Friday, January 27, 2012

Movie Night: Away From Her

Great turnout from our Moody Methodist friends, along with all our readers and avid movie buffs! We had around 40 people brave perilous passage to TAMUG, across to Pelican Island. It was well worth the drive to hear Alan Griffin lead our discussion of the movie, in relationship to the book, Still Alice.

A man coping with the institutionalization of his wife because of Alzheimer's disease faces an epiphany when she transfers her affections to another man, Aubrey, a wheelchair-bound mute who also is a patient at the nursing home.
Director: Sarah Polley

Writers: Sarah Polley, Alice Munro (short story "The Bear Came Over the Mountain")

Stars:Julie Christie, Michael Murphy and Gordon Pinsent

Thank you to Dave Baca, Jack K Williams Library, TAMUG, who arranged for the movie showing and the refreshments! Along with a huge thank you to Alan Griffin for leading the discussion following the movie!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Movie Night: Room Change~

Away From Her, at TAMUG is going to be shown at:

Classroom and Laboratory Building in room 100. To get there cross the Pelican Island Bridge and turn right into the main entrance. Park in the parking lot to the right. Facing the clock tower the CLB is the building immediately to your right. Room 100 is on the end of the building closest to the parking lot.

Thursday, Jan 26th, 2012
7 pm

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Movie Night - Thursday, January 26th 7pm @ TAMUG

Film buffs, readers and the general public are invited to a free movie night at Texas A&M Galveston on Thursday, January 26th at 7:00pm. No reservation is required to attend this free movie screening which will be held at TAMUG in Room 126 of the Jack K. Williams Library, Building #3010, 200 Seawolf Parkway in Galveston. The film, Away From Her, is being shown in conjunction with 2012 Galveston Reads programming, sponsored by the Rosenberg Library, Kempner Fund, Sealy Center on Aging UTMB, UTMB Department of Family Medicine, Galveston College, Texas A&M Galveston, Inn at the Waterpark and Moody Gardens.

Galveston Reads 2012 “One City, One Book” title is Still Alice by Lisa Genova, a story told from the perspective of a fifty year-old Harvard University professor afflicted by early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. “This movie was selected to expand the community discussion of and insight into Alzheimer’s disease and its impact on individuals, relationships, families,” Poom Taylor, a librarian at the Rosenberg Library and a Galveston Reads committee member, said.

Away From Her chronicles the touching story of a retired couple, married nearly 50-years, coming to terms with their relationship and themselves in the aftermath of the wife’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis. The film features actress, Julie Christie, whose performance in this movie garnered her Golden Globe, Critics Choice, and Screen Actors Guild awards, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Additional Academy Award nominations for this film, originally a short story by Alice Munroe, included Best Adapted Screenplay (Sarah Polley, Screenplay Author / Director). The film was on major film critics top ten lists as a Best Film of 2007 has received international acclaim from the British Academy of Film, was named Best Motion Picture in Canada, receiving an astonishing five Genie Awards – the highest accolades for Canadian films – including Best Actress (Christie), Best Actor (Gordon Pinset), Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress (Kristen Thompson). Olympia Dukakis and Michael Murphy also deliver outstanding performances.

The Jack K. Williams Library is located near the center of the Texas A&M Galveston Campus, southeast of the clock tower and Student Center, and due west of the soccer fields. From Seawolf Parkway, visitors should turn right at the main entrance to the Texas A&M Galveston. The library is adjacent to the Student Center Parking lot. The movie will be shown in Room #126. For more complete directions to the campus and library, visit

In its 9th year, Galveston Reads encourages unity through literature, hosting discussions, events, films and bringing speakers and authors of national acclaim to Galveston. A diverse group of volunteers collaboratively identifies books of interest to the community with the general public voting to select one book annually.

For more information, please visit or call the Rosenberg Library 409-763-8854 ext. 115 or online at and

Friday, January 6, 2012

Embracing Aging: Press Release


Contact: Travis Bible, Museum Assistant

Rosenberg Library

409-763-8854, ext. 125

For Immediate Release

6 January 2012

Embracing Aging Photography Exhibit Opens

at Rosenberg Library

The Rosenberg Library Museum is proud to present a new photography exhibit entitled Embracing Aging currently on display in Harris Gallery through the end of March 2012. The show is a collaborative effort between the Library and the Galveston Reads program. Galveston Reads is a community-wide book club that encourages unity through literature. This year’s book is the best-selling Still Alice by Lisa Genova, which follows the struggles and triumphs of a woman who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Embracing Aging features works by accomplished local photographers Barbara Pursley and Marilyn Brodwick. Both artists spotlight aging and present images that invoke powerful emotions and draw viewers in for a closer look to see the beauty in ‘ordinary’ people. Pursley and Brodwick will speak at the library on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. during Galveston Art Walk. The event is free and open to the public (please enter the library through the ground floor doors).

Barbara Pursley’s black and white photographs are taken from her book Embracing the Moment: An Alzheimer’s Memoir. In it, Pursley shares the experience of becoming her mother’s caregiver after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Her photographs depict a bitter-sweet journey through the declining stages of the disease, and offered her a way of coping with the difficulty of being a caregiver. Not only did photography help Pursley preserve a moment in time, it also gave her a way to connect with her mother.

The Embracing Aging exhibit also features color photographs by Marilyn Spievak Brodwick that have never before been seen by the public. Her portraits focus the viewers’ attention to the beauty—and occasionally the pain—of each subject. Brodwick met many of her subjects on the streets and “tried to sense the person behind the mask of age” before taking any pictures. Like Pursley, Brodwick feels that her camera connects her to her subjects. She believes that “When you look at the outside of a person, you don’t see the life. The way into the fullness and beauty of life may be a wrinkled hand or the sadness or fierce gleam of an eye.”

With longer life-expediency rates and an aging population, health problems like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia now touch many more lives than in years past. Please join the Rosenberg Library as it offers a forum to highlight this important issue. Additional information about this and other Galveston Reads events can be found on the Galveston Reads website:

Book Discussions start at Moody Methodist on Monday!!

Book Discussions are beginning on January 9th at Moody Methodist followed by the Rosenberg Library. Yummy snacks will be served for the Rosenberg Library for a noon meeting.

Book Discussions:

January 9 6:30 pm Moody Methodist

January 11 12 Noon Rosenberg Library

January 12 7:00 pm Hitchcock Library

January 14 10:00 am Moody Methodist

January 19 7:00 pm Mod Coffee & Tea

January 25 6:00 pm Mosquito Café

February 2 6:00 pm First Presbyterian

February 7 7:00 pm Texas A&M

February 8 7:00 pm U.U. Fellowship

Embracing Aging Exhibit Up!! Kicks off Galveston Reads for 2012!!

In conjunction with the 2012 Galveston Reads book Still Alice, Galveston Reads and the Rosenberg Library Museum is presenting an exhibit entitled Embracing Aging in the Harris Gallery of the Rosenberg Library Museum.

This special exhibit is on display from January through March 2012 and is free to the public. One of the photos from the exhibit is below: