There are still lots of time to come register for our "Jubilee 1958-2008" summer reading program at the Northwest Branch Library. There are many programs each week that your child can participate in. Come to the library and grab a calendar to see what is happening.

If you are a working parent, we have activities on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. If you can't make any of the activities, your child can still join the summer reading program by signing up and reading 10 books or 500 pages.

We are also participating with the Ringling Brothers Reading program where your child can earn a free ticket to the circus by reading five books.

We also are participants in the Hooks Reading program. There are forms on the children's librarian's desk.

With the cost of gas rising up even as we speak, try a mini vacation at your public library. Activities are free and fun and the library is air-conditioned.

If you have the Internet at home, go to www.google.com and type in the words "summer fun children."

I came up with hundreds of sites that have ideas for activities, food and crafts for your children that can help with a bored child.

If you didn't know, the first sites that show on Google are the ones that have the most hits from people.

I think that going outside with your child and exploring is lots of fun too. We have several books that talk about activities and experiments that you can share with your child to explore the great outdoors.

Just to name a few to give you a head start, we have "Naturewatch" by Adrienne Katz, "How Nature Works" by David Burnie, "Nature in a Nutshell" by Jean Potter and "Backyard Safaris" by Phyllis Busch.

Remember that all the activities at the library are free of charge and open to the public. Summer reading runs from June 2 to July 21.

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