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January 2017 Newsletter

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Happy New Year to Everyone!

Library Holiday Hours
Note: the library will be closed January 1-2. SHP

Special for January
The Second-Hand Prose special this month is buy one fiction and get one free of equal or lesser value, excluding Collector’s Corner.

Library Director Eric Lashley Named One of Georgetown’s “People of the Year”
The Williamson County Sun has named Eric Lashley as one of the county’s most influential citizens for 2016. Lashley became director in 2000 and this year marks his 20th year with the library. Under his leadership 24 staff members, many part-time employees and lots of volunteers (like you!) keep the library working smooth as silk.

Lashley is a big believer in trust and has made several enhancements to the library during his tenure. He was one of the first to realize that, with the growth of the internet, libraries were gointo have to change to remain relevant. He also has started some unique program, such as the bicycle share program which, in his words. as “collateral benefits.” The bike share program, originally a purely recreational activity, has evolved into a cheap, affordable way to get to work for many people.

He notes that “[the library] is a true melting pot….I love that about my job. …Where else do you get to se a homeless guy and a millionaire sitting next to each other …and enjoying their library. And it is their library.”

The Friends extend their warm congratulations to Eric Lashley for a job well done! Let’s all help him make the Georgetown Public Library even greater in 2017.

2017 Calendar Sale—A Big Success
The extremely popular Book Lover’s calendars are all sold out again! An enthusiastic round of applause to all who volunteered at the lobby sale, wrapping party, SHP, and behind the scenes! This event would not be possible without your loyal support and participation.

February Hill Country Authors Series Amy Gentry
Mark your calendars now for the next HCAS event which will be held February 23 at 2 pm. The author will be Amy Gentry, author of the mystery Good as Gone. Tickets will go on sale starting January 17, 2017, $15 in advance and $18 at the door.

About the book: When 13-year old Julie Whitaker is kidnapped from her bedroom in the middle of the night, her family shatters. As the years go by and the search for Julie turns up nothing, even her mother Anna begins to lose hope. Then one night the doorbell rings. A young woman who appears to be Julie is finally, miraculously, home safe. The family is ecstatic—only Anna can see the holes in Julie’s story. Fighting her worst fears, Anna begins a tortuous search for the truth about the young woman she desperately hopes is her daughter.

Note that tickets will be available on-line starting January 17 at You may also purchase them at SHP, the WOW!mobile, or by contacting Marcy Lowe at 512-868-8974. A dessert from the Red Poppy Café in the library will be served with the presentation.

The Friends Has a New Website Address
Do you know? The Friends has a new website address. Jot this down:

January Music Program
Every month there is a free concert in the library! The library hosts “Live Music at the Library” at 2 pm the third Sunday of each month. Concerts are usually held in the first floor lobby area and are open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required; just come have a seat and enjoy the music. Come and go as you like. The music series is a gift of the Friends of the Georgetown Public Library.

The program for January will be Chamber Music of Brahms on January 15. Accomplished pianist Kiyoshi Tmagawa has assembled a talented ensemble of musicians to collaborate on and perform an exciting program just for you! Come and enjoy!

Thanks for Your Support for The Library
Have you ever wondered how your membership dues and our fundraising events work to support the library? Here is a partial list of projects that the Friends have funded in the last few years. These projects are not in the library’s budget and would not be possible without our loyal members. You are our most valuable assets! What a wonderful way to make our library the best around!

$130,000 purchase of the WOW!mobile book mobile
$35,000 for new best sellers
$32,500 for Overdrive eBooks and Overdrive software subscription
$15,000 for books for the WOW!mobile
$10,000 for Zinio-online magazine subscriptions
$8,000 annually for the Sunday Afternoon Music at the Library
$8,000 for adult non-fiction
$7,000 for Grammy Award Music CDs
$5,000 for monthly subscription of 500 copies of BookPage—a publication free to patrons

A Big Thank You!
Terry Mack has been one of the Money Counters for several years. She is resigning at the end of 2016 due to other responsibilities. We appreciate all she has done for the Friends over the years. Lisa Patrick will become a new money counter.

Next FOL Board Meeting
The next FOL Board meeting will be January 11 at 9 a.m. at the library. Members and visitors are invited to attend. Note that minutes from the monthly board meetings are posted on the FOL website.