Award winners announced in Texas Society of Sculptors Annual Summer Show

The Texas Society of Sculptors announced the award winners for its 13th Annual Summer Show at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St., on Aug. 15. A video of the award presentations, including views of the winning pieces, is available at library.georgetown.org/tsos-awards.

Library Director Sally Miculek presented the Librarians’ Choice and People’s Choice awards. She then introduced the awards juror for the summer sculpture show: Graeme Durant, assistant curator at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum.

Durant presented the awards for first, second, and third places, as well as three honorable mentions.

Award winners are:

People’s Choice: “And He Did Ride” by Ronnie Wells
Librarians’ Choice: “Carol’s Bouquet” by Ken Law
First Place: “Rapunzel’s Tower Under the Full Moon” by Valérie Chaussonnet
Second Place: “1.618” by Evan Horne
Third Place: “Pirate’s Woman” by James R. Woodruff
Honorable mention: “Ready for Takeoff” by Dar Richardson
Honorable mention: “Jave” by Ken Law
Honorable mention: “Laugh, You Jester. You Are Not Allowed to Cry” by Czes Sornat

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 Texas Society of Sculptors 13th Summer Sculpture Show in the Georgetown Public Library lasts through Sept. 17. This exhibit, hosted by the library with sponsorship from the City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board, features 78 works of sculpture by 40 artists.

“The Georgetown Public Library offers an excellent environment for viewing art, most of which are available for purchase,” Miculek said. “We are thrilled to once again have this exhibit and hope even more library patrons will come visit to see these stunning pieces while they’re still in our community.”

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

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

[UPDATED Aug. 10, 2021: The awards reception planned for 1 p.m. this Sunday, Aug. 15,  in Georgetown Public Library has been canceled by the Texas Society of Sculptors due to the rising number of new COVID-19 cases in Williamson County. Instead, awards will be announced online on the Texas Society of Sculptors website and the library website.]

 
For 13 years, 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 from across the state work in wood, glass, bronze, ceramics, and more. Most pieces in the exhibit are available for purchase.

This year’s exhibit opened Sunday, June 20, and lasts through Friday, Sept. 17. The show includes a People’s Choice Award decided by library visitors, who cast votes for their favorite three pieces out of the 78 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 5 p.m. Saturday, July 31. The sculptor of the piece with the most votes will be awarded the People’s Choice Award and a cash prize.

Prizes determined by this year’s exhibit juror, Graeme Durant, curatorial assistant at Umlauf Sculpture Garden + Museum, include first, second, and third place, as well as three honorable mentions. These will be announced Aug. 15, in addition to the People’s Choice and Librarians’ Choice awards. Prizes are funded by the City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board.

The library will also host a sculpture demonstration featuring several of this year’s sculptors demonstrating various techniques and processes. The free event will be held in the library lobby, 402 W. Eighth St., from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11.

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

Kittens in the Library

The Georgetown Animal Shelter will host a kitten adoption event from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 16 at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St.

The shelter will bring kittens available for adoption to the library, where there will be opportunities to meet, pet, and, hopefully, adopt some kittens.

Adoption fees are $35 at the event, and kittens will be able to go straight home with their new families. A cardboard carrier and kitten food will be provided to adopters.

For more information about animal adoptions, visit pets.georgetown.org.

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

NOTICE OF INTENTION REGARDING CITY OF GEORGETOWN, TEXAS
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.

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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.