The International Space Station

Space Station orbiting the EarthAstronaut in spaceDid you know the International Space Station was first inhabited by astronauts on November 2, 2000? That is 4383 days of continuous occupation! The Space Station completes 15.7 orbits in one day, which means since its first part was launched into orbit in 1998, it has made nearly 80000 orbits. 

Early Voting Starts Oct. 22

Early voting in Harris County starts Monday, October 22. During the course of early voting, registered voters can vote at any of the thirty seven early voting locations across Harris County. For a map of the early voting locations click here. Voting locations will be open:

election buttonOctober 22 - 26 from 8:00 a.m. till 4:30 p.m.

October 27 from 7 a.m. till 7:00 p.m.

October 28 from 1:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m.

October 29 - November 2 from 7:00 a.m. till 7:00 p.m.

Your Jacinto City Library also has sample ballots, voters guides, and maps of early voting locations available to help voters be well-informed for the election. For more information, please visit

Honoring a Trailblazer

Longtime Texas Congressman Mario Gallegos Jr. passed away on October 16, 2012. Gallegos was a Houston firefighter for 22 years, reaching the position of Senior Captain before entering the political arena as a Texas Representative for District 143. He later ran and was voted in as the first Hispanic to represent the 6th District in the Texas Senate. Mario Gallegos often came to Jacinto City for community events and he surely will be remembered by the Jacinto City Library staff.


Ed Emberley's 81st Birthday

Book cover for "Go Away, Big Green Monster!"Ed Emberley, the children's book author and illustrator, will turn 81 on Friday, October 19. He has written and illustrated over 50 books, including The Wing on a Flea, Ed Emberley's Big Green Drawing Book, and Go Away, Big Green Monster.

Parents, be sure to stop by your Jacinto City Library on Wednesday, October 17 at 3:00 p.m. for a SPOOK-tacular Craft. The Children's Librarian, Rosalinda Lucio, will have fun activities for kids of all ages. For more information, please feel free to call (713)673-3237.

Today in History: The Mayflower

map of cape codOn September 6, 1620, the Mayflower began its voyage from England to the Americas. It sailed for 66 days with over 100 people on board across the stormy Atlantic Ocean. The Pilgrims arrived in Cape Cod on November 11, 1620 and sailed along the coast to an area where they would found the town of Plymouth. The town was not established enough to have people live in it until March of 1621. During the construction of the town, the Pilgrims worked during the day on land but lived on the Mayflower at night. These founders underwent hardship and suffering all in the name of religious freedom and the opportunity to spread Christianity to the New World with the King of England, King James's permission .

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