We have a long time library supporter that has donated funds to supplement what was needed to have the mammoth tusk display built and also paid for the building of an upper display case that will house smaller artifacts.

Jeff Bell is a name, for me, that ranks up there with the likes of Carnegie in terms of building libraries. He may not, to my knowledge, have built any in other cities, but Corpus Christi is a much better city because of him. He was the donor for the library at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, the Del Mar Library and the enlarged children's library at LaRetama Central and the enlarged children's library at Neyland (formerly Parkdale).

If it hadn't been for the Jeff and Mary Bell scholarship fund when I attended CCSU from 1985 to 1987 I don't know if I could have finished my degree. While obtaining my Bachelor's degree I had no idea what I would be doing later, perhaps market research, but mainly I just wanted to be more employable.

It's rather ironic that I ended up being a librarian. Mr. Bell loves libraries, something he and his wife shared to the immense benefit of our local area. We are very thankful in his interest in our library and for speeding up the attainment of our goals.

Another family our library system has to be thankful for is Ed Harte and his late wife Anita. Mr. Harte provided funding that replaced the extremely small Flour Bluff library with a beautiful library a joining Flour Bluff High School.

Mr. Harte's gift of the four volume set of Audubon's Elephant Folio reproductions is now available for viewing at LaRetama Central, Harte Library, Neyland Library and Northwest.

We have had dozens of new large print books come in this month and the same for books on CD. Come on in and check them over and hopefully take home a few.

Here we are at the end of the first month of 2010 and I'm not making any resolutions. I ended the year with two Christmas gifts quilts not completed and a birthday quilt that needed to be finished before the Jan. 10.

I pulled off the birthday quilt in the nick of time and just finished one for my granddaughter on Friday. Now I'm back to battling the one with the gold metallic thread.

I slowed down my stitching and it worked fine, until I wanted to turn curves. Perhaps I will make a resolution: never use gold metallic thread again.

Start your year off reading and bringing the kiddos to the children's programs. Miss Jean will be out for some surgery from Feb. 17 until about March 8.

We will have other staff and volunteers filling in for her while she is out. We will also be planning a special program for the children after we get our new displays cases installed.

Lynda Whitton is the head librarian for the Northwest Branch Library in Corpus Christi. Readers may contact her at (361) 241-9329.