About Us

About Us

Founded in 1965, The Friends of The Georgetown Public Library have become the library’s most dependable benefactor, raising funds through a wide variety of programs. Our mission is to promote public use and community support of the library, foster appreciation of its value as a cultural and educational asset to the community, and encourage the extension and improvement of its services. We currently have over 500 members!

Please contact us to learn more.

Fundraising Programs

In addition to revenue generated through the Second-Hand Prose bookstore, the Friends also raise funds through several other programs designed to encourage the community to visit the public library (and to read more books).

Hill Country Authors Series

Amanda Eyre Ward

Founded in 2006, the Hill Country Authors Series features local authors and brings members together for an exciting social engagement. A complete printable list of past and upcoming Hill Country Authors Series events.

Book-a-Day Calendar Annual Sale

Are you looking for a thoughtful gift for the reader in your life? The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library want to make your holiday shopping easier. At the end of each year (November/December timeframe) the Friends sell Book Lover’s Page-a-Day Calendars for the upcoming year.

Annual Fish City Grill Benefit

Fish City Grill

Fish City Grill gives back to our community through their First Tuesday Benefit program. Since 2007, the Friends have hosted an annual fundraising night, and Fish City Grill donates 15% of the receipts for the evening to support our initiatives.

Where the money we raise goes

The Friends raise money to fund un-budgeted projects at the library, which come in all shapes and sizes to help the library run smoothly.  We underwrite purchases for many tools necessary for the library to provide a wide range of services, which include: the WOW! Mobile, library databases, Grammy Award CD collection, self-checkout PC’s, Summer children’s program, Sunday music programs, eBooks, early literacy equipment, and more!

Here’s more details about some of our major projects and investments:

    • In 2014-15 we raised $73,569 for the Georgetown Public Library. The money went to WOW! Mobile supplies, new adult nonfiction, Grammy Award CDs, new DVDs, and adult best-sellers.
    • In 2013-14 we raised $49,036. This was used for many projects, including bookmobile supplies and summer program, Zinio online magazine subscription for the library, and furniture for the children’s and teen’s library areas.
    • In 2012-13 we gave $40,624 to the library. This went to various areas of support, including $10,000 to purchase eBooks!
    • In 2010 we raised $130,000 to buy the new WOW! Mobile Library van — the “bookmobile.” The City of Georgetown agreed to support ongoing operational costs, including maintenance and the salary for an Outreach Librarian for the bookmobile. This new service delivers library services to folks who might not be able to get to the library.
    • In 2010 we made it possible for the library to purchase software to schedule the many meeting rooms that are available to the public.
    • In 2008 and 2009 we funded the leasing charges for some data bases that are available to library patrons, as well as a large addition to the library’s CD collection of Grammy Award winners.
    • In 2009 we began to help fund the monthly live music program at the library.
    • In 2009-10 we funded the Book Club in a Bag program, and contributed to the cost of establishing a downloadable audio book program.
    • The Friends have sponsored reference databases for library patrons for several years. While they don’t sound very exciting or interesting, reference databases provide easy and free access to a variety of forms and assistance for community members.
    • We have historically funded the Children’s Summer Reading Program, and in 2006 began underwriting the Teen Summer Reading Program.
    • Each month we provide 500 copies of Book Pages, a newspaper which reviews the most current book titles, available to library patrons.