Clowns - I have never figured out why so many children are afraid of clowns. Maybe because of the way they look. They even have a name for fear of clowns, Coulrophobia.

I don't know, but I do know that lots of children and adults don't like clowns.

I happen to like clowns a lot and think they are really fun.

Of course I loved the Three Stooges when I was growing up.

Something about the slapstick antics really tickled me.

If you look up the history of clowns, you can find out that there is a lot more to clowns than what we tend to think of as a clown.

Did you know they think clowns were probably present in ancient Greece? Clowns probably came from court jesters and mimes? Did you know they were different types of clowns?

According to Wikipedia, there are probably eight different types of clowns.

There are the standard "white-faced" clowns. The entire face and neck is covered by white paint and then the "clown face" is put on. He/she is usually the bossy leader clown.

Then there is the auguste clown, where the base starts out as pink, red or tan instead of white. This clown is usually the joker, the trickster.

Then there's the contra-auguste. This clown tries to be a mediator between the white-faced clown and the auguste clown.

Then you have the character clown, the rodeo clown, the Harlequin clown - you get the idea.

I bet you just thought of clowns as all being the same.

Did you know if the clown is registered, he/she has to have their own individual look?

No two clowns are supposed to be the same.

Wow, that's a lot of different types of clowns. If they register with the oldest clown society in the world "Clowns International in England" they get an egg with his makeup put in the registry that acts like a "clown copyright."

I guess I'm writing about clowns because by the time you read this we will have had our clown from Ringling Brother's circus in the library.

Don't forget to come to the library to check out our mammoth leg and tusk. It's really awesome.

Our storytimes are Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. and our baby/toddler time is at 10:15 a.m. on Thursdays.

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