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Register for a craft or activity kit to celebrate MAKEtober with the Georgetown Public Library!

Each week, you can register online for a craft or activity kit for your age range. Registration for kits opens each Monday starting Sept. 28, and continues each week until we run out of kits. There is no waitlist.

Kits are available for pick up at the reference desk the following Tuesday after registration closes for each week. For example, if you registered for a kit on Sept. 29, that kit is available for pick up on Oct. 5.

Kits will not be held past one week, and kits not picked up will be released to first come, first served.


Register Sept. 28-Oct. 4. Pick up Oct. 5:

• Under K: lacing cards

• K-6th (elementary): bean stalk

• 7th-12th (junior high and high school): bristlebots

• Adults: spoon catapults


Register Oct. 5-Oct. 11. Pick Up Oct. 12:

• Under K: pool noodle boat

• K-6th (elementary): hovercraft

• 7th-12th (junior high and high school): wire initial

• Adults: fall wreath


Register Oct. 12-Oct. 18.  Pick up Oct. 19:

• Under K: playdough and play mat

• K-6th (elementary): basket weaving

• 7th-12th (junior high and high school): light up masks

• Adults: solar powered bugs


Register Oct. 19-Oct. 25.  Pick up Oct. 26:

• Under K: pom pom racer

• K-6th (elementary): bristlebots

• 7th-12th (junior high and high school): t-shirt tote bag

• Adults: Stuffed ampersand with felt succulents

Roots | Records | Research: A Virtual Genealogy Workshop

October is Family History Month! Join us for virtual workshops on the basics of genealogy and preserving family history. Please register for each session you wish to attend. Each session will last approximately 45 minutes with a 15 minute break before the next session begins. If you are unable to register online, please call the library at 512-930-3551.

This event is made possible by the Williamson County Genealogical Society and Georgetown Public Library.

PLEASE NOTE: You must register for each Zoom session individually, registering for one session will not grant you access to all sessions.

9:00 am: Dos and Don’ts of Beginning Genealogy presented by Teresa Devine

Teresa dabbled in genealogy for several years before deciding to get serious when an elderly relative died before sharing the family stories. She became a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in 2014 and began volunteering to help others interested in joining by doing lineage research and completing applications. She presents frequently on genealogy topics to local societies and civic organizations. Teresa has served on the board of the Austin Genealogical Society, is the Lineage Research Committee chair for the Andrew Carruthers Chapter NSDAR, is Treasurer for the Lone Star Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and serves on the advisory board of the Texas Institute for Genealogical Research. She is “on the clock” for certification by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

Click here to register for Dos and Don’ts of Beginning Genealogy

10:00 am: Introduction to DNA presented by Alan Rabe, Vice President of the Williamson County Genealogical Society

Alan is the director of the Georgetown Family History Center located on Serenada Dr.  He was responsible for volunteer indexing efforts in Round Rock, Pflugerville, Taylor and Georgetown between 2014-2017 when almost a million names were indexed for FamilySearch.  He was also responsible for indexing efforts in northern Ohio and western Pennsylvania where 10 million names were indexed over a 3 year period. An active genealogist for 50 years, he has traced his surname line back to 1222.  Alan’s genealogy interests for the past several years have shifted from ancestors to descendants, i.e., cousins.  He is related to 4 Mayflower passengers, 15 signers of the Constitution, and to 35 US presidents. Alan is also trained in graveyard restoration.

Click here to register for Introduction to DNA.

11:00 am: Caring for Family Artifacts presented by Heather Hamilton,  Conservator for The Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Heather has worked in the field of book and paper conservation for 18 years. She received an M.A. and Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation from Buffalo State College in Buffalo, New York. Heather worked at the Harvard College Libraries and UT’s Harry Ransom Center before starting her own conservation business here in Georgetown. She began working at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in May of this year.

Click here to register for Caring for Family Artifacts.

New Library Hours starting 7/22

Heads up! The Library’s operating hours are changing.

On July 22, we will be open on Wednesdays from noon to 6 p.m.

The new operating hours will be:

Mondays: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tuesdays: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesdays: Noon to 6 p.m.

Thursdays: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Fridays: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sundays: Closed

Teen Art Show Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 GPL Virtual Teen Summer Art Show! This year’s entries were off the charts, and choosing just a few winners was incredibly difficult. Check out the entire gallery here:

Best In  Show

“A Girl on Her Way” by Kennedy T.

Traditional Media

“Pride” by Penelope M.


“Drain” by Joseph S.


“Magical Princess” by Dana H.

Pride Stories

This past June, the Library put on Pride programming. As part of that initiative, we collected Pride Stories from our community. Here are a few of those stories.


'I always thought I would have to teach my kids about the world. Then I found out I have to teach the world my children.'

I’m going to put this out here in response to the current pride posts about the library and whoever for that matter. This is my son. This was his own drawing of himself as an 8th grader and all the emotions he was dealing with because society made him feel this way. There is actual duct tape on this paperboard even though you can’t really see it. I feel moved to share it bc it is very disheartening to look back and realize my son had all these bottled up feelings going on that I didn’t recognize.

He is now 24 and a well balanced, cultured, loving and productive part of society. I taught him self value. I taught him unconditional love! I taught him non judgement. I taught him to be comfortable with himself and to love others. I taught him how much I love him.

He learned sign language as a second language and I cried for a month straight, off and on, after I watched a Christmas performance he did at a deaf church and he could speak to a deaf and blind man by holding his hands and signing. The man could not see him, but when he took his hands and signed with Him, the man finally felt connected and loved because he knew what my son was saying to him, even though I didn’t. They could speak!!! I don’t know how many can communicate with a deaf and blind person. But my son did. And it is one of my fondest moments of humanity. I just want to say, be kind and love one another. I always thought I would have to teach my kids about the world. Then I found out I have to teach the world my children. He is one of the most awesome people you could ever meet! I don’t care what his sexual gender is! He learned that early on when he finally told me what I already knew. I taught him it wasn’t his excuse or crutch in life. So please, be accepting to everyone. Please look at what his emotions were and how he felt like a bottled up boy. It could one of the people you so care about. Your child or loved one. Just felt the need to share this tonight. I will never be the judge. Thanks for listening. Please take a good look at his display.


' I describe it as “a ton of bricks fell on me” or as “I was run over by a Mack Truck”. Black became White, White became Black, up became down, left became right.'

My LGBTQ story is fairly unique.  At age 68, as a straight, male professor, something happened to me.  I describe it as “a ton of bricks fell on me” or as “I was run over by a Mack Truck”.  Black became White, White became Black, up became down, left became right.  This was a month before my retirement.

I found after 68 years of life, I had a female side to me.  I started cross-dressing – but only at home – and that was definitely a problem for my wife.  About the same time, I had a major heart operation where my surgeon said that I was lucky to be alive.  After the surgery, I was depressed and felt I had no value.  And, somehow, I found peace in my female side and dressed more and more as a female.  My wife’s clothes fit me and, especially when she was gone, I dressed as a woman.  Watching my budget, I did purchase some things for myself.  I didn’t hide anything from my wife as I believed (and still do), that honesty is the best policy.

I started going to PFLAG meetings (Parents, Families of Lesbians and Gays) – and soon dressed as a woman for those meetings.  My wife insisted I see a mental health counselor.  On my first visit, after a rigorous interrogation, my counselor declared that I had “Gender Dysphoria”.  My wife wasn’t happy with that, and over the next six months, I saw four different counselors – with two of those as joint visits with my wife and myself.

Equality – Brenley M.

I have a Christian religious background and I prayed deeply and fervently about this change – and I felt great peace.  To me, ‘peace’ has been a confirmation from God in the past in my life, while angst is an indicator that something isn’t quite right.

My wife sent me away five times.  The first was just ‘get out of the house’ for a couple of hours’ (so she could think).  The second was most of a day as I drove to Marble Falls for the day.  The third was three days in Taylor, the fourth was a week in an extended stay hotel in Round Rock and the fifth was that she wanted me out of the house permanently and I moved to an apartment in Georgetown.

I lived as a woman in my apartment for two months – then in an attempt to work out our relationship, I went to a conservative Christian based program that, seemingly, was for drug users, alcoholics, those addicted to pornography or other issues.  Having a person who said he (or she) was transgender was a challenge for this program.  For this program, I lived and dressed as a male for 3.5 months.

This program didn’t work for me.  I found I couldn’t deny myself.  The end of that attempt brought me completely to starting my transition.  I saw a doctor and was prescribed feminine hormones, I got a wig, and I started to live 100% of the time as a female – because I AM A FEMALE!!

In February 2020, the Great State of Texas declared that I am legally a woman, and that my name is Karen.  I have a driver’s license, social security account, bank account and all related accounts changed to my name.  My wife started divorce proceedings.  I am not contesting the divorce.  Her comment was that “I was not the man she married” – and that is 100% true.  I AM A WOMAN.

As of the writing of this information, I am looking forward to gender reconstruction surgery in the fall and live out my remaining years fully as the woman that I am.

In Georgetown, I have been part of the PFLAG group, and the ALCH (Austin Lesbian Coffee House) group.  I am playing “Granny Basketball”. In all my relationships, I am myself.

I did make a mistake last fall though.  The university where I graduated 50 years ago had invited me to be part of a special recognition of outstanding alumni from the class of 1969.  I debated going as Karen or as the old person.  I figured that any alumni that I knew would remember me as a male, so I went as a male – and had a lousy alumni gathering.  As part of an old Ricky Nelson song “It’s alright now, I learned my lesson well.  You can’t please everyone, so you got to please yourself”.

Many of my best friends these days are on the LGBTQ spectrum.  Although, I am now 72, I do consider myself as a lesbian woman.



'Knowledge truly is powerful.'

When I came out as a lesbian at 17, I had no idea of how I would meet others like me. Back in the 1980s we did not have cell phones, internet groups, and organizations that included people who looked like me. I devoured books about the Second Wave Feminist movement, Stonewall, and the developing AIDS crisis.  The few out LGBT people I knew, I studied carefully as though they were case studies, in order to figure out how I could navigate the world of school, work, friendship, and relationships as a gay woman. Being an introvert, I resorted to a lesbian match group. For a hefty subscription fee,  I was able to call in once a week to hear about the profiles of  local women who matched my profile.  The labels were so confining.  You could identify only as butch, femme, or androgynous. There was a lot of scorn for bisexual women.  Trans Women were excluded.  Most often, I was matched only with other Black women, without regard to interests.  I did get to go on a few dates, but I felt alienated and disappointed.

I struggled for acceptance, even in places where I was so sure I would be accepted.  In college, I came out to my women’s studies class.  The next time I went to that class no one would sit near me.  One woman had her boyfriend accompany her to and from class thereafter because she felt  threatened having a dyke around.  Whenever my family called, they were abusive to Jackie, my first serious relationship.  Jackie and I argued so  fiercely about this abuse that it was one of the factors in our ultimate break up.  An acquaintance called me to share cautionary stories about LGBT people who had committed suicide, warning me to save myself from what she saw as an empty, sinful life.  Dejected, I retreated to the anonymity of being closeted.  There is no lonelier place than living in contempt of oneself.

Knowledge truly is powerful.  When I learned about systems of oppression and the people who stood up for justice, I knew if I remained silent, I was perpetuating the lies about LGBTQI people.  This ultimately helped me to love myself and “do me” on my own terms.

What gives me hope today is that not only has the language of discourse changed, the landscape has changed as well. Language has developed to include expressions that embrace the myriad identities we have.  These words remove the veil of suffocating silence and give us our dignity. Today there are many groups and so many ways to identify that encompass the diversity of the LGBTQI community.  Mily, my wife, and I have been together for eleven years.  Not until the day we married in 2016 did we believe that our relationship would be legally recognized in Texas, of all places!   Because of those who refused to be silenced, today healthcare, the media, and academia acknowledge our identities, needs, and rights. There is still much work to do.  Many institutions and countries still deny full social and legal rights to LGBTQI people.  Trans women and men, especially Black and Latinx trans women,  are still murdered simply for being Trans.  Discrimination from the wider culture still limit discourse in the areas of racism, ableism, and ageism within LGBTQI circles.  Sadly, there are still young LGBTQI people who kill themselves because of lingering myths, discrimination, and rejection.  LGBTQI people and allies have power in our presence and voices to change the world.


'Despite that awkward start, we connected immediately, talked all evening, and ended up jumping the fence of the Texas State Cemetery to see Ann Richards’s tombstone.'

We met on a last-ditch Tinder date. Both of us had been burned and disappointed by online dating—by all dating in general—but we each figured we’d give it one more try (or, in Lisa’s case, her friends did). We agreed to meet at a bar on the East Side of Austin. When Sarah approached Lisa sitting at the bar, her first words were, “Oh! You have freckles!”

Despite that awkward start, we connected immediately, talked all evening, and ended up jumping the fence of the Texas State Cemetery to see Ann Richards’s tombstone. And over the next few months, we spent as much time together as possible, both pleasantly surprised that she had actually met a genuine, loving, committed person on Tinder (it can happen!).

Pride- Penelope M.

After six months, we got engaged at a spa in Santa Fe, and six months later, we got married at a restaurant not far from the one where we’d met. Now four years into our marriage, we’ve embraced Georgetown as our home. We still talk about how grateful we are for each other every single night before we go to sleep.

-Sarah & Lisa

'I remember being terrified when a couple days later I called to ask him out, I was actually hoping he wouldn't answer, but he did!'

My Pride story is probably similar to a lot of others. I grew up in Austin. Texas in a very conservative Christian household with my father being a minister, and actually had never heard the word “gay” until I was a teenager. I always felt different from my friends because I was not interested in the girls at school…I liked the boys. During High School I started to figure things out about myself and finally put things together that I was gay. I confided in a long time friend and she told me she had know for years and was just waiting for me to figure it out, her support made it much easier to accept. I finally came out to my family when I was 20 years old and as most cases it didn’t go well but I persevered  and went own with my life….I’m a very independent man!! When I came out it was 1983 it was the start of the AIDS crisis and not a good time to be gay, now there was a new reason to hate gays!

I remember being harassed by the police, having hateful note left on my car, being ask to leave restaurants and even being denied an apartment but I just rolled with the punches kept my Pride and dignity and lived my life. As a young man in his early 20’s I enjoyed dating some and didn’t let what other people thought stop me from living my life… I was young and single and enjoying life to the fullest!

Well, in 1987 my bachelor life changed when I met the love of my life, we were introduced by a mutual friend and there was an instant spark. I remember being terrified when a couple days later I called to ask him out, I was actually hoping he wouldn’t answer, but he did! He said yes and we went to the movies for our first date and it went well so of course there was a second date and so on until 6 months later I moved to Georgetown and we moved in together.

Now as of September we have been together 33 years, married 25 ( 5 years legally)! We live in the house my husband grew up in with our 3 dogs and gave a great life. We’re out to our family, friends and neighbors and generally have their support and I even work at the High School where my husband graduated. My life has come full circle, from a naive sheltered kid, thru my single years in the 80’s to a happily married middle aged guy living here in Georgetown.

If I could tell the young people today anything its to stay strong and keep your head up, be proud of who you are! My life and coming out wasn’t easy but I made it through and so will you….always love yourself and let your Pride shine and be your strength! There’s a whole world of love and possibilities out there just waiting for you.


Confronting Racism: A Community Conversation Aug. 31

Join a community-wide read and virtual panel discussion focused on deepening our understanding of racism and the ways it impacts individuals and society. The books and the online, moderated discussion on Aug. 31 will focus on deepening participants’ understanding of racism and the ways it impacts individuals and society. The community-wide read and the virtual discussion are open to all and are sponsored by the Georgetown Public Library and Lark & Owl Booksellers.

The virtual panel discussion will be held on Crowdcast, which is a videoconferencing platform.

How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi (for adults), “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas (for teens), and “New Kid” by Jerry Craft (for children grades 5-8). All three books are available in print, audiobook, e-book, and e-audio from the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St., and in print and audiobook editions from Lark & Owl Booksellers, 205 W. Sixth St. Several Georgetown residents have made donations to allow the library to purchase additional copies of these books.

Individuals can sign up below for the Aug. 31 virtual panel discussion that will focus on each of the three books and on anti-racism in general, with a chance to ask questions or share comments.

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
From National Book Award-winning author Ibram X. Kendi comes a new approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society and in ourselves. The New York Times calls it a book that “may, in fact, be our best chance to free ourselves from our national nightmare.” Named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, Time, NPR, and The Washington Post.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend Khalil. A topical, powerful YA novel by a brilliant new author. National Book Award Longlist title and winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Coretta Scott King Honor, Michael L. Printz Honor, and William C. Morris Award.

Children Grades 5-8
New Kid by Jerry Craft
Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. A timely, honest graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is real, from award-winning author-illustrator Jerry Craft. Winner of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Author Award, and Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature.

Schedule and participants for the event

7 p.m. Welcome

Mr. Eric Lashley, Georgetown Public Library Director

Ms. Tiffanie Harrison, Facilitator for this event, is an equity leader and marketing educator in Round Rock ISD who was Round Rock High School Teacher of the Year in 2015 and 2019. She has an MBA and a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University, and she is a Beyond Diversity Affiliate Practitioner and Facilitator as well as an active leader in community organizations like Undoing Racism Round Rock, Engage Round Rock, and the Round Rock Black Parents Association.

7:10-7:40 p.m. Discussion of New Kid by Jerry Craft

Ms. Nicole Bell is principal consultant with Full Humanity LLC, and a Courageous Conversations about Race Affiliate Practitioner; as an anti-racist educator her passion is the uplifting and support of women and families of color. She is the Human Resources training and development coordinator at Austin Community College with more than 15 years of experience creating diverse employee leadership and development training programs. She is also a certified mediator, coach, and graduate of Leadership Pipeline, Leadership Women Pipeline, and the Leadership Austin Essential Class.

Ms. Zoie Steen is nine years old and the daughter of Nicole Bell. She is an honor roll student at Frost Elementary School and she loves art, reading, and gymnastics (Simone Biles is her personal favorite). She has served as an active member of Frost’s student council. She enjoys spending time at the beach with her family and she has serious aspirations too: she would like to be a NASA scientist and to run for President of the United States.

Dr. Alicia Moore is a Cargill Endowed Professor at Southwestern University. Her passion is examining the intersection of power, privilege, oppression, and their impact on race. Recently, she has begun to explore the impact of racial trauma on Black students in Persistently White Institutions in the midst of a syndemic (race and COVID).

7:40-7:45 p.m. Break

7:45-8:25 p.m. Discussion of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Mr. Chuck Collins is the Executive Director of the Southeast Georgetown Community Council. He has lived in Georgetown since 2001; previously, he served 10 years in the U.S. Air Force and then earned a degree in Management, Information Systems from Texas A&M, Corpus Christi. He has worked for British Petroleum, Price Waterhouse Coopers, IBM, and General Motors. He believes in neighbors coming together to help each other and build a community all can be proud of.

Dr. Phil Hopkins is the Lurlyn and Durwood Fleming Professor of Philosophy at Southwestern University, where he teaches and writes about the phenomenology of identity, particularly racialized identity and critical race theory, and on the intersections of identity and ethics in contemporary media and consumer culture. Before becoming an academic, he worked for several years as both a police officer and social worker.

Ms. LaShonda Stinson is deeply engaged in educational and racial equity work in Central Austin. Serves as an Assistant Principal in Round Rock ISD. LaShonda earned a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Education from Lamar University. She is committed to equitable outcomes along with ways to empower students and families while working to redesign systems of inequity.

8:25-8:30 p.m. Break

8:30-9:10 p.m. Discussion of How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Ms. Catherine Crisp-Martin is originally from Southern California. She worked in benefits and has been in Texas for almost 30 years spending just over two years in Georgetown. She likes that people are friendly and there is so much to do in Sun City, Georgetown and the surrounding communities. She hopes there will be improvements in U.S. race relations for her children and grandchildren.

Dr. Melissa Johnson is a Professor of Anthropology and Chair of both the Sociology and Anthropology and Race and Ethnicity Studies Programs at Southwestern University. As a critical race scholar, she has published the book Becoming Creole: Nature and Race in Belize, as well as articles on race and inequality. She teaches courses on race and racism, includes sections on race and racism in all her courses, and has been involved with anti-racist work at Southwestern University since she started teaching there in 1998.

Ms. Jaquita Wilson has lived in Georgetown for seven years as an active member of the community, military wife, and mother of five. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Montclair State University, and experience as an equity facilitator and teacher.


Masks Required in the Library on 7/3

Due to orders issued both by the Mayor and the Governor, face coverings are now required by those over the age of 10 to be in the Library.

Entering and exiting the Library will now be available only through the 9th street side.

The Library hours are:

Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Library Operations & COVID Related FAQS

Library Hours:

Monday-Tuesday | 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday | Noon to 6 p.m. 

Thursday-Friday | 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday | Closed

This page will be periodically updated with information regarding how the Library’s operations have changed due to COVID-19. The building is open with a capacity limit of 50%, or 150 people.

Effective Sept. 21: Libraries can be opened with a capacity of 75%.

Hours, donations, quarantine, and more are covered in the questions below.

Do I have to wear a mask when I enter the building?

Q: Do I have to wear a mask when I enter the building?

A:Masks are required starting July 3, according to an order from the Mayor. The Governor issued an order starting July 2 as well.

Mask wearing is recommended by the CDCreduces economic impact expended upon fighting viruses like COVID-19, and reduces exposure to viral load, giving our community time to recover and develop immunity.

Can I donate items like books, puzzles, or magazines to the Library?

Q: Can I donate items like books, puzzles, or magazines to the Library? 

A: The Library has intermittently stopped taking donations. Please call the Library at 512-930-3551 for an update on whether or not the Library is taking donations currently.

Can I use a computer?

Q: Can I stop by to use a computer?

A: At this time, public computers are NOT available. Wifi is working and can be accessed using personal devices. It is not recommended to stay in the building longer than a half hour. Seating is extremely limited.

Can I print a document?

Q: Can I print a document?

A: Printing is available wirelessly from your device. Smartphones can print on our wifi. Here are instructions for Android and iOS devices. Assistance is limited due to social distancing, so staff will not be able to troubleshoot your device.

I returned items, but they still show as checked out?

Q: I returned my items, but my account still shows they are checked out?

A: Items are quarantined for 24 hours before they are checked in. Items returned on weekends see a longer quarantine period due to our closed hours on Sunday. Contact us if items stay on your account for longer than a week past your return date. We do not charge fines for overdue items.

Do you have yellow bags for recycling plastic available?

Q: Do you have yellow bags for recycling plastic available?

A: Yellow bags for recycling plastic is available upon request at the circulation desk.

Contact Us:

Phone: (512) 930-3551
Text: (512) 686-7247

Adult Summer Reading 2020

Adult Summer Reading: Imagine Your Story!

This summer, adults have been challenged to imagine their story.

July 15: Zine Making Tutorial

Follow along with our online tutorial on how to make your own zine! Pick up materials and inspiration at the circulation desk. Here’s a blank template for you and our example zine!

August 19: Who Tells Your Story? Community Art Project

Tell us a story-but make it art! We will be building a community art installation with the stories of locals. Print or pickup a feather template from the main circulation desk that you can decorate however you would like-with words, photos, doodles, color, whatever! The finished product will look something like this:

What is your story? Tell us!

We have zine making kits and an online tutorial to follow, as well as a community art project. Kits will be available for pickup at the main circulation desk starting July 2. A downloadable version of the feather template is here for digital submissions. Digital submissions can be emailed to

Adults have the chance to win three prize packs for participating in summer reading. Fill out our online challenge card here, where you can work towards getting a chance to win a prize pack. They consist of:

  • Kindle Fire 8” tablet (good for reading borrowed e-books from the library, of course!)
  • Imagine Your Story travel mug
  • Imagine Your Story water bottle
  • Summer reading reusable tote
  • Imagine Your Story t-shirt

Physical copies of the challenge card are available at the circulation desk, where you can also turn your challenge card in once you complete it. One entry per adult, please. This program is free and open to the public, ages 18+.

Library Closed July 3rd & 4th

The Library will be closed in observance of Independence Day on July 3rd and 4th. No items are due these days. To renew items or reserve new items, login to the catalog.

The Library will open again on July 6th. Have a safe a happy Fourth of July, Georgetown!

WOW!Mobile Cancelled 6/23

It’s really raining out there, folks! WOW stops have been cancelled today due to weather. All holds will be at the main circulation desk at the Library for pickup. We’ll be back at the Sun City stops on 7/7.
The WOW!mobile has maintenance from 6/29-7/3, so we’ll see these stops again starting the week of 7/6.

Virtual Teen Summer Art Show

Calling teen artists! Here’s your chance to show off your skills and enter to win a $50 Jerry’s Artarama digital gift card (Hello, more art supplies!). The 2020 Teen Summer Art Show will not be held in the Teen Space this year but will be accessible anytime online from the comfort of your home.

To participate, submit high-quality images of up to 3 of your artworks by filling out this Google form: Enter in one of four categories: Traditional Media, Photography, Digital Art, and 3D Art.

Click here to view the virtual gallery. The deadline to enter artwork is Wednesday, July 1. Winners in each category will be announced Wednesday, July 8. Best in Show will receive a $50 Jerry’s Artarama digital gift card.


  1. Participants must be between the ages of 12-18.
  2. Up to 3 entries per person.
  3. Artwork must be suitable for all audiences.
  4. The last day to submit artwork is Wednesday, July 1. Winners will be announced Wednesday, July 8.

Please contact Teen Services Librarian Melissa Mote at with any questions.

What’s your Pride story?

To celebrate PRIDE, Georgetown Public Library is asking our patrons to share their story this summer.

We want to hear from you! Share your coming out stories, a story about a first love or whatever you would like!

Here are some prompts to get you started.

  • Tell us about a time where you felt different and potentially alone, for being who you are. How did you find resources and other people who could support you?
  • Tell us about one person who helped change your life.
  • What advice do you have for a young person who may feel isolated and scared for being LGBTQ+?
  • What “change in attitudes” do you believe have taken place in your lifetime regarding LGBTQ people?
  • What difficult silences have you broken to reach justice or equality for yourself or others?
  • How have you challenged gender or sexuality cultural norms in your life?
  • How did you first begin to realize your sexual or gender identity?
  • Tell me about the first time you came out. Whom did you tell and why?
  • Do you have memories of your youth when you were treated kindly due to your sexual or gender identity? Cruelly?
  • How has your life been different than you imagined?
  • Who was your first love? Your first relationship?
  • Have things changed for the LBGTQ+ community over the past 50 years?
  • How do you hope life will be different for the LBGTQ+ community 50 years from now?
  • What advice would you give to your teenage self?
  • What are you most proud of?
  • How do you want to be remembered?

[Questions compiled from, Stonewall Outloud and Visit them for more information.]

We would love to share everyone’s story but in order to represent a wide variety of voices we may not to be able to post every submission we receive.

Email us at Stories can be anonymous. We want to hear from everyone-there is no age limit on submissions accepted.

Virtual Summer Reading Quest 2020

The Georgetown Public Library Summer Quest is going virtual!  Join the adventure and make reading, exploring, and stories part of a legendary summer.  June 1- July 31.

Follow the Georgetown Public Library Facebook page for tidings on virtual programs, follow the arc of our journey (number of hours read collectively by quest participants), and staff shenanigans.

Your Quest Should You Choose to Accept It

The Summer Reading Quest is a free self-paced program in which children choose their reading level and keep track of how much time they read or are read to each day.  The quest is to read (or be read to) for at least 20 minutes every day during June and July.  We know there will be diversions.  Do your best!  We included side challenges to complete along the way for more merriment.  The Summer Reading Quest is open to hereos ages 0-12.

How it Works

Enter your reading and completed challenges online at For every 60 minutes of reading (or being read to) submitted you get an entry into the grand prize drawing.  For every three challenges completed you get one more entry for the grand prize drawing.  The more you read, and the more challenges accomplished, the more chances you’ll have to win!  Winners will be drawn randomly.  Winners will be notified directly.  If you need help or are unable to enter your reading and challenges online, contact us and we will assist you.  The last day to submit time and challenges is July 31.

You may print reading logs from the library website (see below) or pick one up at the library.  (Click the images below to download a printable PDF file.) The reading log is available to help you keep track of your progress but is not required.  In order to be entered into the grand prize drawings you must enter time read and challenges completed online at    Reading materials include books, comics/graphic novels, magazines, audio books and ebooks.

Take and Make Activities

Each week between June1- July 31 pick up a different craft or STEAM activity to do at home (while supplies last).  Grab an activity while grabbing some books to read.

Virtual Programs

Adventure awaits this summer with enchanting virtual programs.  Head to the Georgetown Public Library Facebook page to join the fun.


Storytime with Miss Jaime – Tuesday Mornings (starting 6/8)

Science Spot with Miss Elisabeth- Wednesday Mornings (starting 6/8)

Read Alongs with Miss Bethni- Thursday Mornings  (starting 6/8)

African Stories with Elizabeth Kahura- Tuesday June 23 at 10:30 am

Tiny Tails to You- July 7 at 10:30 am

Shadow Puppets with Matt Sandbank- Tuesday July 21 at 10:30 am

Reading Logs








Virtual Teen Summer Library Challenge 2020

Welcome to the 2020 Georgetown Public Library Teen Summer Reading Program! We’ve put together a calendar of challenges and reading suggestions for you to do at home. Set a reading goal for yourself and track your reading every day. The more you read and complete challenges, the more points you’ll earn toward a chance to win! The Grand Prize winner will receive a 3-month subscription to a Loot Crate of their choice. Three runners up will receive a 1-month subscription to a Loot Crate of their choice.

The Hogwarts House Cup Challenge is back this year! Will Hufflepuff remain victorious, or will another House take the lead? Select your house, then read and complete challenges to earn points. The House with the most points will win the Hogwarts Cup! Check social media or the windows outside the Teen Space to see which House is in the lead throughout the summer.

Print the challenge log at home (see below), or ask for one at the library next time you’re in. The library is open for grab-and-go service. You can read more about that here. The summer reading program will be virtual this year to keep everyone safe during COVID-19. This means there will be no in-person programming at the library this summer.

Follow along with the challenges on our Instagram, @gt_teenspace. Send us pictures of your completed challenges to be featured!


  • For every 30 minutes that you read, you’ll earn 5 points.
  • Earn 5 points for each challenge you complete. Don’t worry about doing the challenges in order or on the exact day. You can complete them at your own pace.
  • To log your reading and challenges, visit this Google form: If you’re not able to use the Google form, call the library at 512-930-3551 and we’ll fill it out for you.
  • The more points you earn, the more chances you’ll have to win! The Grand Prize winner will receive a 3-month subscription to a Loot Crate of their choice. Three runners up will receive a 1-month subscription to a Loot Crate of their choice. Winners will be selected from a random drawing. The Grand Prize winner will be selected in a random drawing from the winning Hogwarts House.
  • The Hogwarts House with the most points at the end of the summer will win the Hogwarts Cup. Check the windows outside the Teen Space or Instagram to see which House is in the lead.
  • Stay tuned to our Instagram @gt_teenspace as we do the challenges along with you, and to check out what other teens are doing all summer long. Send pictures of your completed challenges to or DM us on Instagram and we’ll feature you on social media!
  • The challenge log for July will be released in the last week of June.
  • The last day to log your reading and challenges is Thursday, July 30.
  • Prize winners will be notified directly.

The Teen Summer Library Challenge is open to teens ages 12-18. Contact Teen Services Librarian Melissa Mote at or 512-819-3132 with any questions.

Memorial Day Closure

The Library will be closed Monday, May 25, for observance of Memorial Day.

No items are due this day. The Library will reopen Tuesday, May 26, at 9 a.m.

Career and Business Resources

This page is currently under construction, but we want to hear from you! What kind of information, resources and services would you like to see us offer? Please email us at

Resumes & Cover LettersUnemploymentJob SearchBuild SkillsSmall BusinessPersonal Finance

While the library is in phased re-opening, we are pleased to offer resume review and career help via email.

How to Use Email Resume Review and Career Help

If you have questions about your resume, cover letter, resources that could help you in your job search, or other job search-related questions, please email us!

If you are seeking help with a resume or cover letter, please attach it to your email in Word or PDF format. We can offer another set of eyes to review existing resumes and cover letters and offer some suggestions.  It also may be helpful to send information about the type(s) of job(s) you are applying for, or include a link to a specific job ad.

  • Inquiries will be answered in the order in which they are received.
  • Staff time is limited, but we will respond as quickly as possible.
  • If there is high demand, we may need to limit each patron to one query or review.
Gathering and Organizing Resume and Job Application Information

What information do you need to apply for a job, start writing a resume, or rebuild a resume from scratch?

Download this resume and job application worksheet to organize information commonly requested on applications. You can print and fill in by hand, or download to a computer, type in your information and save. If you are on a shared computer, be sure to email yourself your saved document or save to a flash drive.

Download this checklist of information you may need to have for job applications.

Tips for recreating work history. Unsure of your work history? There are ways to find that past information.

Learn how to set up and navigate Gmail. Many job applications require a working email address. Once you have a Gmail, you also access to Google Drive for free where you can create and store documents like resumes and cover letters. Learn more about how to use Google Docs, Drive, and Sheets.

Learn how to use and navigate Zoom, a tool many employers are using for online interviews and training.

Resume Writing and Templates

Resume basics, an introduction to how to write a resume.

Using Google Drive to build a resume.

Google Drive Resume Templates, you will be prompted to sign into Google.

Learning Express Resume Builder, you will be prompted to sign in with library card. Your telephone number is your password.

Indeed Resume Builder, this is a good option for creating a resume on a mobile device, although it is not a preferred format if other options are available.

Word Resume Template Basic

Word Resume Template Two Columns

Cover Letter Writing and Templates

Cover Letter Basics, an introduction on writing a cover letter.

Google Drive Cover Letter Template, you will be prompted to sign into Google.

Learning Express Cover Letter Template, you will be prompted to sign in with library card. Your telephone number is your password.

Word Cover Letter Template.

From Texas Workforce Commission: “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 7a.m.-7p.m., seven days a week (extended hours).  According to their website, the tele-center is experiencing a high volume of calls, so they are encouraging people to file online.”

Even if you were previously ineligible for benefits, you may now be eligible. They are also waiving certain requirements for benefits.

TWC also offers a listing of other resources for the unemployed related to mortgage assistance, health care, child care, resources for older workers, and more.

Texas Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area offers a variety of services for job-seekers, including online courses on coping with job loss and money management while unemployed.

Texas Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area works to match local employers with employees, and their Jobs Now! page lists positions available by county.

WorkInTexas is a statewide job search site run by Texas Workforce Solutions.

Goodwill Industries Find a Job lists companies looking for immediate hires as well as other job searching resources.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides employment resources specifically for veterans, and homeless veterans.

GCF Learn Free Work Skills  offers good resources on job application basics and interviewing skills.

Goodwill Communities Foundation Learn Free offers over 200 short courses on everything from computer basics, to social media and online skills, to workplace skills, to email and Microsoft Office training. This site has tutorials in both English and Spanish.

Employment Certifications and Vocational Programs in Central Texas. This list provides a starting point for common certifications TABC and Food Handler’s licenses, and vocational programs for careers like Educational Aides, CNA, HVAC technicians, and more.

Learning Express Career Preparation Center offers a variety of test prep for job certifications. You will be asked to sign in with a library card. Your telephone number is your password.

Learning Express Career Accelerator offers tools to get hired, job search, and career exploration. You will be asked to sign in with a library card. Your telephone number is your password.

The Balance Careers offers advice and articles on a variety of topics from resume creation, job searching, to the best places to find affordable interview clothing.

Goodwill Central Texas offers Education and Job Training, while they are closed to the public during COVID-19, they are offering phone consultations at 512-637-7580.

LinkedIn Learning is offering some courses free of charge related to employment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn how to use and navigate Zoom, a tool many employers are using for online interviews and training.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering several different loan programs specific to COVID-19. The Texas State Small Business Development Center offers an in-depth primer on the various loan programs and frequently asked questions.

The City of Georgetown Economic Development Department offers business insights, workshops, and guides for small businesses in the city.

Texas Workforce Solutions also offers the Skills for Small Business Program, business owners can apply for funds to help train new full-time employees. They are also partnering with ACC Digital Next to provide core digital skills to businesses through the Small Business Program.

Take Control of Your Money is a website presented by United Way of Williamson County and Banzai to create clear and in-depth lessons on financial topics.

United Way virtual tax assistance and answers to Coronavirus Stimulus Check questions.

360 Degrees of Financial Literacy is a free, online resource put together by the Certified Public Accountants of American to help people manage money.

Williamson County has launched Wilco Forward, a grant program funded through the approximately $93 million the County received from the CARES Act. In the final phase, they issued grants to three area nonprofits for rent and utility assistance.

  • Round Rock Area Serving Center: Round Rock, Austin (within Williamson County), Brushy Creek/Fern Bluff MUD, Hutto areas outside of Georgetown ISD
  • The Caring Place: Georgetown, Andice, Bartlett, Florence, Granger, Jarrell, Jonah, Schwertner, Walburg, Weir, Hutto areas within Georgetown ISD
  • The Salvation Army: Cedar Park, Coupland, Leander, Liberty Hill, Taylor, Thrall, and all other areas of Williamson County not served by the other two agencies

Thank you to the Metropolitan Library System and Brooklyn Public Library for sharing some of these resources and ideas.

Library Reopens May 1 for Grab and Go

The Georgetown Public Library will be open limited hours for checkout of materials beginning May 1. Curbside pickup service will end on April 30 at 6 p.m. Visitors inside the building will see that many changes have been made in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through the community. Most notably, the children’s play areas will remain closed, and no public seating will be available.

Eric Lashley, library director, said, “The library closed to the public March 16 due to COVID-19, and we are reopening very cautiously in order to keep our patrons and staff safe. We want you to come in, find your books, CDs, DVDs, and children’s items, check them out and take them back home to enjoy. That’s what we call ‘grab and go.’”

The library is encouraging visits of no more than 30 minutes, with one person per household coming in if possible. Visitors are asked to observe six-foot physical distancing from staff and one another. Library staff will all be wearing face masks to protect the community, and they encourage patrons to wear masks as well, to protect the staff and one another.

“Face masks and hand washing are the best ways to keep from catching or spreading the virus,” said Sally Miculek, assistant director. “We know our patrons love the library and the staff, so we are counting on them to help keep us safe by following recommendations to wear a mask in public and wash hands frequently and thoroughly.”

Patrons will be able to browse the adult, teen, and children’s circulating collections to make their selections. Items can be checked out by staff, who will scan items through a plexiglass guard, or by patrons using a self-check station with a touchless scanner to check out their materials. Those who would like to meet with the library’s Community Resource Coordinator may also come into the building.

No other services will be available initially, and sections of the building will remain off limits to the public. In addition to the first-floor children’s play areas (including the popular jeep), second-floor study tables, study rooms and meeting rooms will remain closed to the public. Printing, faxing and photocopying will not be available, and no donations will be accepted. Library materials should be returned to the outside drive-through book drop rather than inside the building.

The library’s hours will be Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The building will be closed on Sundays.

Your Next Read

Not sure what to read next? We can help!

Fill out the form below or call 512-930-3627 and leave us a message with some basic info on what you enjoy and we’ll get back to you with recommendations for your next book!


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).


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.

Magic Treehouse Home Adventures Find activities, online reading challenges, crafts, recipes, games, and more to explore your favorite Magic Treehouse 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. Bedtime Math is also publishing Fun Factor Math Activities, new hands-on math activities every Monday and Wednesday.


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.

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.

Age of Central Texas compiled a resource list for older adults and caregivers, including a list of caregiver support.

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 began offering online groups in the beginning of April 2020

Unemployment & Financial Resources

The Library offers some career and business guidance, including free resume review and assistance with employment related questions. Email us at

From Texas Workforce Commission: “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 7am-7pm, seven days a week (extended hours).”  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.

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 webinars 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.

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. Click below for more information about using e-books:

Find e-books, e-magazines and e-audiobooks

Or visit our many databases to find homework help, articles, how-to information, and more. For instance, the LearningExpress database offers test prep for all ages including elementary, college readiness, specialized certificates, and a career center. Click below for more information about using databases:

Find databases

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

(Please note that some other types of library cards, including TexShare or GISD cards, do not have access to GPL’s digital resources directly but instead should contact their public or school libraries.)

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.

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 rescheduled

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 October 17-November 22, 2020. (The exhibit was originally slated for 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.

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


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.