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Rosenberg Day In Galveston: Library Celebrates 150 Years!

Rosenberg Day Galveston at Rosenberg Library

Rosenberg Day In Galveston Celebrates Rosenberg Library 150 Years

The City of Galveston has been credited with a long list of “firsts” including Texas’ first public library. The Galveston Chamber of Commerce, yet another “first” organization in the Texas, founded a library for citizens.

Rosenberg Library was not established until 1904, but its roots can be traced back to this early predecessor. On September 13, 1870, the Galveston Chamber of Commerce agreed to establish and foster a mercantile library and reading room for anyone who could afford a subscription. At the time, that meant that mostly affluent citizens could afford the opportunity to visit the library. Over the years, funding for the library was an obstacle despite the popularity among locals.

Henry Rosenberg was a local businessman and philanthropist, and was among the original founders of Galveston’s mercantile library in 1870. He was a lover of books and was aware of the long struggle to finance and maintain a library for Galveston.

When Rosenberg died in 1893, he bequeathed more than $600,000 for the organization and endowment of a free public library for all residents of the island. Rosenberg Library officially opened its doors at 23rd Street and Sealy in June 1904.

Since 1870, the public library has been a community center for people in Galveston amd today more than 230,000 patrons visit Rosenberg Library each year. In addition to the outstanding collections the Library offers a computer lab, meeting spaces, an amazing and active Children’s Department, a research center, and a fantastic museum and archives.

Come celebrate this amazing island resource during Rosenberg Day!

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Come help the Rosenberg Library celebrate 150 years of library service on Galveston Island! The first free, public library for Galveston residents opened in January 1871 as the Galveston Mercantile Library. The Rosenberg Library assumed operations of this library in 1904 and the rest, as they say, is history.

Rosenberg Day will take place inside and outside the library. Sealy St. between 23rd and 24th Streets will be closed to vehicles, and events will be in the Sealy Pavilion & Mary Moody Northen Plaza, on the East lawn, and in various spots inside the library.

Event includes:

  • Live Music!
    • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, AndyRoo and the AndyRooniverse
    • 1:00 – 4:00 pm, The Line Up
  • Galveston “Book Festival” – Author tent featuring local authors
    • Authors attending include Pat Jakobi, Kimber Fountain, Christine Hopkins, Ellen Beasley, Wren Richards, Penny Clark, Ed Cotham, Krystal Frenchwood, Merri Edwards, and Tommie Boudreaux.
  • Games and kids activities, including:
    • Petting zoo
    • Face Painting
  • Rosenberg Library “rummage” sale – Own a piece of Library history!
    • 2nd floor “treasure” hunt
  • 3-D printing demonstrations
  • Galveston Artists Abroad exhibit open in the 4th floor Harris Gallery
  • Food trucks, including:
    • Houston’s Pink Box
    • Coffee Cart from Odyssey Academy
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