Gulf Coast Reads

Gulf Coast Reads Craft: Japanese Flying Carp

Japanese Flying CarpThe 2016 Gulf Coast Reads Title is: The Train to the Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell. In honor of this year's title we will celebrate Japanese culture by making Flying Carps on Wednesday, October 12th, at 4:30 pm in the Public Meeting Room. 

Freedom v Security: Wartime Threats and Civil Liberties

From 1942 to 1945 secret government trains delivered American civilians to an internment camp in Crystal City, 110 miles southwest of San Antonio. The trains carried Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants and their American-born children, the vast majority of whom were deeply loyal to the United States, had never been charged with a crime, and were unable to understand why they had been forced to leave their homes. This year’s Gulf Coast Reads selection, Jan Jarboe Russell’s The Train to Crystal City, documents heart wrenching stories about these families, caught up in the exigencies of war.

It is easy to come away from the book outraged at the Roosevelt administration and other officials’ involvement in such egregious violations of people’s civil rights. Lone Star College History professor, Dr. Steven Prewitt, in a lecture here in the library on Thursday, October 20th, will explore the fundamental question this study invites us to consider: What is an appropriate balance between liberty and security?

That’s Thursday, October 20th, from 6:00-7:30 p.m., in the Meeting Room, Room L-129.

Book Hunters in Brief #145: Gulf Coast Reads Edition; What to Read When You Have Finished The Train to Crystal City

Imagine you're a teenager, your country--the only home you have ever known--has just been plunged into war, and you are being put on a train with the rest of your family that will take you to what amounts to the ends of the earth not because of anything you have done, but because your father was born in one of the countries, your country is at war with.

And that's just the beginning of your story.

Intrigued?

Gulf Coast Reads The Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell

Gulf Coast Reads starts October 1. There will be special events, author visits, and, of course, lively discussions all across southeast Texas.

Gulf Coast Reads Events Calendar 
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The Train to Crystal City: This year's Gulf Coast Reads selection

Did you know that from 1942 to 1945 secret government trains regularly delivered American civilians to an internment camp in Crystal City, 110 miles southwest of San Antonio? The trains carried Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants and their American-born children; the vast majority of whom were deeply loyal to the United States, were never charged with a crime, and were unable to understand why they had been forced to leave their homes. Jan Jarboe Russell, a writer at large for Texas Monthly and other publications has written a gripping record of the World War II Crystal City, and it has been chosen as the Gulf Coast Reads selection for this year.

This October, Gulf Coast Reads The Train to Crystal City

October is just around the corner and for Harris County Public Library, and partner libraries, school districts,  universities and other organizations all over southeast Texas that means we are busy planning programs and booking presenters for Gulf Coast Reads 2016.

Now in its seventh year, Gulf Coast Reads is a reading initiative that encourages the reading and discussion of a selected title each October. It is meant to raise awareness of public libraries’ crucial role in building stronger, more connected communities and to remind readers just how fun it is share and talk over a great story.

There's Still Room on the Bus to the Author Meet 'n' Greet for Gulf Coast Reads Author Ann Weisgarber

In case you're thinking you're too late to join the Precinct 4 bus trip for folks 50 years and older to Bellaire Civic Center this Thursday to hear Gulf Coast Reads author Ann Weisgarber speak about her book, The Promise, there are still a few seats open. Sign up online by going into our EVENTS calendar or just give us a call at 832-559-4213 and we'll sign you up. The bus leaves at 3:30 p.m. and should return by 9:30 p.m. You'll need to buy dinner--the bus is stopping at the Cuban cafe, Cafe Piquet--but the rest of the evening is free. 

 

 

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.

"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. 

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