The "Libraries: Deep in the Heart of Texas" reading program at the Northwest Branch Library has started off with a bang.

We've had lots of fun activities so far and will have many more. If your children are bored or needing activities that will keep them entertained try the library.

All our activities are free and the supplies are provided. Mondays at 2:15 p.m. we have "Deep in the Heart of Birds" birding classes. Mondays at 4:30 p.m. we have " Round-up crafts," featuring crafts of all kinds.

Tuesdays we have "Howdy Partner Visitors" at 3:30 p.m. and "Campout Tales" at 7 p.m. "Howdy Partner Visitors" will have special guests talking to the children about the Seashore, the Ice Ages and other special topics. "Campout Tales" are bedtime storytimes for all ages.

Wednesdays we have "Scootin' Boogie" storytime at 11 a.m. for preschool and early elementary children and "Buggin Outdoors" at 4 p.m. "Buggin Outdoors" will have all different types of activities and crafts about nature.

Thursdays, will be my busy day. At 10:15 a.m. "Wee Little Roundup" is a baby/toddler storytime for children ages 2 and under. This storytime is geared for the very little listeners and only lasts 15-20 minutes. At 11 a.m. is "Texas Treasure Storytime". This is a repeat of the "Scooting Boogie Storytime". Then Thursday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. we will have "Beat the Texas Heat" crafts. These will be different crafts from the Monday activity.

The "Libraries: Deep in the Heart of Texas" reading program also has the reading part. Each child from babies through high school can read either 10 books or 500 pages to earn a certificate, get coupons and have their name put on the wall of fame window. If the child can not read a parent, grandparent or older sibling can read to them.

The certificates this year are very pretty. If the child turns in their reading log before July 12, they will also receive a stamped coupon for a free ticket to the "Ringling" circus.

Come out of the heat and join us for our "Libraries: Deep in the Heart of Texas" summer reading program. Again, everything is free and open to the public.

Jean Meadors is the children's librarian for the Northwest Branch Library. Readers may contact her at 241-9329.