Library Participates in “Operation Support Our Troops”

For the second year the Port Isabel Public Library, located at 213 N. Yturria St., and the Public Library Reading Room, located at 5800 Padre Blvd., will be collecting items for our troops stationed in Afghanistan.  Our collection will begin on Monday, November 1.  The final day to drop off your donations will be Tuesday, December 7, which fittingly is Pearl Harbor Day.  Your donations can be brought to either library during their hours of operation.  Our staff will package your gifts.  The Friends of the Port Isabel Library is providing funds for the shipping and Coastal Mail, owned by Linda & Mike Garrett are providing the supplies that are needed to prepare the boxes. Your donations will be packed and shipped by December 10.

Very Important Items:

Silly String – Believe it or not, silly string is used by our soldiers to detect trip wires connected to bombs.  A gift of Silly String may save someone’s life.

Beanie Babies and Small Toy Cars – These are used to distribute to local children so that they learn that our soldiers are their friends, not their enemies.

Emer-gen-c – This drink provides electrolytes and prevents dehydration.

Unscented baby wipes or towelettes – Troops may go several days without showers and appreciate having the wipes to clean up and wipe the sand off with.

Other Needed Items:

Foods – The troops especially appreciate being sent coffee!  The coffee can be ground or instant, and along with this they need coffee filters, creamer, and sugar.  Additional beverages needed are tea, hot chocolate, and Gatorade.  Small canned and packaged items such as Ramen noodles and soups; canned ham, chicken, and tuna; summer sausage and pepperoni sticks; along with condiments such as salt, pepper, spices, and Tabasco sauce can be packed away in duffle bags while on maneuvers.  Snacks such as M&Ms (which don’t melt,), gum, cookies, granola bars, dried fruit, packaged crackers, canned nuts, trail mix, power bars, beef jerky, and microwave popcorn are always welcome gifts, too.

Personal Items – Travel sizes are best because they fit in cargo pant pockets.  Please donate items such as hand sanitizer, soap, body wash, shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste, tooth brushes, dental floss, mouthwash, razors, shaving cream, body cream, Skin-So-Soft, and foot powder.  Other items needed are toenail clippers, sun screen, eye drops, contact lens cleaner, chap stick and lip balm, combs and brushes, men’s white socks, cool collars, neck scarves and bandanas, bandages, Neosporin, bug repellent with Deet, bug bite sticks, Q-Tips, and cotton balls.  Remember that unscented items are the best choice.

Comfort Items – These are items that help the troops connect with home.  Here are some examples:  Portable DVD and CD players, disposable cameras, IPods, International phone cards, batteries (AA and AAA), music CDs and DVDs (legal copies only please!), paperback books, magazines, stationary, puzzle books, playing cards, writing journals, paper, pens, envelopes, blank greeting cards (Mother’s and Father’s Day, I Miss You, Birthday, Anniversary), yo-yos, hacky sacks, zip lock bags, small flashlights, and extension cords.

Finally, please include a card, note, or letter with pictures.  The troops love hearing from you!

For more information contact: Port Isabel Public Library, located at 213 N. Yturria St., and the Public Library Reading Room, located at 5800 Padre Blvd., or call 956/943-2265.

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.

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