Library Grant to Help Parents and Preschoolers

The library is a place for readers, but a new program at the Georgetown Public Library is focused on toddlers and infants who may be too young to hold a book. The Family Place Libraries program aims to make the Library a welcoming environment for preschoolers and their parents who can learn from experts about child development, nutrition, play, and learning.

The Family Place Libraries program is funded by a grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, one of two grants that the Library has received this year. The aim of Family Place Libraries is to redesign the library environment to be welcoming and appropriate for children beginning at birth. The program also involves outreach to non-traditional library users and connecting parents with the resources, programs, and services offered at the library and other family service agencies. The program recognizes that good health, early learning, parental involvement, and supportive communities each play a critical role in young children’s growth and development.

“This grant is targeted to preschoolers because brain development from ages 0 to 3 is so fast and so important,” says Bethni King, children’s librarian at the Georgetown Public Library. “The grant will help us focus on our collection and focus on our space in the children’s area.”

In addition to toys, games, and books, King says starting next year, the Library is planning to host workshops with experts in child development, nutrition, and parenting. The Family Place Libraries program also includes an assessment and certification process to guide the implementation. Find out more at www.familyplacelibraries.org.

King and Library Director Eric Lashley will attend a three-day training program in Long Island, New York in November. The grant covers the cost of the training and provides $6,000 to implement programs following the Family Place Libraries model.

The Library has received a second grant from the Texas Book Festival for $2,270 for the Library’s Book Club in a Bag collection. The grant is funded by proceeds from the annual Texas Book Festival in Austin.

The Book Club in a Bag program allows one member of a book club to checkout ten copies of a particular title for the entire club. Discussion guides are included with the materials. The grant will allow the Library to expand the program with 25 new titles. A bag can be checked out for two months up to one year in advance.

The new Book Club in a Bag titles should be available by August 1. To find out more about the program or to check out a Book Club in a Bag, contact Sally Miculek, assistant library services director, at sally.miculek@georgetown.org or (512) 931-7620.

Library 50th Anniversary Gala on March 5

The Georgetown Public Library celebrates a half-century of serving the community at a special event next month. The 50th Anniversary Gala is a ticketed, drinks-and-dancing evening social from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 5. The semiformal affair includes hors d’ oeuvres, a gift-basket raffle, and dancing to music by Cienfuegos, a Latin combo.

Library 50th Bday square web“There’s not going to be long-winded speeches at this event,” says Eric Lashley, director of the Georgetown Public Library. “We’re going to have fun. It’s a party.”

Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at the first floor circulation desk. Semiformal attire is requested.

The gala marks the end of a year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary. Georgetown’s library has grown in every way since its humble beginnings as a shoe-string volunteer operation.

The first Public Library location opened in 1966 in a one-room storefront at 802 S. Main Street, just off the Courthouse Square in the KGTN radio building owned by Don and Clara Scarbrough. The nonprofit volunteer-run library depended on donated books to build the collection. In 1970, the library moved to a new building at the corner of Main and Seventh streets, which is the current City Council Chambers.

Verne Philpot became the first employee of the library in 1968. Mrs. Philpot, as she was known, was the first librarian and in her 20-year career, became the first director of the library.

In 1987, after a $1.5 million bond election, the Public Library moved again to a 17,000 square foot building at 808 Martin Luther King, Jr. Street. With the new facility in 1987, the building and library employees officially became a part of the City of Georgetown organization.

After a successful $9.8 million bond election in 2004, the Public Library moved in 2007 to its current 50,000 square foot facility at 402 W. Eighth Street. In addition to significant book, periodical, DVD, and online material collections, the Public Library has grown to include a large children’s area, a public computer cluster, community rooms, and a café. Programming includes the Summer Reading program, art exhibits, music concerts, and other events each week for children, teens, and adults. The library is open seven days each week with a staff of 23 employees and more than 100 volunteers.

The community is invited to join in the March 5 celebration of the Public Library’s 50th anniversary at the Gala. Tickets are on sale at the circulation desk. Find out more about the Georgetown Public Library at library.georgetown.org or visit at 402 W. Eighth Street in downtown Georgetown.

Selma Film Showing and Black History Month Banquet

The 2014 film Selma will be shown in a public screening at the Georgetown Public Library at 5 p.m. on Friday, February 26. The film showing is free and open to the public.

The film tells the story of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the historic march on Selma, Alabama in 1965, which helped to galvanize the civil rights movement and fueled efforts to pass the Voting Rights Act later that year.

“Selma is not a manifesto, a battle cry or a history lesson. It’s a movie: warm, smart, generous and moving in two senses of the word,” says A.O. Scott in a New York Times review of the film. “It will call forth tears of grief, anger, gratitude and hope. And like those pilgrims on the road to Montgomery, it does not rest.”

Selma is rated PG-13 and is 128 minutes on length.

As part of Black History Month activities in Georgetown, the Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association will host the annual Black History Month Banquet at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 12. The banquet is at the McKinney Christian Ministry Center at First United Methodist Church, 410 E. University Avenue. For details, contact Paulette Taylor at ptofgt@aol.com.

The film showing and the banquet are part of a number of events happening in Georgetown in February to mark Black History Month. Other events include discussions of the book Just Mercy at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Georgetown Public Library and a series of four Courageous Conversations about Race at the Public Library.

Partner organizations co-sponsoring these events include the City of Georgetown, Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association, Georgetown Fellowship of Churches, Georgetown Fire Department, Georgetown Independent School District, Georgetown Ministerial Alliance, Getsemani Community Center Board, Georgetown Police Department, Georgetown Public Library, and Southwestern University.

Go to georgetown.org for details about these events.

Courageous Conversations about Race at the Library

Community discussions called Courageous Conversations about Race will explore four themes as they intersect with the topic of race. Each discussion will be at 7 p.m. in the Friends Room of the Georgetown Public Library at 402 W. Eighth Street. The public is invited to attend and participate in these facilitated discussions.

The conversations will be centered on four topics that serve as community cornerstones. Each discussion will include community leaders related to each topic:

Education: Thursday, February 4
Conversation Leaders: Georgetown ISD Trustee Fred Barhydt, GISD parents Amanda Day and Rick Vasquez, and Georgetown Partners in Education Executive Director Amy Brown

Healthcare: Thursday, February 11
Conversation Leaders: Scott Alarcon of Georgetown Health Foundation, Hugh Brown of St. David’s Georgetown Hospital, Rhonda Mundhenk of Lone Star Circle of Care, and Mary Faith Sterk of Georgetown Behavioral Health Hospital

Public Safety: Friday, February 19
Conversation Leaders: Travis County Sheriff’s Office Chaplain Lamar Claypool, Georgetown Fire Department Lt. Jonathan Gilliam, Williamson County Juvenile Services Executive Director Scott Matthews, and Georgetown Police Chief Wayne Nero

Economic Development: Thursday, February 25
Conversation Leaders: Georgetown developer Bob Brent, Georgetown businessman Richard Glasco, Georgetown City Manager David Morgan, and Georgetown Chamber of Commerce CEO Karen Sheldon

Note that the topics that correspond to each date have been re-arranged from a list that was publicized in the February issue of the Reporter newsletter that is mailing out in customer utility bills in January.

These Courageous Conversations about Race are part of a number of events happening in Georgetown in February to mark Black History Month. Other events include discussions of the book Just Mercy at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Georgetown Public Library, a screening of the film Selma on February 26 at the Public Library, and a Black History Month Banquet sponsored by the Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association on February 12 at the McKinney Christian Ministry Center at First United Methodist Church.

Partner organizations co-sponsoring these events include the City of Georgetown, Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association, Georgetown Fellowship of Churches, Georgetown Fire Department, Georgetown Independent School District, Georgetown Ministerial Alliance, Getsemani Community Center Board, Georgetown Police Department, Georgetown Public Library, and Southwestern University.

Go to georgetown.org for details about these events.

Just Mercy Book Discussions at the Library

Just Mercy book coverJust Mercy, a memoir and New York Times bestseller by Bryan Stevenson, will be the subject of book discussions at the Georgetown Public Library in February.  The book discussions are free and open to the public.

In the book Stevenson, a Harvard Law graduate, exposes the continuing legacy of racial injustice in the U.S. criminal justice system. “Not since Atticus Finch has a fearless and committed lawyer made such a difference in the American South,” says reviewer John Grisham. “Though larger than life, Atticus exists only in fiction. Bryan Stevenson, however, is very much alive and doing God’s work fighting for the poor, the oppressed, the voiceless, the vulnerable, the outcast, and those with no hope. Just Mercy is his inspiring and powerful story.”

Discussions of Just Mercy will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays on February 3, 10, 17, and 24 on the bridge on the second floor of the Georgetown Public Library at 402 W. Eighth Street.

The discussions of Just Mercy are part of a number of events happening in Georgetown in February to mark Black History Month. Other events include a series of four Courageous Conversations about Race at the Public Library, a screening of the film Selma on February 26 at the Public Library, and a Black History Month Banquet sponsored by the Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association on February 12 at the McKinney Christian Ministry Center at First United Methodist Church.

Go to georgetown.org for details about these events.

Gallery Georgetown Annual Art Tour Oct. 10

Gallery Georgetown

Gallery Georgetown 2015 takes place this Saturday, Oct. 10, from 5-10 pm. It is a community-wide tour of art galleries, exhibition spaces, and studios now in its fourth year. Gallery Georgetown benefits the Georgetown Art Center: participants can support the art center by purchasing the evening’s original 5×7″ artwork or bidding on silent auction artwork.

Participating Gallery Georgetown venues open from 5-8:30 are:

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Artisans Connect Gallery
Atelier Thomas Anselment
The BiG Shop
Kathleen McElwaine Art
The Gallery at One Love Tattoos
Rustics
Southwestern University Fine Arts Gallery
Visual Arts Club at Sun City
The Courtyard at Two Rivers Retail
Georgetown Public Library
The Williamson Museum

Each art venue listed above will be open to the public from 5 pm to 8:30 pm to showcase an art exhibition, a performance, or a demonstration. The Gallery Georgetown Shuttle will run between all of the venues. Participants are encouraged to visit as many venues as possible before they close at 8:30.

At 6 pm, the Georgetown Art Center will open, showcasing and selling 5×7″ art pieces priced at $20 and $50, as well as silent auction artwork. After the art tour ends at 8:30 and the other venues close, everyone will gather at the Georgetown Art Center for a reception to announce the winners of the silent auction pieces. Winners will be announced at 9:30 pm.

The last Gallery Georgetown Shuttle run will be at 10 pm when the party concludes.

Arts & Culture Guide 2015-2016 cover imageThursday, Oct. 8, there will be a Preview Party where participants can view the silent auction artwork before the night of the event. One piece that will be included in the silent auction is “Lost in Your Charms” by Leslie Kell, the artist whose work graces the cover of the Georgetown Arts & Culture Guide for 2015-16 (shown at left).

Join with Georgetown residents, visitors, and artists for an engaging evening of art on Oct. 10, and consider coming to the Preview Party Oct. 8, as well. Gallery Georgetown is a great arts tradition in Georgetown and a wonderful way to spend time with friends.

Art Hop Exhibit at Art Center and Library Oct. 2-30

Art Hop Library WallThe Georgetown Art Center and the Georgetown Public Library are the locations for the 2015 Art Hop exhibit. Now in its eighth year, the Art Hop is a statewide arts competition that celebrates Texas artists. Hundreds of artists from 71 cities across Texas entered works in the competition; 150 works of art from 112 artists were selected to be exhibited in the show.

The competition categories include 2D Abstract, 2D Representational, 3D, Photography, and Printmaking. The 2015 Art Hop Judge Panel includes Fidéncio Duran, Claude Van Lingen, Jason Makepeace, Donna De Cesare, and Lynwood Kreneck.

An artist reception and awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, Oct. 4, from 2-5, and is free and open to the public.  The progressive reception will take place at both the Georgetown Art Center and at the Georgetown Public Library in sequence:

Georgetown Public Library 2-3:15 pm
Georgetown Art Center opens 3:15-5 pm, with awards given at 3:45

The exhibit is free and open to the public, and will run at both locations through Oct. 30. The Georgetown Art Center is at 816 South Main Street, and the Georgetown Public Library is at 402 West 8th Street. For more information, visit georgetownartcentertx.org.

 

 

Austin Classical Guitar Ensemble to Perform in Library Oct. 18

The Austin Classical Guitar Ensemble, under the direction of Eric Pearson, will perform in the library on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 2 pm. The program will consist of arrangements of earlier period works by Bach, Palestrina and Saint-Saëns as well as works by contemporary composers for guitar ensemble including Roland Dyens, Francis Kleynjans and Jürg Kindle.

The Austin Classical Guitar Community Ensembles have been in existence for well over a decade and offer performing opportunities for adult amateurs and professionals in the Austin community. The community guitar ensembles play frequently in Austin and the surrounding areas. The ensemble program also hosts the ACG Fest each spring and invites other guitar ensembles from Texas and the Southwestern region to Austin to perform and premiere a new composition for guitar ensemble each year.

Eric Pearson is originally from Western New York and serves as the director of Austin Classical Guitar’s community ensembles. Formerly the Executive Director of the Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Program of Jamestown, New York, Mr. Pearson also taught in public schools and has maintained a private studio for over a decade.  As a performer, he has worked with Rich Little, John Bacon, and Bruce Johnstone, among others, and has toured frequently as a member of the Fredonia Guitar Quartet.  In addition to his duties as director of the Community Guitarists program, he also serves as an educator in ACG’s outreach program that currently works with guitar programs in over 50 Austin ISD schools.

Free and open to the public, this performance is a gift of the Friends of the Georgetown Public Library. Come and go, or have a seat in the library Lobby and enjoy the concert. The Georgetown Public Library is located at 402 W. Eighth Street in Georgetown.

Five Artists to Participate in Sculpture Demonstrations Sept. 19 in the Library

Five accomplished Texas sculptors will demonstrate varied creative techniques in the Lobby of the Georgetown Public Library on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. The demonstration is open to the public free of charge, and will be a friendly and informal come-and-go event where attendees can observe and talk with the artists as they work and explain their process.

Mary Thrasher Griffin will be demonstrating two methods of sculpting in wax. After teaching music for 27 years, she traveled to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and studied sculpting techniques. In 2014 she had a one-woman show of 82 pieces. She says, “Years of teaching and my love of music forged my work as a sculptor. I strive for lyrical rhythms and expressive form and movement. Concentrating on figures and portraits, my goal is for each piece to tell its own story through expression, form and movement.”

Summertime, by Mary Thrasher Griffin
Summertime, by Mary Thrasher Griffin

Joe Kenney, a bronze sculptor, will demonstrate two methods of creating fine art bronze sculpture from tabletop to monumental size: clay sculpting to bronze casting, and 3-dimensional digital sculpting to 3-D printing to bronze casting. Since 2005, 27 pieces of Mr. Kenney’s sculptures have been or are scheduled for installations in museum, public, educational and religious settings.

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Infinite Possibilities, by Joe Kenney

Dar Richardson will demonstrate how to hand build with terra cotta clay.  Creating with terra cotta clay can be accomplished at any age and any skill level. Dar says, “Creating with clay is fun. I enjoy showing what is involved in working with clay.”

When in Doubt by Dar Richardson
When in Doubt by Dar Richardson

Marla Ripperda will be demonstrating built-up cement sculpting, and explaining how this medium is appropriate for garden applications as well as fine art.

Sad & Mad by Marla Ripperda
Sad & Mad by Marla Ripperda

Linda Wilde is a mosaic artist who works mainly on 3-dimensional pieces.  She will demonstrate scoring and cutting glass, using different adhesive types and creating a sculptural mosaic.  Her work is shown in galleries in Austin and Fredericksburg.

Relations, by Linda Wilde
Relations, by Linda Wilde

All of the artists welcome questions during the demonstration.

All five of the participating sculptors have work on exhibit currently in the Texas Society of Sculptors 8th Annual Show, which runs through Sept. 25 in the library.

The Georgetown Public Library is at 402 West Eighth Street. For more information, call the library at (512) 930-3551.

Art Exhibit by Williamson County Art Guild in Library Through Sept. 26

The Williamson County Art Guild exhibits examples of their members’ work in the exhibit space on the second floor of the Georgetown Public Library through September 26. The exhibiting artists will be available for conversation at an artists reception in the library on Sunday, Sept. 6, at 1 pm. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

The art guild, a nonprofit organization that works to stimulate interest in art in Williamson County through exhibits, artists’ programs, and sponsorship of scholarships and workshops, meets monthly in the library. Read more about the guild at wcartguild.org.

Nearly 60 works are included in the current exhibit, including “Tulip” by Diana Einwich, above.

The exhibit can be viewed all the hours the library is open: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday noon – 5 p.m. The library is at 402 W. Eighth Street, Georgetown, Texas, 78626.

For more information, call the Georgetown Public Library at (512) 930-3551.