Fort Bend County Libraries joins a number of libraries, schools, colleges, museums, bookstores, and other organizations in the Gulf Coast region for the “Gulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page” reading initiative to restore reading to the center of American culture.
Communities around the area are encouraged to come together to read and discuss one book. Throughout the months of September and October, programs are planned at various locations in the Fort Bend County library system to discuss the 2011 “Gulf Coast Reads” selection, One Amazing Thing, a novel written by Sugar Land author Chitra Bannerjee Divakaruni. Activities related to the central theme of the story – storytelling and emergency preparedness – are also planned.
George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond, will kick off the events for the month on Thursday, September 15, with a special program, “A Legacy of Words: Storytelling,” presented by professional storyteller Scott Hill Bumgardner. Learn about the historical significance of storytelling as a means of preserving accounts of life and events. Bumgardner will also discuss the different types of storytelling, and will provide tips on how to become a storyteller. The program will begin at 7:00 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library.
On Saturday, September 17, George Memorial Library – partnering with the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management — will present a Family Safety Preparedness Day from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, with activities planned throughout the library for the whole family. Children will enjoy a visit from the Ready Super Heroes, who will show how children can help their families prepare for emergencies. Adults can learn how to become a volunteer for the Medical Reserve Corps, which provides basic medical assistance during a public health emergency or natural disaster. Outside the library, children may learn about the Kids & Cops program, or explore the Office of Emergency Management’s Ready Tent.
Emergency vehicles, such as the Hazmat truck and a fire truck, will also be on hand for children to see.
The First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land, will host a visit by the author of One Amazing Thing on Thursday, September 22, beginning at 7:00 pm, in the Meeting Room. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni will discuss and sign copies of her book. The program is co-sponsored by the Friends of the First Colony Branch Library, who will be selling copies of the book. All proceeds benefit the library.
Opportunities to sit down and discuss One Amazing Thing with fellow readers will take place in several of the Fort Bend County library locations. Join a book club discussion at one of the following locations:
• September 12, 1:30 pm – Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd., Missouri City
• September 19, 12:00 noon – Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, 8100 FM 359 South, Fulshear
• September 20, 12:00 noon – Albert George Branch Library, 9230 Gene Street, Needville
• September 20, 7:00 pm – Missouri City Branch Library, 1530 Texas Parkway
• October 20, 12:00 noon – George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview, Richmond
• October 24, 6:30 pm – Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, 8100 FM 359 South, Fulshear
• October 26, 1:30 pm – First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land
These events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Fort Bend County Libraries’ Public Information Office at 281-341-2677.