The 1900 Galveston Storm Wasn't Just a Galveston Storm

There is no doubt that Galveston bore the brunt of the devastating 1900 storm, but a hurricane as strong as strong as that one cuts a wide swath of destruction. This evening at Brazoria County - West Columbia Library, This evening at 7:00 p.m., Amanda McKay from the Varner-Hogg Plantation will look at the 1900 hurricane as it affected Brazoria County. The Varner-Hogg Plantation sits on 66 acres along the Brazos River. With its antebellum mansion, pecan orchards and original outbuilding, the plantation is a State Historic Site dedicated to educating visitors about issues of class, land and race in the context of Texas and American history.

Saturday: Ann and Opera at the Freed-Montrose Library

freed montrose libraryIf we can all get around without a boat on Saturday, make sure to stop by for the Houston Public Library Quarterly Author Series presenting Ann Weisgarber as part of Gulf Coast Reads. Ann will read and discuss her book, The Promise. The program will open with a short preview of Houston Grand Opera's "The Root of the Wind is Water".

Saturday, October 24, 2015 | 2 PM – 4 PM
Freed-Montrose Library 
4100 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006
Library: Gulf Coast Reads
Location: Houston - Freed-Montrose Neighborhood Library
Other Information:
 The artists performing from the Houston Grand Opera include: Julia Fox, Soprano; Megan Berti, Messo-Soprano and Christopher Turbessi, Piano/Keyboard.
Contact Number: 832/393-1800

Friday: The Great Hurricane

Yes, Joseph Pellerin has been an adjunct professor of American History, first at Angelina College and then, for the past nine years at San Jacinto College, but he is also owner of Galveston Historic Tours, so it's a good bet that his lecture on the The Great Hurricane of 1900 this Friday October 23 at Deer Park Public Library won't be some dry recitation of facts. This is someone who knows how to keep an audience's interest. We hope to see you there!

The Great Hurricane
Deer Park Public Library
Friday, October 24.
11:00 a.m.
3009 Center St,


Responsible Pet Ownership, Heroes of the Sea and More on Tap for Thursday

Part of our job as pet "owners" is to make sure our pets are safe from severe weather--from winter freezes to hurricanes. Harris County -  Katherine Tyra Branch Library @ Bear Creek will be hosting representatives from Harris Co

Wednesday Highlights: Dance Hall Music and Engineering!

If you combine Ann's talk about her research process in writing The Promise and the special preview of Houston Grand Opera's The Root of the Wind Is Water at Rosenberg Library, with a Texas Dance Hall performance at Cy-Fair College Library and a talk about The Promise and Engineering at Houston Community College - Felix Fraga Campus , you couldn't ask for a better illustration of the way a single book can open up a world of possibilities for its readers.

Join us for Sweet Evalina and Other Texas Dance Hall Music at Cy-Fair College Library. Pianist and fiddler, Emme Jennings (who just happens to be all of 12 years old) will play selections from The Promise followed by a short demonstration of Texas Dance Hall dances by Kelly Norton and Gary Faulkenberry. The event will be held in the college's ARTS Building Recital Hall 102 on Wednesday, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. (Click here for parking information and detailed directions to the venue).

Wednesday @ Rosenberg Library Ann Weisgarber with a Preview of HGO's The Root of the Wind is Water

On Wednesday, Rosenberg Library will be hosting a special visit from Ann Weisgarber. She will talk about the extensive research on Galveston and the 1900 Storm that she did for her novel--much of which was conducted in that very library, so it will be a homecoming of sorts. What is more, the program will open with a special preview of Houston Grand Opera's The Root of the Wind is Water which tells the story of a woman who refuses to leave her home as a hurricane surges toward Galveston. It draws on the legacy of the 1900 storm as well as Hurricane Ike.

Afternoon Tea, Popular Dances of 1900 & More


Many of our programs have focused, for obvious reasons, on the 1900 Galveston Storm and its historical significance as well as the role it plays in The Promise. Friday, we will be offering a little taste of what life might have been like for Catherine Wainwright as the rising young pianist in the rising, young city of Dayton, Ohio.

Volunteer instructors from the T. E. Harman Senior Center in Sugar Land will demonstrate dances that were popular at the turn of the 20th century. Put on your dancing shoes, grab you partner and join us at Ft Bend County – Sugar Land Branch Library, 550 Eldridge, Friday, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Take a Tour Through Gulf Coast Reads

museum of fine arts houstonYou might not be aware that on any Thursday in the month of October you can explore art AND literature at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston!  Free book and art tours, connecting The Promise to art in the Museum's galleries, are still available at the dates and times listed below.  RSVP to and convene in the lobby of the Audrey Jones Beck Building at 5601 Main Street.  Please bring your copy of the book.

  • Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 1:30 PM
  • Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 6:30 PM
  • Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 10:30 AM

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!