Gulf Coast Reads

Gulf Coast Reads--Events at Spring Branch-Memorial Library

Promise coverGulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page is an annual initiative whose goal is to encourage our communities to read the same title during the month of October and discuss it with neighbors, co-workers, friends and their families.  This year’s selection, The Promise by Ann Weisgarber,  is set on Galveston Island before, during and after the devastating hurricane of 1900.

To stimulate the discussion and enhance the understanding of the book, Spring Branch-Memorial Library is offering the following free programs:

Through a Night of Horrors: the 1900 Galveston Storm with speaker Shelly Kelly
Monday, October 5
7:00-8:00 p.m.

Lunchtime Bookclub
Tuesday, October 20
12:00-1:00 p.m.

The Page Turners Book Club with author Ann Weisgarber
Tuesday, November 10
6:30 p.m.

Sea Shells Craft at North Channel Library

Sea ShellsCome join us at North Channel Library this Wednesday, October 14, at 4:30 pm for a Gulf Coast Reads Children's Craft. We will be using a variety of different sea shells to make your own mermaid crown or frame.

TGIF Programs Hosts Andrew Coleman's Presentation "1900 Storm in Words & Photos" Friday

TGIF Programs invites adults of all ages to join us on Friday, October 9 at 10:30 AM. We are pleased to host a presentation by Andrew Coleman, Historian, Digital Projects and Interpretations for the Galveston Historical Foundation. This presentation is part one of the Gulf Coast Reads events hosted at Freeman Library.

Snacks provided by Friends of Freeman Library.


"The Promise" of Romance

Last Thursday was the kick-off for Gulf Coast Reads 2015, which means people all across the Gulf Coast region are reading Ann Weisgarber’s The Promise, a historical fiction novel largely set in Galveston during the time leading up to the deadly 1900 hurricane.  Here are some titles to feed your appetite for historical romance after finishing The Promise.

Go West Young Woman

Check out these romances that feature heroines traveling out west, choosing to become mail-order brides, shotgun weddings and marriages of convenience. 

Gulf Coast Reads Book Discussion

The Promise


The History Lovers’ Book Club at Baldwin Boettcher will talk about Ann Weisgarber’s novel, The Promise, on Friday, October 16, at 2 pm.  Please join us for lemonade, cookies, and a spirited conversation about this 2015 Gulf Coast Reads title set in 1900 Galveston.

Gulf Coast Reads Events @ your library this October

Freeman Library is proud to host three different Gulf Coast Reads events this October. Please contact the library for more information. All programs at Freeman Library are free, open to the public, and supported by the Friends of Freeman Library


Book Hunters in Brief #93: Further Reading for Gulf Coast Reads

There's a feeling that all readers know when they the last words on the last page of a good book. Actually, I don't think it's a feeling; it is many feelings all swirling together: exhilaration, satisfaction, contentment, pride, but also hunger for the next book and a twinge of doubt that they'll ever find another that will give such pleasure.

Sweet Evelina! It's Pelican Drawing at Aldine Library!

Join us at the Aldine Library on Thursday, October 1st at 4 PM as we kick off Gulf Coast Reads 2015 and this year's book selection: The Promise by Ann Weisgarber. We'll relive some of the music of the era by listening to a recording of Texas Dance-Hall tune "Sweet Evelina." Also, we will practice drawing pelicans- a sight commonly seen along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Come join us for fun and music!

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