Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Rocket Boys Wins Selection for 2010

Galveston Reads is proud to announce the selection of Rocket Boys by Homer H. Hickam, Jr. for 2010.

A skillfully written memoir that captures the wonder of the early years of space
exploration, this book reminds us of the mid-century wonder of seeing Sputnik in
the night sky. In his honest rendering of his youth, the author evokes the universal
angst of being a teenager while showing that anyone can rise above their
circumstances. Brought to the screen as October Sky”, the novel is far richer
and contains many more details about his life and times.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Thank You, All~

To the Editor:

Over the past years we have been fortunate to work with a remarkable group of people on Galveston Reads. This particular year, we were able to rebound after Hurricane Ike and continue with this project. This city wide book club, under the organizational umbrella of Rosenberg Library, sponsored a season long series of events to encourage everyone in town to read and discuss the same book, The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls. This is the sixth year of this project in Galveston, starting with Tortilla Curtain by T. C. Boyle, in 2004. This project owes its success to the efforts of many people and organizations, whom we would like to thank publically:

For sponsoring: Kempner Fund, Rosenberg Library, and Friends of Rosenberg Library.

For presenting at the various discussion programs scheduled: Dale Taylor, Stephen Curley, John Gorman, Dayle DeLancey, Kat Joel-Reich, Alan Griffin, Michelle Sierpina, Dwight Wolf, Karen Smith, Glennda Rassin and Trudy Deen Davis. And for hosting those programs: Galveston College, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Moody Methodist First United Methodist Church and Mosquito Café.

For volunteering on the Galveston Reads committee:
Barbara Arnold, Bernice Torregrossa, Beth Dekeyser, Carol Hodges, Dale
Taylor, Dayle DeLancey, Debra Morris, Emmy Morrison, Fanny De
Gesero, Glennda Rassin, Gracie Otin, Joan Hyatt, John Gorman, Lynn Burke,
Margaret Scofelia, Mary Case, Michael Berberich, Michelle Quinn,
Pat Bumpus, Patricia Jakobi, Patty Mayeux, Poom Sunhachawi-Taylor,
Sandra Sullivan, Sharon Pagan, Stephen Curley and Karen Stanley, Chair.

For offering the book for sale: The Galveston Bookshop and UTMB Bookstore.

For advertising the book program: Galveston Daily News, Wizard, Parrot, Islander and Guidry News.

Special thanks to Heber Taylor, of the Galveston County Daily News, for his support. The newspaper coverage was invaluable.

And finally, we’d like to thank all of you who read the book and talked about it with your friends and neighbors, especially the students and teachers that incorporated the reading of this book into their curriculum. The Galveston Reads committee is currently working on a book selection for 2010.

Vote for your choice for the Galveston Reads 2010 book:

Online voting at:
Email voting at:
Phone voting at: Karen Stanley 409.763.8854 x119

Voting ends April 24, 2009.

If you would like to serve on the committee, please contact Karen Stanley at or call 763-8854, ext. 119.

Poom Sunhachawi-Taylor
Program Chair, Galveston Reads committee
Rosenberg Library