December 12 commemorates the poinsettia — the most popular holiday plant, which is indigenous to Mexico and Central America. December 12 has been officially designated by the U.S. Congress as National Poinsettia Day in honor of the first Ambassador to the new Republic of Mexico, Joel Poinsett of South Carolina, as well as of American businessman, Paul Ecke Jr., who later successfully marketed the poinsettia worldwide.
Reminder: The BDC Research Room is closed today due to staff shortage. The Research Room will be closed from Noon to 1 pm on Dec. 22nd, Dec. 23rd, and Dec. 26th. The Library system will be closed Dec. 24th and Dec. 25th. Regular hours resume Friday, Dec. 26th except for the BDC Research Room where staff shortage means that the room will be closed at lunchtime. Hours of BDC Research Room operation will be open 10 am - Noon; and 1 - 5pm on Fri., Dec. 26th.