The library will close early on Wednesday, November 27 at 6 p.m. to allow our staff to travel and visit their families for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The library will be closed all day Thursday, November 26 & Friday, November 27.
Regular hours resume on Saturday, November 30 at 9 a.m.
No items will be due while we’re closed but if you’d like to return your materials, please do so using the drive-through bookdrop located on the 9th Street side of the building. Happy Thanksgiving from the GPL staff!
Austin Beerworks will come out to the Georgetown Public Library and talk about their beers on Friday, November 15 at 7 pm. Tasting flights that perfectly pair with a Thanksgiving themed tasting of tamales, mac n’ cheese, and pecan pie will be served. Registration required. Ages 21+.
This event has a limited capacity! Register online at bit.ly/abwcheers. First block of tickets available on 10/18 at noon. Second block available 11/1 at noon.
This event is part of Adultish programming for ages 18+ at the Georgetown Public Library.
Any questions? Contact us for more information by calling the library at 512.930.3551.
The library will host a Dare to Prepare new driver safety workshop on Saturday, November 30, from 1-2:30 pm. Dare to Prepare is a free workshop for parents and/or teens that provides information teens need to know before they take the wheel. This interactive program, geared toward pre-permit drivers, walks attendees through the steps necessary to obtain a permit and drivers’ license and offers useful tools, tips, and resources to help parents and/or teens during the learning-to-drive process and beyond.
Sign up online at AAA.com/safety4teens or call 512-383-4342.
This program is free and open to teens and their parents. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Please contact AAA Representative Kara Thorp at (512) 383-4342 or email@example.com.
Join us on Friday, November 15 from 3-5 pm for fun, hands-on science activities! Austin Community College Hands-on Science, a traveling hands-on science program from Austin Community College’s Physics program, will work with small groups of children to explore and learn about science.
Event is free and recommended for children over 5 years old. For more information, call the library at 512.930.3551.
Join us for our next series of Family Place Playshops—Play, Learn, Grow! These playshops are specially designed for children ages 12-36 months and their parents and caregivers. You’ll have time to connect with other parents, opportunities to talk one-on-one with local experts on various aspects of child development and early literacy, and plenty of playtime with your child!
The playshops are informal, play-based, and child-centered. A different resource professional will be introduced each week. They will speak individually with parents and caregivers, addressing questions and concerns you may have. Workshops will be held on Wednesdays from 10-11 am on October 23-November 20. (Please note that we will be skipping the first week of November due to the library being closed for inventory.)
The workshop topics are:
- Wednesday, October 23: Literacy & Speech
- Wednesday, October 30: Health and Safety & Hearing
- Wednesday, November 13: Nutrition
- Wednesday, November 20: Child Development
Space is limited and registration is required. Please visit EventBrite to register for this event.
For more information on Family Place at Georgetown Public Library, please contact Children’s Services Librarian Bethni King at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512.931.7716.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or 512-819-3133.
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
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.
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”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 819-3132 with any questions.
The 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.”
Selected from 29 national finalists, the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners represent institutions that provide dynamic programming and services that exceed expected levels of service. Through their community outreach, these institutions bring about change that touches the lives of individuals and helps communities thrive. The San Antonio Public Library is the only other public library in Texas to have won the IMLS National Medal in the past.
“It is a pleasure to recognize the 10 distinctive recipients of the National Medal of Museum and Library Service,” IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew said. “Through their programs, services, and partnerships, these institutions exemplify the many ways that libraries and museums are positively transforming communities across the nation.”
As part of the ceremony and celebration, Georgetown community member Rosie Rocke will travel to Washington, D.C., with Lashley to accept the National Medal on behalf of Georgetown Public Library and provide a personal account of the power the library has had in the community. After Rocke’s husband died in 2013, the library became her safe haven. The super-volunteer notes that “the library was my grief counselor. It made my transition to a widow easier.”
Following the ceremony, StoryCorps—a national nonprofit dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of Americans—will visit the Georgetown Public Library and provide an opportunity for Georgetown community members to share stories of how the library has affected their lives. These stories are preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
To see the list of 2018 National Medal recipients and learn more about the National Medal, visit www.imls.gov.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The library is a place for readers, but a new program at the Georgetown Public Library is focused on toddlers and infants who may be too young to hold a book. The Family Place Libraries program aims to make the Library a welcoming environment for preschoolers and their parents who can learn from experts about child development, nutrition, play, and learning.
The Family Place Libraries program is funded by a grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, one of two grants that the Library has received this year. The aim of Family Place Libraries is to redesign the library environment to be welcoming and appropriate for children beginning at birth. The program also involves outreach to non-traditional library users and connecting parents with the resources, programs, and services offered at the library and other family service agencies. The program recognizes that good health, early learning, parental involvement, and supportive communities each play a critical role in young children’s growth and development.
“This grant is targeted to preschoolers because brain development from ages 0 to 3 is so fast and so important,” says Bethni King, children’s librarian at the Georgetown Public Library. “The grant will help us focus on our collection and focus on our space in the children’s area.”
In addition to toys, games, and books, King says starting next year, the Library is planning to host workshops with experts in child development, nutrition, and parenting. The Family Place Libraries program also includes an assessment and certification process to guide the implementation. Find out more at www.familyplacelibraries.org.
King and Library Director Eric Lashley will attend a three-day training program in Long Island, New York in November. The grant covers the cost of the training and provides $6,000 to implement programs following the Family Place Libraries model.
The Library has received a second grant from the Texas Book Festival for $2,270 for the Library’s Book Club in a Bag collection. The grant is funded by proceeds from the annual Texas Book Festival in Austin.
The Book Club in a Bag program allows one member of a book club to checkout ten copies of a particular title for the entire club. Discussion guides are included with the materials. The grant will allow the Library to expand the program with 25 new titles. A bag can be checked out for two months up to one year in advance.
The new Book Club in a Bag titles should be available by August 1. To find out more about the program or to check out a Book Club in a Bag, contact Sally Miculek, assistant library services director, at email@example.com or (512) 931-7620.
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.
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.
Click “Select a printer”
A list of available printers will load.
Select Library Printer-Circulation Desk.
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!
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.