Our stormy relationship: it’s over

We knew it couldn’t last.  A library and its community-wide reading choice eventually have to part ways.  Isaac’s Storm: a Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History is a thing of the past.  I’m on the Round Rock Reads! committee and will admit that we have a roving eye; we’ll soon be seeking a relationship with another exceptional book.

But this was fun while it lasted.  Last night’s final Isaac’s Storm program was a hit with the audience, which numbered over sixty.  KEYE meteorologist Troy Kimmel’s appearance highlighted the evening, and just about everyone stayed on to view the History Channel documentary Great Disasters: Galveston Hurricane 1900: Isaac’s Storm.

I was intrigued (not to mention entertained) by Mr. Kimmel’s overview of some milestones in storm forecasting, along with user-friendly explanations of key hurricane concepts, e.g., “storm surge”.  I also appreciated his sharing passages from an account of the Galveston hurricane; it was published shortly after the disaster. 

The audience proved to be worthy company, as well, and not just because they shared my preferences for film-watching treats:  popcorn and ice cream.  Some obviously well-read attendees asked insightful questions that were expertly fielded by our Meteorologist for the Evening. 

Yes, the program was great, and so was the book.  And we have more than memories to document the fourth annual Round Rock Reads!.  The 1900 Storm Photo Exhibit on loan from the Galveston County Historical Museum continues on display in the library for the entire month of January.  Also, the Round Rock Reads! Nominees Book Club will be discussing Nick Arvin’s Articles of War in February and W.P. Kinsella’s Shoeless Joe (inspiration for the movie Field of Dreams) in March. 

So–no regrets on the library’s part.  We’ll find another book to love.  Do you have suggestions?  Why not send us a comment? 

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