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.

Lead Poisoning Prevention Exhibit

In honor of Lead Poisoning Prevention Month, the Jacinto City Branch Library is hosting the Lead Poisoning Prevention Exhibit.  It is from the Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services (HCPHES).  The purpose of the exhibit is to help children and families become more aware of lead poisoning and how it can be prevented.  For further information to: or call 713-439-6369

Football History

FootballIt is the current sport talk of the town, especially with football season in full swing, but do you know the history of football? On October 19, 1873, four universities – Yale, Princeton, Rutgers, and Columbia – drafted the first official rules of football. Though recreational football can be traced back to the early part of the 19th century, professional football did not begin until after these collegiate rules were created. College football’s popularity grew from the bitter rivalries between universities, which eventually led to the creation of the National Football League in 1902. It was the first all professional football league and the rest is history.

Gandhi Jayanti


"Be the change you want to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi.

Have you heard of Mahatma Gandhi? He was a well-known spiritual leader who successfully used the concept of protest against tyranny through civil disobedience in an attempt to liberate India from any foreign rule. This concept was later used by Martin Luther King to hold nonviolent marches against racism during the Civil Rights movement in the United States. Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869 and so India on this day celebrates Gandhi Jayanti. Jayanti is derived from the Hindi word for "victory."


World Alzheimer's Day

alzheimer's diseaseAlzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia, affects over 5 million people in the United States alone. 35 million people are affected worldwide. This number is expected to double by 2030. The cost for treating this disease costs over $600 billion globally and there is still no known cure for this disease. Therefore, in order to raise awareness of the monetary and emotional cost of this disease, Alzheimer’s associations across the globe unite on this day, September 21, to recognize this form of dementia as a health priority. For more information please visit your Jacinto City Library for books on the subject.