Saturday, November 21, 2009

Book Browsers Return to the Rosenberg Library

The Rosenberg Library reopened the second floor of the Moody Wing and the computer lab on the Mezzanine on July 11, 2009. Many book browsers celebrated the reopening of the adult book stacks by attending the celebration and returning in large numbers in the days that followed. Searching for books by title, author or subject online was not what many readers wanted when the stacks were closed. Just being able to locate a subject area by Dewey Decimal number, actually view the books, open them, and browse among the stacks was sorely missed by library readers. Longfellow said it best: “The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, and all the sweet serenity of books.”
Since the reopening, the library has been very busy with many returning patrons browsing materials and using the computer lab.
The reopening celebration included an art exhibit in the McCullough Room with artwork from the Museum collection that featured such artists as Winslow Homer, Edvard Munch, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, included were local artists such as Boyer Gonzales and Julius Stockfleth.
On display were historic photographs from the library’s Galveston and Texas History Center of various rooms in the Rosenberg Wing which was built in the 1900s. These historical photos were placed near the entrances to the actual rooms so that patrons could see what the rooms looked like – a virtual “then” and “now”. The Dorian String Quartet played in the future Gibson Reading Room. Members of the Quartet generously, some with library connections generously volunteered their talents to the Rosenberg Library. The Treasure of the Month - foot stocks from an early Galveston county jail - was unveiled on the Mezzanine level. The children’s department unveiled their collection, and sponsored a treasure hunt along with featuring Biscuit, a character from Alyssa Satin Capucilli’s beginning reader’s series of books. Thanks to the Mosquito CafĂ© for cookies, food, and their refreshing papaya mint iced tea.

The evening culminated with drawings for prizes that were prepared by the Galveston and Texas History Center and the Museum staff.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Books Back on the Bolivar Peninsula

March 10, 2009

Books Back on the Bolivar Peninsula

Rosenberg library’s outreach services, the Extension Department, headed back to the Bolivar to resume providing books for young readers on the Bolivar Peninsula after Hurricane Ike. Crenshaw Elementary/Middle School received books for children and young adults. Although the Children’s Department at the Rosenberg Library has suffered damage, many new books have been purchased and are ready to be checked out by the students on the peninsula. Principal Bill Heuman and librarian Michael Guss have facilitated the return of the Rosenberg Library’s Extension Services. These books will supplement the library at Crenshaw School.

Taking the ferry across to the Bolivar Peninsula on Tuesday morning, Rosenberg library staff member, Marilyn delivered 30 children’s books and several young adult books. The landing on the peninsula was uneventful, some debris on the side of the roads, one house upside down, were noted, but, overall, the Bolivar seemed to be on the rebound.

At Crenshaw School, the elevators were not working, 48 students returned on February 4, 2009 and enrollment is now up to 68 students ranging from pre-kindergarten to 8th grade. Approximately 10 teachers have returned, with Principal Heuman and some administrative staff. The phone lines were not yet working, but, data lines have been restored, and staff can be contacted via email or cell phones.

Principal Heuman reported that the electrical systems were not damaged by the storm. The building is also housing the fireman in the band hall and the EMS staff in the dance hall. Of the 6,000 plus homes on the Bolivar, it seems there are only 1,000 or so remaining.

Rosenberg Library Extension Services delivered the books to the 6th grade students. Library staff left the young readers with some Caldecott, Bluebonnet and Coretta Scott King award winners. Most of the young adult books are for readers up to 8th grade level. The school librarian, Mr. Guss, recommended the Newbery Award winners, for the young teens along with scary, romantic, or mystery novels. Library staff selected and brought several over from the isle of Galveston’s Rosenberg Library.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Bikers Rally for Rosenberg Library

Starbucks in Friendswood and Bikers donated $331.00 to the Rosenberg Library on a cold winter night, in Southeast Houston on Friday, January 30th, 2009.

The rally began on FM 518 and 528, at the Starbucks Friendswood drive-thru. Alicia, our barista extraordinaire, arranged for the group to sample tea and coffee in 5 Starbucks.

Instrumental in the fundraising were the CMA Bikers' group, Christian Motorcyclists Association in donating and running this service outreach to the Rosenberg Library in Galveston, Texas. Two groups noticed were the Lighthouse Riders and the Christ Riders out of Texas City and Pearland. Thanks to the Lighthouse Riders for hosting this fundraiser, and all the bikers who came out and participated.

The next morning, several CMA bikers came out to Galveston to aid the homeless on Winnie and 19th Street. The library staff welcomed them to the Rosenberg Library with a tour of the History Center and Museum.

Thank you so much to the CMA group, and Starbucks, esp. Alicia from Friendswood, for their support of Galveston and the library.