Crafts for Kids (and Grownups, Too)!

If you haven't yet made it to a Gulf Coast Reads program, what are you waiting for? Here are some of Wednesday’s Gulf Coast Reads programs: kids can make mermaid crowns or picture frames from seashells at Harris County – North Channel Branch Library, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Grownups can mosey on over to Harris County – Kingwood Branch to make their own music and beach-themed trinket box at 6:30 p.m. We're not sure how, but Ann is still going strong and will be visiting Clear Lake City – County Freeman Branch Library to talk about The Promise with you and friends, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., so please make plans to join us. Her visit is sponsored by Clear Creek ISD and the Freeman Branch Library.

It's All About the Book - The Promise

little free libraryWe're almost at the halfway point for this year's Gulf Coast Reads month and we hope you've had the chance to attend at least one event.  If you haven't, tomorrow - Tuesday, October 13th - you will have the chance to attend a musical evening at Brazoria County's Sweeny Library or meet author Ann Weisgarber at the George Memorial Library in Fort Bend County or hear Linda Mcdonald share stories of the Great 1900 Storm at Harris County Public Library's Evelyn Meador Branch.  We're learning about the storm, the history, the music and dance, the food - and so much more!

All of the activities for the month are based around The Promise, and we're taking this opportunity to remind you to read or finish reading the book and get involved in a local book discussion group.  We've got plenty listed on the Gulf Coast Reads Events Calendar, but you can also share the book with your neighborhood book club, family or friends.  Let's all get #gulfcoastreading!

The Galveston Storm from Many Different Perspectives

Clear Lake City – County Freeman Branch Library’s TGIF program this week is The 1900 Hurricane in Words & Pictures presented by Andrew Coleman, Historian, Digital Projects and Interpretations for the Galveston Historical Foundation. The event will be held in the Community Room of Freeman Branch Library located at 16616 Diana Lane. Friday, October 9. 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

On Saturday, Lisa May, Director of Archives & Records for the Archdiocese of Galveston – Houston will give a talk on the 1900 Storm’s impact on area churches and the storm’s destruction of St. Mary’s Orphanage where ninety children and ten of their Sisters of Charity caregivers perished.  La Porte Community Library, 600 South Broadway. Saturday, October 10. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday Highlight Programs

Galveston, Oh, Galveston: Wednesday morning at Lone Star College – CyFair Branch Library, Ann will talk about the extensive research she did to give The Promise both its factual accuracy and period detail, as well as about how the 1900 Storm forever changed Galveston and Houston. The event will be held in the Library’s meeting room 101, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. 

Historically Speaking: Hurricanes of Houston

Houston History MagazineJoin us on Tuesday, October 6th, from 5:30 - 7:00 PM at the University of Houston's Student Center Ballroom to hear a panel of experts on Houston's hurricanes, including Houston’s response to Hurricane Katrina. Former Mayor Bill White; Dr. David Persse, Medical Director for Houston EMS; Dr. Neil Frank, former Director of the National Hurricane Center and Chief Meteorologist at KHOU; and Diana Rodriguez, Administrative Coordinator for Houston EMS, will take part along with the magazine’s editor-in-chief and Houston historian Joe Pratt. 

This panel is presented by University of Houston - Houston History in conjunction with the annual Gulf Coast Reads program. Author Ann Weisgarber will be on hand to introduce The Promise and her research as part of the panel.


Author Talk in Pasadena & Through a Night of Horrors: the 1900 Galveston Storm at Spring Branch Memorial

Look up ‘peripatetic’ in the dictionary and you may find a picture of Ann Weisgarber. Then again, you may not, because, if it’s anything like the flesh and blood Ann, it will probably be visiting another page of the dictionary—perhaps over in the W’s at ‘wayfaring’ or maybe the M’s for ‘mundivagant.’

Have a Gulf Coast Reads Weekend, October 3-4

gulf coast reads mfahThe first weekend of Gulf Coast Reads kicks off with a trio of great free events!

Gulf Coast Reads Is Getting Off to a Fast Start

Gulf Coast Reads 2015 gets off to a fast start with the first of many appearances by the author of Gulf Coast Reads 2015 selection, The Promise. Dickinson Public Library will host An Evening with Ann Weisgarber on Thursday, October 1 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by Hitchcock, La Marque and Mae S. Bruce Public Libraries. As with all Gulf Coast Reads programs, admission is free.

Dickinson Public Library is located at 4411 Highway 3, Dickinson TX 77539. Phone: 281-534-3812.

Countdown to Gulf Coast Reads

We've been working all year behind the scenes, but we're finally about to reach October and our month of reading and activities surrounding Ann Weisgarber's book The Promise.  It's time again to make sure you get a copy of the book everyone in the area will be reading and discussing. The Gulf Coast Reads libraries and partners are very proud of this year's offerings, with a record 117 educational programs and book discussion groups to choose from throughout October.  Whether you're interested in Galveston history, the 1900 hurricane, music, food or dancing from the turn of the century, or you want to talk about a great book with other readers - we've got something for you!