Miculek announced as Georgetown Public Library director

Sally Miculek was selected to serve as the director of the Georgetown Public Library following the retirement of Eric Lashley in January. After a nationwide search, Miculek was chosen from a number of qualified applicants. She had been the assistant library director for Georgetown for the past seven years and previously worked in the Austin Public Library system.

“Sally’s character and skillset are a perfect fit for the next leader of our beloved library,” City Manager David Morgan said. “With Sally as our next director and the talents of our staff, I’m excited about the future of our library and our ability to meaningfully serve, partner with, and engage the community.”

Miculek is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a master’s degree in Library and Information Science. She has extensive experience in children’s services, as well as in developing special programming and cultural events. In Georgetown, she organized special community projects, such as documentary films, panel discussions, and art exhibits during Black History Month and Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month.

“The Georgetown Public Library is a great organization, because the entire leadership of the City of Georgetown shares a philosophy of values-based service to the community,” Miculek said. “I am excited to have the opportunity to help the Library navigate the many opportunities presented by the growth and change that animate the Georgetown community.”

Miculek will oversee the programming and materials for the Georgetown Public Library, which was awarded the national gold medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences in 2018. She will focus on the Library’s mission to engage, enlighten, and empower the community through outstanding service delivery with a team of 35 employees, 19 of whom are full time. She will also support partnerships with several community organizations, including the Friends of the Library, the nonprofit organization that provides significant fundraising and volunteerism for library services.

“Sally’s passion for serving the Georgetown community was evident throughout the selection process,” Assistant City Manager Laurie Brewer said. “She has the ability to work with advisory and advocacy groups, as well as other community partners to continue to provide outstanding cultural programming for our library.”

The Georgetown Library’s circulation was more than 556,000 in 2019 and more than 386,000 in 2020.

Notice of Intention Regarding Combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of Obligation, April 27, 2021

COMBINATION TAX AND REVENUE CERTIFICATES OF OBLIGATION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that it is the intention of the City Council of the City of Georgetown, Texas, to issue one or more series of interest bearing certificates of obligation of the City entitled “City of Georgetown, Texas Combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of Obligation” (the “Certificates”) for the purpose of paying contractual obligations incurred or to be incurred by the City for: (1) constructing, improving, extending, expanding, upgrading and developing City streets, bridges, sidewalks, intersections and related traffic improvement including purchasing any necessary right-of-way and equipment, including for Aviation Drive; (2) constructing, improving, expanding and renovating the City’s Solid Waste transfer station; (3) constructing, improving, expanding and renovating the City’s public safety operation and training center; (4) acquiring and upgrading city vehicles, including fire and police vehicles and related equipment, an inspection vehicle and a traffic signal bucket truck; (5) constructing, improving, expanding and renovating the City’s municipal airport, including construction and/or improvement of a maintenance and equipment storage facility; (6) acquiring and upgrading public safety equipment including, cardiac monitors and self-contained breathing apparatus fire safety equipment; (7) constructing, improving, renovating, expanding and equipping City parks and recreation facilities, including renovation of the Teen/Senior Recreation Center, HVAC improvements, park master planning, tennis center facility improvements, and the development of neighborhood parks, including Heritage Gardens neighborhood park; (8) constructing and installing accessibility improvements at City buildings, facilities and parks in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; (9) acquiring and upgrading City radio communication equipment; and (10) professional services including fiscal, engineering, architectural and legal fees and other such costs incurred in connection therewith including the costs of issuing the Certificates.

The City Council tentatively proposes to consider for first and final reading at a meeting to commence at 6 o’clock, p.m., on the 27th day of April, 2021 at Council Chambers, 510 W. 9th Street, Georgetown, Texas 78626, the passage of an ordinance authorizing such Certificates which ordinance shall be entitled “ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF CITY OF GEORGETOWN, TEXAS COMBINATION TAX AND REVENUE CERTIFICATES OF OBLIGATION, SERIES 2021; LEVYING AN AD VALOREM TAX AND THE PLEDGE OF CERTAIN REVENUES IN SUPPORT OF THE CERTIFICATES; APPROVING AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT, A PAYING AGENT/REGISTRAR AGREEMENT AND OTHER AGREEMENTS RELATED TO THE SALE AND ISSUANCE OF THE CERTIFICATES; AND AUTHORIZING OTHER MATTERS RELATED TO THE ISSUANCE OF THE CERTIFICATES.” The maximum amount of Certificates of Obligation that may be authorized for such purpose is $25,000,000. The City Council presently proposes to provide for the payment of such Certificates from the levy and collection of ad valorem taxes in the City as provided by law and from the surplus revenues of the City’s utility system in an amount not to exceed $10,000, being the combined waterworks, sewer and electric system, remaining after payment of all operation and maintenance expenses thereof, and all debt service, reserve and other requirements in connection with all of the City’s revenue bonds or other obligations (now or hereafter outstanding) which are payable from all or any part of the net revenues of the City’s utility system.

Due to the ongoing public health concerns regarding the COVID 19 virus, and as may be authorized by Executive Order of the Governor of Texas, such meeting and public hearing regarding the Certificates to be held on April 27, 2021 may be conducted via a free public video conference or other lawful electronic means. In such event, information regarding how to access the meeting and public participation in the meeting will be available on the City’s website and in the agenda posted no less than 72 hours before the April 27, 2021 meeting at the following internet address: https://government.georgetown.org/

The following information is required pursuant to Texas Local Government Code, Section 271.049: As of February 9, 2021, the aggregate principal amount of all outstanding debt obligations of the City secured by and payable from ad valorem taxes is $222,670,000. As of February 9, 2021, the combined principal and interest required to pay all outstanding debt obligations of the City secured by and payable from ad valorem taxes on time and in full is $283,895,475. The estimated combined principal and interest required to pay the Certificates on time and in full is $33,785,883.

The estimated interest rate for the Certificates is 3.00%. Such estimates take into account a number of factors, including the issuance schedule, maturity schedule and the expected ratings of the proposed Certificates. Such estimated interest rate is provided as a matter of information but is not a limitation on the interest rate at which the Certificates may be sold. The maximum maturity date of the Certificates is August 15, 2041.


Black History Month events in February

There are several ways to recognize Black History Month in Georgetown throughout February.

Georgetown Public Library

The Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St., offers items available for curbside check out to enrich Black History Month. Library staff also encourages people to participate in the African American Read-in, an initiative to read works by Black authors during the month of February. Find more information about their offerings at library.georgetown.org.

Tuesday Talks with Britin and Ann

February’s Tuesday Talks with Britin and Ann at noon Feb. 2 on Zoom and Facebook Live, will tie into this year’s national theme of Black History Month “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, Diversity.” The meeting will include special guest Paulette Taylor, president of the Georgetown Citizens and Cultural Memorial Association, for “Representation, Identify and Diversity Celebrated in Georgetown’s Track-Ridge-Grasshopper Neighborhood.”

The Track-Ridge-Grasshopper Neighborhood has been home to members of Georgetown’s African-American community for more than 150 years. Learn more about the neighborhood’s history as well as other community celebrations for Black History Month.

Find more information, including how to participate in the virtual meeting, at historic.georgetown.org.

Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association

The Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association will host several virtual family events in Georgetown to celebrate Black History Month in February.

The group will present a reading of Georgetown Police Officer Delta Jolly’s book “Officer Jolly Earns Her Badge,” from 11 a.m.-noon Feb. 6 on Zoom. The presentation is in partnership with The Williamson Museum, The Lone Star Chapter, and The Links Incorporated. Participants will be able to pick up activity packets, including stickers, crayons, and coloring and workbook pages, prior to the event at The Williamson Museum. Visit https://bit.ly/3agcHRE for more information and to register to attend.

Teenagers ages 13-18 and their parents are invited to attend a presentation of “The Key: Money Choices for Teens” by Marjorie L. Anderson from 11 a.m.-noon Feb. 13. The event will offer advice on managing finances and good financial habits that can last a lifetime.

The group will also host a presentation of “Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation” by LaTasha Morrison for youth and adults age 15 and older from 11 a.m.-noon Feb. 25. The event is a community conversation about reconciliation, historical factors, and the realities of racial tensions, as well as a dialogue about righteousness, justice, and healing.

For more information about the GCCMA events, visit gccmatx.org.

The Williamson Museum

The Williamson Museum, 716 S. Austin Ave., will open the “Heritage and Horizons: The Black Legacy of Williamson County” exhibit on Feb. 10. The exhibit, which celebrates Black individuals, families and groups who were integral to the history of Williamson County, runs through Aug. 1, 2022. For more information about the exhibit, as well as additional museum events, visit williamsonmuseum.org.

City hosts history-based webinars

The City’s Planning Department has joined with the Georgetown Public Library to host an informal webinar series named “Tuesday Talks with Britin and Ann.” The monthly webinars will feature different topics covering Georgetown’s history lead by Georgetown Downtown and Historic Planner Britin Bostick and Reference Librarian Ann Evans.

The meetings will be held at noon on the first Tuesday of the month, starting Aug. 4, and feature a different topic each month. Links to the meetings will be online at historic.georgetown.org.

The first meeting will cover the history of I-35 through Georgetown, including how the highway’s route came to be and how its construction in the mid-1960s changed downtown Georgetown.

For more information, call (512) 930-3581, email historic@georgetown.org or visit historic.georgetown.org.

Spring Break at Georgetown Public Library (canceled)

Update, March 15: These events have been canceled due to concerns about Coronavirus in the region.

Come to the Georgetown Public Library, and say hello to spring during Spring Break, March 16-20. The library will host a series of events, including Touch a Truck, Lego fun, and more.

All events are free; however, tickets are needed for the Gator Caper event. There will be no regular story times during spring break.

Events include:

Touch a Truck
Tuesday, March 17, from 10 a.m.-noon
This event features City vehicles, including police cars and fire trucks, as well as bucket trucks and street sweepers.

Storytelling with Elizabeth Kahura
Wednesday, March 18, at 10:30 a.m.
This event features stories and African folktales.

Lego Fun 101
Thursday, March 19, from 10 a.m.-noon
Learning Fun 101 will bring Legos for free-building and more.

Gator Caper at GPL Zoo
Friday, March 20, at 1 p.m.
Tweens ages 9-12 can help solve the case of Garry Gator. The prankster escaped from the swamp exhibit and released five zoo animals and hid them in secret locations. There are riddles to solve to figure out which animals are hidden and where. The staff of the GPL Zoo needs to hurry and find the animals and get them back in their exhibits before it’s time to open the zoo. Due to limited space, free tickets will be issued beginning an hour before the program on a first-come, first-served basis. The program is limited to 24 participants.

For more information on spring break at the library, visit library.georgetown.org/spring-break-at-gpl.


Library kicks off child development playshop series

The Georgetown Public Library is kicking off its next series of Family Place Playshops—Play, Learn, Grow! this spring.

These playshops are designed for children ages 12-36 months and their parents and caregivers, and gives parents and caregivers an opportunity to connect with other parents, talk one-on-one with local experts on various aspects of child development and early literacy, and play with their child.

The playshops are informal, play-based, and child-centered. Different resource professionals will be introduced each month. They will speak individually with parents and caregivers, and address questions and concerns they may have.

Playshops will be held from 10-11 a.m. on Feb. 19, March 25, April 22, and May 20. Pre-registration is not required.

Workshop topics include:
Feb. 19: Pediatrician
March 25: Speech and hearing
April 22: Nutrition and vision screening
May 20: Child development

For more information on Family Place at Georgetown Public Library, contact Children’s Services Librarian Bethni King at bethni.king@georgetown.org or (512) 931-7716.

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.

Public invited to cast ballots for People’s Choice Award in library sculpture exhibit

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.

This year’s exhibit opened Sunday, June 23, and lasts through Saturday, Sept. 20. This year’s show includes a People’ Choice Award decided by library visitors, who cast votes for their favorite three pieces out of the 72 pieces in the show. To cast a vote, pick up a ballot in the library’s lobby and place it in the ballot box no later than 8 p.m. on July 16. The sculptor of the piece with the most votes will be awarded the People’s Choice Award and a cash prize at a reception in the library on Sunday, July 21, at 1 p.m.

Other prizes include the Librarians’ Choice decided by library staff, along with additional prizes for select categories.

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. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m.

For more information about this year’s exhibit and events, contact Fine Arts Librarian Dana Hendrix at dana.hendrix@georgetown.org or TSOS Exhibit Coordinator Linda Wilde at lzorawilde@gmail.com.

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 www.imls.gov.

Earth Day programs focus on Monarch butterflies

The Georgetown Public Library along with the Southwestern University Environmental Studies Program and Smith Library Center are co-sponsoring a group of Earth Day events at the Georgetown library, 402 W. Eighth St.

The library will also host two stand-alone discussions on Barbara Kingsolver’s novel “Flight Behavior.” Southwestern University Economics Professor Emily Northrop and Georgetown Assistant Library Director Sally Miculek will lead a book discussion Tuesday, April 17. The second book discussion Monday, April 23, at 7 p.m. will be led by Smith Library Center Director Carol Fonken and Georgetown Fine Arts Librarian Dana Hendrix.

On Monday, April 30, at 7 p.m. David Wolfe, director of conservation strategies at the Environmental Defense Fund, will present “Monarch Butterflies: Threats and What You Can Do to Help.” Northrop will also present a talk on Tuesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. titled “Reducing CO2 Pollution for Monarchs and Humans.”

For more information, visit library.georgetown.org/flight-behavior.