If you've been wondering where our jug went for the donations for the mammoth tusk, we have some bad news.

Someone decided they needed the jug more than the library did. Sometime on the afternoon of Jan. 27, someone stole it off our circulation desk. I'm sorry that all the children who have been putting their money in the jug had their money stolen. We are going to still take donations for our exhibits, but we will have to keep the donation box behind the desk. Please ask for it to put in your donations.

If you haven't heard yet, I'm going to have surgery on Feb. 18 in Houston. It's brain surgery, so they will have to shave off all my hair. The surgery is to stop the tremors in my hands that have been getting worse. My granddaughter has been practicing the "Yo mama, yo daddy, yo bald-headed granny" phrase to me for weeks since she found out.

I will be out until March 16, but we will have storytime for the entire time I'm out thanks to Raul and Victoria, two of our workers at the library. Please continue to come and give your support to them.

I've never had my head shaved so I am not sure how long it will take to grow my hair back, but I hope it comes back without any gray hair. I know people who lose their hair because of chemo usually has it come back curly, but I don't know if that will happen when they shave my head.

My hair is already wavy if I let it grow out. In case you're curious, the procedure is called a "DBS," or deep brain stimulation. I'm having it done in Houston with the Methodist Hospital. They've done hundreds of these surgeries.

My best friend and I went out looking for scarves to cover my head, but couldn't find any I liked, so we stopped by a fabric store and found some cute material to make into scarves. I'm going to be wearing monkeys, lady bugs, doggies and turtle turbans. I'm glad I work with children because they will like my turbans.

I'm sure Lynda will keep you posted on how things are going. Please remember to come and support Raul and Victoria.

Jean Meadors is the children's librarian for the Northwest Branch Library in Corpus Christi. Readers may contact her at (361) 241-9329.