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Auto Repair Resource at the Rosenberg Library

The Rosenberg Library continues to consistently expand and improve outreach efforts through its Extension Services program. This initiative provides selections from the library’s broad collections of DVD, audiobook, large type and children’s materials to retirement communities, senior centers, daycares, schools and libraries throughout Galveston County. Library materials for institutional participants are delivered on a monthly basis. The convenience of this program allows participating institutions to provide relevant leisure and educational materials to their clients, completely free of cost to them.
In addition, the library mails books to homebound residents of Galveston County and delivers materials to residents of Galveston Island. These efforts allow for patrons to be active members of their neighborhood library and have contact with its staff, even when they can’t visit the physical facilities.
Marilyn Lyons logged over 6,003 miles during FY 2014-2015, delivering library materials to Extension Services patrons. She delivered a grand total of 31,460 items to an underserved demographic in need of basic library services. The average number of people who participate in extension services each month is 2,914.
As part of our efforts to improve outreach services, the Rosenberg Library is in the process of acquiring a new Extension Services delivery van. This new vehicle will enable expansion of services with increased cargo capacity and reliability. This vehicle will make its debut this spring.
If your library is aware of a group or institution that could benefit from Extension Services, please contact Idalia Avezuela, Adult Services & Acquisitions Manager, at the Rosenberg Library to discuss how we can help supplement their holdings with a rotating selection of large type books, audio books, or DVDs: or 409-763-8854 x137. Additionally, the Rosenberg Library can provide you with promotional materials to help notify residents in your area of homebound and books-by-mail services.


The League City Police Department teamed up with the League City Library and the Friends of Helen Hall Library (FHHL) to bring used books into the jail for prisoners to utilize. program was coordinated byH.T. Lee who recently became the commander of the League City Jail. . Lee worked with City of League City Librarian Jenny Brewer to acquire the donated books from the Friends of the Helen Hall Library bookstore located within the library.
League City Jail is a detention facility, transferring prisoners to the county jail within 24 hours if they are incarcerated for Class B and above offenses. , offenders with Class C misdemeanor cases issued by League City police officers remain at the League City facility until bond is made, fines are paid or credit is received for time served.
Because the detention facility is intended for short-term housing, prisoners do not have access to exercise yards or other amenities that long-term facilities provide. “Providing a reading program gives the prisoners an activity that occupies their minds in the hopes they remain cooperative; however, it also encourages good behavior by providing an incentive. in our care, the safety of these men and women is our responsibility,” stated Lt. Lee.

The Friends of Helen Hall Library is a 501c3 volunteer organization supporting the Helen Hall Library. funds raised are used for needed items within the Helen Hall Library. city ordinance, all donated or discarded books become the property of the Friends of the Helen Hall Library. "When the police department approached us for assistance with the reading program, the bookstore was a natural fit to provide assistance,” said Jenny Brewer.

League City Police and Library Bring Reading Program to Jail

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2310 Sealy Street

Galveston, TX 77550

(409) 763-8854 x121


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Spring 2016 Volume 14, Issue 1

Rosenberg Library Completes Work on Phase VI Project

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Cinderella” Adult Program

Many victims of the 1900 Storm were heads of households who worked in trades or as laborers. Many more were wives, mothers, relatives, or children. While most of the victims were ordinary citizens, several were well known around Galveston. Lucian Minor (born 1851 in Virginia) was employed at H. M. Trueheart & Co. He served as secretary of the Galveston Land and Improvement Company, as well as treasurer of the Texas Historical Society.Minor lived with his family at 54th and X, practically on the beach. His father taught law at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, and is buried there.
Charles S. Pix, a native of England who immigrated as a child in 1841, workedin real estate.He kept his office at the Pix Building, 420 – 22nd Street, and lived at 1528 Avenue M.
Louis Gruetzmacher, 36 years old, was a local printer. He resided at 5124 Avenue K and died with his wife and two daughters. Gruetzmacher wrote the words to the song, "The Galveston Fire of '85."
The Galveston and Texas History Center is compiling information about the named hurricane victims for a database.
-Casey Edward Greene

Dickinson Public Library Begins Baby Storytime Program

The Rosenberg Library is working with Gensler architectural firm to develop architectural plans for the Phase VII building improvement project. The Phase VII project is the final phase of the Rosenberg Library’s multi-year effort to reconstruct the building for its next generation of service. Planned Phase VII improvements will encompass the first major renovation and expansion of the Rosenberg Library museum exhibit spaces in almost forty-five years. In addition to a major redesign of the exhibit spaces, the Phase VII project will also seek to uncover and restore the historical grandeur of the fourth floor of the library’s Rosenberg Wing and to update and bring the 4th floor, including the public restrooms, into compliance with ADA regulations. As part of the accessibility improvements, Phase VII plans also call for the installation of a lift between the two levels of the 4th floor to facilitate easy access to all areas of this floor of the building. Historical renovations will include removing the suspended ceiling systems and old built-in exhibit cabinets and uncovering/restoring historical column walls and the ornate ceiling with crown molding which once graced the west half of the original wing of the building. The renovations will also include dismantling floor to ceiling built-in exhibit cases to expose a beautiful arched window on the south side of the structure and recreating a gorgeous leaded ceiling that was lost at the time the building was air conditioned in the early 1960’s. Project architects also plan to reorient the staircase between the two levels of the fourth floor and to recreate historical architectural features such as the doors on the west wall of the 4th floor of the Rosenberg Wing that were removed when the Moody Wing addition was added in 1971. One of the doors will house the lift between the historical and 1970’s wings of the building.


New LED Marquee Sign at La Marque Public Library

A new LED marquee sign was installed at La Marque Public Library in December.The sign publicizes library programs as well as city-related meetings and other events of interest to the La Marque community. We have received numerous compliments from library visitors who are pleased with the sign and its colorful graphics. The marquee sign was made possible in part from a donation in honor oflongtime library supporter, Norma Gremillion, along with a donation from Rotary Club of the Mainland.


An Evening with the Author - Gulf Coast Reads Event

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Community Partners and Children’s Programming

La Marque Public Library welcomed the winter holidays with a Jolly Jamboree program on Thursday December 10. Participants made ornaments, drank hot chocolate, listened to The Polar Express and visited with Santa Claus. Entertainment for this event was provided by students from Musical Beginnings—a local music education center.

La Marque Public Library held its annual Fall Festival for the community on Thursday October 29. Approximately 100 children of all ages joined us for face painting, pumpkin decorating, field games,a reader’s theater performance and a costume contest. We are grateful for the help of our volunteers and sister City departments, including Public Works and La Marque Fire Department, who helped with trick-or-treating!

In celebration of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, La Marque Public Library hosted a Pirate PaRRRty for all ages on Saturday, September 19.Indoor and outdoor activities included pirate-themed stories, a hunt for buried treasure, a game of Captain’s Ring Toss and other related games.The library was decorated with ship and ocean décor and displays to add to the pirate atmosphere.Staff dressed up as pirates and practiced their pirate speech with library visitors throughout the day. This was the first time our library has hosted a Pirate PaRRRty but as successful as it was, we are certain to add it to our regular calendar of fall events.

Friendswood Public Library and the Texas Hunger Initiative

As a public library serving less than 20,000 people and open at least 20 hours per week in the state of Texas, the Mae Bruce Library was selected as one of six recipients of the 2015 J. Frank Dobie Library Trust Award. The Dobie Trust Awards are given annually to library applicants for the purchase of books only.
The grant funds are being used to fund the purchase of Junior and Young Adult non-fiction books, in both audio and print formats, targeting students in third through eighth grade. Library staff are purchasing materials across as many subject areas as possible, from arithmetic, world cultures, government and politics, economics, charity and philanthropy, fitness and health, to zoology, and much more.
The Dobie Award Committee takes into consideration the degree of support that applicants receive from their communities. Therefore, awards are made not only on the basis of need, but also on the extent to which local governments, library boards, Friends organizations, local businesses, and individuals promote and support their libraries.
Library staff would like to extend many thanks to the Dobie Foundation as well as all the above listed groups for their generous support of the Mae Bruce Library, making it possible to better serve citizens in the Santa Fe area of Galveston County.

Right: While construction continues on the expansion and renovation of the Friendswood Public Library, these youngsters are having a blast with Christina Hicks (Youth Services Librarian) in the newly renovated Community Room.

Patrons looking to do maintenance and repair on their vehicles don’t need to look any further – the Rosenberg Library offers complete online access to the Chilton Library! With the Chilton Library, patrons have access to detailed maintenance, service, and repair information for an extensive and ever-growing list of vehicles. Photographs, illustrations, and diagrams supplement and simplify the troubleshooting process and provide helpful visual aids for whatever type of project you are working on. Chilton Library also offers service bulletins, recall information, labor estimates, and vehicle specific maintenance schedules at the click of a button.

With a simple, easy-to-use interface, it’s never been easier to access the Chilton Library. Patrons will be prompted to log in with their library card number before being redirected to the Chilton Library homepage, where they will be asked to select the year, make, and model of their vehicle. Once the vehicle’s information has been submitted, all available information will be displayed.

The Chilton Library is one of the library’s many free online databases available to access within the library or from the comfort of your own home. To get started, visit the Rosenberg Library website at and click on “All Online Databases” located under the “e-Library” menu. Select “Auto Repair at” under the “Other” category. Your computer, tablet, phone, or mobile device should have a high-speed Internet connection, Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash Player, and an up to date version of Safari, Chrome, or Firefox browser with JavaScript enabled for the best experience. Please contact the Adult Services Reference Desk at 409-763-8854 x115 or if you need assistance or have any questions.

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Rosenberg Library Develops Plans for Phase VII Project

Rosenberg Library Research on the Victims of the 1900 Storm

Following another successful Teen Summer Reading Club, the Young Adult Library Leaders (YALL) teen volunteer group jumped right in to fall and winter programming events. In October, the teens participated in the annual celebration of Star Wars Reads Day with a variety of themed crafts as well as the opportunity to take advantage of a “galactic photo booth”, where they were able to have their picture taken against a rotating Star Wars background. This program was lucky enough to have members of the local chapter of the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club stop by and pose for pictures with the teens.

Also in October, YALL hosted a Halloween Party, complete with spooky music and a costume contest where the winner walked away with a Starbucks gift card. International Games Day in November proved to be such a success that it led to a monthly board game club. The last Saturday of every month is dedicated to an afternoon of fun and games as the teens in the community are given the opportunity to play a variety of board and card games provided by the library, or to bring a game of their own for playing with their friends and peers.

At the end of December, teens were able to show off their crafting skills by making mini wreath ornaments out of yarn and shower curtain rings. The winter programs kept the creative juices flowing with projects celebrating Chinese New Year and Mardi Gras. Participants made Chinese paper lanterns as well as their own masks in anticipation for the Mardi Gras parade. Another very popular program has become an ongoing event as well. The YALL members’ interest in anime and manga has led to an Anime Club. In conjunction with the streaming service Crunchyroll’s Outreach program, the teen volunteer group is treated to a semi-quarterly anime afternoon, where they can watch anime, draw or create their own manga characters and stories, and enjoy Japanese snacks.

Spring programming is currently in its planning phase and the teens are busy bouncing ideas around for the types of events they would like to host at the library. In addition, they are gearing up for the upcoming Teen Summer Reading Club which will begin in June and last until the middle of August. YALL is a teen volunteer group providing opportunities for local area teens to get involved with their library by giving input on upcoming programs and projects, helping to customize the Young Adult space, suggesting titles for collection development, and just hanging out and having fun. For more information about this group, contact Aubrey Parker at 409-763-8854 x140.

Rosenberg Library Teen Services

Dickinson Public Library

4411 Highway 3

Dickinson, TX 77539

(281) 534-3812

Mon, Wed, Fri 10 am to 5 pm

Tue, Thur 10 am to 6 pm

Sat 10 am to 2 pm

Closed Sunday

Moore Memorial Library

1701 9th Avenue N.

Texas City, TX 77590

(409) 643-5979

Mon-Wed 9 am to 9 pm

Thur, Fri 9 am to 6 pm

Sat 10 am to 4 pm

Closed Sunday

La Marque Public Library

1011 Bayou Road

La Marque, TX 77568

(409) 938-9270

Tue, Wed 10 am to 6 pm

Thurs 10 am to 7 pm

Fri, Sat 9 am to 4 pm

Closed Sunday & Monday

Santa Fe Public Library

Mae Bruce Library

13302 6th Street

Santa Fe, TX 77510

(409) 925-5540

Mon-Wed, Fri 10 am to 6 pm

Thur 12 to 8 pm

Sat 10 am to 1:30 pm

Closed Sunday

Friendswood Public Library

416 S. Friendswood Drive

Friendswood, TX 77546

(281) 482-7135

Mon-Thurs 10 am to 9 pm

Fri, Sat 10 am to 6 pm

Closed Sunday

League City Public Library

Helen Hall Library

100 West Walker

League City, TX 77573

(281) 554-1111

Mon-Thur 10 am to 9 pm

Fri, Sat 10 am to 6 pm

Sun 1 pm to 5 pm

Hitchcock Public Library

Genevieve Miller Library

8005 Barry Street

Hitchcock, TX 77563

(409) 986-7814

Tue, Wed & Fri 10 am to 5 pm

Thur 10 am to 6 pm

Sat 10 am to 3 pm

Closed Sunday & Monday

Rosenberg Library

2310 Sealy Street

Galveston, TX 77550-2220

(409) 763-8854

Mon—Wed, Fri—Sat 9 am to 6 pm

New evening hours: Thursday 9 am to 9 pm

Closed Sunday

Galveston Texas History Center

Tues—Sat 9 am to 6 pm

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Nora Mae, A remarkable, insignificant person

Get creative, get de-stressed, get coloring! Here at Dickinson Public Library, you don't have to tell us twice. February marked the Library’s first meeting of the Adult Coloring Book Club, a casual gathering of adults interested in the latest trend: coloring for relaxation. The Library provides the coloring pages, color pencils, and refreshments, and the event-goers provide their creative touches.
Attendees were free to visit amongst themselves or concentrate on their coloring masterpieces, all while relaxing piano music played and refreshments were passed around. Adult Coloring Book Club is designed to allow people to experience the benefits of coloring which include relaxation, stress relief, and the satisfaction of creative expression. The Adult Coloring Book Club takes place every third Thursday of the month. Come rediscover the joy of coloring and feel like a kid again!

Adult Coloring Book Club at Dickinson Public Library

Book Club Special Event: Cinderella. Inspired by the book-themed arts programming recently offered by Museum of Fine Arts - Houston, Helen Hall Library set out to do some arts-inspired library programming. To that end, a group of eight Book Club members attended the Bay Area Houston Ballet Theater production of “Cinderella,” on February 19, and then reconvened the evening of February 29 for a companion program featuring a presentation on Cinderella variants, adaptations, and scholarship; as well as French tea and macarons. “Cinderella” themed adult coloring pages were provided to keep hands busy while listening.

Once a month Hitchcock Public Library offers a creative craft program for children. We started off in October with the Annual Silly Costume contest. Children made spooky spiders out of pipe cleaners and paper rolls, then dressed up in their costumes and walked down the red carpet to the stage to be judged. Certificates were given for the sill-iest, boo-tifulest, the ghoul-iest, the spook-iest and so on. All contestants received treat bags and certificates.
In November we decided to do something really different and made edible “Oreo cookie turkeys” using Oreos, candy corn and icing. While making the turkeys, everyone watched the movie A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. In December we made sparkly pipe cleaner snowflakes and glitter snowmen ornaments. In January the theme was space and the children made colorful, glittery nebula jars. In February we celebrated Valentine’s Day by making edible crafts that included a choo-choo train made out of wafer cookies, life savers, heart sprinkles and icing.

Crazy cat people party

Mae Bruce Library is excited to announce participation in the Bots & Books @ Your Library grant. This grant has provided the library with the supplies and training necessary to put on hands-on robotics programs aimed at elementary grade students. Students will be building and programming LEGO’s WeDo robotics kits to complete literature-based challenges from popular children’s books, such as James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, and others.
Robotics programming opens the door to science and technology careers for children by sparking interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects. Opportunities for informal science learning encourage children to consider science and technology careers. The library is a natural space for encouraging informal learning.
This program is a collaboration between the Mae S. Bruce Library, Connecting Texas Libraries Statewide (CTLS), and the Texas State Library and Archive Commission (TSLAC) to provide fun, informal learning for students all year round. This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to the TSLAC under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). (2015).
For more information on this and other upcoming programs at the Mae Bruce Library, call 409-925-5540, click or, visit us at 13302 – 6th Street, Santa Fe, TX 77510.


In December, Alice Hein Schiel, author of the book, Nora Mae, a Remarkable, Insignificant Person, was invited to the library to discuss, sign her books and tell what inspired her to write the book about her mother. Alice is Nora Mae’s 10th child who witnessed the way her mother lived and admired the joy she radiated. More than thirty years ago, Alice told her mother that she wanted to write a book about her someday. In 2011, Nora Mae passed away, leaving Alice a small notebook with the inscription, “Give this to Alice”. Alice then began visiting with family and friends who contributed childhood memories to help tell the story.

Moore Memorial Public Library is proud to continue our senior citizen programming. Each month librarian Luke Alvey-Henderson and our Public Service Assistant, Kristina Garza, visit 5 senior citizen living centers and the Nessler Center Senior Center Programs. Each month we do different programs of fun factoids, question and answers, and fun games.
We’ve covered the history of the twentieth century a decade at a time, looked at the origins of holidays month by month, and looked deeper at things we all take for granted. These programs are specially designed to challenge and stimulate seniors. The goal is to provide entertainment, information, and mental stimulation for our patrons who can’t physically visit us.
We also run winter and summer senior reading programs. Senior patrons in participating senior living facilities get free large print books for keeping a simple reading log. Reading is a proven way to keep minds active and healthier, so we want to encourage reading!

Pictured left to right: Reference & Adult Services Librarian, Kim Zrubek; Regional Director for Texas Hunger Initiative, Megan J. Hoag; and Assistant Library Director, Matthew Riley

The Promise Book Discussion at Hitchcock Public Library



































1. Bacliff Community Center 4503 11th St., Bacliff, TX 77518
2. The Bedford 110 Dunbar Estates Dr, Friendswood, TX 77546
3. Emeritus, 1310 South Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, TX 77546
4. Friendship Haven, 1500 Sunset Dr, Friendswood, TX 77546
5. Village on the Park, 400 E Parkwood Dr, Friendswood, TX 77546
6. Busy Body Daycare 6904 Lasker Drive, Galveston, TX 77551
7. Children’s Coalition Childcare 5127 Avenue U, Galveston, TX 77551
8. Concord House 1 (Broadway) 1616 Broadway, Galveston TX 77550
9. Concord House 2 (Harborside) 1516 Harbor View Cir, Galveston, TX 77550
10. Gulf Healthcare Center 3702 Cove View Blvd, Galves ton, TX 77554
11. Libbies Place Adult Daycare 5402 Avenue U, Galveston, TX 77551
12. Meridian Care Nursing Home 2228 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550

13. Resource and Crisis Center 1802 Broadway, Suite 122. Galveston, TX 77550

14. Ziefler ECU Daycare/Head Start/Satellite Daycare 5501 Avenue S , Galveston, TX 77551
15. High Island High School 2113 6th Street, High Island, TX 77623
16. Genevieve Miller Public Library 8005 Barry Avenue, Hitchcock, TX 77563
17. Lake Haven Assisted Living 1051 Columbia Memorial Pkwy, Kemah, TX
18. Bayou Pines Care Center 4905 Fleming St, La Marque, TX 77568
19. Baywind Village 411 Alabama Ave, League City, TX 77573
20. Regent Care Center 2620 W Walker St, League City, TX 77573
21. Crenshaw Elementary & Middle School 406 TX-87, Port Bolivar, TX 77650
22. Ashton Parke Care Center 210 Gulf Fwy, Texas City, TX 77591
23. College Park Nursing Home 424 N Tarpey Rd, Texas City, TX


Every month at Moore Memorial Public Library we have several programs for teens like Teen Advisory Board (TAB), Manga Club, Board Games, and LEGO Mindstorms . By being a part of TAB you get leadership experience that looks great on college applications and resumes. It’s also a great way to meet new people or hang out with your friends. We’ll talk about ways to make the library better, have a teen-led current events round table, talk about our favorite books, and have a great time doing it.

Calling all Otaku! The Manga Club is a monthly meeting of manga and anime fanatics. If you are a hardcore fan or just getting started, the Manga Club is the perfect place to meet new otaku, learn more about manga, eat snacks, and have fun.

Play board games, strategy games, and card games like you’ve NEVER played before. We have selected fun, award-winning games that are totally unlike any board games you’ve ever played! We have King of Tokyo, Settlers of Catan, Fluxx, Munchkin, Forbidden Island, Dominion, Labyrinth, Pandemic, and many more.

With LEGO Mindstorms kits we build and program robots from LEGOs. We just need some mad scientists in training to help us out! Teams of two will build their robot, learn how to program it, and test it out in a series of challenges. Mindstorms is for ages 13-18 only. So no matter what you’re into, you’ll find a group to love at the library!

Do you know a teen that needs volunteer experience? Well, our teen volunteer program now runs year round! Any teen age 13-18 is eligible to apply. Teens will help their community and theirselves at the same time. Volunteers help make the library a better, more organized place, while they earn volunteer service credit for college applications, service organizations, or to add to your first resume. Unfortunately, volunteering with the library cannot be used for court-ordered community service.

For more information about volunteering or teen programs, please call our Young adult Librarian at 409-949-3008. Moore Memorial Public Library is located at 1701 9th Avenue North Texas City, TX 77590.

Dickinson Public Library began an exciting new program this past fall – Baby Storytime! This new program is designed to promote the importance of early childhood literacy within the local community. Parents and caregivers bring their babies to sing, play, read, and learn together every third Saturday of the month. These storytimes emphasize the importance of reading at home for even the youngest children. This program, funded by a grant provided by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, is open to all families with children newborn to two years old.
This grant-funded project involves more than the monthly storytime program at the library. The Library has also partnered with local social services center, M. I. Lewis, to distribute free literacy kits to underserved members of our community. These bilingual Spanish/English literacy kits include a board book, information on the importance of early literacy, and tips on reading to children, as well as a flyer promoting the new baby storytime program at the library.
The program has been an overall success, with more than 150 literacy kits distributed out into the community and plans to continue the baby storytime program on a weekly basis during the summer.

Librarian Caitlin Campbell reads to the children for Baby Storytime at Dickinson Public Library.

Bubble fun!

Reading to young children promotes lifelong learning habits.

Working with the Texas Hunger Initiative (THI), the Friendswood Public Library has joined the Community Partner Program of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).
As a Community Partner, the Friendswood Library has joined a network of community based-organizations to help people learn how they can get the most out of HHSC's benefits application and management website, This statewide network of community-based organizations help people use this website to apply for needed benefits including food and medical assistance. Friendswood Library staff recently met with THI Regional Director, Megan Hoag, to learn more about the program and how to best utilize HHSC resources and training opportunities.



On September 10th, Head Start and the Hitchcock Public Library staff prepared an evening of fun for children, parents and grand-parents at the library. Many children signed up for their very own library card and were given a tour of the library. The Chick-fil-A cow visited with everyone and the children played a spinning wheel to win a coupon for waffle fries, chicken, and other menu items. Staff members Kathy and Brittany offered Storytime In the children’s area and there was a balloon twisting clown in the teen area. Students from Mrs. Gaines class sang songs for grandparents who came to enjoy the event. Hitchcock Honor Society students volunteered to help staff and everyone enjoyed refreshments.

Fun For All—Fall and Winter Programs at La Marque Public Library

Goal 3 of Helen Hall Library’s strategic plan is Develop Advocates and Partners. In light of this objective, Night Light Pediatric Urgent Care presented a Teddy Bear Clinic for preschool children. The League City Volunteer Fire Department also presented Do You Know a Firefighter? Bonnie Keith, Youth Services Librarian, will continue to work on identifying and developing partnerships.

Two new programs at La Marque Public Library

New databases connect you now more than ever

Moore Memorial Public Library is proud to announce our newest databases: Current Biography Illustrated, Morningstar, and Science Online.

Current Biography is an excellent research tool for finding accurate, up-to-date research about notable figures’ lives. Current Biography has over 30,000 biographies and obituaries and covers more than 21,000 individuals. It also has a searchable collection of over 36,000 images, so you can find high quality images for your reports.

Morningstar Investment Research Center is like a financial advisor on your computer screen. Search comprehensive data and independent analysis on thousands of investments, spanning mutual funds, stocks, exchange-traded funds, and closed-end funds. It is a robust tool that gives you all the information you’ll need to manage your portfolio.

Science Online is a massive resource for all your science needs. Science Online has over 4,000 videos and animations, more than 1,300 science experiments, and a wealth of information about every topic imaginable in an easily searchable or browseable format.

If you hold a valid Moore Library card, you can access these databases at the library or from home. Just go to our homepage and click on ‘Electronic Resources’ at the top of the page to find all of our library databases. If you want more information, please call us at 409-643-5977. If you want to use our databases at the library we are located at 1701 9th Avenue North Texas City, TX 77590.

Reader’s Theater Guild is a new group at La Marque Public Library that will practice and prepare different types of reader’s theatre. The group is open to everyone; however, children under 10 must be accompanied by someone 13 years or older.Performance in front of an audience is not mandatory but participants will be asked to speak from the script during meetings. There will be occasional opportunities for those wishing to perform to do so. ’s Theater Guild meets at the library every second Saturday of the month at 2:00.
Last September, La Marque Public Library introduced a new book club for adults. The group meets at the library on the fourth Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m.. So far, the newly formed group has met and discussed Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee, The Promise by Ann Weisgarber, The Martian by Andy Weir and A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.
For more information about these programs, please contact the La Marque Public Library at 409-938-9270.

Last October, the Hitchcock Public Library held a book discussion on Ann Weisgarber’s book, The Promise. One wall of the conference room, where the discussion was held, was decorated with pictures and stories of Hitchcock families and pictures of Galveston Island after the 1900 Storm.
Following the discussion, Joanne Robinson, President of the Hitchcock Heritage Society, walked everyone over to the “Cottage” museum and talked about the families that lived in Hitchcock at the time of the Great Storm. Since Ms. Robinson’s family was one of these, she had many personal stories to share. In addition, she gave a brief history of what Hitchcock was like during that time. Attendees were delighted that Ann Weisgarber and her husband were able to share this evening of homemade refreshments and fellowshipping and it gave them a chance to let her know how much they enjoyed her book, how well written it was, and how it brought back so many memories for them.

Adult Coloring Book Club attendees gathered to color and visit with one another.

Author Anne Weisgarber with staff from participating libraries.

In October 2015, Dickinson Public Library co-sponsored a Gulf Coast Reads event with Hitchcock Public Library, La Marque Public Library, and Mae S. Bruce Public Library. The Library was fortunate to have the author of The Promise, Anne Weisgarber, come to the library to give a historical presentation about the Great Storm of 1900 and lead a book discussion on her historical novel. Her presentation was accompanied by an informative slideshow with images from the aftermath of the Great Storm. An accompanying display with artifacts from the same time period supplemented the Gulf Coast Reads event at the library as well. “An Evening with the Author” drew around 40 attendees, some of whom had personal ties to the Great Storm through past family generations and were willing to share their own stories for the benefit of all.

After the presentation and discussion, Ms. Weisgarber stayed to sign books and meet with members of the community. This event was followed later in the month by a presentation at the Dickinson Historical Society, also based around the historical background for The Promise. Dickinson Public Library would like to thank Ms. Weisgarber again for her enlightening presentation and informative discussion.

Presentation on The Promise and the Great Storm of 1900.

Book signing after the author presentation.

At a party on Saturday, February 13, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, Helen Hall Library teamed up with the League City Animal Shelter to host a “Crazy Cat People Party.” Animal Shelter volunteers attended with a wide variety of huggable kitties, all eligible for adoption. Patrons and staff also watched cat videos and made cat Shrinky Dinks. Several humans attended wearing cat ears and tails, cat caps, or cat tee shirts. A book display featured cat-themed titles from throughout the collection.

Pix Building, ca. 1967

Lucian Minor residence before 1900

Sheet music, 1885 fire

Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club members during Star Wars Reads Day event.

Mini wreath ornaments created by teens during a winter program.

Left: The newly renovated Founders Room which is adjacent to the historic east entrance. Right: A view of the 2nd floor Moody Wing; renovations here include a new window system on the south wall, installation of a panoramic mural ,“Lost Galveston”, on the east wall and new carpet tiles throughout the area.

In March of 2016, Rosenberg Library will complete work on the Phase VI project renovations. The Phase VI project includes enhancements to the east and south entrances to the building, installation of new energy efficient LED lighting in the second floor of the building, restoration of two magnificent reading rooms adjacent to the east entrance, replacement of the carpeting in the second floor of the Moody Wing, renovation of the 4th floor History Center, installation of a stunning window system, renovation and expansion of the 2nd floor restrooms and creation of a premiere reading area in the second floor of the Moody Wing.

An artist’s renderings of the Phase VII project—planned improvements for the Rosenberg Library’s 4th floor Museum exhibit spaces (Gensler) .

Rosenberg Library Now Offers Access to the New York Times Online

Rosenberg Library patrons may now access the New York Times online, completely free of charge. The current edition of the New York Times is available through the library’s website at
The New York Times, founded and continuously published in New York City since 1851, has the second largest circulation of any newspaper in the United States and has won over 100 Pulitzer Prizes, more than any other news organization.

The Rosenberg Library’s subscription to the New York Times online provides access to articles and images published in the current National and International editions of the publication. The daily edition of the newspaper also provides exclusive interactive photos, videos and Market Data charts, all within a fully searchable interface. Your favorite articles can be shared with friends via Facebook, Twitter and/or email.

In addition to the daily edition, the New York Times online provides access to articles published between 1851 through 1922, and between 1981 through current day. This archive also provides access to their popular Book Reviews, dating back to 1981. The service, however, does not include the crossword puzzle.
A how-to guide is now available on the library’s website, Getting access is quick and easy; all library patrons need is an active Rosenberg Library card number, an email address, and a one-time registration.
For more information about this and other free Rosenberg Library services, please call the Reference desk at 409-763-8854 ext. 115, email, or go to to chat with a librarian.

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Galveston County Library System News

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Discovering Galveston’s History through a Photograph

The old cliché ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ comes to mind when viewing the Rosenberg Library’s new panoramic mural of Galveston above the Reference desk, but a few additional words will help explain how Special Collections staff unraveled some of the mysteries in the image.summer we were asked to select a photo of ‘lost’ Galveston, and settled on one taken from the County Courthouse on 20thBall and Winnie.

After approval, I brought the photo to Houston for high resolution scanning.thirty-six by eight inch original had to be enlarged to forty-seven by nine feet.phase VI of construction wrapped up, scaffolding was built so the mural could be go up was very entertaining.all, how many times do you get to see a blow torch in action at a library?

With only the vague title ‘Panorama of Galveston’ on the image, the photo brought so many questions to mind.I started by using one of our most valuable resources, Rosenberg Scholar Casey Greene.immediately saw Central Park in the foreground, and just east of the park was the County Courthouse giving us the photographer’s location. We looked for landmarks to give us more clues.The library was present so we knew it had to be 1904 or later.were a few people in the shot, but it was difficult to distinguish any characteristics about their clothes.was a trolley, but no cars visible.initial guess was approximately 1915.Using Sanborn fire maps, city directories, and secondary sources likeThe Galveston Architecture, Casey and I printed out a copy of the photo and began identifying every building we could.We found quite a few, and I began compiling data for an interactive exhibit based on the image.
Identifying buildings was great, but there were bigger questions to be answered. I wondered where the photo was originally published, and soon remembered the souvenir books in the History Center collection.searching through a half dozen or so I struck pay dirt.was a book calledSouvenir of Galveston, Texas, the Sea Wall Cityfor Charles Daferner, a local bookstore owner.undated, the book was cataloged in 1906, which told me it was taken on or before that year.
Upon closer inspection I noticed a few subtle differences: the book version had more people in it, a flag was atop the Tremont Hotel, and it was a wider angle crop.’s not the first time I’ve seen older photos altered.Although in this case it’s difficult to tell which was the ‘original.’Despite the differences, I was confident it was the same image: the shadows, the trolley, and buildings all matched perfectly.
I then searched newspapers from 1900-1906 for information on Mr. Daferner.of the first hits was a November 1904 Tribune article which had not only some information on Daferner, but also a portion of the panorama!discovered that his bookstore was located at 2111 Market, and opened around 1892.But what the news article didn’t mention was the on the page were attributed, but this one wasn’t.The Sea Wall Cityfailed to name the photographer.My best guess is it was taken by an itinerant photographer who specialized in panoramic landscapes and sold it to Daferner.
Having worked in Special Collections for nearly five years, I’m constantly amazed by our collection and how the slightest clue can give way to deeper understandings and usually more questions.’s IT wiz Lisa Krolick and I created an interactive online version of the panorama. It includes information about individual buildings in the photo, and will hopefully lead to new discoveries. It can be found on our homepage or, the next time you’re in the library, take a few minutes and enjoy it firsthand.

This postcard in the History Center’s collection shows Charles Daferner’s shop on Market Street :

2017 Galveston Reads selection: The Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell

A Note Regarding Galveston Reads

The2017 Galveston Reads Book Choice is The Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell. As described by the publisher, this is the New York Timesdramatic and never-before-told story of a secret FDR-approved American internment camp in Texas during World War II.

Throughout World War II, trains delivered thousands of civilians from the United States and Latin America to Crystal City, Texas. The trains carried Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants and their American-born children. The only family internment camp during the war, Crystal City was the center of a government prisoner exchange program called “quiet passage.” Hundreds of prisoners in Crystal City were exchanged for other more ostensibly important Americans—diplomats, businessmen, soldiers, and missionaries—behind enemy lines in Japan and Germany.

In this book, Jan Jarboe Russell focuses on two American-born teenage girls, uncovering the details of their years spent in the camp; the struggles of their fathers; their families’ subsequent journeys to war-devastated Germany and Japan; and their years-long attempt to survive and return to the United States, transformed from incarcerated enemies to American loyalists. Their stories of day-to-day life at the camp, from the ten-foot high security fence to the armed guards, daily roll call, and censored mail, have never been told.

Combining big-picture World War II history with a little-known event in American history,The Train to Crystal City reveals the war-time hysteria against the Japanese and Germans in America as well as the secrets of FDR’s tactics to rescue high-profile POWs in Germany and Japan.

Galveston Reads, a popular volunteer-driven “One Community, One Book” program operating under the organizational umbrella of the Rosenberg Library, provides an opportunity for all residents of all ages to participate in a unique communitywide discussion by reading and sharing views about the same book. In its 12th year, the Galveston Reads series promotes community involvement in Galveston County with a wide range of events, activities, and thoughtful discussions.

Volunteers are always needed to plan events, and host book discussions and other programs related to the selection. If you would like more information on programming and volunteering, please contact Idalia Avezuela, or 409-763-8854, Ext. 137.

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