Celebration of Chinese New Year

The celebration of Chinese New Year begins today, January 29th, and ends February 20th.  San Francisco, CA has the largest Chinese community and celebrates each lunar new year with a festival and parade.  The celebration began in the 1860's as a way to educate the community about the Chinese culture.  Each year, hundreds of thousands of people come out to celebrate the festival and parade.  For more information go to www.chineseparade.com.

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The Day Earth Shook

picture of haitian womanOn this day one year ago Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake that left its capital, Port-au-Prince, in shatters. Over 300,000 people are believed to have perished in the quake and over one million were left homeless. It is important to remember this day and to also realize Haiti is a country full of culture. Haiti is the only country in the Americas to speak French as a primary language. It has a mixture of several cultures including French, African, and Spanish because it was a colony in the 15th century. For more information about the 2010 Haiti earthquake or just Haiti in general, please visit your Jacinto City Library.

The First American Nobel Prize Recipient

Theodore RooseveltOn December 10, 1906, the 26th President of the United States was the first American awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. President Theodore Roosevelt was known for his love of nature and his can-do attitude. He, in fact, was able to conserve and preserve over 230 million acres of American land. This area was spread out in various national parks, forests, and historical monuments across the nation.

Christmas Open House

We're having our Christmas Open House tomorrow night, Dec. 2nd, at 6:30 PM.  Jacinto City Mayor with Christopher Diaz will be us for a special Christmas Storytime.  Everyone is invited to come and share the evening with us.  You never know, Santa may make a guest appearance!

The Gettysburg Address

A picture of Abraham Lincoln

It was a Thursday afternoon on this day, November 19, 1863 – 147 years ago – when Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. The President gave this speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania because it was the location of the decisive battle between that Confederacy and the Union which branded the Union the winner of the Civil War.