Some things just seem to take forever, like the process for enlarging our branch did, afterward time just flies by. A third of this year has flow and the Summer Reader Program is around the corner. October 6 we'll have our second year in our beautiful library. Last fall we received three bones from the front leg of a Columbian Mammoth. They are on permanent loan from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and the University of Texas as long as we have them on public display.

Thanks to the children for their personal donations (and prodding their parents for coins for our donation jug) and our many other donors we surpassed the goal I orignally set of $2,000. Not knowing what the cost might be to have a professional design and build the structure to exhibit the bones, I underestimated. We are still working toward raising another $2,250 by the time we retrieve the bones in five to six weeks. We have approximately $700 in three pledges toward that amount. If you haven't made a donation, now is a good time (it is a tax deduction). Please make your check out to: The Friends of Corpus Christi Public Libraries, and note that it is for the Northwest Mammoth Exhibit. We have a behind the scenes donor working on the funding and setting up of the exhibit as soon as we have the bones back.

Miss Jean and I took the bones to Austin's J. J. Pickle Research Center for John Maisano to build the support structure for the exhibit on May 6. We made sure the ten to twenty thousand year old bones rode well. If we'd been stopped for anything we wondered what an officer might think of us carrying around really OLD bones.

Dinah Bowman was commissioned by the Corpus Christi Geological Society over a year ago to create a 7-foot by 14-foot mural of the Flora and Fauna of this area during the Pleistocene Era (Ice Age). It will go on the wall in the children's library. She took the original painting to San Antonio this last week to have it enlarged onto a wall canvas. It should be back and hopefully installed by the end of the month.

We are planning the formal unveiling of the artwork and exhibit at the end of the Summer Reading Program. Attempting to plan a date when speakers, artists and staff are all available is not the easiest thing to do. I have set a tentative date of Saturday, July 25 for our event. We really want to involve the children in this special occasion, please keep this date in mind as you plan a vacation for your family.

We are taking precautions to prevent the spread of flu germs within the library. The counters, computer keyboards, mice, counter tops, water fountains, bathroom door handles and commode handles are being wiped with disinfectants daily. In talking about our preventive measures someone asked whether we are wiping off books, and the answer is no…that's just not feasible. Now if a book came in damp we'd certainly do so.

Remember the library can be a source of entertaining and educational materials if you any of your children are home sick or because their school is closed.

Lynda Whitton is the head librarian for the Northwest Branch Library in Corpus Christi. Readers may contact her at 241-9329.