Port Isabel Library ~ Book & Bake Sale 2/13-14

For Immediate Release–
Port Isabel Public Library
213 N. Yturria St.

The Friends of the Port Isabel Public Library’s Annual Book and Bake Sale is Saturday, February 13th, from 9am until 3pm and Sunday, February 14th from 1pm until 3pm.

The FOL members have been working hard to make this the best sale yet.  Also, don’t forget that you can purchase your raffle tickets in advance at the Circulation Desk of the Main Library. Some wonderful prizes have been donated by local merchants and will be raffled off on the 13th. Stop back in to check the winners’ board on Sunday afternoon from 1pm-3pm.  In addition, there will be a bake sale on Saturday so join us at the Port Isabel Community Center behind the library for coffee, goodies, and many books on sale for $.50 and $.25.

The Friends of the Library raise funds for library improvements and have made donations for major remodeling including new bookshelves and work stations and interior painting and other projects.  The library is a great asset to the Laguna Madre area and all support of the efforts of the Friends is appreciated.  The library also has a reading room at 5800 Padre Blvd. on South Padre Island where patrons can check out books including current best sellers, audio tapes, and movie dvds.

For more information call the Port Isabel Public Library at 956/943-2265.

South Padre Island CVB to Host Texas Friendly Hospitality Training Workshop 2/18

January 26, 2010                                                                               361-592-4603
South Padre Island CVB to Host Texas Friendly Hospitality Training Workshop
(South Padre Island TX) – The South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau will host a Texas Friendly Hospitality Training Workshop on Thursday, February 18. This Customer Service Workshop will be held from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm at the South Padre Island Convention Center.
The workshop will be coordinated by the Texas Tropical Trail Region heritage tourism initiative headquartered in Kingsville. The presentation was developed by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. The Texas Friendly program encourages business owners as well as employees to promote hospitality habits when dealing with local customers and visitors.
Sponsors include South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, South Padre Island Convention Center, Texas Agricultural Extension Service – Texas A&M University College Station, Travelodge – South Padre Island, South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce, and Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce.
Cost for the workshop is $15 per person which includes workshop materials and lunch. Lunch will be catered by Church’s Chicken. Each participant will receive a two piece chicken meal with mashed potatoes, biscuit, and a drink.
Throughout the workshop, participants will learn about community pride, personal & phone communication skills, correspondence (email & letter) communication skills, knowing your community, making a good first impression, how your job affects your community, handling problems effectively, and making a good last impression.
Workshop speakers will include Dan Quandt, Executive Director for the South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, Miki McCarthy, Executive Director for the San Juan Economic Development Corporation, Valerie Nite, Program Coordinator for Texas Friendly – Texas Agricultural Extension Service and Lane Hollingsworth, Executive Director for the Texas Tropical Trail Region.   Certified Texas Friendly Hospitality Trainers will include Valerie Nite and Lane Hollingsworth, Executive Director for the Texas Tropical Trail Region.
\”In today hurry-up society, we sometimes forget how to slow down and treat the customer or visitor with respect and friendliness,\” said Hollingsworth. \”It is critical that tourism professionals and service providers remember that tourists need to have a positive experience when visiting the great state of Texas.\” According to Texas Economic Development, the state agency for economic development, tourism is a $40 billion industry in Texas each year.
Participants at the workshop will be given a certificate of completion. For more information about the Texas Friendly program or the Texas Tropical Trail Region, please contact Lane Hollingsworth, 361-592-4603, info@texastropicaltrail.com.

Port Isabel Public Library hosts \”Find it Online\” Workshop

Port Isabel Public Library Presents
Find it Online in 2010!

Free workshop at the Library on Tuesday, January 19 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am. The workshop includes a hands-on practice for session following the lecture. Free refreshments will be served. Call 956-943-0776 or 0777 for additional information.

This workshop will be conducted by two librarians from The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC), Regional Academic Health Center, located in Harlingen.

Graciela Reyna has a Master of Library Science from Texas Woman’s University. She has evolved in her career as an outreach librarian with a preference for community outreach and circuit librarianship. This year her work in outreach was recognized by the Friends of the National Library of Medicine by awarding her the 2009 Dr. Michael Debakey Award. She is especially interested in developing health literacy programs for the community and promoting health sciences careers.

Greysi is currently the Assistant Director of the Mario E. Ramirez M.D. Library of the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen, TX.

Kathleen Carter is a Medical Librarian at the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library at the UTHSC Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen. She obtained her MLIS in 2000 from the University of Texas at Austin and has provided reference and instructional services in academic libraries for over ten years. At the Ramirez Library, she participates in a number of outreach projects designed to connect users to reliable consumer health information from the National Library of Medicine.

Where: Port Isabel Public Library
                  213 N. Yturria St., Port Isabel
When:  January 19 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am.
Cost:      No admission
For more information, call: 956-943-0776 or 0777

Friends of the Port Isabel Public Library l Adventures in Literature

The Friends of the Port Isabel Public Library
Adventures in Literature series presents a Special Appearance
Jeanne Savery (Romance novels) and Betty Hanawa (Spicy Romance novels)

Romance Novel Author, Jeanne Savery: Well-known writer, Jeanne Savery has written more than three dozen Regency Romance novels and current publishes with an e-publisher, Cerridwen Press, in their Cotillion line of Regencies.  She has been the recipient of the Reader’s Choice Award and Holt Medallion, and is a member on Novelists, Inc. and Romance Writers of America.

Contemporary, Fantasy & Erotica Romance Novel Author, Betty Hanawa: Betty Hanawa writes romances ranging from contemporary to paranormal to future societies, all with spicy scenes and a huge dollop of humor that frequently slides into the ironic. Her husband hopes she becomes successful enough that he can retire and be kept in the manner in which he’s kept her all these years. Her son just wants the covers of her books to not embarrass him when he buys them in the bookstores.

Ms. Savery and Ms. Hanawa will make their special guest appearance on Saturday, January 16th at 4:30 PM.  Club Padre, 5800 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island.

Admission is $2.00

For more information or directions to the library please call 956-943-0776 or 956-772-9127.

Operation Support Our Troops

Operation Support Our Troops is a Port Isabel Public Library project.

Port Isabel Public Library (213 N. Yturria St., Port Isabel (956) 943-2265)
Public Library Reading Room (5800 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island)
Port Isabel City Hall (305 E. Maxan St., Port Isabel (956) 943-2682)

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to support out troops deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq. There are many items that are unavailable to our troops or in short supply. Some of these items are needed because of the extreme climate conditions. Other items are needed to let our troops know that the sacrifice they are making is appreciated. Young men and women are giving up their freedom and lives so we can retain ours. The least we can do is to let them know that we are thinking about them and to make sure they have something from their homeland for holidays.

Items for our troops can be dropped off at the Port Isabel Public Library, Public Library Reading Room and the Port Isabel City Hall. The Friends of the Library have donated money to send the packages overseas to the troops. The Coastal Mailbox in Port Isabel has donated the bubble wrap, packaging tape and its time packaging boxes for shipment. We need your support to make this operation successful. Please help us send packages & letters from the United States, so out troops can connect with their homeland.

DEADLINE: Boxes have to be mailed by December 11, 2009

(Prepackaged items only- Travel sizes are best they fit in troops\’ cargo pockets)

Coffee (ground & instant coffee), creamer & sugar, Emer-gen-c (prevents dehydration) candy, candy & more candy, M &Ms (other chocolate candies melt) lots of cookies, gum, canned nuts, trail mix, power bars, beef jerky, ramen noodles, summer sausage, Vienna sausage, pepperoni sticks, crackers & cheese, all kinds of soups, hot chocolate, Gatorade, Mac & Cheese, all kinds of chips & dips, Tabasco sauce, microwave popcorn, peanut butter & crackers, canned ham, chicken & tuna.

Unscented Baby wipes, soap, toothpaste, tooth brushes, dental floss, mouthwash, razors, shaving cream, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, foot powder, cool collars, sun screen, chap stick, white socks, liquid hand sanitizer, body cream, neck scarf, deodorant. Paper Back books, magazines, puzzle books, stationary, playing cards, yo-yos, blank cards for Mother’s/Father’s Day & birthdays, IPods, phone cards, Batteries (AA &AAA), DVD’s. (Legal copies only)

Please, support the courageous men & women serving our country in Afghanistan & Iraq.
Call (956)943-2265 for more information.