asteroidsAstronomers have long known asteroid "2012 DA14" will have a close encounter with Earth on February 15, 2013. This large rock with such a technical name weighs 143,000 tons. That is almost as much as 1,430 average sized blue whales! It is also about half a football field long. The big asteroid was predicted to travel 17,200 miles from the Earth's surface, a hair's width by galactic standards. There should be no worries since this asteroid will not hit our beloved planet. However, this should serve as a reminder of how much is actually going on in outer space!

Speaking of outer space, the SETI Instute is having a vote to name two of Pluto's moons. Pluto has 5 moons: Charon, Nix, Hydra, P4, and P5. SETI is asking the public for help in naming P4 and P5 from a list of names from Greek mythology. To vote please click here.

Fitness Class!

Boy exercising.Your Jacinto City Library will begin offering beginner exercise classes in February. Classes with light exercise techniques will be offered every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. starting on February 6.

These programs are being offered as part of our "Love Your Heart" Program. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (713)673-3237.

Jacinto City Mayor Rachel Nunez

Jacinto City Mayor reading a bookOur Jacinto City Mayor Rachel Nunez passed away Friday afternoon after an ongoing battle with a lengthy illness. Mayor Nunez was elected as the first female mayor of Jacinto City in 2011. She served as a Jacinto City council member for 11 years before her service as mayor. Mayor Nunez regularly stopped by the library and visited us during holiday story time as the honored guest and reader. She will be missed by the community and the Jacinto City Library staff. For funeral arrangements, please click here.

Computer Classes for Beginners

Students on the computerWith the new year comes the start of computer classes for newcomers. This entire month, your Jacinto City Library will be focusing on computer classes to help beginners become comfortable with the mouse and keyboard, internet, email, and files and folders. Classes will be:


English - Tuesdays at 2 pm and Thursdays at 11 am

Espanol - martes a las 10:30 am y jueves a las 6 pm

Like always, there is no need to register. Simply stop by during the times listed above and join us for class! Click here if you would like to see our Events Calendar, or if you would like a paper copy of the calendar, then come by the library and the staff will give you one.

Holiday Fun at your Library!

Jacinto City Councilwoman Ana Diaz reading to children.Your Jacinto City Library held a wonderful holiday program last Thursday which included Santa and story time with Jacinto City Councilwoman Ana Diaz. The staff would like to thank the Galena Park High School Choir and Mr. Isaias Degollado for their beautiful and amazing performance of holiday music. It was a true delight that everyone enjoyed! We would also like to thank the Jacinto City Heritage Hall and the council members who made contributions and donated their time: Councilwoman Ana Diaz, Councilwoman Carmela Garcia, and Councilman Jimmy (JJ) Rivas. Thank you so much for making Thursday night such a success!