Adultish: Ornament take and makes!

This month the GPL is offering adults ages 18+ a fun and easy fillable ornament kit. Register for a kit starting 11.3-11.9.

Pick up your kits at the reference desk from 11.10-11.17!

This kit includes a glass ornament as well as ribbons, pom poms, and sequins.
Kits are limited, so registration is required. Kits not picked up within a week will be available for first come, first serve pick up.

Current Library Hours

The Library is currently closed to the public. Curbside pick up of items is available during limited hours:

Monday – Friday:
10 a.m.- Noon and 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

10 a.m. – Noon and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Returns go in the drive-through book return slot on your way out of the lot.

For more information, go here.

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.'

Im 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 cant 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 didnt 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 didnt. They could speak!!! I dont 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 dont care what his sexual gender is! He learned that early on when he finally told me what I already knew. I taught him it wasnt 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 wifes 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 didnt 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 wasnt 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 isnt 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 didnt work for me.  I found I couldnt 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 drivers 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 cant 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 womens 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 Richardss 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 wed give it one more try (or, in Lisas 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 Richardss 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 wed met. Now four years into our marriage, weve 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

Confronting Racism was a community-wide read and virtual panel discussion that focused on deepening our understanding of racism and the ways it impacts individuals and society. The program was sponsored by the Georgetown Public Library and Lark & Owl Booksellers.

The virtual panel discussion was held on Crowdcast, a videoconferencing platform, on Aug. 31 but both the broadcast and the recording functions failed that night, so all three panels were re-assembled and re-recorded in September. The four September recordings are linked from the descriptions below.

The sponsors have also assembled a toolkit for Georgetown to encourage further exploration of questions around racism.

Introduction and 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 bachelors 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.

Discussion of New Kid by Jerry Craft (Children Grades 5-8) with Ms. Tiffanie Harrison, Ms. Nicole Bell, Ms. Zoie Steen, and Dr. Alicia Moore

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.

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 Frosts 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).

Discussion of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Teens) with Ms. Tiffanie Harrison, Mr. Chuck Collins, Ms. LaShonda Stinson, and Dr. Phil Hopkins

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.

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.

Discussion of How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (for Adults) with Ms. Tiffanie Harrison, Ms. Catherine Crisp-Martin, Ms. Jaquita Wilson, and Dr. Melissa Johnson

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.

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 bachelors degree in English from Montclair State University, and experience as an equity facilitator and teacher.

Panelists and Facilitator



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.

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!


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 Commissions 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.

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. Its 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 schoolers AP course, this is where to go!

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.

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 childrens 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.


 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 Dont 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.


Childrens 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).

Smithsonians 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.

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 Commissions 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.

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.