What on earth was that stuff on my car last week? Ice? Surely not, we don't get cold enough in Corpus Christi to have ice.

Or maybe it was possibly a little snow. Whoa, did I move back North? I moved down to South Texas 21 years ago to get out of snow and ice and so far have been very lucky. We've had very few ice storms. My very first and second winter here we had ice storms).

Can you believe it's been almost five years since the grand snow of South Texas? The older I get, the less able I am to cope with cold weather. I'm extremely glad I don't live in Minnesota or Wisconsin during the winter months.

All the cold weather is a reminder that Christmas and Hanukkah are just around the corner. It is less than three weeks away and I haven't even begun to shop.

If you are buying presents for your child, please remember that books make great presents. If your child is a non-reader, now would be the time to purchase that book for their collection that you have read to them 100 times. We have lots of families that check out the same book over and over to read to their child because it is their favorite story.

If you are buying for a child that reads, remember which books to which they can't wait for the sequel and buy it for them. If you would like to come by the library and see what's new in children's books, come look in the butterfly display box in the children's room to see the new books before you buy them.

I've been really impressed this year with some of the books that have been published. There have been some new authors publishing and new styles being produced. Nic Bishop has a great series of non-fiction books with absolutely stunning books of different types of animals. If your child is into nature, he is a great author to watch for.

"Fancy Nancy" books are also coming out in easy reader format, so if your young child is a huge "Fancy Nancy" fan, then you have a different area to explore.

Remember during the school holidays that I will have storytimes at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, 11 a.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and storytime for babies and toddlers on Thursdays at 10:15 a.m.

If your school-aged child tells you they are bored, bring them by the library. We will also have an holiday arts and crafts on Dec. 21, at 4:30 p.m.

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