El Grito de la Independencia

September 16, 2010 will mark 200 years when Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a priest in the town of Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, demanded for the independence of Mexico from Spain.  What followed was a difficult struggle filled with battle and bloodshed in an attempt to remove Spanish control of the land. This effort for independence lasted until September 27, 1821, over a decade of fighting, when Spain officially recognized the Mexican empire as its own country. For more information about Mexican Independence, please visit your Jacinto City Library.

Hawai'i

On August 21, 1959, Hawaii was admitted into the United States of America and was granted its statehood and recognition as the 50th state. Hawaii is located in the Pacific Ocean and is used by the American military as a naval base. It is also the location of Pearl Harbor, which suffered a devastating attack by the Japanese on December 7, 1941 during World War II.  It is a convenient location for vessels trying to sail across the ocean toward Asia from the United States. There are 1.2 million people living on the Hawaii islands. For more information about of Hawaii please stop by the Jacinto City Library and pick up one of the many books on the subject we have available!

Jacinto City Adult SRP

It's the end of the Summer Reading Programs.  I'd like to send a big "Thank You" to all of you Adult Summer Reading Program participants.  Jacinto City beat its records for the past 2 summers!  Thank you again for signing up and turning in your titles. 

A Flower Named Lois

For the past few days Houston has had a very special visitor named Lois. Placed in the wonderful Houston Museum of Natural Science is a large plant that is commonly referred to as the corpse flower. Its scientific name is the amorphophallus titanum. But what makes this specific flower so special? First of all, it is one of the rarest and largest flowers in the entire world. It is indigenous only to the rainforests of Sumatra, an island in western Indonesia. However, the reason why it has attracted over 33,000 visitors to the museum in the past 13 days is because of the smell the flower releases when it blooms. Horticulturists describe the smell as that of a rotting animal. The flower releases this smell to attract certain types of bugs in order for pollination to occur. Only 28 of these types of plants have ever bloomed in the United States and Lois will be the 29th. It was scheduled to bloom over a week ago but it is acting somewhat shy.

Reader Nation--Adult Summer Reading Program

It's July and we're into the 2nd month of the Summer Reading Programs.  Adults, have you signed up for the Adult Summer Reading Program?  Yes, we have a reading program for you!  Come in and sign up today!  Read 4 books or listen to 4 books and log the titles online for your chance to win prizes.  The branch prize is a $50 bookstore gift card that you could win in a random drawing.  The last day to log titles in August 14th.