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.

Summer Reading Program Puppet Show!

Come one, come all!  It's our 2010 Summer Reading Program Puppet Show!  Thursday, June 24th at 2:30 PM in our Children's Area.  Miss Linda and fellow librarians will be singing songs, doing skits, and doing a puppet show.  So don't forget to stop by and join in on the fun!

Summer Kick-Off Party

Yesterday the Jacinto City Library hosted the Children’s Summer Reading Club Kick-Off Party. Over 50 children and adults attended making the official commencement of the Summer Reading Program a great success. We presented a short film which taught the partygoers how to make balloon animals. Afterward, the staff and volunteers handed the kids several inflated balloons and allowed them to create till their heart’s content. Needless to say, the liveliness of the kids along with the balloon twisting could be heard throughout the library and several of our curious customers took time to investigate what was going on. Once the children settled, volunteers served cake and punch. The Jacinto City staff hopes you will join us for the following Children's Summer Craft Programs. They occur every Thursday at 2:30 p.m. See you there!

Summer Reading Program Starts Soon!

Guess what time it is!  It's time for the Summer Reading Program!  Sign-ups start Friday, June 4th for Children, Teens, and Adults.  Stop by and sign-up and start reading!  We hope to double our Adult readers this summer, so Adults, don't forget we have a program for you too.