Join the Speer Memorial Library in Mission, on Tuesday, August 29, 2017, for a discussion of Isaac’s Storm, to take place in the library’s Community Room at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and discuss the book.

As the story begins, it is Friday night, September 7, 1900, and Isaac Cline is having difficulty sleeping. He has a sense that something is wrong, although exactly what, he can’t say.

As chief meteorologist for the U.S. Weather Bureau office in Galveston, Texas, Isaac is trained in the new science of weather forcasting. Nothing in his observations has given any cause for alarm, and the telegrams from Washington say that the storm that hit Cuba earlier in the week is moving toward the eastern Gulf coast and is not very strong. Yet the tide is unusually high at Galveston. Something seems amiss.

Written by Erik Larson, and first published in 1999, Isaac’s Storm is a fascinating and informative look at the history of weather prediction, the study of hurricanes, the city of Galveston, and the errors that led to one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history.

We will have some copies of the book available for check out to those who sign up for the book discussion, or you can stop by our library’s Reference Desk, or call at 580-8754, and we will try to obtain a copy for you via Interlibrary Loan. This title is also available as an eBook at

For more information, or to sign up for the book discussion, please call William Renner or Rose Alvarez at 580-8754 or 580-8750. You can also register at the Reference Desk, or by email at

Speer Memorial Library is located at 12th and Kika De La Garza in Mission. The library is open (except for Holidays) Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.