GPL World Cinema: East Side Sushi

GPL World Cinema screens films with diverse casts and settings from around the world.  On September 13 at 6:30 p.m. the Library is screening East Side Sushi.

Juana, a working-class, single mother, decides to take a job at a local Japanese restaurant. Against all odds, she fights to achieve her dream of becoming a sushi chef.

2015. 1 hr 46 min. Rated PG.

GPL World Cinema screenings are for adults ages 18+, and are free and open to the public. Screenings are always played with captions or subtitles. If you have any questions, please reach out to the Library at 512.930.3551.

Teen Hangout

Teen Hangout is a twice-monthly opportunity for Georgetown teens to get together to create, socialize, and build community. This unplanned program has no agenda, and participating teens can pick the activity of their choice (Games! Art! A Fun Third Thing!) while making friends and enjoying the Library.

Teen Hangout meets on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m., September through May.

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to Teen Librarian Margaret Lange via the Library at 512.930.3551.

Tween and Teen Game-a-palooza

Ready, set, play! 🎮🃏🕹️ Clear your calendars for Sept. 9 because it’s Game-A-Palooza time at Georgetown Public Library! Unleash your inner strategist with epic board games, relive your classroom rivalry with classic games, and dive into the digital realm with awesome video games.

Tweens ages 9-12 will play at 1 p.m.! Teens ages 12-18 will play at 3 p.m.!

National Preparedness Month

Get ready for National Preparedness Month this September with a series of informative events brought to you by the City of Georgetown and the Public Library!

Starting September 1, don’t miss the Disaster Preparedness Backpack Giveaway, where you can secure a backpack with a USB power bank, readiness literature, and more! Registration begins online here at noon on September 1. Bags are limited, please only register for one per household. There are adult and child size versions available. Pick up your preparedness bag starting on September 8 at the Library.

Every Friday throughout the month, join us at the Library from 4-6 p.m. for Scan Days, where you can conveniently digitize important documents. USBs will be provided to keep your scanned copies safe.

On September 6 from 5:30-7 p.m., there is a presentation on “Getting Started with Solar Power” at the Library. Learn how to harness the power of the sun to make your home more sustainable and cost-effective.

Then, on September 7 from 5:30-7 p.m., join us again at the Library for a presentation on “Getting Started with Water Collection,” where you’ll discover ways to conserve water and contribute to a more resilient community.

These events are designed for folks who want to be empowered and prepared in the face of potential emergencies. Don’t miss out on these valuable opportunities to enhance your preparedness and sustainability knowledge! All events are free and open to the public.

Have any questions? Please reach out the Library at 512-930-3551 or by emailing us.

Adultish: Latin Dance Class!

Everybody likes to Cha-cha! Join the Adultish team at the Library on September 1 at 7 p.m. for a free beginners Salsa and Cha-cha class with Athur Murray Dance Center! This class is friendly and meant for beginners who are ages 18+. Grab your friends, your dancing shoes, and come on down.

Elena Lewis of Arthur Murray Dance Studios will lead basic intros to Cha-Cha and Salsa style dancing. Elena is the co-owner of the Arthur Murray Dance Center in Georgetown. She and her husband, Carlos Hernandez, opened their studio 7 years ago. She has been dancing professionally with Arthur Murray for 17 years. She loves positively impacting people’s lives through the benefits of dance. She has a bachelor’s degree in Mexican-American Studies from UT Austin and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from UT El Paso.

Have any questions? Reach out to the Library via library@georgetown.org or by phone at 512-930-3551.

Awards announced for TSOS Show

“Final Fetch” by J.P. Childress

For fifteen 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 16, exhibit prize winners were announced at an awards reception attended by the sculptors, TSOS members, and the public.

This years exhibit award recipients are:

First Place – “Final Fetch” by J.P. (Pat) Childress
Second Place – “PELECAAN” by Ken Law
Third Place – “Fallen Heart” by John Pezze
Honorable Mention: Metal – “Being for Self” by Lyle Adair
Honorable Mention: Stone or Wood – “The Working Men” by Jim Woodruff
Honorable Mention: Mixed media– “Gatekeeper” by Patrick Fleming
Librarians’ Choice – “Adrian’s Compadre” by John Pezze
Peoples’ Choice – “The Messenger” by Matt Donner

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 years first, second, and third place and honorable mention awards was Danny Grant, a teacher at Atelier Dojo and Art+ Academy.

This years exhibit opened Sunday, June 18, and lasts through Saturday, September 16. An exhibit catalog is available for those who would like to walk through the exhibit and see all 59 pieces.

The library will also host a sculpture demonstration featuring several of this years sculptors demonstrating their techniques and processes. The free event will be held in the library lobby, 402 W. Eighth St., on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 1 to 3 p.m.

For more information about this years exhibit and events, contact Adult Services Librarian Ann Evanst ann.evans@georgetown.org or TSOS Exhibit President Matt Donner at mattdonner.tsos@gmail.com

 

KultureCity Certified + Sensory Storytime

The Georgetown Public Library is proud to announce that we are a certified KultureCity location! What does this mean?

KultureCity is a nonprofit focused on using their resources to revolutionize and effect change in the community for those with sensory needs. Staff at the library have undergone training, signage alerting people to quiet and noisy areas has been hung throughout the building, and sensory bags equipped with noise-canceling headphones, fidget tools, and verbal cue cards are available at each desk for check out. A Comfort Room in the kid’s area has been outfitted with soft furniture, soft lighting, and other tools to provide a soothing atmosphere for those who are experiencing sensory overload. Sensory bags and the Comfort Room are available for all ages.

The Georgetown Public Library is the first library in the Austin metroplex to achieve this certification. We wanted to be more inclusive, kind, and thoughtful towards our entire service population while providing the most comfortable and accommodating experience possible.

To help those with sensory challenges, you can view the social story about the GPL on the KultureCity website and app, to get an idea of what it is like to visit the Library on any given day.

Sensory Storytime

The Library is also hosting special sensory storytimes for children with autism spectrum and sensory-processing needs. This interactive storytime emphasizes socialization, freedom of movement, and sensory engagement through storytelling, song and rhyme, and free play.

Siblings are welcome to join in. Caregiver attendance is required. Sensory Storytimes are posted on the Library events calendar.

For more information visit https://library.georgetown.org/storytime/ or call the library at 512.930.3551

Flip over Flipster

Read over 40 magazines online, including back issues of items like Consumer Reports, Dogster, Rolling Stone, and more….using your library card! Check out Flipster today.

  • Download the Flipster app on mobile or log in at flipster.ebsco.com
  • Search for the Georgetown Public Library
  • Use your library card number to create an account
  • Download magazines and read them!
  • No returns needed
  • Instant access
  • Back issues available

 

Holocaust Remembrance Day

In recognition of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, visit the Library on April 23 at 2 p.m. to hear Jack Fingerhut from Congregation Havurah Shalom of Sun City share the story of his father, Arnold Fingerhut.

Arnold was hidden by Catholic neighbors in their barn in Poland for four years while World War II raged across Europe. After liberation, he immigrated to Germany where he began to build a new life. But his story was just beginning, as Arnold would soon take the first steps toward the promise of the American dream.

Attendees will see and hear clips from Arnold Fingerhut’s testimony which was recorded by Steven Spielberg’s ‘USC Shoah Foundation’ project. This event is free and open to the public.

Meeting and Study Room Update

The Library is in the process of upgrading our meeting room software. Unfortunately, this means that we are pausing taking reservations for a month. No reservations will be taken from April 1-May 1. You can book reservations up until April 1.

We appreciate your patience as we work hard to get this new system up and running.

At this time, our meeting room rates will be increasing. The new rates will launch on May 1.

Room Nonprofit/resident Commercial/nonresident
Classroom $10/hr $50/hr
Friends $20/hr $125/hr
Hewlett $20/hr $125/hr
Hewlett & Friends $40/hr $250/hr

The meeting room team is available if you have any questions. You can reach them via email at librarymeetingrooms@georgetown.org or by phone at 512-930-6730.