit holes lately? Tell us what you’re interested in! (2 points)

38. What is your favorite memory? Tell us about it! (1 point. If you have a picture, earn 3 points) 

39. Describe some of your summer plans. What are you looking forward to most? (2 points) 

40. Check out the library’s online databases. Call the library during business hours (9 am – 5 pm) at 512-930-3551 if you need help learning how. 

Have Fun

41. We will be posting a question or challenge to our Instagram, @gt_teenspace, every day Monday – Friday. Pay attention, and participate! (3 points per question/challenge) 

42. Tell us what your favorite TikTok or YouTube video that you watched today was and why. (1 point) 

43. Tell us your song of the day. (1 point) 

44. If you’re eating ice cream, send us a picture! (2 points) 

45. Send us a picture of your OOTD (Outfit of the Day). (2 points) 

46. Do you love coffee? Hot chocolate? Send us a picture of what you’re drinking. (3 points) 

47. Compile a list of your favorite movies and/or shows and share them with us! Please include at least five titles. They will be posted to our Instagram. (3 points)

48. Any sport fans out there? Tell us your favorite team. (1 point)

49. Send us a picture of one item that you cannot live without! (2 points) 

50. What is your favorite food? (1 point if you tell us, 3 points if you send a picture)

Print the sheets below if you’d like to keep track on paper.

Our E-Library is Always Open!

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.

Or visit our many databases to find homework help, articles, how-to information, and more. The LearningExpress database offers test prep for all ages including elementary, college readiness, specialized certificates, and a career center.

To log in, all you will need is the barcode number from the back of your GPL library card, and your 10-digit phone number.

New titles recently added to our e-book offerings include:

  • GISD San Gabriel River Readers and Red Poppy books
  • Teen titles
  • New York Times Best Sellers in e-book and e-audiobook formats
  • Genre fiction (cozy mysteries, fantasy, historical fiction, and more)
  • Nonfiction titles including self-help, history, biography and autobiography, and more

Those new titles and thousands of others are now available through Overdrive/Libby, where library cardholders can access them.

We are grateful to the Friends of the Georgetown Public Library and other donors for their unwavering support. In this time of crisis, our Friends group very quickly made funds available so that staff could purchase hundreds of new e-book titles to serve our community who are staying home to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Thank you to our Friends!

Library Closed | Biblioteca Cerrada

The Library will be closed to the public starting tomorrow, 3/17/2020. Social distancing and avoiding large gathering spaces are methods recommended by the Centers for Disease Control to prevent the spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus.

The Library will be open until 6 p.m. for you to check out any items today. Your health and safety matter to us, so please keep any items you already have out. The Library does not charge overdue fines.

All WOW!mobile stops and outreach events are canceled through April 3, and Sun City stops are canceled through April 19.

We will continue to update both the website and social media when our status changes.

Visit this website for more information:

La Biblioteca estará cerrada al público a partir de mañana, 03/17/2020. El distanciamiento social y evitar grandes espacios de reunión son métodos recomendados por los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades (Centers for Disease Control) para prevenir la propagación de COVID-19 / Coronavirus.

La biblioteca estará abierta hasta las 6 pm para que pueda revisar cualquier artículo hoy. Su salud y seguridad nos importa, así que por favor guarde cualquier artículo que ya tenga. La Biblioteca no cobrará multas vencidas.

Todas las paradas de WOW!Mobile Y los eventos de divulgación se cancelan hasta el 3 de abril, y las paradas a Sun City se cancelan hasta el 19 de abril.

Continuaremos actualizando tanto el sitio web como las redes sociales cuando cambie nuestro estado.

Visite este sitio de web para obtener más información:


Spring Break at GPL

3/13/2020: Due to concerns for everyone’s health and safety we are making the hard choice to cancel our Spring Break events. Social distancing is an effective tool in slowing the transmission of COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus.

As of now, the building is still open, you can still stop by and check out items. We will keep you apprised of any other cancellations or closures as they happen by posting on social media and on our website.

Come to the library and say goodbye to winter and hello to spring during Spring Break! On Tuesday, we’ll be visited by some big trucks. The next day, Elizabeth Kahura will entertain us with music and stories about Africa! Thursday is Lego Day! Learning Fun 101 will bring hundreds, thousands, millions (maybe not millions) of Legos for free-building and more. Tweens ages 9-12 will be on the case on Friday as they solve the Gator Caper at GPL Zoo. All events are free, so stop on by and have some fun at the library!  Note: There are no storytimes this week.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 from 10 am-12 pm

Touch a Truck

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 10:30 am

Storytelling with Elizabeth Kahura

Thursday, March 19, 2020 from 10 am-12 pm

Lego Fun 101

Friday, March 20, 2020 at 1 pm

Oh no! Garry Gator is at it again!  The prankster escaped from the swamp exhibit last night! He released five zoo animals and hid them in secret locations! After the night of mischief, he’s back in his swampy exhibit, fast asleep and refusing to talk.  Before he drifted off to dreamland, he slipped a note under Andie Mall’s door in the main zookeeper office!  Garry Gator said there are riddles to solve to figure out which animals are hidden and where!  The staff of the GPL Zoo needs to hurry and find the animals and get them back in their exhibits before it’s time to open the zoo! Event is free and open to tweens ages 9-12. Due to limited space, FREE tickets for issued beginning an hour before the program. First come, first served. Program is limited to 24 participants.

High School Battle of the Books!

Georgetown Public Library and GISD high schools are excited to partner for Battle of the Books! It’s March Madness at our libraries, reading-style. Here are the competitors:

Book to Movie

Every Day by David Levithan

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Graphic Novels

Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Fan Favorites

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Holes by Louis Sachar

Award Winners

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Educated by Tara Westover

Choose your favorite of each pair in the initial Elite Eight, and then check back each week in March to see which titles advance. Submit a new vote each week! Fill out an online ballot here, or submit a paper ballot in the Teen Space at the Library or at your school. Winners will be announced at the end of March.

GPL and GISD would like to thank the Sun City Kiwanis for their generous support of the Battle of the Books program.

CANCELLED: Mr. Rogers’ Birthday Party for Teens

3/13/2020: Due to concerns for everyone’s health and safety we are making the hard choice to cancel our Spring Break events. Social distancing is an effective tool in slowing the transmission of COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus.

As of now, the building is still open, you can still stop by and check out items. We will keep you apprised of any other cancellations or closures as they happen by posting on social media and on our website.

Wear your spiffiest cardigan to celebrate the life of a legend on Friday, March 20 at 3 pm. Do your best Mr. Rogers impersonation and compete in a look-alike contest. Enjoy cake and birthday party fare, chill out, and watch old school episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on the big screen. It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

This event is free and open to teens ages 12-18. No preregistration is required. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Please contact Teen Services Librarian Melissa Mote at or (512) 819-3132 with any questions.

Open call for 2021 library art exhibit proposals

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 and scroll to the bottom of the page to find more information about the process.

Unicorns Win!

Last Saturday was horn vs. fire, hooves vs. wings, unicorns vs. dragons! It was close, but in the end the unicorns persevered. Congratulations, unicorns! There’s always next time, dragons.

Here are the answers to the trivia game:

How much do you know about unicorns?

  1. According to the Harry Potter books, what color is unicorn’s blood? A. silver
  2. What part of a unicorn is known as the alicorn? C. the horn
  3. When was the first written record of a unicorn? B. 400 BC
  4. What was the name of the toy unicorn in Toy Story 3? C. Buttercup
  5. What is the name of the Pegasus-unicorn in My Little Pony: The Movie? B. Princess Twilight Sparkle
  6. Which country has the unicorn as its official national animal? A. Scotland
  7. Which animal likely inspired Ctseias’ account of a donkey like animal with a white body and a purple head adorned with a single horn? B. rhinoceros
  8. How much did Queen Elizabeth I pay for a “unicorn” horn in the 16th century? B. 10,000 pounds
  9. During the 1980’s, Barnum & Bailey circuses displayed “The Living Unicorn” named Lancelot. What was Lancelot? C. a goat
  10. According to the Harry Potter series, how can you use a unicorn to extend your life? C. by drinking its blood

How much do you know about dragons?

  1. In the Chinese zodiac, which of the following was a Year of the Dragon? C. 2012
  2. In The Hobbit, what is the name of the dragon whose lair Bilbo Baggins infiltrated and stole a cup from? A. Smaug
  3. Which country has a dragon as its official national animal? A. China
  4. What is the color of the dragon on the Welsh flag? C. red
  5. What is the name of the man who tamed and slayed a dragon and is now considered the patron saint of England? B. George
  6. The ancient Greek word for dragon could also mean which of the following: A. snake
  7. What dragon did Harry Potter fight in the Triwizard Tournament? A. Hungarian Horntail
  8. A Western dragon’s wings are similar to what animal’s wings: B. a bat
  9. How do Eastern dragons fly? C. They use magic.
  10. What type of dragon does Hiccup shoot down at the beginning of How to Train Your Dragon? C. Night Fury

Tax Help at the Library


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.)

GPL World Cinema: Winter Slate

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

“Let Me Be Myself” The Life Story of Anne Frank coming to Georgetown Public Library Spring 2020

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 in 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. 

Library Receives Family Place Libraries Designation

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.

Tweens Nailed It!

Test your decorating skills on cookies and cupcakes as the tweens compete in Nailed It! on Saturday, November 9 at 1 pm. (Please note this program may last until 2:30 pm.)

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 32 tweens.

Please contact Library Assistant Elisabeth Aulwurm with any questions at or 512-819-3133.

Award winners announced in Texas Society of Sculptors Annual Summer Show

#183 Lady #3 by Harry Angel

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

Shumla by Ken Law

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.

For more information about this year’s exhibit and events, contact Fine Arts Librarian Dana Hendrix at or TSOS Exhibit Coordinator Linda Wilde at


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 Dungeons & Dragons Group

Play Dungeons & Dragons in the Teen Space at the Library every fourth Saturday of the month from 1-4 p.m.!

All skill levels are welcome. An expert is available from 1-2 pm to help you get started. 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 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

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

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 or (512) 931-7620.

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Wi-fi Printing Instructions

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.






printer options






Click “Select a printer








select printer




A list of available printers will load.

Select Library Printer-Circulation Desk.









last print button





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.