Building Community One Page at a Time

Each October, for Gulf Coast Reads, libraries throughout southeast Texas encourage residents to read and discuss a selected book as a way of building stronger, more connected communities. This year’s title should be of particular interest to people who call the Texas Gulf Coast their home. The Promise is set on Galveston Island before, during and after the devastating hurricane of 1900 and tells the story of a young woman who is forced by scandal to flee her home in Ohio to a farm on the Island and a marriage of convenience where she struggles to adjust to her new life and family.

The author Ann Weisgarber has strong ties to the area as well--she splits her time between homes in Sugarland and Galveston, and we are very excited that she will making several personal appearances at libraries and other venues across the area, including a special kick-off event hosted by Houston Chronicle columnist Lisa Gray at the Museum of Fine Arts’ Brown Auditorium on Sunday, October 4 at 3:00 p.m.

In addition to author book talks, participating libraries and other institutions have planned special programs and events inspired by the book’s predominant issues and themes. Visit for a complete schedule of author visits, events and book discussions.

Now in its fifth year, Gulf Coast Reads was created by libraries and partner organizations across southeast Texas to encourage 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. This year, over thirty libraries and library systems, school districts, colleges and partner organizations across southeast Texas are participating in Gulf Coast Reads.

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David, thank you for kicking

David, thank you for kicking off the blog. I'm excited about GCR with its record-breaking 111 programs in seven counties. Yep, that's right: 111 events. Who says people don't read?

Isn't it great? The partners

Isn't it great? The partners have jumped in with both feet this year. We'll have another post early next week highlighting some of those 111 programs. Thanks for everything, Ann!